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what do locals do for fun?

gvsu09cj
February 28, 2018 10:14AM

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My employer recently posted two job positions, one on STT and one on STX with a 3 year minimum stay. I am giving these positions a lot of thought. I have never been to the USVI, but would like to know what the local population does for entertainment.

I know there are plenty of beaches, I love to scuba dive, fishing, enjoy kayaking and would live to give SUP a go. But I know I will not be scuba diving every weekend and couldn't afford to fish every weekend.

What else do people do in the USVI to keep entertained? I am afraid that if I move there, I will have rock fever in 6 mos.

Thanks for any advice.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Afriend
February 28, 2018 11:45AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 454

Pretty much the same kind of activities you have where you now live. You’ll find various groups around the islands that have similar interests that engage in different activities. For example you’ll find groups that like to play cards or game, that go hiking, do yoga, etc.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Scubadoo
February 28, 2018 01:32PM

Registered: 4 years ago
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You can shore dive the walls at Davis and Cane Bay as well as the pier on STX until you hit your limits and are prune wrinkled every day if you want. As good as any boat dive. If you own your own gear which you will certainly want to you'll only pay for tanks or air fills. What we don't have is a lot of nightlife. Well, there's always night diving at the pier at least.big grin

Anybody heard anything on the new zip line near Carambola lately?

Re: what do locals do for fun?

speee1dy
February 28, 2018 02:25PM

Registered: 10 years ago
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well, what do you do for fun where you live?

Re: what do locals do for fun?

gvsu09cj
February 28, 2018 03:55PM

Registered: 6 months ago
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Well I live in northern Michigan, in a smaller community with tons of outdoor activities. I enjoy fishing, biking (mountain and road), the hiking here is beautiful, going to the beach (during our short summer). I enjoy participating in mountain bike races and triathlons. The town and surrounding area has community festivals year round to keep things interesting. We have some good breweries to visit. Obviously downhill skiing wouldn't be an option.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Afriend
February 28, 2018 04:35PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 454

All of those activities except perhaps visiting “breweries” can be done on one or more of the USVI’s.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Alana33
February 28, 2018 05:04PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

More night life in STT.
More to do, in general.
Lots of activities, lots of options for volunteering.
Ferry to STJ for the day or take your car over on car barge and explore.
Good luck with your decision!

Re: what do locals do for fun?

gvsu09cj
February 28, 2018 05:13PM

Registered: 6 months ago
Posts: 5

Thank you for your responses!! It is a big decision and I want to go into it with as much info as possible. I just want to make sure I have plenty to do so I do not feel trapped if I move there.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Afriend
February 28, 2018 05:58PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 454

Not trying to sound negative but many of us who regularly engage in the above mentioned activities still come down with a case of "rock fever" every once in a while and have to make a trip off-island to get a taste of civilization.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Scubadoo
February 28, 2018 07:42PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,070

Quote
Afriend
All of those activities except perhaps visiting “breweries” can be done on one or more of the USVI’s.

We have two distilleries to visit on STX in addition to Two Fat Chicks Tropical Brew Pub , oh what fun we have when the weather turns to rain.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

stxem
March 01, 2018 01:11AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 847

Leatherback Brewing Company should be opening their doors to tours/tastings in the next couple of months.

Two Fat Chicks hasn’t been open for the past few weeks. Owner is off island for medical treatment, not sure if it’s going to reopen.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

stjohnjulie
March 01, 2018 01:53AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 770

If you don't mind me asking, where in Michigan are you living? I moved to St. John from Kalamazoo Michigan more than 18 years ago. And do you mind if I ask you what kind of job you would be coming here for? I am just wondering about the three year commitment. Is that because they only need someone here three years or is it because they have a hard time transferring someone here that stays?

Being from Michigan myself, I kind of feel like I lose track of time living here. It always feels like summer smiling I was never a fan of the cold and snow in the first place, so I don't miss that part at all. But in the early years here, the changing of seasons was something I missed a bit. Now that I've been here longer, I notice the subtle changes in our seasons more but they are nothing like the dramatic changes you experience in Michigan!

If you are worried about rock fever, maybe STT would be a better option. It's busier, STJ is just a short ferry ride away. You can also make trips to STX and PR that wont set you back too much.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

rosesisland
March 01, 2018 08:07AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 699

I live on STX. We have everything here you mentioned except the snow part activities. This month we have a huge, huge St Patrick's Day festival-like celebration parade. Last month, was Mardi Croix celebration and parade. The month before a large Three Kings Day parade and carnival village. We have Jump Ups 4 times per year where the streets in downtown are blocked off for big party. Once per month we have Jazz in the Park in both towns. We have Art Thrusdays where the galleries stay open late with open houses. We have annually The Taste of St Croix where restaurants compete. Crew de Croix has fundraising activities throughout the year such as the Dog Parade, hot sauce contest. Many bars and restaurants have off island and local talented bands on regular basis. Cultural parades and on and on...

And many, many more activities as we find any excuse to have a celebration. I consider us the rural, agriculture island of small town loving people. If you want something to do, we got cha covered.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

Scubadoo
March 01, 2018 09:10AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,070

Yeah, we don't seem to run out of excuses for a party.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

speee1dy
March 01, 2018 10:44AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

That's pretty much what you can do here. But lots warmer. And no snow. Lol.

quote=gvsu09cj]
Well I live in northern Michigan, in a smaller community with tons of outdoor activities. I enjoy fishing, biking (mountain and road), the hiking here is beautiful, going to the beach (during our short summer). I enjoy participating in mountain bike races and triathlons. The town and surrounding area has community festivals year round to keep things interesting. We have some good breweries to visit. Obviously downhill skiing wouldn't be an option.[/quote]

Re: what do locals do for fun?

gvsu09cj
March 01, 2018 12:17PM

Registered: 6 months ago
Posts: 5

Sweet. This info helps a lot. I live all the way up in Marquette. The long winters are turning into a drag. The summers here are wonderful here while they last. Most of the activities that I enjoy doing occur during the summer. It seems that more often than not, I have to endure the winters.

Re: what do locals do for fun?

speee1dy
March 01, 2018 02:34PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

Come down. Relax. Enjoy

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