Good Afternoon. I've been reading this board for a while now (though this is my first post so please bear with me) and I just want to say thanks to all of you that regularly post here. In all the moves I've made, or thought about making, I've never seen a resource quite like this website and its forum.
My wife and I are still in the 'thinking hard about it' stage of the move, but we're considering going down for a kind of pre-pre-move-visit. Our thought is to basically come down for a couple of weeks and try to live the lifestyle, see the differences first hand, and then evaluate whether or not any of those differences are deal breakers. I kind of distinguish this from a pre-move visit, because we're still at least three years out from moving there so we wouldn't be setting up utilities, banks accounts, mail boxes, etc.
With all that said I have two questions. One is there any y'all would recommend for us to stay while we're down there? We want to avoid staying in any of the resorts because our goal is to simulate 'normal' island life as much as possible. Our goals for this are primarily safety and keeping the costs as low as possible.
My other questions is when we move down there my wife will be an elementary school teacher with six years of experience and I will (hopefully) be a freshly minted lawyer. Does anyone know about the employment market for these two particular careers?
There are a ton of attorneys here on St. Thomas but they all seem pretty busy. Which island?
Really we're so early we haven't settled on which island yet. One of our goals in this PPMV is to check out the three larger islands and try to figure it out. I will say though from what I've read here that STT would be the front runner at this stage.
On STT there's Villa Fairview in town. Ronnie posts here sometimes & is very helpful. He has Crystal Palace which is a bed & breakfast & Villa Fairview for longer term.
Glynnswife who posts here also has a place she rents for short-term if I remember correctly. You could also rent somewhere like a studio or 1 BR from VRBO and also check the Classified Forum right here:
Good evening BeachPhilosopher,
Have you been to any of the islands before on vacation? Or will this be your first visit? Just curious.
I shared your angle of "wading in" to the move, although I did it a bit differently -- I had visited several times, did a few years of research starting ... I don't even remember but at least six years ago, then finally spent a few months on island as a trial (easy for me, as I'm single; went down and came back with just a few suitcases). I found that it helped me to carve out a big chunk of time at first to "play tourist". I gave myself permission to do whatever I felt like all day long, and that turned out to be the week I made some lifelong friends -- perhaps because I was enjoying the time spent relaxing and not trying make the most of my time scouting out everything.
Experienced teachers always seem to be in demand. As for your profession, don't you know sharks are rare around here? 😉 OK, seriously -- the opportunities depend on what kind of law you are interested in and how little you are willing to be paid.
You might try www.stonehousevi.com -- great little house and owners.
fdr: This will be our first visit to the VI. We've done a great deal of investigating and think it'll agree with us, but we want to make the trial run to confirm our suspicions before we uproot and move. I do think we have a couple of advantages in our favor. First we're really taking our time to do this. We've been looking into it off and on for about three years now and it'll be at least another three before we take the plunge. Second we're moving from Florida, which I like to think of as 'Caribbean living-light'. We're already use to a bugs, humidity, mold, gets-done-when-it-gets-done service, traffic nightmares, outrageous rent and utilities (thought I admit that those last three aren't as bad as some of the things I've heard about on this board).
When we do this visit we are going to allow our selves some 'tourist time' as our time and budget permits, but our principle goal is to see if how the reality of island living matches up to the idea of island living that's in our heads. While we're down there, we want to experience mufti-stop grocery shopping with the sticker shock experience, driving on the left side of the road, using 'Good Night' as a greeting, driving when the cruise ships come in, and all the other things that people complain about.
As far as what type of law. I don't completely know yet, I start school next year (hence the not moving for three years) right now I'm looking into international/Caribbean law as well as criminal law. Of course if this site is any indication I could probably make a decent living as an accident injury attorney representing people run off the road by crazed taxi drivers! 🙂
Thanks for the advice and thank you Trade for the links.
we have private guest rooms right above sapphire beach if you would like.,
PM me if interested.
I have just moved to Red Hook. I am a college graduate and I am looking for work in something other than the restaurant business. I grew up spending my summers on the Atlantic ocean. I am a surfer, and was a member of the Ocean City yacht club. I sail and when I was in college I gave sailing lessons. I also worked 5 summers in a personal watercraft business. I am very familiar with these boats. Does anyone know of a good place to look for work where I could use these skills?
Try looking at all the hotels for work in their water sports dept. - put up a note at the STYC bulletin board - walk the docks in the morning and meet all the working boats - introduce yourself - dress the part - maybe have a 1 page intro resume and get the word out you want to work.
I have a studio on Crown Mountain www.vrbo.com/200610.