St. John, home to the Virgin Islands National Park, is easy to explore when you have your own transportation. Two main roads cross the island; one road runs across the center of the island and another along the north shore. However, if you want to get off the main roads, many other trails and dirt roads can take you through magnificent unspoiled forests, weaving through scenic lookout points, and ending at the shoreline of a fabulous beach. Make sure you have a four-wheel drive jeep for a couple of reasons. First, some island roads are rough and four wheel drive greatly enhances your driving ability. Second, St John and Tortola have some steep hills plus concrete roads that get very slippery when it rains. You will definitely appreciate the added traction and safety of four wheel drive should you get caught driving in a cloudburst.
If you are debating renting a jeep versus public transportation, here is a thought. Taxis and bus service to remote areas of the island do not exist. If you are planning on staying near your Caribbean vacation rental then you can get away with not renting a car. But, if you want to explore the island at your own pace and discover the beauty of unspoiled beaches and tropical forest, then a four-wheel drive jeep is for you. Here are a couple of driving facts for tourists to St. John:
- Driving in the Virgin Islands is on the left side of the road.
- Vehicles are typical American cars with left side steering.
- Valid US and international driver’s licenses can be used while visiting the Virgin Islands for up to 90 days.
If you decide jeeping is the right choice for your next vacation, let Caribbean Villa & Resort Management handle your Virgin Island car rental when you stay in one of their exclusive condos or villas. Jeep reservations are made at no extra charge and the experienced consultants there can also help you to book the perfect Caribbean vacation with a perfectly matched vacation rental and information on St. Johns many activities.