Key West to STT
We just booked our first PMV flights for this October! We plan to visit a few times before the move.... We are in the process of gathering as much info as possible and have a few questions. Any help is appreciated.
1) We will be coming down for 4 days, staying on STT but want to spend some time on STJ as well. Any suggestions for things we should see or do to get a feel from a locals perspective?
2) For those of you that live in a 2 bdrm on STT could you give us an estimate of your monthly utilities? We know this all varies depending on usage, square footage, etc... but just some ballpark figures would be helpful. Electricity? Cable TV and internet? Gas? Water? Garbage? Is there a recycling facility?
3) Where would you suggest for grocery shopping (best prices, best selection, etc...)? Plan on shopping and cooking during our PMV to get a feel for grocery prices.
We are used to a high cost of living from our time spent living in Key West, but want to to start comparing just how much more expensive STT will be. Thanks for any insight you can provide!
We are excited to visit!!
Harrington: Congratulations, and good luck!
Some of the answers to your second question (utilities) can be found here:
The subject is "utilities-help..." from Feb 2010
Your third question (grocery shopping) is discussed here:
The subject is "Cost U More and Price Dumb -STT" from Feb 2010
STXBob- thanks...those were very helpful posts! We appreciate your post!! 🙂
N&C: A couple of things stick out,,,
1. There is basically no recycling here. Some groups save cans, but I don't know what they do with them.
2. Unless you live in a condo or your landlord pays for private pick-up, you will take your garbage to a dumpster conveniently placed by the side of the road.
3. Gas is propane canisters for stoves only. Again, it depends where you live if that is an option.
4. Grocery shopping- I usually end up going to at least 4 different stores during the week. Drive around and look at the biggies: Cost-U-Less, Plaza Extra, Food Center, Pueblo and some of the smaller boutique stores like Marina Market, Fruit Bowl and Gourmet Gallery.
5. What to do? Drive around with a map and get a feeling for the various areas. If you are going to work, get a feeling for the length of the commute from different areas. Visit services you think you will use- banks, laundries, K-Mart... If you haven't been reading the Daily News and Island Trader online, get copies and read through them. Ask questions! Four days is not nearly long enough- you will want to have some fun, but remember, life isn't all a beach.
Be sure to drive through Charlotte Amalie 3-4pm when cruise ships are in town. That may leave an invaluable imprint which influences where you decide to live and work!
All very helpful info. We really appreciate it. We know 4 days is not enough but we will be down multiple times between now and our move. The cruise ship thing is a good idea, we have a understanding of how that influx of people changes the island from our days in KW but we will be sure to experience it. Too bad about the recycling but I guess it is what it is.