If hills don't bother you, the U.S. Virgin Islands can be the perfect place to slip off the beaten path for a more personal adventure travelers will never forget. Bicycles and motor scooters provide a great opportunity to explore while soaking up the sun and scenery for which the islands are known. Every island is a unique experience, so travelers should not assume that all islands are equally suitable for biking.
Vacationers who would like to rent a bike should always check first with their concierge. Many of the hotels in the area conveniently have bikes available for guests to rent. If yours does not, the hotel staff should be able to recommend a nearby rental car agency (many have bicycles and mopeds) or even a local tour guide that may carry them.
St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a great place for biking. The island's rain forests and beaches are excellent for guided tours or independent exploration. Expect to spend approximately $35(USD) per day for bicycle rental rates. Travelers should bear in mind, however, that more affordable weekly rates may be available. To rent bikes or mopeds on St. Croix, contact at (340) 719-1990.
St. John is a small island, 7 miles long by 3 miles wide, but every last inch of it is packed with beautiful views. Visitors who rent bikes and motor scooters are able to roam across the tiny island and make the most of every sightseeing opportunity. Hotels are the major supplier of rented bicycles and mopeds. Rates tend to fluctuate,but daily costs generally hover around $30(USD) for bikes and $45(USD) for mopeds. Because of the many hills, if you want to really explore the island, you'll probably need to rent a scooter -- unless you are unusually fit.
St. Thomas, home to the capital city of Charlotte Amalie, is a very busy island and is therefore not as bike- or scooter-friendly as other Virgin Island destinations. The urban areas are often clogged with heavy traffic that makes it very difficult for foreigners to navigate. On the less-traveled country roads, poor visibility and narrow roads without shoulders for stopping make biking dangerous. However, there are a few places where bike riding is feasible, particularly along the harbor. Guided tours are also available, which can provide a safer alternative to riding independently. One company, offers full day trips around the city and to the beach, among other tour options. Most of these tours run between $25 and $50(USD) per person and include a bike and all the appropriate safety gear. Reach the company at (340) 201-6069 to find out more.
Just off the coast of St. Thomas is Water Island, which can be reached by ferries from the dock in St. Tomas. The island is the smallest in the chain at just under 500 acres, and the hills aren't as extreme as on St. John and St. Thomas, so bikers can enjoy a day touring the island on two wheels without much too much extra exertion. Signing on for a bike tour with is a popular way to explore Water Island (phone: (340)714-2186 or (340)690-4019).
If you are thinking about sightseeing at a more leisurely pace, there are a variety of different businesses that can help.
If you're ready to make a reservation, you can check with Stamina Sports. The official shop of the St. Croiz Ironman 70. Triathlon, Stamina Sports offers cycling gear and apparel for those who enjoy the sport or simply want to spend a few hours out exploring the island on two wheels. They are located in downtown Christiansted.
A second option is Water Island Golf Cart Rental. Golf carts are a major source of transportation on Water Island, and Water Island Golf Cart Rentals has you covered for all of your golf cart needs. You can call them at (340) 643-5124.
Still another option is VI Adventure St. John. One of the top sources for vacation transportation rentals on St. John, VI Adventure St. John offers scooters and soft top jeeps for hourly, daily, weekly, and even monthly rentals. There is also a branch on St. Thomas. They're found within downtown Cruz Bay.
The following table lists more details regarding 12 rental agencies in the area.
|Beach Scooters||(340) 693-7368||Cruz Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Biz Scooter Rentals||(340) 774-5840||Charlotte Amalie, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|(340) 719-1990||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|Freedom City Cycles||(340) 277-2433||Frederiksted, Southern part of the USVI||St. Croix|
|Kelly's Karts||(340) 643-5124||2.7 mi. South West of Central St. Thomas||Water Island|
|St. John In-Motion||(340) 998-2932||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|(340) 201-6069||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
|Stamina Sports||(340) 719-6749||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|VI Adventure St. John||(340) 344-2632||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|VI Adventure St. Thomas||(340) 344-2632||Charlotte Amalie, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|--||2.2 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie||Water Island|
|Water Island Golf Cart Rental||(340) 643-5124||2.7 mi. South West of Central St. Thomas||Water Island|
The U.S. Virgin Islands are beautiful, and the freedom allowed by bikes and mopeds enables many vacationers to explore the area in a relaxing, environmentally friendly way. Travelers who ride with caution and courtesy will find that the best view of any island is from atop a bicycle seat.
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