Are you happy
Good day all!
My husband and I are wanting to retire early and move to STX, hopefully in the next 2-3 years. I have done a ton of research and feel that of all of the islands, STX fits our temperament and life style best. I have looked at pages and pages of pics of the island and we plan to vacation there soon so that we can get a feel for what part of the island will give us that “We’re home” vibe. I have a friend who recently vacationed there and said that she felt that the people living there weren’t happy. I have been reading these forums for a little while now and although there are some struggles that go with island life, I don’t get the feeling of unhappiness from those who post here. I wanted to get some feed back from anyone who would like to participate. Are you happy? Do you enjoy your life on the island?
As a 15 year STX resident and business owner, I'm mostly happy and content living here. However, that's because I've found most of the ways of getting around the bureaucracy and avoiding the archaic and time consuming nonsense that frustrates most who live here. But, like many who come here, I won't be staying forever and am actively working on my exit plan. I'm here for a good time, not a long time.
My wife and I, both in our 60’s, will be retiring on STX during the winter months begin in January 2021, and I’m counting the days. I’ve shared some of our story on other posts but briefly, we purchased a home in January and have now made 3 visits to the island. I was all in from day one on STX but my wife was concerned about the crime at first. After 3 visits she’s gradually learning the do’s and don’t’s and getting more comfortable. Importantly we love island life, we’ve had a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard since 1995 and our island vacations during winters over the last 30 years have always been great. We understand the pace of life and the premium it costs live on an island of this size and accept those trade offs. Our plan is to split our time between the Caribbean and New England as long as we have our health, mobility and the energy to remain active, which hopefully is many years. The island has a lot to offer if you dive in (no pun intended) and the people have been incredibly welcoming and kind.