Hey friends, I'm making my pre-move visit either 2nd or 4th week of May. Any recommendations on $75-85 accommodation for single person for a week? I care nothing, at least at this point, about resort-type accomodations such as pool, restaurants, spas, etc., just looking for a nice clean place for sleeping and cooking my own meals within good proximity to ferry to St. John (want to scope out both St. Thomas and St. John for renting first year prior to buying). I've found some AirBnB prospects that look pretty good, but would appreciate any inside connections you could offer, often those are the hidden gems. This trip's all about business, opening a bank account, envisioning myself living there and connecting with local real estate brokerages with regard to getting re-licensed as a salesperson and continuing my 30 year real estate brokerage career once in the USVI...in other words, I'm not there to see the typical tourist sites, lol.
This is a new chapter in my life, after losing my soulmate of 35 years suddenly in 2012, and am truly excited about the prospects of this new adventure and opportunity...I've adopted the philosophy of "why not," instead of "why?"
Thanks so much for any input!
You mean $75-$85 per night, right -- not for the whole week?
If you really think you want to be on STJ, I'd recommend staying on that island and visiting STT. It will eat up a lot of time and $ to go back and forth on the ferry.
You can get a single room at the Tamarind Inn on STJ for around $75/night, if they have any availability, although that's for a shared bathroom and no cooking facilities. Without a car, that's probably going to be your easiest inexpensive option on St John. St Thomas may have less expensive options; just make sure you are on the safari route.
Oh, and make sure you calculate the full rate you will be paying when you figure your calculations -- we have a 12.5% lodging tax here, which is not insignificant when one is on a budget.
Thanks fdr for the suggestions and yes, I do mean $75-85/per night, lol.
You should be able to find something in that price range on airbnb, flipkey or vrbo.com
Rates usually come down in beginning of May.
Be sure to ask regarding the room tax as fdr mentioned, as well as any other fees or charges. Sometimes a cleaning fee is included, sometimes it's additional.
There is low cost option on ST. Thomas which is on safari route for public transportation and the owners and other visitors will be able offer a lot of advice. it is not far from STJ ferry and you would be able to explore both STT and STJ.
....it looks like they are changing the name, so you may find more information on the new website:
The website shows the following (note: hotel tax would probably be added).
$50 PER BUNK, PER NIGHT, PER PERSON
We have male and female Dorms. If you and your traveling buddy are male and female, we do our best to room you together based on occupancy, and the comfort of other guests. Meaning the dorms could be mixed, both male, and female.
The male Dorm has 8 bunks, 1 bathroom, and kitchenette. The female Dorm has 8 bunks, 2 bathrooms Bunk Beds. Free WiFi for all!
Thanks jj00802 for this great suggestion, will definitely check it out...I like the fact that there's a kitchenette for cooking too, this is why I had been leaning toward AirBnB's as well, for healthier less costly meal prep, although am sure to partake in some of the local restaurants and bars while there too.