Kamabesu Villa St John USVI
340.643.3769


About St John

Travel to St JohnIsland ActivitiesKatie & Bryan's Dining PicksShopping Highlights

Travel to St John

No Passport Required!

St. John is a short 25 min ferry ride from St. Thomas via ferry or can be accessed by the car barge on a 35-45 min trip. Guests traveling to us from the continental United States can fly to St. Thomas (airport code STT) direct from many east coast cities like Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Newark and Boston on Jet Blue, American Airlines, Delta or US Air. Upon arriving taxis can be taken to the people ferry leaving every hour on the hour from Red Hook. Guests will need to rent a car and can do so from the St. Thomas airport through major auto rental providers and take the car barge or rent a car from one of our excellent providers on St. John. A list of agencies can be provided once the booking process has begun.

We have provided links to the most popular travel information sites pertaining to your visit to St. John

Passenger Ferry Service

Varlack Ventures
(340) 776-6412
http://www.varlack-ventures.com/ferryservices.html

Red Hook, St Thomas & Cruz Bay, St John Ferry Schedule

Red Hook, St Thomas & Cruz Bay, St John Ferry Schedule*
Leaving Red Hook Leaving Cruz Bay
AM PM AM PM
6:30 am 1:00 pm 6:00 am 1:00 pm
7:30 am 2:00 pm 7:00 am 2:00 pm
8:00 am 3:00 pm 8:00 am 3:00 pm
9:00 am 4:00 pm 9:00 am 4:00 pm
10:00 am 5:00 pm 10:00 am 5:00 pm
11:00 am 6:00 pm 11:00 am 6:00 pm
12:00 noon
7:00 pm 12:00 (noon) 7:00 pm
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(midnight)
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*One-way, $6.00/Adults and $1.00/Children ages 2-11.
  Seniors are $1.50 (VI Residents only, 62 years and up, proof of age must be shown).
  There is a charge of $2.50/piece for luggage/boxes.

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas & Cruz Bay, St John Ferry Schedule

Please note occasional ferry service from downtown St. Thomas Charlotte Amalie port to Cruz Bay St. John is available and is a 45 min ride. This ferry is not always in service or running due to weather and other island related issues.
Please call ahead before relying on this ferry's schedule. (340) 776-6412

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas & Cruz Bay, St John Ferry Schedule*
Leaving Charlotte Amalie Leaving Cruz Bay
AM PM AM PM
10:00 am 1:00 pm 8:45 am 3:45 pm
  5:30 pm 11:15 am  
*The one way fare is $12.00/Adults and $3.50/Children ages 2-11.
  Seniors are $6.00 (VI Residents only, 62 years and up, proof of age must be shown).
  There is a charge of $2.50/piece for luggage/boxes.

Car Barge Service between St. Thomas & St. John

Provided by Boyson Inc, Love City Car Ferries and Global Marine

General II & Mister B Barges - Boyson Inc.

http://boysoninc.com

Rates: $50 roundtrip, $30 one-way on weekdays. $40 roundtrip, $25 one-way on weekends.
Telephone: (340) 776-6294 or (888) 269-7661

Leaving Red Hook, St Thomas Leaving Cruz Bay, St John
6:30 am* 5:30 am*
7:30 am 6:00 am**
8:30 am 7:00 am
9:30 am 7:30 am
10:30 am 8:30 am
11:30 am 9:30 am
12:30 pm 10:30 am
1:30 pm 11:30 am
2:30 pm 12:30 pm
3:30 pm 1:30 pm
4:30 pm 2:30 pm
5:30 pm 3:30 pm
6:30 pm 4:30 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
*6:30 am ferry is not offered on Sundays *5:30 am barge offered Monday through Friday only and is based on availability, call to confirm.
**6:00 am ferry is not offered on Sundays.

Captain Vic - Love City Car Ferries

Telephone: (340) 779-4000 or (855) 503-0705

Leaving Red Hook, St Thomas Leaving Cruz Bay, St John
7:00 am* 6:15 am*
9:00 am 8:00 am
11:00 am 10:00 am
1:00 pm 12:00 noon
3:00 pm 2:00 pm
5:00 pm 4:00 pm
7:00 pm 6:15 pm
*7:00 am ferry is not offered on weekends and holidays. *6:15 am ferry is not offered on weekends and holidays.

Roanoke Barge - Global Marine

Telephone: (340) 779-1739
*Note the round trip charge is $35 one way

Leaving Red Hook, St Thomas Leaving Cruz Bay, St John
6:15 am* 7:15 am*
8:00 am 9:00 am
10:00 am 11:00 am
12:00 noon 1:00 pm
2:00 pm 3:00 pm
4:00 pm 5:00 pm
6:00 pm 7:00 pm
*Not on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. *Not on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.

Island Activities

Hiking

Guided Reef Bay Hike:
Difficulty Level 7 of 10 Over a three mile hike down the hillside through the National Park to the petroglyphs and past the waterfalls during wet season, this hike can be led by a Park Ranger on M, W, F from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. $15-20 and includes taxi to top of trail and boat ride back to Cruz Bay. Call for reservations. (You can do the hike on your own but will have to hike back to the top).
Our Difficulty level 7 on scale of 1-10
http://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/index.htm
(340) 776-6201, ext. 238

Ram's Head Hike:
Difficulty Level 5 of 10 Climb to the top of Ram's Head from sea level which starts at Drunk Bay next to Salt Pond on the South Side of the island. The hike takes about 1 hour round trip but the view is worth every drop of effort.
Our Difficulty level 5 on scale of 1-10
http://www.seestjohn.com/trails_ram_head.html

Solomon Beach Hike:
Difficulty Level 3 of 10 Start off from the National Park Main Office following the wooden steps to the top of the hill. Continue up the dirt road to the trailhead on the right following signs to the beach. This is a fun family hike to an often private beach that is only accessible via boat or on foot. It takes about 25 mins total.
Our Difficulty level 3 on scale of 1-10
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147409-d523840-Reviews-Salomon_Beach-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

Boating

Sport Fishing:
Catch Wahoo, Tuna, Mackerel and King Fish seasonally. Ranging between $125-$250/person.
We endorse Captain Hank on Potluck II for great day fishing with groups of 2-6
781-718-2017 or 340-779-4490
email kslodden@gmail.com
Let them know you are a guest at Kamabesu Villa.

Day Sails:
Take a group or private sail for the day, half day or sunset. Costs range between $65-$150 per person.

Kekoa Black Sail Catamaran Charters:
This is our family favorite for group trips whether it be a private charter or you are joining a public trip, Kekoa has the best in all the amenities and service. This large catamaran holds up to 60 people and is a beautifully hand made wood boat that has the most enjoyable crew and environment. We love setting off on a Kekoa adventure. The team that works this boat makes you feel at home all the time. You will not regret spending a day with Black Sail Charters. Ask for Claire or Jen and tell them you're a Kamabesu Guest!
http://blacksailsvi.com/St-John-Sailing.html
340-244-SAIL (7245)

Wayward Sailor:
Head out for a private day sail for up to 6 people with Captain Phil Chaulker and enjoy the stories acquired over decades of calling the caribbean home. It's a beautiful day for a sail.
http://www.waywardsailor.net

British Virgin Islands Boat Trips & The Baths

Born to Rhumb:
Enjoy a private day trip with up to 12 guests aboard this refurbished antique. It's a smooth day with Captain Andi or Captain Shane Valentine at the helm. You can plan a perfect island hopping day and get some recommendations of what not to miss. We love this day trip and make sure we squeeze one in every few months. It's always a blast. Tell Andi or Shane you're a Kamabesu Guest.
http://www.borntorhumb.com
340-514-0834

Big Blue Power Boat:
Join Captains Mindy and Bernd for a personalized trip around St. John or to the BVIs. Its a great boat for 6 people or speak with Captain Mindy about their 12 person capacity excursions. This is a highlight for any visitor to the islands, being on the water is a huge part of why we love being in the Caribbean and their team will help you see and do all there is to offer.
http://www.bigblue-usvi.com

Ferries to BVIs:
BVI Day Trips: Take the people ferry over to Tortola, Jost or Virgin Gorda for the day or rent your own boat. Ferry prices vary and can cost between $25-$120 per person. It takes about 45 mins to Road Town. Ferries leave from downtown Cruz Bay near the National Park Dock.
Contact the different companies for schedules.

Best of the BVI
http://www.bestofbvi.com/info/info_bviferry.htm

Dolphin Water Taxi & Shuttle
http://www.dolphinshuttle.com/services.html

Miscellaneous

Sloop Jones' Artist Studio
Visit Sloop Jones studio on the East End of St. John to experience creativity at play. Call ahead and ask for their schedule of workshops to make your own artistic apparel and be part of Sloop's inspiration.
www.sloopjones.com
340-779-4001

Coral Bay Corral
Horseback Riding on island is an experience rare to many. Call Dana, the owner, and book a private or group trip exploring the island's nooks and crannies. Settle in and take a lazy trot around Coral Bay with well cared for animals and a great owner.
340-693-5778

Stand Up Paddle Board
SUP has become a hit all over the world but St. John may be the perfect place to learn, or if you're already well versed then rent the boards and go out on your own. Contact Karen of Love City Paddleboards to book your next island adventure.
340-642-9419


Katie & Bryan's Dining Picks

Breakfast

Jake's Restaurant in Cruz Bay
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147409-d1604704-Reviews-Jake_s-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

Street Meat

Uncle Joe's BBQ
Serves until the food runs out!
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147409-d1046646-Reviews-Uncle_Joe_s_Barbecue-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

Ms. Vie's Snack Shack
*Drive out Tues-Sat and grab lunch with Vie then spend a few bucks to pass through her property and plop down in the shade on a perfect island beach with great snorkeling and located next to her shack filled with icey beers.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147409-d1046647-Reviews-Vie_s_Snack_Shack-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

Local Food

Sweet Plantains in Coral Bay
Worth the drive!
http://www.sweetplantains-stjohn.com

Fine Dining

ZoZo's Ristorante
340-693-9200 (reservations required)
http://www.zozos.net

Waterfront Bistro
Located off the beach in Cruz Bay this is an amazing site for any romantic dinner and great for large gatherings. Having hosted one of our own's wedding here in 2012, we are confidant you too will be well cared for. Reservations requested.
340-777-7755

Lunch

SunDog Cafe
Serves lunch 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open Mic Jam Sessions on Wednesday nights draw a great crowd for dinner too!
http://www.sundogcafe.com

Catering & In Villa Dining

Ted's Super Club
http://www.tedssupperclub.com/Teds_Supper_Club/welcome.html
Chef Ted Robinson

St. John Catering with Mathayom
http://www.stjohncatering.com
Chef Mathayom Vacarat


Shopping Highlights

Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay

Clothing, gifts, swim wear, shoes, t-shirts, leather, jewelry, art
http://www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com

Bamboula, Apparel & Art & Textiles
www.bamboulastjohn.com

Big Planet, Water Sports & T-shirts
www.Big-Planet.com

St. John Brewers, Brewery and Apparel
www.stjohnbrewers.com

R&I Patton, Handcrafted Jewlery & Goldsmith
http://www.pattongold.com/

Bajo el Sol, Art Gallery
www.bajoelsolgallery.com

Nest, Gifts & Home Decor
www.nestvi.com

and much more…

Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay

Spices, jewelry, children's, ice-cream, pizza, clothing, t-shirts, art
http://www.wharfsidevillage.com

St. John Spice, Spices & Gifts
www.stjohnspice.com

St. Johnimals, Pet Gift Shop
www.stjohnimals.com

Freebird, Jewlery
www.freebirdcreations.com

The Market Place just outside of Cruz Bay

Groceries, book store, internet café, bakery, hair salon, gym, gifts, mail center
http://starfishmarket.com

Chelsea Drug Store
340-776-4888

Papaya Cafe & Bookstore
340-779-2665

Starfish Market
www.starfishmarket.com

Scotiabank
http://www.scotiabank.com/vi/en/0,,6010,00.html

Holiday Homes, Realtor
http://www.holidayhomesvi.com/

Cocolobo - Coral Bay

Groceries, clothing, t-shirts, art, custom bikinis
http://www.coralbaystjohn.com

Lilly's Gourmet Market
340-777-3335

RaniFly Bikins, Sun's out, Buns out
http://raniflybikini.com

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