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moving to STT

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Hey Everyone!

I'm interested in moving to STT next summer and was wondering a few things. I've already looked all of this information up online, but I want some advice/opinions from real people.

-How much does it cost to ship an SUV (car) to STT? (I've looked this up, but couldn't find a direct cost, only figures. I realize it will be different depending on many factors, I just want a ballpark estimate.)
-Can you fill a car up with personal items for shipping or should personal items be shipped separately?
-Is it worth the money to ship furniture or should I buy on island?
-I'm interesting in teaching at a middle or high school. Are there any schools I should stay away from? Apply to? Any that have good English programs? Are private schools better than public? What is the crime like among students?
-I have two indoor cats. How do pets (specifically cats) handle the climate change? Is it difficult to find a rental that will let me have pets? Is it a bad idea to bring my cats?
-Can I find real milk anywhere on the islands? Yes, milk.

Thanks! Hope to see you next summer!

Topic starter Posted : August 3, 2009 2:08 pm
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Good morning SugarMagnolia,

- $ to ship car - completely depends on where you are shipping it from. Think thousands, not hundreds.
- For insurance reasons, the car must be empty of personal belongings when shipped.
- It's not a good idea to ship furniture for several reasons - (1) If you leave, you'll have to ship it all back. (2) You may find that things you love stateside don't work in an island setting, no matter how much you love them. (3) If you have anything especially valuable, it may very well be destroyed/damaged in the move or by the climate here.
- We need good teachers at EVERY school!
- How easily your cats will adapt to the weather depends on where you are bringing them from. It's challenging but not impossible to find a pet-friendly rental, especially right now in this soft market. It's a bad idea to abandon your pets because you want to move; your animals are your responsibility for their lifetime.
- Yes, the islands do have milk that comes from cows, if that is what you mean by "real milk". It's apparently $6-$8 gallon (I don't buy it, so I have no idea; that's just what I've read).

Good luck to you.

Posted : August 3, 2009 2:56 pm
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Im shipping my car to STT from Dallas on Friday.
Interstate Shipping-Dallas-Miami= $825 (good value for not having to drive the car one way to Miami)
Barge Shipping0-Miami-St. Thomas= $1300
VI Road Tax ( $0.16/lb) 3700 lbs= $592

My car is American made, so no Duty fees, fees which can run between 3-6% of the car's value. So shipping will cost me @ $3000+license and registration.

Also, must be clear of personal items. They wont accept it otherwise, if they do, they will charge you extra for parcel. Even papers, envelopes, small stuff etc. They want it as empty as when it first came off the assembly line.

Posted : August 3, 2009 3:40 pm
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Milk from the local dairy is reconstituted using milk products from Ireland and Canada mixed with local water. You can buy milk shipped here from FL, but it is very expensive and in my experience is often spoiled by incorrect shipping temperatures. Many people buy UHT milk, because it ships well, doesn't require refrigeration until it's opened, and has a long shelf life.

Posted : August 3, 2009 5:30 pm
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The answers above are right on. For an exact quote, as of today, you can call Tropical Shipping. They will give you an estimate for car shipment. There is a need for teachers at the both the private and the public schools. Now to the pets. The number of apartments that will accept pets is very limited. They are mostly in private homes. Most charge extra for pets, as I do.

I suggest that you do a PMV and get things lined up front. Get a job, an apartment, transportation lined up, before you make the move. Also, I would ship as little as possible. That way if you need or want to go back it will be a little easier.


Posted : August 3, 2009 5:40 pm

It's easier to find a place with cats than it is with dogs & there are many more places that will accept pets than several years ago. You may have to pay an extra deposit. You can even get Horizon organic milk here but you'll have to pay a lot for it.

Posted : August 3, 2009 5:59 pm
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As far as cats, I brought my DMH cat down from NY and she handles my apt quite well for no AC...except for some excessive shedding, she is very content to sit by the window and watch the anoles all day!! As they already said, finding a place to accept cats is easier (if they're spayed/castrated and declawed) but you may have to pay a fee. I got lucky and have a place that doesn't charge extra. Make sure there are plenty of cool places for the cat to hang out in though!

Posted : August 4, 2009 7:58 pm
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