To reach the island of St. John, fly into St. Thomas (STT), take a taxi to Red Hook, and then ferry over to St. John. CASH ONLY
ISLAND QUIRKS In many ways, going to St. John is like going back in time. There are no traffic lights on the island, and not many street signs. Most places take credit cards, but some take cash only. Cell phones usually work well, but sometimes not. We drive on the left side of the road, and our taxis are open-air modified pickup trucks. Donkeys, goats, chickens and cows roam freely. We sustained a direct hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma in September of 2017 and then Hurricane Maria 2 weeks later. The island is recovering nicely, but there are still signs of the struggle. The VI Jam Fest will be a great time to unplug and enjoy nature, great music, and good times with happy people.
St. John is the smallest of the 3 U.S. Virgin Islands. Most of the island is owned by the National Park Service and is unspoiled. The island is approximately 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. Since it is so small, anywhere you choose for lodging on St. John will be close to the venue. The VI Jam Fest team is working hard behind the scenes to secure as many shuttle-type options as we can throughout the week of the festival, and will provide those details once available.
St. John is a volcanic island, part of an undersea mountain range that stretches from Cuba to Trinidad. Under the reign of Denmark from the 1600’s, the 3 islands were acquired by the United States in 1917. Our coral reefs make for amazing snorkeling, and we have hiking trails with ruins dating back to the sugar plantations in the 1600’s. Our beaches are some of the prettiest in the world, and we have a diverse, welcoming population with a fun nightlife scene, and the locals crave good live music. You’ll be in good company!