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Dgas
 Dgas
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Hi, I've been monitoring this board for 6+ months & appreciate the discussion on various topics. My wife & I will make our first visit to STX this Saturday (yay!). We are looking around for potential retirement locations over the next few years and have been considering USVI for the last year or so. This will be a 2 week stay, not long enough to make a decision but enough to have a look around. We are both scuba divers so we'll plan on blowing bubbles at some point. Other than that, any suggestions for areas to see, things to do? We would like to talk to a realtor to get a feel for prices, locations, etc. Any suggestions on realtors would be greatly appreciated (positive or negative). Private message on that topic I presume. Looking forward to Saturday!

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Posted : April 26, 2016 1:14 am
Scubadoo
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Well if you've been reading around here you've probably come across Kim Lucas' name and her crew at Island Life Real Estate and there is also Chris and Kerri Hanley who like to show houses on camera. I recommend doing additional homework this week to get an idea of what kind of real estate you might be looking for and general locations, budget etc. Most of the realtor web sites have the MLS on them, you don't have to wait for a realtor to get started. You can do a lot of browsing with pictures, location map, etc. North shore diving on the wall is great, Salt River and Cane Bay. A dive at the pier is great too as long as there's no ship in port. There's plenty to do on STX for two weeks. Of course the general advise you've probably seen is to make a few PMVs and then plan on renting for a while before buying if you're planning full time residency. You've likely ready the topics on health care and health insurance (or lack of it) and have a plan for that during retirement if planning for full time residency as well.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 2:58 am
AandA2VI
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Why waste your short time here with a realtor? You haven't even decided on the VI, and you're years out - or did I misunderstand? To be honest - that's kinda a waste of a realtors time. No offense!

When you have one way tickets booked, then pop on MLS and start looking and setting up showings. That's besides the point, if you've read and learned one thing, it's to NOT BUY anything for at least a couple years after moving here. Not to mention, so much will change in the years you are planning for anyways.

Just come - relax - drive around - get lost - scuba A LOT and eat & drink. That's pretty much daily life here anyways... Except for the getting lost thing which is short lived. Lol.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : April 26, 2016 5:29 am
rosesisland
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Since you've been reading this forum for quite awhile now, I'm sure you've seen many give the advice! DO NOT BUY FOR AT LEAST A YEAR! After twenty something years of living here off and on, I can tell you I've seen more than a dozen that have made that regrettable decision.
More people come here and leave within the first two years than not. People who have bought homes are stuck until it sells. Many, many reasons why it doesn't work out for them. Living here isn't necessarily the dream as being on a dream vacation here. One eighty degree difference. Be sure and have your eyes wide open!
I, too, am retired and not dependent on the island for my living. We moved back here 3.5 years ago and still haven't decided exactly where on the island we want to live. Husband moved here first in '90, I met him in '95. I've sold two houses in the states and even though I am totally familiar with the island, I'm enjoying leasing and discovering the variances of different areas of the island. Still not ready to buy yet my plans are to never move from STX unless I must due to failing health. Hopefully not until years from now.
Good luck on your decision.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 9:23 am
speee1dy
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so, if you want to do a fun tourist thing-tan tan tours is the way to go.
beer drinking pig
2 casinos-neither like stateside but something to do
both forts are pretty cool
frederiksted is such a pretty town, christiansted has more shopping.

estate whim and laewetz museum-both pretty nifty
boat tour to buck island

if you want to do things like locals-go to the grocery stores post office etc....normal everyday things like you would back home. checkout sunshine mall ( not like stateside , dont get too excited ) and sunny isle

we also have a movie theater and community theater

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Posted : April 26, 2016 10:56 am
caribstx
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Traffic will be a huge hassle on Sunday. Don't plan on going very far until well into the afternoon.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 11:10 am
speee1dy
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oh thats right, the triathlon

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Posted : April 26, 2016 11:58 am
terry
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be sure to dine at
Mt. Pellier Domino Club, ( Norma's in the rain forest
Off the Wall at cane bay
Bombay Club in C-sted
Beachside Cafe in F-sted
Pier 69 in F-sted
You are here in C-sted
Deep End
No Bones in Gallows Bay
Blue Water Terrace
LaRein Chicken Shack
TLC

Go to the rum factories
do a tour with Sweeny's Tours

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Posted : April 26, 2016 12:20 pm
Alana33
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Just be aware that there is no individual health insurance available in the VI and that many people go to the states for surgery and other procedures before you make the decision to relocate in retirement.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 1:24 pm
speee1dy
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OFF THE WALL AND YOU ARE here are not that special.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 1:50 pm
watruw8ing4
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OFF THE WALL AND YOU ARE here are not that special.

I second that. And would add that there are better places to eat than Domino Club (Sorry, Norma). My last burger there was swimming in grease. But you really should go anyway for the ambiance, pigs, and Mamma Wanna. Johnny cakes are decent, if you're really hungry.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 2:22 pm
stxsailor
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I will echo the don't buy right away plan. When i moved here we were on the 5 year plan. We have been renting for 5 years and thought we knew where we wanted to live-Cotton Valley, well our lives have been moving on and we decided mid island. so after 5 years in Cotton Valley we fell in love with a house more mid isle. So take your time, rent a few spots on the island, they are all vastly different. Come down with an open mind. Remember the 3 phase of moving to an island.
1. Excitement- woo hoo I live in the Caribbean
2. Regret- What did i get my self into
3. Happiness- through all the ordeals and headaches, I still live in the Caribbean, and wouldn't change a thing.

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Posted : April 26, 2016 2:22 pm
AandA2VI
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Pier 69 is closed. Permanently.

You want good food-

Zion
Balter
Galangal
Lost dog
Sandwiches at turtles
Food at domino??? No. The banana daiquiris YES!! They are so freaking good.

^ In that order lol.

We hiked to annaly tide pools yesterday for my finances birthday. It was beautiful but a pretty serious hike for me. And low tide was at 2 so it was H.O.T. I'm pretty out of shape with no water job for a year. Tan tan does it by jeep - do that, as long as you can scramble over medium sized boulders, if not, skip it. Pretty!

Capt Morgan rum tour is terrible - Cruzan all the way.

Point Udall

You're divers so do the pier! Night and day dives. Message me and I will go with and find u some seahorses. Adventures in diving is my go to shop in Frederiksted. They're so nice! Tell them squid sent u.

Cane bay dive on northshore - the water was sooooo flat yesterday, I bet the vis is killer! I've seen 100ft days there.

I still haven't dove east. I want to.

I can't go to buck - it's so dead out there I get so depressed. Last time I was almost in tears and got back on the boat first. All that elkhorn, hundreds, maybe more of years worth. All dead. It was nice to see actual parrotfish, they don't seem to exist out west - overfishing is my guess.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : April 26, 2016 3:10 pm
stxem
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Come on Lyric Sails out in Frederiksted! Sunset sails with live music! And go for a horseback ride on the beach with Cruzan Cowgirls 🙂

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Posted : April 26, 2016 5:12 pm
JohnnyU
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Why waste your short time here with a realtor? You haven't even decided on the VI, and you're years out - or did I misunderstand? To be honest - that's kinda a waste of a realtors time. No offense!

If a realtor isn't willing to invest a couple of hours cultivating a potential client, they're either too busy or lazy. Either way, I'd move on

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Posted : April 26, 2016 6:07 pm
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