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rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

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Orlando, Florida
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rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

We are vacationing in St. John, January 22-29. Our flight arrives in St. Thomas at 4:15. Our friends flights are arriving around 4;30. We all will be renting cars for the week. I am concerned that if we rent the cars in St. Thomas we will not have enough time to make it to the Red Hook ferry for the last trip over to St. John at 7:00. I have read that some recommend getting the car in St. John for that reason. How is the rental car check out process in St. Thomas?

1. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

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CT
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2. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

I would say that the answer depends on who you rent with. Some companies are much better than others.

Also, what day of the week? Saturdays are very busy and that could slow down some companies as well.

Orlando, Florida
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3. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

We are arriving on a Tuesday.

Is Amalie a car rental agency?

CT
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4. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

You should not have any problems on a Tuesday.

Amalie is a well reviewed rental car company. I only rent on STJ, so I have no first hand experience but folks seem to really like doing business with them.

St Thomas
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5. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

Another consideration if you're arriving during the week, is that a 4:30 flight arrival will necessitate dealing with commuter traffic traveling from town to country which can involve a slow drive. In that respect, a weekend arrival is much faster! All in all, though, as long as the flight arrives on time and you're dealing with a reliable agency (Amalie is excellent, followed by Dependable and Discount) you shouldn't have a problem catching the 7PM ferry. Absolute worst case scenario you can leave the vehicles at the Red Hook ferry terminal and take the passenger ferry over but that's a very far-fetched scenario!

Cruz Bay, St. John
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6. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

Yes Amalie is a rental agency on St. Thomas. The owners are wonderful people and very professional. That's a busy time so book as quickly as you can.

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8. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

You should have plenty of time. I always rent in StThomas and drive to ferry as opposed to lugging bags multiple times. If you flight arrives on time you're good.

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9. Re: rent a car in St. Thomas and get to ferry for St. John by 7?

Only problem is if plane is delayed. There was a recent poster who had that happen- 4 hour delay and they arrived too late fro the car ferry.

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