You will want to rent a car if you are staying in a private villa, but if you are staying in a hotel on the beach, you can usually get by with taxis, though getting a taxi every day can be expensive. If you are a family or group of four, then a car can be a more cost-effective solution since taxi rates are per person.
Traffic can be bad, especially in Charlotte Amalie at rush hour (7 to 9 and 4:30 to 6). If you need to get from an East End resort to the airport during these times, find the alternate route (starting from the East End, Route 38 to 42 to 40 to 33) that goes up the mountain and then drops you back onto Veterans Highway. All drivers should get a copy of Road Map St. Thomas–St. John, available on the island anywhere you find maps and guidebooks. In addition, most GPS units will work in the Virgin Islands and some car-rental agencies will rent out GPS devices.
Major car-rental companies, including Avis, Budget, and Hertz have locations at the airport; Avis and Budget also have branch offices. Local rental companies include Dependable Car Rental and Discount Car Rental.
Avis. Cyril E. King Airport, 70 Lindbergh Bay , 4 miles west of Charlotte Amalie, Lindbergh Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802. 340/774–1468; www.avis.com.
Biz Rentals. Scooters, motorcycles, and Jeep Wranglers for rent by the day or week. Route 30, Across from the main Havensight Mall gate, between Al Cohen Mall and Guardian Insurance Plaza, Havensight, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas. 340/774–5840; www.rentamotion.com.
Budget. Cyril E. King Airport, 70 Lindbergh Bay , 4 miles west of Charlotte Amalie, Lindbergh Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802. 340/776–5774; www.budgetstt.com.
Dependable Car Rental. Estate Contant, 12 Lindbergh Bay , 1½ miles (3 km) east of Cyril E. King Airport off Rte. 308, turning north at the Medical Arts Bldg., Lindbergh Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802. 340/774–2253; 800/522–3076; www.dependablecar.com.
Discount Car Rental. The main office of this local, family-owned business is in Lindbergh Bay, but they pick up at the Cyril E. King Airport as well as from most resorts and hotels. Cyril E. King Airport, 70 Lindbergh Bay , 4 miles west of Charlotte Amalie; car rental is located adjacent to the entrance road of the airport, 1 min from the terminal, 00803. 340/776–4858; 877/478–2833; www.discountcar.vi.
E-Z Car Rental. Anchorage Beach Resort, Yacht Club Rd., off Rte. 322, on the far east end of St. Thomas and a 30-min. drive from the airport, 00802. 340/775–6255; 800/524–2027.
Hertz. Cyril E King Airport, Airport Rd., 8100 Lindbergh Bay , 4 miles west of Charlotte Amalie, Lindbergh Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, 00802. 340/774–1879; www.hertz.com.