Any "Compare" Islands charts out there?!
The decision to move to an island has been made from years. But which Island?? Have been "learning" about many different Eastern, Western, & Southern Caribbean Islands, even the Bahamas, for quiet some time and have not ruled out the US VI as my potential future "Home". Originally from P.R., so not a complete stranger to some Island living, but even P.R. is too big and too busy for where I'd like to end up (soon). Have been in New England now for over 20 years (Yikes!) & need to narrow down my choices STAT, & start working on more detailed research and finally relocate within the next 2-3 years (Frequent vacations can really add up $$$ when you can't get enough of 'em Islands!!) Head of single income household, in the Medical field, with possibly a college student / part time employed dependent or 2 in tow. Anyone else brain storming on deciding which Island to settle in? What informative resources have you found out there, to help you narrow down your choices??
For me one of the big deciding factors was that the USVI islands only required 20 percent down on our home here. Bahamas was closer to 40 percent down. I know that it is a monetary thing but it was big for us. Also still nice to be a US citizen. Just my 2 cents
Generally, I'd tell people to consider immigration laws first when picking a Caribbean island. For most Americans, legal residence issues eliiminate all but the USVI and PR from consideration. But since you're in the medical field, you will be welcome in more countries. You'd also be welcome if you're in one of certain other professions, or if you have lots of money and won't have to work, or if you create local jobs.
Here is an earlier thread comparing the three main US Virgin Islands:
Other resources with forums:
I don't know of any comparison charts. You just have to research one at a time.
Thank you both! Every little bit of info, ideas, & resource links help a bunch.
We are retired not looking for work we were definitely looking at Saint Thomas or Water Island. Doing our research we found rental housing to be very expensive in the VI.Electricity very high ,crime very high etc. We have chosen to move to Saint Lucia for a year, housing is about one third that of VI living expenses reasonable. Being a expat would make it very hard to find a job .
St Croix more affordable then St Thomas especially with the closing of hovensa. Housing comparable to the states. Live simply like many and is very affordable.
You will find that crime in St. lucia, percentage wise is the same as in STX. My wife and I lived on a sailboat and cruised just about to every island. Cuba is our favority, but we settled in STX because it is the USA and not the hectic life of STT and the BVI's. Most live aboards have wind generators or solar panels or generators. We had and sold a 51 foot sailboat with all the comforts of home including queen size bed/ A/C, refrigeratos/freezer. We never bought water because we could make our own. The point is that we used less than 2 galons of diesel/day. At 4.50/gal it is only about $150 in "utilities" per mont $1200/month. We own the condo outright.
St. lucia turned us off when we tried to drop anchor and were assaulted by loud music to the point that we left the island in the middle of the night. Never went back.
Oh no a island with loud music i guess we will just have to cancel our move to Saint Lucia not.
Thanks for the opinions. If US VI leaning towards St. Croix, but by all means still looking all around the Caribbean. I'm still far from retirement and no luck finding a "yatchie" to sail me away & really "show me around"....(curses!)
There is crime up here in the Northeast, this states caters to losers living off my high taxes paid, the weather kills me a lil more each day, and in my field I see addiction & violence up close...So definitely jumping in knowing that there a flaws everywhere. But one thing I believe and I hear over and over is that at least being somewhere where you can add eye candy to your soul regularly, helps ease those inconveniences and discomforts....I've visited my share of island and they have pretty much the same things in common: They are gorgeous and they make me happy...It's the needy greedy details of daily living that can make the transition and rest of my life more pleasurable.