I am looking to be relocating there to the U.S. Virgin Islands May the 24th and I am needing help finding apartments for rent. I am moving to St. John and will be working for the Westin Resort there. If there is anything at all that you could help me with I would really appreciate it. Also, what would you suggest as the best mode of transportation. I will not be able to bring my car there and I was just wondering if a peddal bike is okay or if it is too hilly there? Well again, thank you and any help will be appreciated!!!!
Will the Westin Resort put you up for a couple days??? in a room there perhaps while you find an apartment.
It is tough to find rentals in St. John - however you are coming during slow(er) season to would have better luck then coming say in November. You can look in the Island Trader perhaps, check at Connections in Cruz Bay to see if there is anything on the Bulletin Board, and word of mouth. It is rather difficult to find an apartment from away, that is why I asked if the Westin would put you up or offer employee discount on a room while you look for an apartment. If not then you could stay at a b&b or inn in Cruz Bay and then spend the first few days scouting out an apartment.
Chris Cody on this board recenting moved to St. John and is quite helpful - he can certainly be of assistance to you about St. John new resident questions or concerns.
St. John is not kind to bike riders - the hills are steep hills not graceful inclines... if you live close to work - perhaps the bike will do or hitch hiking - St. John is hitch hiker friendly. Also if you make friends with folks that work with you then you can see if anyone lives around you and you can catch rides into work with them.
PS. Go to the Moving Guide on this web site - top of this page... and select What to Expect.... story number 5 or 6 is about moving to St. John - so you might enjoy reading that and the other stories as well - as although the islands are different some things are similar so reading all of the experiences in the stories might help you with what to expect.
Thank you Islander, it has definately been hectic trying to get things in order!!!! The resort is willing to put me up for a week, I am just hoping that a week is enough to find something reasonable. As far as word of mouth, I have actually spoken to a pastor on regards to a place he may have for me, so I hope things work well with that, especially beings it is 5 min walking distance to the resort!!! Well again thank you, and if there is anything else you, or anyone, could tell me, it would be much appreciated.
Melissa glad to hear that Westin will help you out for the first week. You will really need to try and find a place during that period - really ask, talk to people, go to Connections ask there... Good Luck and drop us a note when you have settled in and let us know how its working out.
Word of mouth is the best way to find anything to rent.
Sounds like you are on your way.
A bike is ok but the uphill part would kill me. The act of getting the bike here wouldn't be worth it, in my opinion. The Westin, I work at Chloe and Bernard's in the Westin, is surrounded by two large hills. One hill is Jacob's Ladder and you have to get up that one on your way to Cruz Bay(where most everything is on STJ). The other hill is on the way to Chocolate Hole (residential)but if you keep going on it, it will bring you to Gift Hill Road and towards Centerline which would bring you to Coral Bay or back towards Cruz Bay. So if you dont have a vehicle, you will be in great shape no matter where you live.
I would recommend a vehicle even if you are only going to stay a short time because it opens up the island to you. Otherwise,going to the beach and working in the same day make it a long day. (Not to mention simple tasks like laundry, grocery shopping, and banking)
If you have any questions, dont be shy to ask.