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captbill
February 15, 2017 11:00AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 27

I am a recently retired executive from a major Silicon Valley computer company. My wife and I have been looking for years at a variety of out-of-country places to retire; Panama... Costa Rica... Belize... The Bahamas... many of the leeward and windward islands.

We live in south Florida now and have for 15 years so we fully understand livability issues with salt-air, bugs, humidity, hurricanes, even Saharan dust. It had to be a tropical or sub-tropical area for us.

We discovered vimovingcenter.com and devoured "The Settlers Handbook" and "Life in the Left Lane".

We recently visited for an extended period on a PMV, fell in love with St. Croix, bought a place and are moving there in about a month. The draw of being a US territory was just too much to ignore given the variety of *challenges* the other places all had on top of those in USVI.

Local insights here on getting cars and household goods shipped... what should be locally expedited by an expert like clearing our Jeep through the titling and registration process... what to bring vs. what not... what areas to target vs. what areas to avoid... getting our pet cat in... challenges with the BMV and the documentation beyond the normal Real ID Act silliness required... the financial incompetence of the local government... WAPA power outages... Internet reliability... the incredible value of property there now... on and on. For us, the pros outweighed the cons by orders of magnitude.

I just wanted to say how valuable this site and the forum has been to us. We are going into this relocation with our eyes wide open. Thanks to all.

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speee1dy
February 15, 2017 11:28AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,518

very glad to hear you found this site so valuable. congratulations and enjoy

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Alana33
February 15, 2017 12:36PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,852

Let us know how it goes, whether rainbows or warts!
Welcome to the VI and good luck.

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watruw8ing4
February 15, 2017 03:40PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 851

It helped me tremendously 9 years ago, and it still helps today. Welcome!

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vicanuck
February 15, 2017 03:43PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,285

Welcome to St. Croix! Keep us posted on how everything is working out. Many of us here on the forum are long term residents who like to share gossip, opinion and innuendo.

Feel free to share!

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STTsailor
February 15, 2017 07:35PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 487

Quote
captbill
I am a recently retired executive from a major Silicon Valley computer company. My wife and I have been looking for years at a variety of out-of-country places to retire; Panama... Costa Rica... Belize... The Bahamas... many of the leeward and windward islands.

We live in south Florida now and have for 15 years so we fully understand livability issues with salt-air, bugs, humidity, hurricanes, even Saharan dust. It had to be a tropical or sub-tropical area.......

I just wanted to say how valuable this site and the forum has been to us. We are going into this relocation with our eyes wide open. Thanks to all.

The first paragraph red like Nigerian letter. It got me fooled as he never asked to transfer his retirement assets for a small fee.

Welcome to the islands Mister. Don't let that US flag fool you.
Gov Mapp will take your money faster than Mobutu and he doesn't take American Express. That Panama may feel sweet in 6 months. Welcome and thank you.

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pilatesgal318
February 15, 2017 10:39PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 406

Welcome, captbill, and best of luck to you on STX!

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captbill
February 16, 2017 08:05AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 27

STTSailor, that Nigerian scam comment made my day. Too funny

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East Ender
February 16, 2017 08:47AM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,925

Welcome to the fun house! I hope you will continue to post with your "fresh transplant" views. It always helps the next person in line. Good luck on your move.happy

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