Once at the airport you can get to Jost Van Dyke via Ferries and land taxies or on water taxis and private boats. Below each option is explained for you to choose.
Ferries and Land Taxis
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The Charlotte Amalie ferry dock is 10 minutes from the airport, and taxis are always going to the dock. When you get in the taxi, make sure they know to drop you off first. If you are pressed for time you may need to hire a private taxi. If you can wait about 10–15 minutes, you can ride with other passengers and pay approximately $9/pp.
From Charlotte Amalie, you will take a ferry to West End Tortola (a 45-minute ride). Please make sure the ferry company knows your destination is West End Tortola, not Road Town. Ferries leave at various times. The last ferry leaves at approximately 4:00/4:30, however, times vary from week to week and season to season. Best to call ahead or check online to verify times. The cost for the ferry is $30/pp one-way (You may want to buy a one-way ticket in case you take another ferry service on your return trip).
Once on Tortola, you will go through customs and then go to the dock for the Jost Van Dyke ferry called New Horizons Ferry – Paradise Express. Call to discuss which departure time will work best for you as schedules vary throughout the year. Cost for round trip is $15/pp. If your ferry from Charlotte Amalie does not look like it will arrive in time for you to catch the ferry, tell the ferry captain and he will call ahead to the JVD captain so they will hold the boat for you. The ride to JVD is about 20 minutes. The cost is approximately $15/pp one-way or $25/pp round trip.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Ferries
Native Son: (340) 774-8685 www.nativesonferry.com
Smith’s Ferry (Tortola Fast Ferry): (340) 775-7292 www.smithsferry.com
New Horizons Ferry – Paradise Express: Phone: 284-495-9278
Red Hook, St. Thomas
Ferries depart out of the east end of St. Thomas in Red Hook. The taxi ride is about 30 minutes, but can be up to 1½ hours in traffic. If you are pressed for time and need a private taxi, the cost may range from $75 to $90. We have had great success with Chris at 340-690-1581 and Ira Moses, his cell # is 340-642-7112 or home # 340-775-6389. If you ride with other passengers the cost will be approximately $20/pp.
There is a direct ferry that runs during busy season leaving Red Hook at 8:00am and 2:00pm. They will make a stop in St. John and then go directly to JVD. The ferry cost is approximately $50 roundtrip.
Red Hook, St.Thomas Ferries
Native Son: (340) 775-3111
Direct Ferry: (340) 776-6597
Beef Island, Tortola
When you arrive in Tortola, you will go through BVI customs and then catch a taxi to West End Ferry dock
(about a 45-minute ride). There will be taxis available at the airport. The rates are 2-3 people $40. If 3 or more, it is $15/pp. If time permits, you can have the taxi stop in Roadtown to do some grocery shopping, they may charge extra to wait for you.
Once you are at West End, you can take the New Horizons Paradise Express Ferry to Jost Van Dyke
leaving from West End at 8:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm or 6:00pm or a pre-arranged private water
taxi. (Weekend mornings the first ferry leaves West End at 9:00am)
New Horizons Ferry – Paradise Express: (284)495-9278