Moving to STT, which area is best?
Me and my fiance are planning on moving down there full-time in a couple months. We are going to take a little pre-trip to get a lay of the land and hopefully find out a good area to live. I have read a lot about the crime on STT and have grown a little concerned. I want to be able to be in a place where we can leave our windows open at night (weather and bug permitting), and where I don't have to worry too much about my fiance without me. We are both going to be in the hospitality industry and would like to be able to be able to walk to everything including work. We are also looking for a decent nightlife but don't really want to hear gunshots all the time. Is downtown Charlotte Amalie really the best bet? I've heard Red Hook was a nice place too. We are from downtown Washington D.C. and are used to walking and bussing. Thanks for any help!!
Walking everywhere is not an option and our public transportation system leaves something to be desired, especially at night.
Living in downtown Charlotte Amailie would not be a good option.
Red Hook area has more hotels, bars and restaurants so better if working in hospitality industry but you'll need your own transportation.
Figure out where you are working and find someplace nearby to rent.
You may have read about the crime but have you read all the information available right here on this site about general living? I'd venture to guess not if you're thinking that walking and public transportation will get you around easily. If you go to the top bar on this page and scroll down through all the options from "Home" through "Message Board" you'll find a ton of information to better prepare you. Good luck and hope both the PMV and the move work out for you!
I want to be able to be in a place where we can leave our windows open at night (weather and bug permitting), and where I don't have to worry too much about my fiance without me. We are both going to be in the hospitality industry and would like to be able to be able to walk to everything including work.
What you desire is hard to find. You will need a car. Sorry.
Look at Frenchman's bay area, north side, east end. presonally, I'm no to familiar with nieghbor hoods in the west side of island. I've been to few lovely private homes. don't know if there any many rentals. No matter where you live you will need to mindful of security. Just a simple fact of life in the VI.
There are a couple of places either in or near Red Hook where that could be done. There are some apartments right behing Marina Market. If you worked at any of the restaurants in Red Hook, you could totally walk to work from there. You'd have everything right there (except a beach, really) that you'd need. Very limited and perhaps rather pricey, but certainly possible.
Thank you all so much for responding, it is greatly appreciated!!
I think we have narrowed it down to East End (Red Hook) or St. John (Cruz Bay). We would like to be in town with markets, bars, etc. But doesn't need to be abbundant (I lived at the beach in Delaware with 3 bars and 1 supermarket).
I am also a very experienced handyman (mostly electrical) so I will be trying for some side jobs as well eventually on my days off, which means I'll probably have to get an island car to carry around my tools after a little while.
I'm a huge fan of considerably safer, that might be what makes the decision as I am worried about my lady being without me sometimes. We don't need much out of an apartment, our place in downtown DC right now lacks a dishwasher, laundry, and no ammenities. We are simple people, just need a bed, internet, some kitchen stuff, possibly a couch (Hoping to be out doing stuff most of the time, islands will be our ammenities :))
How is the ferry system on St. John?
Again, Thank you all so much for your help 🙂
The inter-island ferry system basically works very well - infinitely better than the public land transportation options.
Except that it quits running at 11PM and costs $6 per person each way.
It depends on what type job and hours, you'll have.
If you work on STT and live in STJ, it shall prove expensive to commute, daily or the other way around live here, commute there.
STJ is generally more expensive to live than STT and for groceries as well.
Most people living there bring their vehicle over once a month on the car barge to shop here in STT and stock up.
Red Hook has lots of Marinas, Resorts, a boat yard, shops, etc. so lots of possibilities and opportunities for work.