Are the apartments on the Islands built to withstand hurricanes?
Are hurricanes in fact a seasonal problem on the Virgin Islands?
I know they sweep the caribbean every yr,but i never read about them actually hitting the virgin islands, pretty hard ,they always seem to "miss" them.
Also, im planning on moving down to STT early next yr (like late jan, early feb).
Would I still have a good shot at securing a bartening job and finding a resonable place to stay?
Abigail, A Hurricane rules when it is there. Only Dome homes seem to hold up and there is not to many yet around. As for living there and jobs the locals should respond. Tedd
Most apartments on island are actually part of someone's house, and the building codes have increased greatly since Marilyn came thru in '95, so most will withstand a Cat. 1 or 2 with no damage...as long as there is sufficient warning and they have time to put up shutters and secure loose items (deck chairs, tables and umbrellas, etc.). Hurricanes happen every year, but since we are such a small speck in a huge ocean, we don't get hit every year. Marilyn in '95 was a Category 5 (bad), Hugo in '89 was, too. Before that, it had been something like 65 years with no bad storms. In the 7 years I've lived here we have had 4 storms, but all were Cat. 1 - which is not bad for a hurricane, but is something to see if you haven't seen one. Lots of wind and rain.
Jan. and Feb. is not the ideal time to move here, as most of the jobs and places to stay are taken, but, with some diligence, you will find something.
Click on General Info and then Weather. There have been several devastating hurricanes here over the last few hundred years. There have also been damaging earthquakes and one major tsunami (1867). For some reason, the latter two seem to be forgotten, but they are real threats. If you stay in a designated shelter or house with a concrete roof during a hurricane, you are pretty safe.