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Good evening,
I am new to St Thomas and am having a difficult renting a car at a reasonable price. I had heard that Dependable car rental had some to lease to nurses for a reasonable price but they are all booked on those...I was wondering if I took the $1.00 safari if I would get to work at the hospital on time.....and what the normal amount of time I need to allow myself to be able to get there on it hard to get a taxi to work? I have tried to use mapquest to see how far the hospital is from Sapphire Village....but it wont work with the addresses given.
Any information you could give me would be appreciated..

Posted : January 19, 2010 12:34 am
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Sapphire Village is on the east end, the hospital is central, southside(why did you rent so far away?).
The ultimate solution, would be if another nurse with the same shift lived in Sapphire Village!<<(be VERY happy to split the costs of gas/maintenance)
You can easily get closer to the hospital(make any friends there @ work? )
Maybe you can move close to, or on the way of someone who goes there anyway??

A taxi will set you back around $13 each way, or $26(+ tip).
But that`s 1/2 the price of a daily car rental(weekly should be much less, & what about a lease?).

I didn`t know the $1 safari was still a $1(thought it was $2)&, I didn`t know it went that far!!!

You certainly can`t rely on one (unless you open some rapport with a certain driver).

Why is buying a car out of the question?
It`s about 5 miles (as the crow flys), & about 10 if you were to drive it(each way)Sapphire Village to the Hospital.

Posted : January 19, 2010 1:08 am
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The drive from Sapphire Village to hospital is about 20 minutes (as long as there is no traffic, you can get stuck for up to 20 minutes on the raphune hill).

Safari takes longer, something like 30 minutes at least (assuming not too many stops to chat with friends and such), plus the wait (sometimes there is one every 5 minutes and sometimes you wait for a while).

Car rentals here are expensive by mainland standards (I have not found any of the non-major agencies to be significantly cheaper, perhaps by 10-15%, no more).

Certainly not having a car on this island is going to be a significant limitation. Driving is virtually mandatory.

Posted : January 19, 2010 1:17 am
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Nurse 1,
sent you a PM.

Posted : January 19, 2010 1:34 am
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