Kamabesu Villa St John USVI

Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling comes with a list of questions whose answers can significantly impact the enjoyment of your vacation.

We aim to provide our guests with answers to the most popular questions on our site but we are happy to assist in more detail via email: info@kamabesuvilla.com

Do we need passports?

No passport required

No, you do not need passports when traveling to St. John if you are a U.S. Citizen but will need either an original (raised-seal) birth certificate or government issued photo ID. If you are not a U.S. Citizen then a passport is required.

Please note that if you are planning a boating trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) a passport is required though an original birth certificate may be accepted for children.

What is the weather like?

Sunrise over Ditliff Point
Sunrise over Ditliff Point

St. John's average winter temperature is around 77 degrees F and summer average temperature is 82 degrees F but the heat index can vary between 65 – 95 degrees depending on the season. We are blessed as a year round destination though the best rates can often be found between April 15-Dec 15th barring holidays.

What is the Time Zone?

time zone map

Atlantic Standard Time (AST). We do not change time throughout the year and do not participate in day light savings. We have the same time as the U.S. East Coast half the yar but when the clocks fall back in autumn the USVI remains an hour ahead.

How do we get to St. John from St. Thomas?

St Thomas Red Hook ferry terminal
St Thomas Red Hook ferry terminal

Please see our Travel to St. John information for details on airlines to St. Thomas from the continental US as well as ferry schedules.

How do we get to the house?

Route from St John ferry dock to Kamabesu Villa
Route from St John ferry dock (A) to Kamabesu Villa (B)

Directions to the house are provided upon booking and we can also meet you at the ferry dock upon arrival. Please send us your flight information and call upon landing at the St. Thomas airport and again when you board the ferry to St. John to provide us adequate time to meet your boat. You can then follow us back to the house, or if you've been here before and feel comfortable driving we can also provide directions. See the map of St. John on our site for house location.

How far is the house from the Ferry?

St John ferry dock then and now
St John ferry dock — Then & Now

We live 3.5 miles from Cruz Bay or a 10 min drive due to hills and 10-20 mph driving restrictions on island.

How far is the house from town?

Woodys in Cruz Bay
Woody's in Cruz Bay

The house is 3.5 miles from Cruz Bay or 8.5 miles from Coral Bay. Please contact us for details.

Where do we rent a car from?

Sunshines jeep rental

We will send you a list of endorsed car rental agencies upon booking or you can rent direclty from the St. Thomas airport with a national car rental agency and drive over on the car barge to Cruz Bay.

Do we need 4–wheel drive?

4 door Jeep

You do not need a 4wd vehicle to access the house or the beaches on the North Shore as the roads are paved and the driveway is flat. But if you enjoy sight seeing and touring the island at large you may want to invest in a 4wd rental.

Can we get groceries delivered?

We can deliver groceries to you
We can pickup your groceries and have them ready upon your arrival

Yes, we provide provisioning services.

Please email us directly with your requests and we can pickup your groceries for a shopping and delivery fee based on the size of the order with a minimum $100 order.

How far is the super market from the house?

Starfish Market at the The Marketplace
Starfish Market at the The Marketplace

There are several grocery stores on St. John, the largest being Starfish Market which is located at The Market Place near the Car Barge exit and about 2.5 miles from the house.

Can we get meals delivered to the house?

We can arrange for meals to be delivered
We can arrange for meals to be delivered

Yes, we can arrange for meals to be delivered the day of your arrival or any night throughout your stay with advanced notice. Please contact us for specific needs, there is a minimum 4 person order of $75 or more required.

How far is it to the North Shore Beaches (aka Hawksnest, Trunk, Maho, Francis bays)?

Hawksnest Bay on St John North Shore
Hawksnest Bay on St John's North Shore

The North Shore Beaches begin about a 6 mile ride from the house and can be reached within 15–25 minutes, though Reef Bay is only 5 minutes from the house.

What restaurants would you recommend for reservations prior to our arrival?

ZoZos Ristorante
ZoZo's Ristorante

We proudly endorse ZoZo's Restaurant for fine dining and encourage reservations with the Management Staff at 340-693-9200. Please contact us for additional recommendations.

What other activities are on St. John that would be kid oriented?

Boogie boarding at Cinnamon Bay
Boogie boarding at Cinnamon Bay

There are many water sports activities like sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and even surfing. The islands are known for any boat trip on the water from day sails around the island to trips to the BVIs. We have several boating companies we happily endorse including:

Born To Rhumb with Captains Valentines

Black Sail Catamaran: Kekoa with Captain Jamison

Please refer to us when booking.

Can we have parties, events at Kamabesu?

Kamabesu Villa
Kamabesu Villa

We can host up to 16 people on site for an event without an event fee. Please contact us directly about other events on property.

Do you recommend a concierge service and/or Event/Wedding Planner?

Hearts abound on St. John
Hearts abound on St. John

We offer concierge services as well as our resident Wedding Planner, Katie Tarta of KT Creates LLC.

She can be reached at info@kamabesuvilla.com