The left lane will become a left turn only, so get in the right lane on this road which narrows to 2 lanes as it passes an old, historic red fort on the left and the pale green legislature building on the right. At the second traffic light past the fort and legislature, make a right turn and stay on this the road as it continues along the harbor (passing a Wendy's on the right) and then past the cruise ship dock on the right up a hill towards the Marriott Frenchmens Reef Hotel where the road makes a sharp, 90 degree left turn (if you see the Marriott, you have gone too far). This road goes up and down some hills and after a number of miles, you will come to a stop sign (note on the right the infamous 'bridge to no-where' which was built with Federal money but connects to nothing at either end). Stay on this road which eventually will pass on the left a sprawling yellow building -- it is the high school the St. John kids have to commute by ferry to. About 1/4 mile past the school there will be a shopping area on both sides of the road.
The ferries and barges are on the right just past this shopping area so you have almost made it! Make the next right on the right and to the left (where you want to go) the barges (vehicles and pax). Stop at the shack on the left to pay the Port Authority a few dollars (make sure to say "good day" even if it is not) and there by the water is a concrete ramp for the barges:
- wait in line (if there are cars/trucks ahead of you) patiently (very important)
- and be prepared to BACK onto the barge when your turn comes
- you pay once you are on board. You can buy a round-trip ticket, but be advised there are three different barge companies and one of them --Boyson -- will not accept the return tickets for the other two barge companies.
SCHEDULE: Boyson barges run once an hour on the half-hour and the other 2 barge companies run every hour on the hour. Last barge trip is 6:30 PM on Boyson and 7PM on "Captain Vic" EXCEPT FOR SUNDAY when "Captain Vic" does not run all day. Be advised this schedule is not subject to anything but the whim of the barge captain.
Once on the barge you can relax! After you have paid the attendant (who comes around to each vehicle), venture upstairs and enjoy the ride. As St John approaches you will appreciate why you have chosen this far-away island for your Caribbean vacation.