The most common way of getting around on St. Thomas
is by taxi. Most taxis are open-air vehicles called
"safaris." However, there are some vans and passenger
cars that are used as taxis.
The taxis are shared use. Thus, the driver may wait for
other passengers or scout for additional passengers
along the way.
Taxis can often be found waiting outside the security fences at Crown Bay and Havensight. In Charlotte Amalie, they are often in the Emancipation Garden area.
Fares are regulated by the government. Tipping is
Both pedestrians and people who are thinking of renting
a car should keep in mind that vehicles drive on the left
side of the road in the British manner. However, the
steering wheel on the vehicles is typically located as in
a car in the mainland United States.
Also, the roads outside of Charlotte Amalie are often
quite steep and narrow with sharp turns. As a result,
both driving (and riding) can be challenging.
Traffic can be quite congested in Charlotte Amalie. This is especially so late in the day when passengers are
trying to return to the cruise ships before the ships depart.
Shore excursions usually use safari trucks as the mode of transportation. At both Crown Bay and Havensight, the excursions usually meet the transportation in the parking areas just beyond the security fence.
A wide and often picturesque sidewalk has been
constructed along the shore between Downtown
Charlotte Amalie and Havensight. This makes for a
pleasant walk on a sunny day. (See article).
There is no similar walkway between Crown Bay and Downtown. Indeed, at some points, there is no sidewalk.
Downtown is walkable. However, north of Main Street
the terrain starts to slope upward into steep hills. In addition, the sidewalks there are narrow and sometimes nonexistent. As always, care should be exercised when going out of the tourist areas.
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