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I have been reading all of the information that I can get on moving to St. Thomas. My head is spinning !!!

I am looking to live as close to the beach as possible (won't have transportation right away). I realize the whole place is a big beach. I need lots of life, meaning shops, restaurants, bars, etc. What area would you recommend to accomodate this?

I would also be looking for a room to rent or a rental to share in this location. I want to experience the island for a bit before making a bigger financial commitment. Where would I find info on this subject?

From everything I've read, employment seems to be a relatively easy find once your feet are on the ground. I am moving to get out of the rat race and a simple job will do just fine! Any info to push me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

I am planning on being in St. Thomas the first week of June.

I imagine there are many people on here who have moved to STT from the states. I just need some good advice and a sense of direction. I am in Buffalo, N.Y........ YOU ARE IN PARADISE !!!!

Thank you so much.....Bobby

Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2011 11:48 pm
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You are leaving one rat race to enter the next, hustling to make money to survive. You might make it, you might not. We spend US dollars here for goods and services and those are at a premium. Please visit to allow you to make an informed decision.

Posted : February 5, 2011 4:29 am
Trusted Member

Bobby, I live on STT and I love it here! Keep reading this forum and you can turn the (well, most) things that people warn you about into charm and fun. Please don't attack me, Savage!! I have only been here for about four months and have had a LOT of luck, I admit it. Island life is surely not for everyone, but I can see me here for the next three years or so. PM me, if you like, Bobby, and I can answer specific questions you might have from someone who is still a little starry-eyed, not so hardened.

Posted : February 6, 2011 4:20 pm
East Ender

When you say you need "lots of life", I wonder what that means. St Thomas is pretty sleepy compared to Buffalo. Also, are you coming to live here in June or just for a visit? That is when the slower season starts, if you are planning to work in a tourist oriented business.

Posted : February 6, 2011 7:33 pm
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I guess it means my definition of "lots of life". Sunshine, water and HAPPY people. I can tell you have never been to You have 6 months a year where it is to cold to even want to go outside. It is dark, gray and gloomy. People (myself included) are so white that you can camouflage yourself against a snow bank. I have seen the sun for maybe 90 minutes over the past 4 and a half months !!!!

I am coming in June to live. That is the plan. I am flexible and adapt well. I will give it a year to acclimate myself. This is adequate time to work out the kinks and give it an honest chance.

Thanks for the advice and info on the slow season !!!

Topic starter Posted : February 6, 2011 9:22 pm
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I do agree with what Savage says... you leave one rat race and come to another.

SO many people move here because they think the sun and beach = a better life....

Both my boyfriend and I are full-time teachers and are having difficulty paying our bills. Yes we have sun, but there is stress. I don't understand why posters from the North East say STT is immune from the rat race. Yes, things move more slowly. In my experience, this has caused me more frustration than relaxation.

I already know several people who moved the same time I did and have now left. What the old-timers say on this board is true: DO A PMV. It will open your eyes. Otherwise you are risking a lot of your time and money if you come and find out it's not "paradise."

Posted : February 7, 2011 11:35 pm
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