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Best area to live in st Thomas with low to medium income

 
Bethstew1955
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I want to move to St Thomas as a single. What major recommendations do you have such as what area is best, close to beach, affordable for 'retiree'. I won't have a car. Nice to have some pros and cons about island living in St Thomas. Thanks!! Coming from cold northeast mainland.

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Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2017 7:17 pm
ironheadUSVI
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I want to move to St Thomas as a single. What major recommendations do you have such as what area is best, close to beach, affordable for 'retiree'. I won't have a car. Nice to have some pros and cons about island living in St Thomas. Thanks!! Coming from cold northeast mainland.

1) all areas are good. Depends on your lifestyle preferences and tolerances.

2) you need a car

3) It's warm, and it has hurricanes

You really need to read previous posts first sand ask specific questions after you've done some research.

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Posted : August 7, 2017 7:35 pm
Alana33
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How much is "low to medium income?"
Best research healthcare while you're at it.

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Posted : August 7, 2017 7:37 pm
Bethstew1955
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I have medicare right now. Income is unknown at this time but I don't think I will have to work.

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Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2017 7:45 pm
ironheadUSVI
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I have medicare right now. Income is unknown at this time but I don't think I will have to work.

It sounds to me like moving is not going to be a good idea for you.

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Posted : August 7, 2017 7:52 pm
Bethstew1955
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I have been doing a lot of research in the last few weeks as far as online and FB goes. I've ruled out stx and stj seems more quiet and has less to do. That's why I'm looking seriously at stt. Can't I use taxis? I just see so many different 'facts' while researching I wanted to get real up-to-date info from the residents.????

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Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2017 7:54 pm
Bethstew1955
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Why??

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Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2017 7:56 pm
jj00802
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There are several comments that come to mind, but it was not clear if you know much about island life or visiting the islands previously.

You should consider the move if you have opportunity to do so. If island life is not satisfactory, then you can always go back with your memories. It does require actively getting involved in the community and meeting people.

Your activities will be very limited without a vehicle. The public transportation is limited and not available in all areas. It also limits where you can find housing options because it might be a long walk (in the sun or rain) to where public transportation is accessible. Private taxi is very expensive. It is 99% impossible to get a taxi at night. To get involved in community activities, it will be difficult without vehicle for transportation. Thus, a vehicle is recommended.

jj

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Posted : August 7, 2017 8:44 pm
East Ender
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Beth: We really aren't being negative. Some of your questions have been asked here again and again. The archives are your friend.:-) Medicare works, but do you have Medigap also? No Advantage plans here. What is affordable? A one bedroom apartment will run you $1000/month or so. Taxis will run you lots, as they charge by the person. There is a safari system, but it doesn't run into the evening and you can't take your groceries on it. Come down and visit, see what you think! 😉

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Posted : August 7, 2017 10:16 pm
Afriend
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Using taxis on a regular basis as your primary means of transportation will cost you more than owning a car. You should rethink that part of your plan.

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Posted : August 7, 2017 11:24 pm
rosesisland
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I see you've ruled out STX, but, I have known people over the years, and still know several people that live in downtown Christiansted that have done fine without a vehicle. Grocery stores are within walking distance, many restaurants in town, laundry, in town. And, rent appears to be considerably cheaper on STX. I know several who get by fine just walking or even a few that even have scooters here for getting around.

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Posted : August 8, 2017 11:37 am
speee1dy
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im just wondering why, if you are low/limited income, you would want to live in a high cost area?

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Posted : August 8, 2017 3:04 pm
Idlewood4
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Coming from a cold Northeast state myself, I can fully understand your desire to live in a warmer environment. Life here is very different than it is stateside. Even grocery shopping is an adventure. I usually end up going to 3 or 4 places to get what I'm looking for. And I need a car to do that. Prices are literally triple or more what I paid in Massachusetts. Be sure to budget more than you think it will for food. And be flexible for what you will "settle" for. The best deals for groceries are at the 2 warehouse stores, Price Smart and Cost U Less. That means buying in bulk and having transportation.

You also need to be aware of critter infestations like sugar ants and weevils.

If you have any refrigerated newer medications like Trulicity, they are either unobtainable or prohibitively expensive here. I have 90 day supplies sent to my son stateside, and have a visitor bring them over when they come.

Before you commit, I highly recommend coming for a month or so. There are short term rentals available, where you could settle in, and live an island lifestyle to see how it works for you.

Good luck!

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Posted : August 8, 2017 9:20 pm
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