Hello everyone, I have a chance to make a move either to San Juan or STT or STX. I currently live in So Cal and frequent the Caribbean often, usually Jamaica. I am about to take a job as a pilot for American Eagle Airlines and they have offered the base in San Juan PR. I know I can commute if I don't like SJU, but my questions are how much would rent be for a nice 1bd room apt/house/ or condo and what other type bills will be involved monthly? Can i find something on a beach or will I be up in the hills? I'm trying to plan my budget and only general info I get from this site. Anyone out there care to share an exact number on what they pay to live and eat, play monthly? I appreciate any feedback you give. Thanks, Jay
I'm new to this site, but I've read VOLUMES of threads and gained a LOT of knowledge from the great people on here.
Try looking at Real Estate companies' websites and search there. That's what I've done. You can also see some on the home page of this site... Look for the link in the box on the left side.
Yeah ive been searching the posts, just looking for some real numbers. Thanks
Do you want the costs of apartments in SJU or STT/STX?
I have the numbers from other pilots in SJU but not going to move there. I have a list of some prices for places in STX not for STT. What are some of the numbers for water, gas and electric, trash, or any other island expenses i might have missed or over looked etc. Also anyone have a good transport company for shipping vehicles?
Most people haul their trash to roadside dumpsters on STT so that's free. Water depends on where you live. Mostly except for town it's cistern water & your landlord may charge per gallon used. 2 cents on up per gallon. Electric just went up to over 30 cents/kwh. I don't know about gas.
I forgot who it was but somebody on this board recently found a very reasonable studio which included electricity & I think cable or maybe it was satellite.
If you talk to your fellow pilots you will get the best answers. STX will be less expensive than STT for a simple apartment. On St Croix, If you plan to live alone , you might find an ok place for around $1000 per month, even less if you are the first to respond to an ad for an apartment attached to a house. your utulities will add at least another couple of hundred dollars a month. The biggest cost usually being electric, phone and internet. Lots of apartments include water, but some (mostly condos) don't.
If you have a room-mate you can cut your costs quite a bit. St Croix will be quieter, but there is still a lot to do. I have seen many young people come here and decide to party too much. They usually end up out of work and unhappy. I don't know how many drunk pilots I have met in bars. Not good PR for their employer.
I wouldn't consider living in PR unless I was spanish speaking. It just makes it easier.
here are some ballpark figures for expenses, on STX:
rent - anywhere from $700 to $1600 for a nice 1BR. Most condos come furnished and most do not come with utilities There seems to be a lot available on STX this time of year
elec - approx $80 up to $300/mo depends on if you run the a/c
water - free if there is a cistern, up to $80/mo if you pay WAPA and do laundry at home
cooking gas - approx. $65 a tank, I think is the going rate. You only need if you rent a cottage on someone's property
food - up to $350-$500/mo if you eat at home and buy a lot of food. Food is pretty expensive here.
eating out - $10 entree (dinner) cheap places, up to $30 entree (dinner) nice places
gasoline - close to $3.00/gal on STX now
Some of the condos are on the beach ("Condo Row"): Mill Harbor, Colony Cove, St Croix by the Sea (St. C),, Grenada del Mar, others are not on the beach but have pools: Long Reef, Bay Gardens, Ocean Terrace, Questa Verde.
St. Croix is very laid back and has lots of open spaces, cheaper gas and overall cheaper cost of living. Hope this helps!
I lived in PR - on the Western end, which is even less English speaking than cosmopolitan San Juan. I spoke no Spanish when we moved and within 2 years I was fluent (as was my teenager).
The People on PR are extremely friendly and are more than happy to help a Gringo who chooses to fumble through a transaction in Spanish. One can usually find someone who speaks English, but pointing and waving one's arms about whilst staggering thru one's Spanish phrasebook immediately elicits smiles and offers of help.
I would definitely go for it.
Thanks for the info everyone. I will be practicing the budget here in San Diego for a couple of months it seems thr prices are about the same, except were paying 3.67 for gas haha. Anyway thank you, I will look into it more. J
I thought all you had to do was to speak English LOUD and s..l..o..o..o..w to be understood. LOL.
No, Silly Terry....that's in France!!!!!!