Coming to live in the US VI St. Croix
I am a disabled vet moving down to St. Croix with my family in the next couple of months. Been reading and looking at as many sites and forums as possible. Most of them are very helpful. I lived in Honduras for a year and have been to a lot of the Islands down there. I am looking to buy a house and possibly start a business. My wife and I are both skilled and house remodeling and yard maintenance. Would this be a good business to start down there? Are there any needs on the Island?
I am a licensed Airframe and Power Plant Aircraft mechanic so if anybody knows any leads in that area that would be very helpful.
Does anyone go to the Baptist Church down there? I would like to talk to someone about that too.
We are looking forward to coming down there and enjoying the island life.
I hope everyone has a safe and blessed day.
Thank you for your time, Craig.
do you have children
do you have special health care requirements
do you have a good steady income
people recommend renting before buying to make sure this is what you want.
if you come-i suggest bringing your car
cost of most things are about 30% higher
there is a main airport and a seaport-might be able to get a job there
dont know anything about the baptist church
if you have any other questions, feel free to ask
I will echo what many say here. Wait at least 6 months before buying a house. I would even say 1 to 2 years. Most that wind up leaving again do it around the one year mark.
If you have health issues make sure you research carefully the available health care on island.
Landscapers and handymen are a dime a dozen here. But if you are reliable and honest and don't abuse drugs or alcohol you should find work. The airline mechanic skills might be more useful but I know nothing of that industry.
It sounds as if you have children. I suggest you read everything said on these boards regarding education and quality of life for children especially teens. Some children do fabulously and others can't wait to get away. We have two sets of friends that their teen children moved away to live with family in the states because they were so miserable on STX.
Does anyone go to the Baptist Church down there?
Protestantism is the most prevalent branch of Christianity in USVI (because of the colonial Danish history), so you'll find plenty of company.
Here is an (old) "Baptist Churches on STX" thread: