Retiring on St. Croix
My husband, peter and I are coming down to stx in November, probably 2nd or 3rd week for two weeks. we are interested in retiring here, so we're looking to rent an apartment or condo etc,etc. but don't know where to begin. Also to check out hospitals, doctors , real estate, part time jobs. Should we do public transportation or rent a car. We both have vacationed or I should say cruised and stopped at Stx and we love it. . Peter is late 50's, I am early 60's. both active and love the islands. Perhaps someone out there has some suggestions.
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OOPs! My mistake. I meant to write that we'll be going to St. Thomas.
I'm confused; are you asking about retiring on St Croix or St Thomas? Do you have questions for us that weren't answered in the places the stxer recommended looking?
You'll definitely need to rent a car to do a thorough pre-move visit. Each island has one hospital but many folks who move here from the states prefer go to the mainland or Puerto Rico for health care. Jobs in the service industry are filled in November as we gear up for high season. The best rentals are usually word of mouth so when you're ready to make the move one option is to stay in temporary housing and talk to everyone you meet and ask them if they know of anything that's available. You can also check the Island Trader, which comes out on Thursdays and has rental, job and items for sale listings. If you intend to find a long term rental in November you might want to come as early in the month as possible to get the best selection. November is when seasonal workers reappear and available jobs and housing quickly disappear.
I'd like to hear from anyone who has relocated to St. Thomas re: jobs( Stationary Engineer, HVAC and Boiler Operating Engineers etc) . I am looking for work in large Hotels or Commercial buildings.
Keep in mind the the population of the VI is approx 110,000 spread over three major islands.
Building height is restricted to three stories.
There are no heating boilers and a few boilers for hot water.
You will find very few cold water chillers or large central AC systems as you might find on the mainland. AC is not a prevalent here as you might think. Much of the AC is done using split units.
You might want to bone up the technology of desalination plants, waste water treatment plants and diesel driven power plants. Many resorts and condos make their own water and run their own sewage treatment plants. some large resorts generate all their electricity (Divi) and others rely on large standby power plants for those frequent WAPA outages.
If you are really interested in a high paying job you might want to consider the refinery on St Croix.