Moving to St. John
I have a few questions about moving from the mainland to STJ
any advice would be appreciated.
I am looking to relocate to STJ in a few weeks and purchase a live aboard. I have a vehicle that would be a great Island car and inexpensive to ship. My question is do they have public parking for people to rent that live on their boats if they are on a mooring? Can you register your car with just a po box? Do I really even need a car on St. John if living on a boat?
Do you already have a boat and budget in mind?
Parking in Cruz Bay is practically non-existent, except for taxi's.
There is no parking allotted for people on moorings. Many parking locations/lots have a time limit tho it is not absolutely impossible to find something that may work for you.
Coral Bay would have more options for parking but much further drive if working in Cruz Bay.
You might want to contact Connections in STJ and ask some questions or contact Motor Vehicle Dept. directly to inquire about registration if living on a boat. I know people do it but do not know the specifics.
My question is do they have public parking for people to rent that live on their boats if they are on a mooring?
No, they do not. Where to park your vehicle depends on which bay you are mooring your boat. Parking in all of these areas is very limited, first come first serve.
Can you register your car with just a po box?
Yes. I have heard various answers from various people who have done it at different times, so I am not sure what the current accepted solution is, but call the St John BMV and ask what to do.
Do I really even need a car on St. John if living on a boat?
It depends again on where you are moored (Cruz Bay, Great Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, Johnson Bay, etc....). I personally would not want to live aboard without a vehicle, especially on laundry day! YMMV.
Thank You for the information. I knew parking was limited but wasn't sure if there was a specific area. I guess my best bet would be to wait to ship my car. Get settled and go from there.
How long can you do without a car?
It won't get here for a couple weeks after you are so you may want to go ahead and ship it, then figure out the parking while waiting for it.
You'll need a car in STJ just to go to get groceries or supplies not to mention checking out the island and possibly getting to work.
Will you be working?
Have you already found a boat to purchase?
Make sure it comes with a mooring because I do not think they are readily and easily available and National Park Services only allows anchoring in 1 spot for a couple weeks at a time.
This link may help: http://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/boater-information.htm
You may be right EE. Probably best for OL to contact DPNR to inquire about moorings, fees, registration, etc. so he knows costs and availability.
Thank you for the information and websites.I had checked with DMV before my post but, I just wanted to double check and get advice from anyone has done this before. I have spent a lot of time on STJ vacationing every couple months in the VI and always renting a jeep to get aroubd. The boat I'm looking to buy is on a Mooring and said it's transferable but I will double check. Any other advice is appreciated.