Yesterday I woke up and realized that life is just passing me by and the only thing I seem to be doing is working. My eldest daughter is grown. The others seem to be growing like weeds. And I wonder, where is life going in such a hurry. Are you feeling the same way?
The problem is the lack of time to get away. This summer we decided to just stay in a local hotel and enjoy ourselves. Our girls played a lot, roamed about the property, enjoyed the swimming pool, etc. etc. I enjoyed it because I didn't have to cook or clean. I slept and relaxed.
I found that there is a term for what we did. It is called a staycation. A staycation is a vacation that is within driving distance of your home. For us in the Virgin Islands, a staycation can also mean something within boating distance.
If you live on St. Thomas, when was the last time you visited St. John? Have you explored all of St. John's beaches? It is so easy to do. Just pile your suitcases in the car along with your loved ones and drive on board the M/V Capt. Vic. Reservations, schedules, and fares, are right at your finger tips. There are so many new things to see in beautiful Love City. Holidays and getaways don't always mean long trips. If you live on St. John, the same is true for you. There is so much fun to be had on the big island of St. Thomas.
No one really knows the meaning of life but we do know that life is meant to be lived with meaning. The experiences we enjoy lend meaning to our lives. Let us embrace life. Vacations aren't everything, especially if time and resources are lacking. Staycations can help you to feel as though life is slowing down a bit for you to catch up and enjoy your family, friends, and your beautiful home in the United States Virgin Islands.
Some may wonder “well isn’t catching a car ferry in the Virgin Islands similar to catching it anywhere else?” Yes and no. Yes, like any place else, you can make a reservation or book online. Give us a call at 340-779-4000 or book online at http://www.lovecitycarferries.com/book-now.html. If you call, our receptionists will help you. If you choose not to book, not a problem, the M/V Capt. Vic departs from St. Thomas to St. John at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM.
The true differences arise once you are on island. Firstly if you are coming from the continental USA, you will have to get accustomed to driving on the left. It is not as bad you may anticipate. Driving is driving left or right, just follow the cars ahead of you and stay in your lane when you are making a turn. Also, we have this thing in the Virgin Islands call island time so don’t be too perturbed if someone stops in the middle of the road to talk to a friend. It happens. Trust me; they won’t be in a hurry no matter how much you blow your horn. Make sure to plan your route with possible delays in mind.
There are numerous ways to get from the airport in St. Thomas to the Red Hook terminal facility. Here is one, click and scroll to the bottom of the page: http://www.lovecitycarferries.com/contact-us.html.
Once you arrive in Red Hook, St. Thomas there are just a few more things to get accustomed to that may differ from catching a car ferry elsewhere. In the Virgin Islands you have to pay fees at the terminal in Red Hook before you can access the departure docks. The fees are collected by the Virgin Islands Port Authority http://www.viport.com/. This fine agency is keeping our ports safe and secure so please pay attention to their rules and regulations.
The M/V Capt. Vic is a black and white car ferry and the crew wears blue tops. If you bought a ticket it is important that you make sure you board the correct vessel. The trip to St. John is about 25 minutes to 30 minutes long. Get your camera ready. Pillsbury Sound, the waterway separating St. Thomas from St. John is picturesque. Enjoy this short cruise and most of all enjoy your stay in the Virgin Islands.