need post office box
We are moving to the north shore-ish area of St. Croix, and will need a P.O. box. Does anyone have any idea how long the waiting list is at Kingshill? Or if there are any shortcuts? I spoke to someone at the P.O. and he said to come and talk to the manager, but I didn't know if it would just be a waste of time if the waiting list was really long. But do people have boxes they don't need? Is there a black market? 😉
I guess we will also try Sunny Isle, if Kingshill is going to be impossible. Any words of advice?
Thanks a lot!
The Richmond P.O. (on your way into downtown Christiansted on your left) is a nice friendly one. Consider your usual route you will take every day like driving to work or taking your kids to school and go to one that you'll be going near anyway. Don't use Mail Boxes etc. They charge more to mail stuff than the real USPS.
Fresh food comes to the grocery stores Mondays and Tuesdays, so wait 'til Tues or Wed, to buy groceries to get fresh stuff and best selection.( Someone told me that when I got here and I was glad)
Thanks so much for the tips. I am kind of eager to get a permanent address so I can get my mail forwarding straightened out. I'll be nearest to Kingshill or Sunny Isle, I think. I don't know where my husband will work yet, that would give us more options.
I am excited to go grocery shopping on the right day now! I have been doing it on Friday or Saturday - oops.
I'll second the Richmond post office as the friendliest and it is really convenient despite the limited parking. From Northshore you don't have to go all the way through C'sted to get there. However, if you are mostly west then Kingshill will be the easiest for you. I'd go talk to the manager and she/he can likely tell you the expected wait. I don't think there should be much of one. SunnyIsle , although the staff is really nice, is a very difficult Post Office to get too... parking, inside mall, etc. yuk.
I don't recommend Gallows Bay Post Office - always crowded and I find no matter how friendly I am, they are often in very cranky moods there. Not good vibes.
Good luck on the shopping. Shopping here is a multi-stop, multi-day experience. I kind of like it that way. Wednesday is my favorite produce day.
I work for the marina and when I need to get the mail both post offices are part of the runner agenda. I will go to the Gallows BAy PO box daily but will pretend that I forgot about the other one in town. Have needed to go around the block several times to find a place to park in the middle of the day. Great if you have another person in the car that can jump out to get the mail.
Food is very expensive here.(As you have probably already noticed.) My friends and I share our produce ( I have banana trees and mango trees , my friends have passion fruit, limes, etc.)
Annaly farms has good meats, frozen veggies etc. Buy stuff at Cost- U -Less before you go to other grocery stores. It is usually cheaper, and you need to stock up on water, canned food, pet food,candles,flashlights, batteries etc. anyway as this is hurricane season. If your stove is electric get a Coleman stove and fuel, just in case.
If you have a cistern, you need to add bleach to it every so often to kill germs. There is a magic formula that tells you how much clorox to add to x gallons of water . If you need it, e-mail me. We don't drink ours. We buy 5 gallon bottles from Cost-U-Less or Schuster's Water Co. on Hess Road near Hovensa. You can then fill them up at Golden Rock Pueblo, Gateway Gas Station, Cost-U-Less and many other places.
Basically, I look at living here as a extended camping trip. That keeps it fun and I don't get as aggravated as I used to when I can't find clothes and stuff I want.
Never go shopping on the first day of the month. Welfare checks are sent out, lines are long, stores are crowded, selection is poor....
There are a few holidays here you don't know about. Learn when they are because the bank, WAPA, etc. will be closed and you will be sad.
Generally speaking, don't go to the beach alone.
When you go to the store or P.O. etc. and people won't talk to you it's probably because you didn't say "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" or "Good night" when you entered the room . You say "good night" even though no one is going to bed. It's kinda fun.
Wow, I have had the best experience with the postal system here. When I went to Kingshill there were four counters open! In New York City they normally have four empty counters, three employees at the other ones who aren't serving customers and one very cranky clerk working (kind of) to serve the twenty people in line. Every trip to the P.O in New York would take at least 20 minutes, often 45. I would have to pay for an hour of babysitter to mail a package. Talk about frustrating.
At Kingshill the line moved so fast, and everyone was so friendly and pleasant. They didn't have a box available, but took my name and number for the waiting list. Within 20 minutes the manager called me to talk more about my options. Now it turns out I can get a Rural Route box (I know all you locals know this already, but maybe someone else might learn something) so I can just stop on the side of the road and get my mail instead of going into town. When I talked to the mail carrier this morning to figure out which box I will get, she found one that matched the number of my house, so I would be able to remember it better! I was just blown away by the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone involved with the post office so far. In the States ( NY at least) the P.O has a reputation for being so disorganized and inefficient, so I was doubly impressed by the contrast to what I am used to.
Something was actually easy! yay! Maybe tomorrow we will be able to get internet, and the exterminator and talk to the garderer and check the water in the pump and buy a generator and ....