Dear Past Guests and all of you that have inquired into my two villas. Hope the following information will assist you "newbie's" as well as past guests that now consider Bordo and Sopra Mare home! Let's just as they say, plunge in with information.
For years the single most frequent asked question to me is "Where should I rent a car?" I believe I might have mislead guests by simply responding rent your car on St. John. I've spent a good deal of time last week doing research on costs to get to St. John and what it means to you the traveler.
Car Rental on St. John
Assuming you are a party of four and of course you over pack and have four bags. You've decided at all costs you will rent a car on St. John. Therefore, when you retrieve your bags at the airport you will walk out and a nice man will direct you to a van holding ten or twelve other passengers. This trip to Red Hook may be as short as thirty minutes or as long as an hour considering traffic and how many stops the van makes to drop off riders at hotels.
Van Cost 4 People $40.00
Four Bags $2.00 Each $ 8.00
Tip (I'm Cheap) $ 2.00
Total to Red Hook $50.00
Once you get inside the ferry terminal turn left and buy one way ferry tickets - cost for round trip is the same and this way you won't lose the return while your on holiday. Opps! Don't forget to get ticket for each of the four bags. Cause it gives the little guy by the ferry taking tickets great please to make you return to the ticket counter for the bag tickets!
Ferry Ticket Cost 4 People $30.00
Baggage $4.00/bag $16.00
Total to Cruz Bay $46.00
Now you've arrived! Don't forget the tip to the boat handlers unloading your bags - another $5.00. So the total cost of getting from the airport to Cruz Bay dock is ($50.00+$46.00+$5.00) =$101.00 and this is only one way! Total roundtrip about $202.00.
If you decide to do this, and you may not have any alternative if you arrive late or leave early then rent on St. John. I researched a number of St. John car rental agencies. Most are located within a five minute walk from the ferry dock and all prices are "about" the same. I've heard good and bad comments practically about every one. A lot like airlines you gotta use one so the choice is pretty much up to you.
However personally, I recommend Mr. Pipers as they have a newer fleet of vehicles. Once you've made a reservation the next step is calling them when you board the ferry to Cruz Bay. They will be holding a "Mr. Piper's" sign at the dock when you arrive and meet you with your rental car. You sign the rental papers and just drive away. No fuss or muss and the driver just walks back to the office. By the way, if you're really late they will meet you up to 1:00 am just call them. When ready to leave the island, just call them and tell them the ferry you are taking from Cruz Bay, again they will meet you at the ferry dock. Take your bags out and the driver will take the car. Man, I find this pretty convenient!
Contact: Mr. Pipers (340) 693-7580 Web: https://rentajeepstjohn.com/
Oh, by the way, you have now handled your bags a total of three times since you touched down at the St. Thomas airport.
Car Rental on St. Thomas
If you all arrive before 3:00 pm on your incoming flight and depart back to the real world after 10:00 am. I now strongly recommend renting on St. Thomas. There are all the major agencies and the price per week is about $725.00. Just remember don't rent from Hertz as they will not allow cars off the island.
My recommendation for St. Thomas is Amalie and here's why. When you get off the plane everyone will be rushing to the car rental counters and you'll have to stand in line for upwards of thirty minutes or more. Not so with Amalie. She or one of her agents will meet you right in front with your car and will be holding an Amalie sign. You will get in the car with the driver and go to Emerald Resort which is about two minutes outside the airport. You sign the agreement and leave the driver there. Swing back to the airport and by this time the rest of your party has procured all the luggage. Just pull up in front at the curb, load up, climb in and take the thirty minute ride to the barge dock which is right next to the passenger ferry dock. It's easy to find, look for the "Red Hook" signs once your out of the airport. Just past the passenger ferry is the car barges entrance.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Pay the nice lady $3.00 port fee then another nice lady will line you up for loading on the barge. Once you back onto the barge - yes, I did say "back" onto the barge (Pretty interesting your first time). You will pay $30.00 one-way, nope no credit cards, no checks, CASH ONLY! Only get a one-way ticket as this allows you the freedom upon return to use any barge in service. Total cost $63.00.
Information on Amalie Car Rental: (340) 774-0688 Web http://www.amaliecar.com/ She has a fleet of new vehicles and upon the return just call her and she will meet you again right in front of your airline. By the way, think she is about $100.00 less expensive than the big agencies, about the same price as St. John companies and is receiving great reviews on the web.
You handled your baggage just once from airport to your our villa.
St. John Rental $202.00
St. Thomas Rental $ 63.00
Total Savings $139.00 Thats a whole lotta Pain Killers!
Experience in renting on St. Thomas and taking the car to St. John - PRICELESS
A lot of you have rented either Sopra Mare VRBO 251854 or Bordo Mare VRBO 465589 over the years and have returned year after year. Thank you for doing that. While some others have been dreaming and contacted me about the villas but never "pulled the trigger." I look forward to you "never evers" contacting me and if you mention this newsletter I'll give you a 5% discount. You can reach me at my email address or if you want to ask some questions - give me a call (972) 679-9937.
Hope you liked the information provided and maybe it'll save you a buck or two on your next trip. I'll try and put out something useful every few months or so.
But if you want to drop out just hit reply to this email and put delete in the subject. If I sent you duplicate emails (Hey, I'm not perfect)! Reply and put in subject line delete one.
Have a great Spring and I'll be looking for you on St. John!
Mike Mullen - Owner Sopra & Bordo Mare
(But everyone calls me Mulley)
Opps! Almost forgot the beach is Maho
Also, if you want some information on where to Snorkel in St. John visit my snorkeling page