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Exchelle
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My friend and I will be relocating next year to USVI.. How does everyone like it there? Is one island better than another? We are going to work in restaurants while we are there.. What are safer areas.. Just trying to find out from locals thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 1:47 am
OldTart
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Which island to live on is entirely subjective and dependent on many factors - none is "better" than another. As with living anywhere in the world there are plusses and minuses but if your question about everyone liking living here is directed to people who've moved here from somewhere else, I think one can safely assume that if they didn't like it they would leave (as many do).

You can certainly very easily glean from forum threads the various things people find annoying about living here as well as the positives which keep them here.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 9:22 am
speee1dy
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can you beat the beaches and clear water? the scenery is very beautiful. i think if you have enough money to support your lifestyle, it is one of the best places to live.

it does have its quirks, sometimes too many quirks. but you learn to live with them.

come down, relax and enjoy your adventure

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Posted : July 21, 2015 10:37 am
Spartygrad95
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Hate it.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 1:17 pm
CruzanIron
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How does everyone like it there?

Well, after 57 years, I haven't made up my mind yet.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 1:33 pm
islandtyme
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Loving it!!!!!!

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Posted : July 21, 2015 1:53 pm
Spartygrad95
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How does everyone like it there?

Well, after 57 years, I haven't made up my mind yet.

Take your time...

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Posted : July 21, 2015 1:54 pm
Exit Zero
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40 years on STT and haven't found a better place for me to relocate to yet - but it ain't for everybody this island life - it takes a patient, creative and tolerant perspective on a daily basis.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 2:31 pm
Exchelle
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Why is that??

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 2:36 pm
CruzanIron
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Why is that??

Because this is not the mainland. The pace of life is slower.

You'll spend 20 minutes in line at McDonalds drive through on a normal day, longer during mealtimes.
You'll spend even longer in line at a bank.Maybe 30 minutes or more to pick up something from the Post Office counter (like packages, which are only delivered to your residence in very few areas).
It takes an hour or two to renew your drivers license. Or to get a vehicle registered.
If you are a mellow and patient person and understand that the way things are is just the way they are, you should do fine.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 2:43 pm
Exchelle
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Ahh yea island time lol

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 2:44 pm
Spartygrad95
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Not just island time either. EVERYTHING except rum and cigarettes is more expensive. Many times grocery shopping is a 4 hour multi stop adventure where you still can't get all on your list. I still love it here and so does my wife and baby so we don't let that stuff bother us.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 3:02 pm
Exchelle
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Yea that could be annoying ..

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 3:19 pm
Spartygrad95
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The safety question I'm not going to touch. Safety is to me as much of a feeling as a fact. Where I'm at on STT I wouldn't feel the need to lock the doors. That has as much to do with my neighbors as "lack of bad guys". I have a toddler. We do not stay out late or partake in heavy drinking or drugs. Those make me feel safe, but just like anywhere I've ever lived I'm always paying attention to my surroundings.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 3:22 pm
Exchelle
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I feel like everyone I talk to nobody can give an answer of a safer area ... I guess we will just have to decide for ourselves lol

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 3:28 pm
Spartygrad95
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Which island?

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Posted : July 21, 2015 3:36 pm
Exchelle
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STT or STJ

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Topic starter Posted : July 21, 2015 3:37 pm
Spartygrad95
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I live on northside of STT. I feel safe here. If it was me picking a location I'd pick somewhere there. You will need a car though. No public transportation.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 3:43 pm
Afriend
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My spouse loves living in the Caribbean. I love my spouse so I live there too.

Point being, some people love island life, others, for whatever reason, tolerate it. Still others dislike it so much they leave within a short period of time.

You have to find out for yourself.

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Posted : July 21, 2015 9:13 pm
Scubadoo
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Not just island time either. EVERYTHING except rum and cigarettes is more expensive. Many times grocery shopping is a 4 hour multi stop adventure where you still can't get all on your list. I still love it here and so does my wife and baby so we don't let that stuff bother us.

Ah yes, well at least the rum is the cheapest ingredient in a rum and coke:)

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Posted : July 22, 2015 12:00 am
mtdoramike
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40 years on STT and haven't found a better place for me to relocate to yet - but it ain't for everybody this island life - it takes a patient, creative and tolerant perspective on a daily basis.

Very true statement.

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Posted : July 29, 2015 12:48 am
janeinstx
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Some days I love it here. Some days I tolerate it. Some days I slend a lot of time looking at air fare outta here.

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Posted : July 29, 2015 1:05 am
speee1dy
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janeinstx, i feel that way today

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Posted : July 29, 2015 2:46 pm
OldTart
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Some days I love it here. Some days I tolerate it. Some days I slend a lot of time looking at air fare outta here.

Funny, I can't ever remember a time (and aside from general aggravation there have been been some major "downs") that it's crossed my mind to move elsewhere. Moved around a LOT as a child and through young adulthood and was 39 when I set foot here so maybe that makes a difference. But I've lived here now longer than I've ever lived in any one geographical location. In my earlier years here I took many trips back to what's euphemistically described as the "real world" but my recent trip to the mainland only cemented what I realized some time ago - that this is "home" and that this is where I belong.

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Posted : July 29, 2015 3:41 pm
janeinstx
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I have way more love it here days than anything. Usually the find me a plane ticket days happen in tandem with any errand involving the VI Govt

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Posted : July 29, 2015 7:20 pm
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