St. John in the United States Virgin Islands is a fantastic place to explore for a few days or weeks. The allure of the Caribbean is on full display on St. John with miles of beautufl beaches, waters of every shade of blue, and a vibrant landscape teeming with wildlife.
Take your visit to the next level with a car or better yet, a Jeep rental and explore every part of the island in style and at your own pace. Renting a car in St John, USVI, can make it easy to visit all the beaches and not just closer ones on the north shore.
Check out this list of the best car rentals for your next trip to St. John.
Driving on St. John
The most important thing to remember is that you drive on the left in St. John. Although the island is part of the United States Virgin Islands, left-side driving has been the rule of the land since transportation has been there.
Your car rental will be left-hand-drive, so the combination can be confusing at first if you’re visiting from the United States. Allow yourself time to adjust closer to town before heading out into the Virgin Islands National Park.
Be ready to slow down and take things on island time during your visit to St. John. The locals are accustomed to taking time getting around and you can take a page from their book.
Roads on the U.S Virgin Islands are incredibly narrow and sometimes winding, so abide by all posted speed limit signs and play it safe around all corners. You’ll see loads of pedestrians, livestock, and other animals wandering the island on the roads.
Just like driving on the mainland, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your chosen destination, keeping in mind the highest speed limit on the entire island is 35 miles per hour.
Fortunately, the island isn’t to big. If you’re staying in Cruz Bay, the longest distance apart from here all the way to the east end is less than 40 mintues.
Mr. Piper’s Jeeps is located in the heart of Cruz Bay, the activities hub of St. John and largest town. They offer 2-door and 4-door Jeep Wranglers as well as Toyota Highlanders that can comfortably seat an entire family of up to 7.
If you need a vehicle delivered or to be shuttled to pick up your car, you can arrange this with Mr. Piper’s friendly customer service staff.
Prices range from around $100/day for a two-door Jeep Wrangler to $140/day for a spacious 4-door Toyota Highlander.
Fees are cheaper than on the mainland with additional drivers only costing $5/day per driver and adding a collision damage waiver is only $10/day.
Conveniently located one block from the Cruz Bay Dock, Conrad Sutton Car Rental offers Jeep Wrangler hard-tops in 2-door and 4-door configurations and Jeep Cherokee. They’ve been in business for over 40 years providing quality transportation to visitors from all over the world.
Conrad Sutton Car Rental has very affordable rates between $80 and $90 per day and weekly rates between $450 and $540 for even more savings if your staying on the island longer than a few days.
All rentals include free additional drivers. This means more than one person can drive and it’s not something that many other car rental companies offer at no cost. You also get unlimited mileage, free pickup and drop off, and a free map of St. John to guide you on your trip.
Just steps away from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, Slim Man’s Jeep Rental offers more than just Jeep Wranglers. In addition to this classic 4WD icon, Slim Man’s rents out the Toyota RAV4, Ford Bronco Sport, and Ford Explorer.
All vehicles are 2019 and newer so you’ll have all of the most modern options available to drive and can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting a reliable vehicle.
There is a price point for all budgets ranging from the affordable 2-door Jeep Wrangler for $90-$98/day depending on the season all the way up to the spacious Ford Explorer for $120-$140/day. Discounted weekly rates are available between $540 and $750.
Check out L&L Jeep Rental, just a short two-minute walk down Prince Street from the Cruz Bay ferry dock.
Choose from any one of the following: 2 or 4-door Jeep Wrangler, 2 or 4 door Ford Bronco including the Bronco Sport, and the Toyota RAV4. You can expect to pay anywhere between $90-120/day for a rental here, with discounted weekly rates available.
In addition, L&L Jeep Rental offers discounted parking in their paid parking lot and discounted group rates on vehicle rentals for weddings or business trips. If you’re thinking of getting married in paradise, they might offer a decent savings arrangement.
Donald and Deborah Schnell have taken their passion for St. John and shared it with visitors from around the world with their vehicle rental service, Bougainville Leasing, Ltd.
Apart from rental cars, they offer villa rentals through their sister company, Artistic Villas. You can help support a local mom and pop business and get first class treatment at the same time.
Rental rates are between $90/day for a Toyota Rav4 or Jeep Wrangler X up to $140/day for a large, 7-passenger SUV such as the Dodge Durango or Toyota Highlander.
Cool Breeze Car Rental is a quick, two-minute stroll down the block from the ferry dock in downtown Cruz Bay.
They offer one of the widest selections of vehicles, with a perfect fit for any party size or capability needs. It’s a good option for families who need larger accommodations or couples who don’t need large trucks.
There are every configuration of Kia Sorento, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, and more.
Daily rates start at $87 to $145, with weekly and seasonal discounts available. Online reservations are available on their website or through a phone call with one of their customer representatives.
O’Connor Car Rental has provided visitors to St. John with rental cars since 1975.
It was founded by Robert O’Connor Sr. and his son, Robert O’Connor Jr. has taken up the torch of the family business.
They offer two locations in Cruz Bay, one located in the heart of downtown and one at The Westin St. John Resort. O’Connor Car Rentals offers Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Compass, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV 4, and for larger parties, the Dodge Durango or Dodge Caravan.
The rates you can expect to pay range between $90/day or $535/week to $120/day or $795/week, depending on which vehicle you decide on.