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SullyKP
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Good morning. I'm from Dallas, TX and the company I work for recently took over management of Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. I will manage all of the groups and whatever sort of events they have while they are in town. I am coming to the island from 8/1 - 8/9 to work the golf tournament and do a pseudo-PMV. I am going to be required to live on the resort for a year, so I will not be in the typical situation that most people moving step into. Pretty much no living expenses. I am a 27 year old single male with a fairly active social life. I enjoy going out (restaurants and bars), going to the gym, running, playing basketball. My grandfather was an avid scuba diver for 40 years and that is something I am very interested in learning. From what I can tell, Red Hook sounds like an area I will enjoy. Does anyone have any advice about the social aspects? Need for transportation? Active-lifestyle activities? I am looking forward to making new friends and meeting you all. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give.

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2013 1:07 pm
East Ender
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More Texans! Hooray! You are going to miss the Texas Society Chili Cook-Off on August 18th, unless you can extend your stay...:D
Running: Check out the race schedule on Facebook for the St Thomas Association of Roadrunners (STAR). There are a few places you can run, but if you meet up and form a group, it is more fun. On the east end, the National Park road and Cabrita Point are big running venues.
Gyms: The one at Sugar Bay is pretty good, and close to you.
Most active lifestyle stuff is word of mouth. Kite boarding, sailing, snorkeling and diving, stand-up paddleboarding, there are all kinds of activities out there.

I wouldn't dare to offer opinions on social life for the young...LOL

Good luck,compadre.8-)

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Posted : July 24, 2013 5:41 pm
Rowdy802
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Welcome... Well, lucky you...

Short and sweet... If you don't have anything good to say, and you don't know the person very well, then, don't say it... Be sensible and very receptive to everybody, specially locals... Just use normal courteous common sense... Meaning, use your brain before you open your mouth...

Normal laws of physics do not apply to the VIs, so don't expect to find "fast food"... much less expect anything to happen fast for that matter...

Oh, I forgot, when you go shopping, don't look at the prices, just grab the stuff, pay, and run... Go cry home...

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Posted : July 24, 2013 8:14 pm
Ronnie
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Yes, Red Hook is the center of activity for that end of the island. I am sure you will meet many like type individuals with just one visit!!

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Posted : July 24, 2013 8:32 pm
lc98
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Sounds like a great setup for you. You'll enjoy the island more if you get a vehicle, as the safaris run in only one direction from the resort to Red Hook (and don't run after dark). Congrats and enjoy the adventure!

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Posted : July 24, 2013 9:43 pm
SullyKP
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Living on the resort will be nice financially, but will not be so awesome being at work. I could essentially be at their beckoning more than I'd like. We shall see.

Would you recommend a car or would something like a moped suffice?

Thank you to everyone for the feedback, so far.

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2013 9:53 pm
lc98
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Most people would recommend a car. Search past threads for "scooter" to see the pros and cons. If you have a lot of motorcycle experience, you can enjoy getting around on two wheels. If you don't, this is not the best place to get that experience. And of course, it's a very bad choice for coming home after a night out at the bars.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 10:25 pm
Rowdy802
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No scooter or motorcycle, please... You are not used to driving on the left side of the road... It is even more odd at first because the cars are USA specifications... Some people get used to it quickly, some don't... A recipe for disaster is to go party late at night, stay until you are worn out, then hop on a scooter or a motorcycle and forgetting completely to drive on the left... IMHO, get there first, and give it a try with a car... Get used to the potholes, construction, hills, and lack of road space...etc, etc, etc...

It is mostly recommended to buy an island car.. for STT, a CR-V or RAV4, preferably with all wheel drive, are highly recommended...

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Posted : July 24, 2013 11:21 pm
Alana33
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A car, definately. As we who live here know, we see lots of tourists splattered on the side of the road with rental scooters in STT.
Lots of potholes, trenches, ruts, open drainage culverts, no sidewalks to speak of, no painted lines on the roads, very poor lighting and lots of drivers who pay no attention, whatsoever, while driving. Save yourself a headache and some skin and get a car. Good luck.
You'll like the east end.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 11:27 pm
lc98
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As we who live here know, we see lots of tourists splattered on the side of the road with rental scooters in STT.

As we who live here also know, that's a rather dramatic overstatement.

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Posted : July 25, 2013 12:35 am
Alana33
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I've seen 6 since the beginning of the yr.
Truly not safe.

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Posted : July 25, 2013 2:12 am
noOne
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No scooter or motorcycle, please... You are not used to driving on the left side of the road... .

Heh, I learned how to drive on STT. I went to MA to visit my family and was driving with a friend, when I started driving on the left...

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Posted : July 25, 2013 4:14 am
Alana33
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When I move stateside, I shall have to take driving lessons to get used to right hand side driving and high speeds after driving on the left all my life. Intersections are the worst!

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Posted : July 25, 2013 3:48 pm
SullyKP
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Another question: I think I read somewhere that cable channels are based off of NYC? Is that correct?

If so, is there a good place to go to watch sports? I will need to get my Dallas Cowboys fix.

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Topic starter Posted : July 25, 2013 4:15 pm
trainwreck82
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Living right there in Red Hook you have Caribbean Saloon. During NFL season, it's a great place to be on game days.

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Posted : July 25, 2013 4:24 pm
Jamison
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The Cowboys games only get shown on the History channel. 😀

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Posted : July 25, 2013 4:30 pm
WavesNC
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😀

The Cowboys games only get shown on the History channel. 😀

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Posted : July 25, 2013 7:47 pm
speee1dy
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no cable comes out of ny, it comes from puerto rico

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Posted : July 25, 2013 7:52 pm
East Ender
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I will need to get my Dallas Cowboys fix.

Okay. You lost me there. The day that Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson toasted with margaritas on the front page of the Dallas Morning News because they had deposed Tom Landry was the last time I paid any attention to the Cowgirls. BOO!(td)

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Posted : July 25, 2013 10:27 pm
mtdoramike
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I will need to get my Dallas Cowboys fix.

Okay. You lost me there. The day that Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson toasted with margaritas on the front page of the Dallas Morning News because they had deposed Tom Landry was the last time I paid any attention to the Cowgirls. BOO!(td)

hahahahahahahahaha, I couldn't agree more.

Also SullyKP, why do you think they are financially setting you up on the premises? Yes, you may very well be at their beckon call. Back in the early 70's when me and my Stepdad worked at Blue Beards castle (back when it was a hotel) as a maintenance man, he was furnished with a room and yes, he was at their beckon call. It was great for a couple of years, but then it got tiring.

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Posted : July 31, 2013 11:42 am
SullyKP
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I am only required to live on property for a year. So, we will see where I am at next August. I'm actually flying in tomorrow until the 9th. What's the best way to get from the airport to the resort?

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Topic starter Posted : July 31, 2013 5:07 pm
Exit Zero
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Walk out of the baggage area at the airport and tell the taxi dispatcher your destination - board the designated taxi van.

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Posted : July 31, 2013 5:33 pm
SullyKP
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Thank you

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Topic starter Posted : July 31, 2013 6:56 pm
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