'm looking to move to St. Thomas at the end of may for 6 months or longer. I am an American from Little Rock, Arkansas. I have looking for apartments to rent for the past few days. I would like to know the best locations to move to with reasonable rent. I have a french bulldog who will be moving with me as well. I will also be looking for work while there. I have two degrees in Marketing and MIS (building websites). I don't really care to work a job in this field. I would rather just bartend or work on a boat or resort. Something that isn't too crazy because I am tired and just looking for a change. Could anyone please point me in the wrong direction. I will be moving there no matter no later than the end of May. I would be willing to move earlier if good info. Thank you for all the help.
Looking to move to St. Thomas
Consider your move very carefully and be aware of the pitfalls. Finding a place to rent with a dog is not going to be easy. Finding a place to rent with a dog close to public transportation is going to be more difficult. I'm guessing you're not going to be buying a car here or bringing one with you for such a short stay and that makes getting around extremely difficult - very expensive if you plan on relying on taxis and public transportation isn't reliable.
April/May through to end of November is the worst time to find a job in the service/tourist industry as it's the start of slow season when jobs are much fewer. Unless you have mileage and a lot of experience in the field the competition is going to be very tough.
If you're determined to come here, best advice at this time is to leave your dog with friends or family. I fully understand that's a tough decision to make but while you're trying to make a go of it here for just a few months your dog is going to be confined wherever you can find a place to stay. There are very few places with fenced yards ; nor are there many beaches (and no parks) where you can take your dog to get exercise.
If you haven't already done so, read all the information in the drop-down menus top of this page. Good luck!
If you are really looking at a 6 mo. timeframe coming here in May is the start of the slowing down seasonal work opportunities and it only gets slower until mid Nov.
It will also be very tough to come out of this move reaching a break even financial situation too - no matter what kind of work you find. That may be something you want to consider.
You will need a good bankroll to start for rent and relocation expenses.
There is plenty of info on the drop down and search features on this board and it is well worth your time to do some research on those.
many members here are more than willing to answer questions of a more specific nature and can be very helpful at times with those.
It certainly can be a nice adventure moving here but many people move here and leave within a few months at great personal loss for various reasons.
What have you done already in terms of looking for job and place to stay?
I've been on this for the past few months. I am just trying to get some insight on what route to go. Like I said I have two degrees and am currently in alcohol sales for the past two years. I am over living in the states right now and up for anything, legal, that will help make me money and live on the island. any suggestions will help for work and living. I've wanted to move there for the past few years and have always been too afraid. Now, I am going no matter what. I just need to stockpile a little money and just get out there. Any help will help. I also am an ex professional athlete, soccer player, and crossfit coach so very fit and know fitness. Like I said I am willing to do whatever to just get away and live like I want to instead of living like someone thinks I should. Thanks for the help and look forward to your response.