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Moving to St Croix

(@skmay69)
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Good day st cruzians,

I am recently retired and I am moving fron the states to St Croix on October 1. Have a million things to do. What do I need to watch out for in particular. I have vacationed twice on the island the last time was 2006. I am familiar with the island from a tourist perspective but would like some help from locals regarding what I can expect. Thanks

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 6:05 pm
(@Linda_J)
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It sounds as though you have retirement income and are traveling alone? You should do fine. My advice is to bring few possessions with you, and maybe mail some boxes. Will you be bringing a car? I Opinions vary, bringing vs. buying. Both have pros and cons.

I suggest you come down with your clothes and between $5,000 and $10,000 in cash. Reserve a hotel room (we stayed at Waves of Canebay when we did this) for a week or so. Rent a car and begin immediately to look for a rental and a car (unless you're shipping yours). I suggest deciding what part of the island interests you and then spending some time at the beach bars and other hangouts in that area. People will be happy to give you leads, tips and advice. After you have a place to lay your head, you can then relax a little and look around. Many retirees work down here and, with a good work ethic, you will find something.

Personal contact means a lot on STX. Be friendly and respectful, greet people, make small talk before doing business. You'll do fine

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 6:38 pm
(@speee1dy)
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please be aware of out very high cost of electric. cost of food and toiletries. cost of gas is about the same as the staes but could go up as the government is not sure where we will be getting our gas from soon.

lots of great things to see and do here. relax and have a good time. also, patience is our friend

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 6:58 pm
(@skmay69)
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Thanks for your help

Yes i have outside income and traveling alone. I have looked into the car thing and not sure what I am going to do about that. I have booked a room at the Holger Dansk and have contacted two real estate agents to assist with finding a place to rent.I am having a time with getting flights to the island in October. I am considering Christiansted area unless I get feedback that I should look elsewhere. Fredericksted looked like a ghost town the last time I was there. How is cell phone service wireless internet and cable service on the island. Are you living on St Croix or St Thomas? You mentioned STX. I was not impresse with St Thomas. Loved St John but there is limited opportunities there.

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 7:06 pm
(@skmay69)
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Thanks

helping with my budget what can I expect for a 1000 square ft apartment?

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 7:12 pm
(@donefarming)
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Sent a pm with some info, I hope it helps!

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 9:14 pm
(@speee1dy)
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cell, i use att. there are others but i am not sure which ones
internet, i use broadband, there is also coice and inovative
televison-we have cable and dish network
i brought my car down and was glad i did.
i live in christiansted and am usually comfortable there
the apartment- we used pam at coldwell banker in gallows bay

any other questions, just post

 
Posted : August 11, 2012 10:30 pm
(@Linda_J)
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Lived on STX for 8 1/2 years. Moved back to the states in January - family problems. Ric and I miss it a lot!

 
Posted : August 12, 2012 1:14 am
(@rhstoo)
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Welcome SKMAY! We've been here for two years and love it. Some things took getting used to but all's good. AT&T for cell, Innovative for land-line (if you need one) (but Innovative sux.) BBVI for Internet (3+MB/sec and pretty reliable.) DISH for TV ( hopefully we'll get our HD networks back soon as well as streaming Netflix, VuDu, etc.) Mail service is good but some vendors won't ship here so you need workarounds sometimes.

We live on the Northshore and it's terrific. Convenient, great views, lots of good restaurants really close.

Electricity is really expensive and getting worse but if you buy a place you can get solar, the cost of which is coming way down or wind (noisy but cost-effective.) Gas may also get expensive but the island isn't that big... Most things cost more than stateside due to shipping, electricity, hurricane insurance, etc. but you'll adjust. I wouldn't ship an expensive car here -the roads would eat our stateside cars for lunch. We bought a used Jeep and it worked out great.

The best advice you've gotten is to be pleasant and patient. If you are, the people here are delightful.

 
Posted : August 12, 2012 9:35 pm
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