our possible move to USVI - please help!
My husband has a job offer in ST. Thomas and we are considering the move from the states (yea!!) This offer just happened this week, so we are doing our best to cram research! Here are a few immediate questions we have (I'm sure we will have many, many more!):
1. can you live on St. Croix and work on St. Thomas or is the commute (ferry) to long/expensive?
2. we have small children, dogs and cats - what area(s) would be best suited for our family to live?
3. what utilities are or are not included (generally) with rent?
4. is running out of water from your cistern generally an issue? (sounds silly, I know!)
5. we would need a vehicle- any advice to buy new or used, how do prices compare with those of in the states?
Thank you in advance for your advice! And I'm sure there will be more questions to follow 🙂
There are several blue buttons beneath the orange banner at the top of this page. If you click on them you will find answers to many of your questions, as well as stories written by people who have moved here from the states.
1. The commute would be by sea plane and it is cost prohibitive for most people.
2. We have mansions next to public housing, so only you can determine what area is "best" for your family.
3. It depends on the rental, Some do not include any utilities, others include water and when it runs out tenants have buy water whether they use water wastefully or not. Few will likely include electric because it is very expensive and keeping the cost separate from rent gives tenants an incentive to use electricity sparingly.
4. I have never run out of water. My neighbor built his estate a few years ago with extensive landscaping using non-native flora, and buys two to three loads of water every week.
5. Cars cost more here, because it costs money to ship them here, and because we are outside the customs zone. That said, reasonably priced used cars are plentiful, because so many people move here from the states, and the vast majority of them discover they don't want to make the trade-offs required to live here, so they return to the states within a few months.
I would suggest you come down here for a visit before upping stakes & moving kids & pets.