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I am looking to move to one of the US VI, I'm not sure which one, just yet. I want to plaster my walls with the best maps of each island so that I can make an informed choice on which island to move to. These maps will help me color code my decision making based on stats I gather from the awesome peeps on this board, local officials and Islanders.

Where can I get FREE MAPS of each US VI...the more detail, the better.

AAA is sending me their "tour" book. I want to gather the most information as possible, so I have no regrets on my permanent move, of which I look forward to.

Thank you ALL in advance for your help!!

Posted : December 15, 2011 8:30 pm
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Good luck, I've looked for years for good free maps of the USVI. The best suggestion I have is Google Maps.

Posted : December 15, 2011 8:37 pm
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I made this one a few years ago.

Posted : December 15, 2011 9:08 pm
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What info are you hoping to find on a map? Most of the free ones are supported by ads, so they highlight those locations.

Google satellite can show you housing density to a degree.

Posted : December 15, 2011 9:13 pm
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One word GOOGLE EARTH ...well that is two words..ok. If you don't have it download and easy to do. Then check out as many other maps on line with estate names and local characteristics you can find and you will have a pretty good picture of where you want to be.

I have never found a local map that gives all information that you would like to have. When I first started looking at the VI they didn't even have things flying up in the sky that could take pictures of us all even if we did not want them to take that picture.....Ok so ...forget it. Just use Google earth paired with some local maps.

Posted : December 15, 2011 10:50 pm
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Try contacting the VI Dept of Tourism. I bet they can send you what you need.

Posted : December 16, 2011 1:06 am
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Hey cat,
This one is not very detailed, per se, but it does have a lot of the little individual areas named so if you look at something and it is in a particular neighborhood, you can get an idea of where it is on the island in relation to beaches, hospital, bars, and the general terrain. You will find yourself cross referencing constantly with google earth, and google maps, but at least it can help you know what area to zoom in on when you are trying to follow the convoluted directions to the building or lot you may be looking for on realtor MLS sites. At least that is how I do it. Keep your "thick glasses" handy cuz some of the stuff is hard to see or read, at any magnification. LOL
Anyhow, here is a map of the various neighborhoods in St Croix. (the BEST island! LOL)

Posted : December 16, 2011 1:25 am
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When we first started going to STX I bought a highly detailed map of each island. It took that one and two of the free maps that you get at the airport to find my way around.
What is listed on one map with numbers is listed with names on another. Many roads are not marked. Most locals don't know any of the numbers to the roads so you have a hard time asking them where road number ___ is. Some roads have different names, such as the main road through the center of STX, 70, Centerline and Queen Mary.
Good luck.

Posted : December 16, 2011 3:22 pm
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Folks, haven't any of you heard of the US Geological Survey? The USGS provides the most detailed maps ever made of most places. And, they're FREE if you download them. (If you want paper ones, you have to pay a small fee.)

STX is broken down into three USGS maps, and, let me tell you, they are far and away the best maps of STX in existence. I'm a nature photographer, and I use those maps all the time to scout the island for new spots.

The USGS site is a bit tricky to navigate, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it.

I've provided a link below that should take you right to the STX page. Once there, click on the part of the island you want the map for, which will put a pointer on the map. Then, click on the pointer and a window pops up with a "download" link. Click that, and you're in business! Repeat the process for other parts of the island.

Hope this helps.

Posted : December 16, 2011 6:10 pm
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Dear Catonaharley,

Let me be the one to tell you: ANY map will do if that's how you're going to tag/circle/mark locations to consider.

But honestly, ...and I think almost everyone here would back me up on this: UNTIL YOU LIVE HERE A WHILE and try things out, you will not have all the info you really need.

Posted : December 16, 2011 9:49 pm
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