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GW7569
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Wife and I are retiring next year to StX --- couple of questions please: Is it realistic to be able to live (and function and get around) without owning a car on StX?
Wife has a cusom golf cart - are they permissible modes of transportaion on StX and any idea what it cost to get one shipped there ?
Many thankx~

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Alana33
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I think you'll find that without a car to get around, your options for fully enjoying our islands and your retirement will be extremely limiting.
This is true for STT, STX and STJ.
Public transportation is not available in all locations and you've got to get to a main road and wait, however long, for either a bus or a safari taxi to come along, then walk where you need to go and back to main road.
Think you'll find same is true in the BVI in terms of getting around without a vehicle.

You can call the Motor Vehicle Dept. to check on your custom golf cart but we don't see them on the roads here, at least not in STT, STJ.
340-774-4268.

No individual healthcare insurance is presently available unless you work for a company that offers it or the VI Government. Beets check with your provider.

Check this recent link on health insurance.
https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,271888

Good luck.

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GW7569
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Thank you Alana33 - I appreciate the insight 🙂

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Alana33
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You're welcome.

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Gator's Mom
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That sounds more like an extended vacation than relocation. Will you keep a US address? that would be beneficial for health coverage.

You could live in one of the towns or near Gallows Bay and take taxis when you need to extend your range. Car would be better. VI would not be golf cart friendly.

Thankx all so far for responses - very informative.
* No - have not been to StX before - (but have spent a LOT of time on other Caribbean islands) -- tons of questions -
* While retiring - we are still 'young' and [knocking on wood] in good health ---
* Going to try and do an off-the-cuff retirement - Hoping to "hop" to a different island every 6-8 months - getting by living in fully furnished long-term rentals, living within 'walking' distance of amenities -- Figuring on renting a car as needed for family/friends visits, etc..
*Starting in USVI because of the whole visa thing. Thinking a day trip or two to BVI will get that resolved.
*Looking into health insurance now... no fun what-so-ever...... : (
All advice taken into consideration and truly appreciated.

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Pammerjo
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There are so many things to consider when choosing a retirement home - you would definitely benefit from what is called a PMV - pre move visit.

We just bought our retirement home on St. Thomas but that was after about 15 years of visiting the island (as well as the other USVIs and BVIs - my husband is English - we could have done either). We don't plan to retire for about 15 years, and will be using this place as a vacation rental in the meantime. We chose STT for a few factors: so-so-to-decent hospital, easy access to airport, relatively easy distance to PR and US mainland in the event of more serious health issues which are sure to arise as we age, relative accessibility of goods and services, decent social network, good access to activities that we enjoy: golf, diving, snorkeling, boating.

Come on down and jump around the islands a little before you settle on one. St. John is by far the most beautiful, but is way more expensive and difficult to get on and off of.

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