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Michigander9
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Hi everyone!

I am looking to relocate to St. John to work seasonally during the high season. I am in the early stages of researching living/working on the Island and would greatly appreciate anyone who could answer some questions I have.

1. From previous message board discussions it seems imminent to have a car on the Island. Is it at all plausible to work, say in Cruz Bay and live close enough to walk to/from work? I understand the hilly terrain, but am very active and don’t mind walking far, but haven’t seen enough information to understand if there is much as far as housing close to town. I can't understand how anyone going to work there seasonally could buy/sell a car easily during a 6 moth or shorter time period. I have had a hard time finding information regarding housing in general and since I’m not on the island yet I cannot view any available housing through connections office. Are there any good websites for this?
2. Since I’m a female and will be traveling alone, one of the many reasons I choose St. John is because of safety reasons. It seems much safer than St. Thomas, as well as St. Croix. I know there are dangers wherever you are, but can anyone give me further support on this or their differing opinions?
3. I love meeting new people of different ages and backgrounds, but am hoping to meet people of similar age to me as well, is there much of a young population that lives on the Island, whether it be permanent residents or seasonal workers?

Thank you to anyone who responds!

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Topic starter Posted : January 25, 2012 4:59 am
congasan
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The low crime in Cruz Bay is a cover up to keep tourism flowing. Kind of like in Jaws where they did not want to tell folks there is a big shark.

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Posted : January 25, 2012 3:05 pm
Linda J
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Conga, you should expand on your answer. Are you saying crime is high in Cruz Bay? Examples please.

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Posted : January 25, 2012 7:00 pm
stjohnjulie
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Do you know anyone on St. John? That would be a great starting point. Getting a place to live, and finding a good job, is best done if you have someone to crash with for awhile and introduce you to people, since most of the 'good' place to work and live are never advertised, they go word of mouth. It can be done without knowing someone, but it usually requires a small mountain of money 🙂 And a small mountain of money is usually needed even if you do know someone 🙂

When you say seasonal work... what exactly are you thinking as far as time frame? Unless you are going to stick it out until the end, most places will not want to hire you. And finding short term leases can be a bit of a challenge as well.

I can here from Michigan for seasonal work 12 years ago... so I am not saying it can't be done. But I certainly did stay much longer than anticipated and don't ever plan on leaving at this point.

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Posted : January 26, 2012 9:45 am
FranklinjSRQ
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Hi everyone!

I am looking to relocate to St. John to work seasonally during the high season. I am in the early stages of researching living/working on the Island and would greatly appreciate anyone who could answer some questions I have.

1. From previous message board discussions it seems imminent to have a car on the Island. Is it at all plausible to work, say in Cruz Bay and live close enough to walk to/from work? I understand the hilly terrain, but am very active and don’t mind walking far, but haven’t seen enough information to understand if there is much as far as housing close to town. I can't understand how anyone going to work there seasonally could buy/sell a car easily during a 6 moth or shorter time period. I have had a hard time finding information regarding housing in general and since I’m not on the island yet I cannot view any available housing through connections office. Are there any good websites for this?
2. Since I’m a female and will be traveling alone, one of the many reasons I choose St. John is because of safety reasons. It seems much safer than St. Thomas, as well as St. Croix. I know there are dangers wherever you are, but can anyone give me further support on this or their differing opinions?
3. I love meeting new people of different ages and backgrounds, but am hoping to meet people of similar age to me as well, is there much of a young population that lives on the Island, whether it be permanent residents or seasonal workers?

Thank you to anyone who responds!

Hello,

1. many people do just fine w/o a car. Its nice to have one but its not necessary. Its tough to find a place to live when you're not on the island. Your best bet, if you can afford it, is to plan on staying a couple weeks at an inn or campground until you can find a place.

2. I posted this in another thread but I'll re-post here:

Crime I know of first hand on St. John in the last 6 months:

3 break-ins-two at gun point one, one complete with a serious beating
5 Muggings-one to me but all after midnight. Prevention from mugging is usually going home before 11:00 pm. I find this really sad because its like preventing car accidents by not driving.
2 wallets stolen
1 time threatened to be stabbed-Just cause one of the many drunkin, angry thugs hanging on the street was feeling feisty
1 time threatened to be shot- Just cause one of the many drunkin, angry thugs hanging on the street was feeling feisty

The above are just to people I know! Imagine how crime much really happens!

... and from what I understand STJ is universally considered to be the safest of the USVI. St Croix and St. Thomas enjoy a much higher crime rate.

I'm not grinding axes, just relaying information I know to be true.

95% of the people you meet before midnight are warm, genuine, honest wonderful people but there are plenty of predatory career thugs, drug dealers and addicts that like to harvest the unsuspecting.

On the bright side I believe that tourists, for the most part, are safe and I have not heard about any crimes against women. Most of the muggings were in the smash and grab style with little attempt to severely injure the victims... "Kinder, Gentler Muggers?

3. Lots of young people.

Aside from the crime and cost of living, St John is an awesome place. Like I said, I haven't heard of any crime against women.

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Posted : January 26, 2012 3:54 pm
FranklinjSRQ
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Like I said, I haven't heard of any crime against women.

Except for that one girl that has been missing for months

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Posted : January 26, 2012 4:57 pm
blu4u
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The low crime in Cruz Bay is a cover up to keep tourism flowing. Kind of like in Jaws where they did not want to tell folks there is a big shark.

Yep. Very True....

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Posted : January 26, 2012 6:33 pm
Michigander9
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I'm glad to hear there are lots of young people. I am making my PMV soon (Feb. 5th-13th), I would love to start meeting people during that time if anyone is interested in meeting please let me know!

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2012 9:31 pm
Iris Tramm
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and from what I understand STJ is universally considered to be the safest of the USVI. St Croix and St. Thomas enjoy a much higher crime rate.

I wouldn't exactly say that we ENJOY it.

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Posted : January 26, 2012 10:43 pm
Daniela
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Hey there! I'm planning to do the same thing as you, and I also chose St. John because it seemed more familiar and safer than other islands.
I also have a hard time finding a place to live and I was wondering if you would be interested in being a roommate with me or something. I think it would maybe be easier to find something (plus cheaper) and also a lot safer for us girls.

If you are interested or if you would like to know more about me, just ask.

Bye.

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Posted : January 30, 2012 8:58 pm
congasan
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Lots of drunks at night. About 6 weeks ago we saw 3 big pools of blood on the street in Cruz Bay. The street was blocked off and the fire dept had been called in to hose it off. The official police reports did not mention it. I still don't know what went down. Thugs, drugs, and drunks; just like on St Thomas. It is a small area so the stats don't look too bad. It is all concentrated in Cruz Bay where the bars and jobs are. Only a couple of blocks. Glad I'm not a single white female living here. I'm a dude with a knife in my pocket and eyes on the back of my head!

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Posted : January 31, 2012 4:47 am
Michigander9
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Do you know anyone on St. John? That would be a great starting point. Getting a place to live, and finding a good job, is best done if you have someone to crash with for awhile and introduce you to people, since most of the 'good' place to work and live are never advertised, they go word of mouth. It can be done without knowing someone, but it usually requires a small mountain of money 🙂 And a small mountain of money is usually needed even if you do know someone 🙂

When you say seasonal work... what exactly are you thinking as far as time frame? Unless you are going to stick it out until the end, most places will not want to hire you. And finding short term leases can be a bit of a challenge as well.

I can here from Michigan for seasonal work 12 years ago... so I am not saying it can't be done. But I certainly did stay much longer than anticipated and don't ever plan on leaving at this point.

I don't know anyone on St. John unfortunately, so I am staying in Cruz Bay for a week and then camping for a bit to save money while I'm job searching. I mentioned seasonal work only as a starting point, but would ultimately like to move there move there permanently, that is if I can find work!

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Topic starter Posted : February 1, 2012 11:40 pm
stjohnjulie
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I wish you luck! You can send me a private message if there are any questions I can try and help you out with.

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Posted : February 2, 2012 9:46 am
gparrot
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A friend customer on St John is looking for sales people....if interested PM me for details

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Posted : February 3, 2012 9:34 pm
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