Small, But Central

There’s something funny that we often think about when describing our part of the US Virgin Islands and what we see as we take people around the island. 

St. Thomas is, by any measure, one of the smallest island communities in the area. Even looking beyond islands like St. John’s and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands to other regional island destinations, you can see that St. Thomas is fairly small compared to its neighbors. 

But it has a big reputation in the region as an excellent vacation destination! And that’s something that we like to talk about, as a top tour operator here. 

Harbor Lights

One excellent component of the St. Thomas community is the bustling harbor around the town of Charlotte Amelie, a town with a big history. 

It’s a particular scenic niche in the USVI area that has its own draw and appeal to tourists and vacationers.

You could see a lot of evidence in this on our website, in our gallery and elsewhere.

And that’s part of the itinerary that we put together as we help people travel around St. Thomas. We show them Charlotte Amelie and its environs, as well as the more remote parts of an island with “heavenly views.”

Beaches and Greenery

This island also has its share of scenic beaches. Relax with a margarita or martini, or run or walk on pristine sand, in an environment that is hard to match anywhere.

Inland, there are other natural areas that also represent island beauty in excellent ways.

So all of this is encapsulated in this unique small island in the USVI! There’s also a lot to do in St. Thomas. In addition to all of the usual stuff like snorkeling, horseback riding or other activities, you can check out museums or even the local botanical gardens.

It’s this type of sightseeing that brings even more tourists and visitors into the St. Thomas/USVI area, and we are ready to accommodate your group with transparent pricing and a quality of service that can’t be beat. We are also uniquely positioned to take you around St. Thomas – with luxury and comfort of air conditioned vehicles and a good knowledge base for getting people around easily and conveniently. Check out our services and book a tour that will allow you to “be part of the action” and give your camera a workout – because when you see St. Thomas, it’s a place you’re likely to want to return to, again and again. 

Pros and Cons of Living in an Island Paradise

Here at J.S. Miller Taxi, we are always involved in the life of the island. Our visitors come and go, but we stay crafting a unique tour experience for our guests.

So here’s a little bit about the experience of living in St. Thomas. 

Salt Life!

First, there is the marine nature of this community that’s bordered on all sides by water…

You have your boats and marinas, and what one of our friends jokingly called ‘aquatic infrastructure.’

It’s all there, and a lot of the people who make their living here do so primarily because they want to be in the water. So we have kind of a culture of sea-faring and a relationship with the shoreline. 

The Scenery

All of this makes for impressive scenic beauty all over St. Thomas, that astounds visitors who have never been here before. You’ll want to bring your camera!

You’ll see the way that the natural topology of the island contrasts with the calm blue all around it.

It’s really a unique experience to travel the contours of St. Thomas and see everything that this island offers on a daily basis.


Lest you also think that St. Thomas is just a very sleepy place, the city of Charlotte Amalie is a real hub for travel and cosmopolitan interaction around the island.

That’s another cool thing about this island destination – the diversity of experience that you can have here, as we keep learning day by day.

We are a family run business with an excellent reputation in St. Thomas and a lot of relationships with the people here. We have invested in getting to know this island well, so that we can help you to plan the perfect itinerary when you have a limited time to enjoy the area. 

Okay, so we talked about all of the pros of living in St. Thomas – what about the cons?

Well, the obvious one is that supplies are more difficult to get on an island than they would be on the mainland. But we’ve planned for this, and are able to offer our guests a surprising level of luxury and comfort as they take in the sights and sounds of a unique island ecosystem and environment! Ask us about the tour packages that we offer and what you can do around St. Thomas, whenever you get here. 

The Lay Of The Land

As a top travel service around St. Thomas island, we’ve seen it all. We’ve used that knowledge to put together the best service for itineraries and day trips around the island that you won’t soon forget. Here are some of the areas we tour regularly. 

Charlotte Amalie

Down by the water there is the thriving town of Charlotte Amalie, famous for its beautiful red roofs and aesthetic design and a bustling part of St. Thomas island. We can guide you around the best landmarks in an easy and convenient way, with luxury vehicles that help you to parade around in style.

Up in the Hills

Further up the hills of St. Thomas, some landmarks give you those particular views of the cove and surrounding areas that you’ll definitely want in your phone or camera when you leave.

Getting a little altitude allows you to see the panoramic views that people love about this island paradise!

Piers and Skiffs

Here’s another part of the island that you want to explore – dozens of little jetties and outcroppings house private piers and small boats, and represent their own small ecosystems within the island’s geography.

You want to get some shots of these, too, because they’re very different island views than you would get from the above locations.

Untrammeled Beauty

When you’re down in Charlotte Amalie with all of that traffic, you wouldn’t think of it, but you don’t have to travel too far to be out in areas where there aren’t any people at all!

When you see shots of empty beaches and beautiful coastline looking like it’s frozen in time, you are seeing these wilderness areas of the island where there is not the kind of development that you expect when you land in the island’s capital city.

Take a look at these and much more…

Why are we able to carry you around in style and comfort? Because we invest in those top-class aspects of travel that make your journey great. From adequate air conditioning and climate control to comfortable seating and more, we make your St. Thomas trip a world-class experience in more ways than one. You can look back in the blog to see a lot of the detailed aspects of how we create these unique journeys, and the experience of our people and what they bring to the table. It’s that sense of local knowledge along with dedication to customer service and customer experience that makes these St. Thomas trips all they can be!

It’s Busy Around Here!

When you come to the island, you want to get in everything that you can in a day’s itinerary. That’s natural. After all, you spent significant resources getting here – making your travel plans, packing, and departing from the mainland to come to an island paradise that’s the marvel of visitors from around the world!

But getting the most out of your St. Thomas visit is easier said than done.

Busy Coastal Highways

If you’re entering at some of the common points around Cyril King and Charlotte Amalie, the capital city of the island, one of the first things you’re going to see is somewhat congested traffic and a lot of activity around a coastal highway that fronts busy residential and commercial sectors of the city.

That can be challenging for tourists who are here for the first time, and really didn’t anticipate what it was going to be like. That’s what we’ve heard from some first-timers, and we can see why. 

Getting Around

So how do you zip through the lines and get the best scenic views and experiences as you motor around St. Thomas?

The answer is simple – you go with a guide, with a company that operates tours here every single day, and knows the lay of the land extremely well.

That’s part of why we set up these high-quality tours of the island – because we knew that people were looking for a way to get an advantage in dealing with traffic, parking issues, and more. Experienced travelers know that this phenomenon is more and more of a concern anywhere around the world, as some of the top tourist areas develop and become discovered by a growing number of travelers.

Style and Luxury

That’s not all we offer, either…

As we take you on the ‘St. Thomas express’ so to speak, helping you to avoid the bottlenecks and problems that frustrated travelers are experiencing when trying to plan these trips themselves, we’re also taking you around in style, with attractive high-end vehicles and in comfort with adequate air conditioning and luxury features.

We would say that in some ways, we’re a little bit like a limousine company in that our vehicles are luxurious places to rest and relax while you see the sights.

Our drivers are talented and experienced, and know how to get you around in the most efficient ways.

Both of those things are important when you’re taking a trip to St. Thomas and as we said, that talent and experience helps us to help you to get around some of the biggest problems that people face when they try to tour around here. It’s simply busy – because people have figured out what a great destination this is. But with our help you can beat the crowds and enjoy a top-class vacation in the Charlotte Amalie/St. Thomas area.

The Benefits of Planning a Tropical Vacation in Winter

Saying that 2021 has been a stressful year is a drastic understatement. As this year starts to draw to a close, most people are looking for effective ways to reduce their stress and increase the amount of fun they have. One of the best ways to accomplish both of these goals is by taking a vacation with the people you love. 

If you are trying to escape the frigid temperatures of winter, then there is no better time to plan a tropical vacation. Popular tropical destinations like St. Thomas are still warm this time of year and make for great vacation getaways. Do you want to know more about the benefits of taking a tropical vacation in winter? If so, read the information below.

Treat Your Body and Mind

Over the past eighteen months, more people than ever before have started to think about how to improve their health. One of the main motivations behind this sudden uptick in healthy thinking is directly related to the global pandemic. If you are looking for a way to improve your overall mental and physical well-being, then getting out into nature is crucial. 

Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body with the help of the sun is extremely beneficial for your body. Breathing in fresh air on your tropical vacation is also beneficial. The saltwater you swim in while on your trip to St. Thomas also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. After a few days in this tropical paradise, you will probably feel better than you have in years. 

Take Advantage of Great Weather

Some people think that the weather around the world during winter is frigid. In reality, most tropical climates still have warm temperatures, even during the winter months. This means that you can still enjoy all of the features of a tropical vacation even if it is snowing where you live. 

Before you plan a trip to a tropical destination, do some research to figure out what temperatures will be like. The more you know about the climate in a particular location, the easier it will be to decide if you need to take a trip there during winter. 

Avoid the Headaches of Traveling During Peak Season

Trying to go on a tropical vacation during the summer months can be difficult. In most cases, this time of year is extremely busy. This means you will have to pay more for accommodations and will have to wait in long lines to see popular attractions. Winter vacations are growing in popularity because people realize how much easier it is to have a good time without large crowds.  

Planning your tropical vacation well in advance will allow you to book a great hotel and flights for a reasonable price. A travel agent can help you make the process of planning a vacation much easier.    

If you feel like traveling to a tropical location during winter is right for you, it is time to start the vacation planning process. With a well-planned vacation, you can make great memories with your family.

Private vs Shared Taxi: Which is Better?

Are you finally planning that long-awaited trip that eluded you for years? If yes, then remember to book your taxi service on time. Choosing a taxi service is one of the fundamental steps to planning a trip. It has the potential to make or break your experience. 

Let’s be honest, no one likes a cranky driver or a foul-smelling vehicle that breaks at every point. In fact, in a survey conducted by McKinsey, travelers revealed that convenience was the key to satisfaction when it comes to taxis. 

However, choosing the perfect taxi option can sometimes be overwhelming as there are mixed reviews for both shared and private cabs. To ensure you have selected the correct alternative, let’s try and understand what private and shared taxis offer.

Private Taxi Service

A private taxi is booked for personal usage to travel as an individual or a group. It is pre-scheduled, can be availed as per the passenger’s comfort, and offers ultimate at-door service. Unlike traditional taxis, one does not have to worry about facilities, cleanliness, or efficiency of the vehicle when opting for these services.

Private taxis come with professionally-trained drivers who take care of everything while you soak in a stress-free, luxurious experience. From trusted tour guides to excellent hotel recommendations, you can rely on your driver for a safe, affordable, and great vacation.

Shared Taxi Service

A shared taxi is nothing but a regular private taxi or cab shared among different people who divide the expense amongst themselves. It’s a commercial business convenient for both drivers and passengers. 

While the fundamentals remain the same, some differences between a private and a shared taxi are expenses and routes. A shared taxi picks up different passengers from different routes and drops them at their respective destinations. This involves frequent stops and detours. Affordability is a major factor that makes shared taxis a viable option for most passengers.

Which is Better?

There’s much confusion and debate over selecting a preferred taxi for vacation. While private taxis are faster and hassle-free, shared taxis often take the lead when it comes to modest pricing. However, shared taxis come with their share of cons which include undefined routes, unknown co-passengers, safety concerns, difficulty to book at the last minute, and increased rates during peak hours. 

On the other hand, private taxis offer a more stress-free and personalized experience that is both productive and efficient. With reduced waiting time, reliable drivers, and anytime-anywhere service, private taxis take the upper hand in the long run.

Both alternatives are equally great and the choice depends on your preference and budget. If you’re okay with paying a little more, a private cab should be your go-to option. If there’s a budget constraint, then shared taxis offer a better alternative. 

So, don’t wait any longer. Get ready to plan that trip and book your taxi today! 

Ferries (And More) Around St. Thomas

It’s one of the questions that people often Google as they look to first set up their St. Thomas or US Virgin Islands vacation. What about ferries?

These beautiful boats that take travelers from one part of the island paradise to another are very important in creating the right infrastructure for tourism around here. In other words, it’s not always possible to build a magnificent high bridge from one island to another. Travelers and tourism authorities get around this by utilizing a boat that runs as a shuttle between one island and another. It’s a time-tested strategy that works, with a lot of history, and a great application to the island paradise that we call home.

St. Thomas and its Surroundings

What web surfers will quickly find as they Google this question is that there are several ferries from St. Thomas to islands like St. Croix, St. John’s and Tortola.

As you do the research, maybe with a mug of coffee and your cat curled around your feet, you’ll see that each of these ferries has its own schedule and its own shuttle time and connection logistics.

Some of these shuttles can take an hour or more, while others have shorter trajectories, Some require longer wait times than others. Ferry schedules and other details can change – for instance, it’s important to look periodically to see if anything has changed with covid-19 requirements on-board.

Help with Island Travel

Who can you count on to help with island travel plans?

You can count on J.S. Miller.

Our comfortable and air-conditioned limousines and taxis are a great way to get anywhere on St. Thomas, even to a connecting ferry off the island. But that’s only part of the reason that so many travelers use us to get around Charlotte Amalie and other parts of St. Thomas, including the most beautiful and historic parts!

We are dedicated to getting you where you need to go in comfort and in style, and going the extra mile to help you to make your island dreams come true. When this requires changes in your itinerary, complex help with directions or the ability to manage quick change, we can help. We know that travel experiences are often unpredictable, and having an experienced guide makes a world of difference. Get set up with a company that cares, and an experienced tour and travel provider that does this every day. We’ll help you to see USVI and St. Thomas the right way!

In The Harbor And On Land

One thing you see when you look at iconic photos of Charlotte Amalie (the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands) and the rest of the St. Thomas island is those majestic ships.

Cruise ships are built to look grand and spectacular. You see them stream into the port, colors blazing, and you see them docked there, delivering newcomers to one of the most unique scenic areas of the world.

In fact, a lot of photo literature around the island’s life shows these massive cruise ships sitting in the harbor, complementing the sea and sky and the attractive quaint architecture and layout of the island city.

But thinking about travel to and around St. Thomas, that’s only part of the equation: there’s also all of the comfort that you will expect on land, as you make your way around. 

Five-Star Taxi and Limousine Service

With J. S. Miller Taxi, you get fully customized trips around St. Thomas island in style and comfort. Sitting in one of our limousines or high-quality executive SUVs is an experience to be envied. Tour the island in air-conditioned luxury and with a unique itinerary for your chosen sightseeing priorities.

You Are a VIP

Whether it’s getting to the sites that you’ve chosen, or helping with logistics like getting you your favorite drink or snack, we are on the ball. These concierge services and specialized tours mean you can craft the experience that you want on St. Thomas, right down to the smallest detail. Also, you get the knowledge and experience of skilled tour guides, so that you can do more on the USVI. 

St. Thomas Island is sea-bound. Yes, and known for its stellar seascapes, but this is also a place that’s built for land travel. The iconic beauty of the coastal road from Charlotte Amalie snaking around the contour line of the island is a unique opportunity for a great waterfront tour from the comfort of one of our vehicles. There are also historic sites like Blackbeard’s castle and other attractions where having direct access gives you a fun-filled day. If you’re interested, you can start talking to us early about what you want to put together. In partnership, we can come up with the right tour for you! Check out our blog and gallery and other resources for a look at what we do on St. Thomas, and bookmark J. S. Miller, because you won’t need any other land transport around here!

Top St. Thomas Landmarks And Locations

What do you see when you tour the island of St. Thomas?

There are two ways to answer this – first, you simply see stunning panoramic displays and paradise visions, (for lack of a better phrase… paradisical?)

Then, if you want to get more detailed about it, you see a variety of key sites and landmarks that add up to a thrilling day of sightseeing around this magical island.

Here are some of the top destinations around St. Thomas: getting a good look at some of these is part of a great island experience!

Natural Lagoons and Coves

A bevy of lagoon and cove areas are part of the island’s unique topography. Some explore them in kayaks, and some marvel from the land, but these are common additions to a St. Thomas tour, chances to see some of the interesting wildlife and get the scenic vistas that you came for. 

Beach Areas

Top beach areas at St. Thomas include Honeymoon Beach and Magen’s Bay Beach. The latter is often a key addition in a sightseeing itinerary. Both are beautiful, with lush island flora and compelling panoramic views.

Charlotte Amalie Overlook

Move to the top of the island and survey the Charlotte Amalie community from above. You’ll see the iconic red-topped buildings and the blue sea and more, laid out in spectacular detail. You’ll want to take some time up here to admire the view. 

Fort Christian

This iconic red fortress is also a great visual part of what St. Thomas has to offer, with its own history and narrative. We’ve added it to many of our tours that include a historic component. Get more details on your trip!

Blackbeard’s Castle

Rich in lore and history, Blackbeard’s castle provides a look at the original architecture with some new amenities like a modern pool added on. We like to add this to the itinerary because it’s an impressive part of what the island has to offer. 

Coral World Ocean Park

If the family wants some interaction with nature, head over to the 

Coral World Ocean Park where you can experience some of the local environment up close.

At J.S. Miller Taxi, we help our guests to experience all of this and more with exciting St. Thomas tours that are done in style and comfort with our modern resources and knowledgeable guides. Check out more on the web site about getting the most out of your St. Thomas vacation – every time! We are dedicated to helping you to optimize the time that you have on the island, to bring back some phenomenal memories.

Basic Rules to Follow When Using Taxis on Vacation

Are you starting to go stir crazy in your home? If you answered yes, then it is probably time to plan a trip. Getting away from your normal life and exploring new parts of the world can be extremely fun. Studies show that millions of vacation days go unused by American workers annually. If it has been a few years since you have gotten away, now is the time to start planning a trip.

While on your trip, you will need a form of transportation to get you from point A to point B. Taxis are one of the most affordable and convenient modes of transportation you can use while on vacation. If you plan on using taxis during your trip, be sure to follow the rules mentioned in this article.

Take a Proactive Approach

One of the main mistakes people make when traveling to a popular destination like the U.S. Virgin Islands is failing to book their transportation ahead of time. Larger tourist attractions like these accommodate lots of travelers at once. This means that your chances of hailing a taxi in busier parts of St. Thomas Islands can be nearly impossible. If you want to avoid the headache of being unable to find transportation to and from your hotel, then booking your taxi accommodations well in advance is a wise move.

By doing this, you can get a feel for how much this part of your trip costs. You also get peace of mind knowing that you have a taxi to take you wherever you need to go on vacation.

A Little Patience Goes A Long Way

People generally want to make the absolute most out of every moment of their vacation. When traveling to popular vacation destinations, you need to prepare for traffic and gridlock. The roadways in popular areas like St. Thomas are extremely busy, which means locals have to wait in traffic on a regular basis. If you find yourself stuck in traffic while vacationing in this island paradise, don’t blow your top.

You need to realize there is nothing your taxi driver can do to fix the traffic situation. Being patient helps you keep your blood pressure down and your positivity levels high.

Focus on Being a Good Tipper

The average taxi driver works extremely hard during their shift. While showing your taxi driver common courtesy and respect is important, you also need to provide them with monetary compensation to show your gratitude. Generally, you need to tip a taxi driver 15 to 30% of the total bill. By doing this, you can help a working local put food on the table and provide for their family. If you can tip your taxi driver a bit more, don’t be afraid to make their day with this act of kindness.

Are you in need of transportation on your upcoming trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands? If so, JS Miller Taxi and Tours can definitely help you out.