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Lmarion
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August 18, 2014 7:49 pm  

Which Island would be best for a single woman (not young or rich)? I'm thinking St Croix, looking for a rental near beach & grocery, restaurant, relatively safe.....

I visited St Croix and fell in love with the Island!! Love to sail, dive and hang out with a glass of wine. Looking to relocate next Spring - 2015. Any advice would be welcome. I have received some links for rentals from some very nice people I met here who live on St. Croix. Any specific locations or recommendations would be welcome. L


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August 18, 2014 8:23 pm  

Advice number 1: read everything first, then ask specific questions.

Advise number 2: see above


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Lmarion
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August 18, 2014 8:34 pm  

Good advice...will do.


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Linda J
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August 18, 2014 9:07 pm  

We loved stx and lived there 8+ years. We were in our early/mid 50s. I think the island is a good choice for a single woman of a "certain age". Lots of opportunities to make friends and do things. Couples and singles intermingle socially. However, if you are looking for a long term, romantic relationship - well, that's a whole different story. Proceed with caution.


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August 18, 2014 9:21 pm  

We loved stx and lived there 8+ years. We were in our early/mid 50s. I think the island is a good choice for a single woman of a "certain age". Lots of opportunities to make friends and do things. Couples and singles intermingle socially. However, if you are looking for a long term, romantic relationship - well, that's a whole different story. Proceed with caution.

Agreed. If you're a post-college co-ed working the service industry circuit COME ON DOWN. If you're a single professional in your 30s or 40s, forget it. All of my friends are married couples. I don't know any single men in my age bracket.

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August 18, 2014 10:33 pm  

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Prettydoll123
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August 18, 2014 10:46 pm  

I also plan on making the move around then. I LOVE St. Croix! I'd always visit when I lived on St. Thomas. Still reading and doing research!


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August 18, 2014 10:54 pm  

See this post: https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,228199
and this one: https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,216788
Each island is different as is each individuals needs and wants.
May be easier to find a job in STT but you gottta find what floats your boat.
Cruzaniron gives good advice about reading thru the various posts and then asking specific questions.

Do your best to ignore rude comments.
I am sure Islander will delete one of the above as completely rude and unnecessay


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August 18, 2014 11:49 pm  

Agreed. If you're a post-college co-ed working the service industry circuit COME ON DOWN. If you're a single professional in your 30s or 40s, forget it. All of my friends are married couples. I don't know any single men in my age bracket.

IT

I don't believe in that respect that the islands are very different from each other so suppose I should regard myself as a total oddity. I came as a single professional at 38, had no problem meeting tons of great people - including dating material (!) - and am still here 30 years later.


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Lmarion
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August 19, 2014 2:15 am  

Thanks, not looking for a long term romantic relationship, or short term for that matter.


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August 19, 2014 2:49 pm  

there are available men, just hard to find. and even harder to find a keeper. also the vi has a very high rate of aids/hiv-just an fyi


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Lmarion
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August 20, 2014 3:24 pm  

Thanks very much to all who commented, very interesting. I'm following cruzanlron's very good advice and am enjoying reading posts, etc. l8r L


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Iris Tramm
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August 20, 2014 5:24 pm  

Agreed. If you're a post-college co-ed working the service industry circuit COME ON DOWN. If you're a single professional in your 30s or 40s, forget it. All of my friends are married couples. I don't know any single men in my age bracket.

IT

I don't believe in that respect that the islands are very different from each other so suppose I should regard myself as a total oddity. I came as a single professional at 38, had no problem meeting tons of great people - including dating material (!) - and am still here 30 years later.

Thirty years ago things were VERY different here, OT. And I didn't say it was hard to meet "great people", there's just very few single men in the 30-40ish age bracket on STX.

IT


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August 20, 2014 6:18 pm  

Welcome to the board Lmarion!

You will find that the folks here are very helpful, it’s a great resource. The more specific your questions the better the responses.

Where to live on island (and which island) is a very personal choice, one that is often fiercely debated. It helps that you have been to St. Croix previously, however, as you can imagine a vacation is very different than day to day life. Most people on this board would recommend a PMV (pre move visit) to really feel what it would be like to live here.

I chose St. Croix after visiting many places / Islands, it just “felt right”. I also did not buy right away it was a two year process, good thing I did not, my location preference changed as I spent more time on island. First I wanted to be east on the beach, then west secluded in the Rainforest, then eventually I came to love mid island, up in the hills, in a diverse and vibrant neighborhood. It really is true that an area of the island eventually just “speaks to you” and is a good fit.

“Which Island would be best for a single woman (not young or rich)? I'm thinking St Croix, looking for a rental near beach & grocery, restaurant, relatively safe.....”

Here is where specifics would probably give you better answers , What is your budget? What is your age? How many bedrooms are needed? Will you have a car? Will you be working? if so what part of the island is your work? What kind of beach? crowded with people to interact with, facilities, or secluded?

I won’t even touch “relatively safe “ lol 🙂 As you probably have already seen reading the board this is also a hot topic with very different viewpoints and experiences.

One place that does come to my mind is St. C’s condo complex, Centrally located and convenient if you have a car, gated, rentals run about $900.00 for a one bedroom with a great view, and nice breezes.

Many homes here have an apartment or guest cottage. You will find some of these listed with a realtor, on this board in the classified section, in the Avis, or on craigslist . There are many different options around the island, in varying price ranges.

I hope this helps a little,
Again Welcome to the Board!
I hope to see you living your dream on St. Croix 🙂


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August 20, 2014 7:22 pm  

Thirty years ago things were VERY different here, OT. And I didn't say it was hard to meet "great people", there's just very few single men in the 30-40ish age bracket on STX.

IT

Haven't exactly been stuck in a time warp since moving here and of course things have changed although I'd question the "VERY" part. There's certainly an active social life to be enjoyed on all the islands with it being rather greater on STT as it's the commercial hub. All four islands are very special and individual!


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August 20, 2014 8:09 pm  

Thirty years ago things were VERY different here, OT. And I didn't say it was hard to meet "great people", there's just very few single men in the 30-40ish age bracket on STX.

IT

Haven't exactly been stuck in a time warp since moving here and of course things have changed although I'd question the "VERY" part. There's certainly an active social life to be enjoyed on all the islands with it being rather greater on STT as it's the commercial hub. All four islands are very special and individual!

Yeah, no. I'm sticking with STX has changed a lot in 30 years. And, no, there isn't much of an active social life here. You don't live on STX do you? Indeed all island are special, but hardly the same.

IT


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Lmarion
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August 21, 2014 2:31 am  

You are all so interesting! I just want to clear something up. I appreciate all the info and advice regarding finding men to date. However, I think describing myself as "single" gave the impression that was a high priority for me, not so. I want to have a social life of course but not looking for A man.

Dante asked very good questions. I would like some advice regarding a car. I have a 2002 Mitzubishi Spider convertible that I love, only 50K miles on it. It rides very low but may be OK for St Croix, not St T evidently because of the hills. So....should I consider shipping it there? Another transportation question, how about a scooter, you know, like a Vespa? Or is that just way too not cool for the islands? I would not bring it over until I had been there awhile, listening to what you're saying.

Thanks again for the conversation.

L


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Iris Tramm
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August 21, 2014 5:38 am  

You are all so interesting! I just want to clear something up. I appreciate all the info and advice regarding finding men to date. However, I think describing myself as "single" gave the impression that was a high priority for me, not so. I want to have a social life of course but not looking for A man.

Dante asked very good questions. I would like some advice regarding a car. I have a 2002 Mitzubishi Spider convertible that I love, only 50K miles on it. It rides very low but may be OK for St Croix, not St T evidently because of the hills. So....should I consider shipping it there? Another transportation question, how about a scooter, you know, like a Vespa? Or is that just way too not cool for the islands? I would not bring it over until I had been there awhile, listening to what you're saying.

Thanks again for the conversation.

L

I had a Vespa. An LX150. I loved my Vespa. I used it a ton in Chicago and other large midwestern cities. I eventually sold it because I knew I would never ever ever bring it to STX for love or money. There are potholes that would swallow my Vespa. That's if it survived not getting stolen in the first week. The plethora of unpaved roads could not handle the small tires.

Low riders not good for same reason. Bad roads do nasty things to the underside of cars. Especially exotic foreign cars that cost a lot to repair.

That's my experience. As always, YMMV.

IT


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August 21, 2014 11:43 am  

Bring twice the amount of money you think you need.


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August 21, 2014 11:52 am  

bring your vehicle


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August 21, 2014 1:27 pm  

bring your vehicle

Did you read what she has?


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August 21, 2014 1:29 pm  

There are a few of them on the island. No lower than my honda which is just fine on our roads.


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August 21, 2014 2:19 pm  

There are a few of them on the island. No lower than my honda which is just fine on our roads.

Yeah and all those people drive like a$$holes because they HAVE to swerve into oncoming traffic every time there's a pothole or sewer cover. No. Just no.

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August 21, 2014 2:45 pm  

There are a few of them on the island. No lower than my honda which is just fine on our roads.

Yeah and all those people drive like a$$holes because they HAVE to swerve into oncoming traffic every time there's a pothole or sewer cover. No. Just no.

IT

Not to mention the ones who have those low slung "spoilers" or whatever they're called. With maybe 2" of clearance between those panels and the road surface, they can't even navigate a small speed bump without going into the opposite lane and then driving slow as a centipede on crutches on a diagonal course.

That little Spyder with only 50K miles on it will be dinged up in no time so, if you love it, leave it back home. If you decide to stay in the islands after a year, you can figure out what to do with it then.


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August 21, 2014 2:58 pm  

There are a few of them on the island. No lower than my honda which is just fine on our roads.

Yeah and all those people drive like a$$holes because they HAVE to swerve into oncoming traffic every time there's a pothole or sewer cover. No. Just no.

IT

Not to mention the ones who have those low slung "spoilers" or whatever they're called. With maybe 2" of clearance between those panels and the road surface, they can't even navigate a small speed bump without going into the opposite lane and then driving slow as a centipede on crutches on a diagonal course.

That little Spyder with only 50K miles on it will be dinged up in no time so, if you love it, leave it back home. If you decide to stay in the islands after a year, you can figure out what to do with it then.

Oh my freakin' god. OT and I agree on something! The apocalypse is coming, the apocalypse is coming!

(I kid.)

IT


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