Family considering relocating to St. John
I'm new to this message board, and have enjoyed reading a lot of your messages regarding your residing in USVI.
My husband, four year old child and I have seriously been considering relocating (from California) to the beautiful island of St. John.
With this in mind, I was wondering if any of you have advice with regards to safety, which areas to look for rentals, and anything else you might think of for a family (we had visited St. Thomas about a year ago, and St. John we only had the chance to see for one day).
Also, since my husband has been in the swimming pool industry for an extensive number of years, we thought St. John might be a place to start a pool service business. Any thoughts on that?
Thank you all, and look forward to hearing from any of you, as well as reading more of your posts!
There are several pool service businesses in the VI, and they tend to hire people they know, often times people from the same island i.e. the people at one firm are all originally from Montserrat, though they did not meet until they were in the VI. I don't know if there is sufficient business for an additional pool service company, and I'm not sure how you'd find out, because your potential competitors aren't going to share information that might have a negative effect on their bottom line. I'm sure you're aware that one income in the pool service industry would likely be insufficient, so what type of work would you be looking for?
There are only a few shipping services from the main land. Tropical is the largest but CarribTrans is a smaller company. . If you call them they will be able to tell you the best route from Cal. I have shipped stuff down for NJ as well as all over the country, as well as out of the country. All boat shipments go out of Miami. So you can ship your stuff overland to Miami.
But beware of the costs. If you ship a car you will need to pay the ground shipping costs, the boat to STT, a road tax, and if the car is n ot made in the us an additional tax. So get a quote on this. As far as other things are concerned you might be better off selling the stuff and buying it on STJ. Your call.