To be able to arrive in St John and St Thomas (US virgin islands) other than by plane or public transport, you require an US visa and to get one you must have an interview at American Embassy, but a loophole in their legislation allowed me to go first by ferry from Tortola (BVI) that took 25 minutes to St John (USVI), and got my visa for 90 days.
Going through checkpoint to board the ferry in Tortola they ask me to remove my belt, put the phone and any coins in the bag while I went through the electronic detector that looked more like a pine door frame. I was then handed back my bag with belt and phone in it through the outside of the frame without looking into it.
I looked at the security perplexed; laugh but she did not get it.
I went back to Tortola on the ferry and sailed in to St John the next day. Nothing different about these islands, only that there are more Americans, more shit food and more mediocre service that you must tip at 18% of the bill. Crap. Crap crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Coast Guards are ready for action as if they are expecting a terrorist invasion.
I will keep moving west to the Island of Culebra close to the east coast of Puerto Rico and hopping for more inhabited and deserted places.