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MikeandJessica
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Hey Islanders!! My wife and I are getting ready to plan a scouting trip (1 week) in the latter part of August to early September 2015 timeframe. We will be doing an overview of the island and maybe some properties in an attempt to schedule a move to St. Croix within 2 years. Any suggestions as to where to stay, possible itinerary, must do list??? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance! MM

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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2015 7:20 pm
TommySTX
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Stay somewhere that you can cook your own meals so you get the idea of your grocery cost. Go out to eat at least once to get an idea of dining out. Don't treat it as a vacation as much as you can. Try to visit all areas of the island and talk to as many people as you can. Hit up the farmer's market in La Reine on Saturday morning. Take a stroll through Kmart to see what those prices are like. Take some time for a snorkel or a scuba dive. I love both. If you're looking to find work here when you move, talk to businesses or persons that would be helpful in your search for work. I'm sure there is a ton I'm forgetting at this moment but I think plenty more people will help you out on this one.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 7:31 pm
MikeandJessica
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Great info!! Exactly what we were looking for Thank you Tommy!

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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2015 7:44 pm
OldTart
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Obviously you won't know where you're going to be working but if you're planning on looking at areas you may want to live, check out traffic during "commuter hours". A quietly traveled road during the day can turn into a crushing gridlock in the morning and evening when the regular working day is starting up and winding down.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 8:12 pm
MikeandJessica
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Wife will be in medical field...so a hospital would be a must have!

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Topic starter Posted : March 3, 2015 8:24 pm
speee1dy
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hospital is mid island, is she a traveling nurse? if so that would be a great opportunity to check the island life out without a long commitment .

tommy is correct, you will want to go to kmart and the grocery stores.

but you still need to do something fun and i would recommend the Tan Tan Tours. never been on one, buut everyone i have talked to who has, loves it and the guys are nice

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Posted : March 3, 2015 8:56 pm
Juanita
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Obviously you won't know where you're going to be working but if you're planning on looking at areas you may want to live, check out traffic during "commuter hours". A quietly traveled road during the day can turn into a crushing gridlock in the morning and evening when the regular working day is starting up and winding down.

The commuter hour on St. Croix is nothing like on St. Thomas. On STT, it can be PAINFUL...on STX, more of a mild irritation, over pretty quickly.

I remember a few morning trips from Red Hook to downtown on a 6+ cruise ship day. Now THAT was something to avoid, if at all possible.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 9:27 pm
wanderer
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We will be doing an overview of the island and maybe some properties in an attempt to schedule a move to St. Croix within 2 years. Any suggestions as to where to stay

West: hard-core Afro-Caribbean
East: soft-core Afro-Caribbean

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Posted : March 3, 2015 9:28 pm
Alana33
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Obviously you won't know where you're going to be working but if you're planning on looking at areas you may want to live, check out traffic during "commuter hours". A quietly traveled road during the day can turn into a crushing gridlock in the morning and evening when the regular working day is starting up and winding down.

The commuter hour on St. Croix is nothing like on St. Thomas. On STT, it can be PAINFUL...on STX, more of a mild irritation, over pretty quickly.

I remember a few morning trips from Red Hook to downtown on a 6+ cruise ship day. Now THAT was something to avoid, if at all possible.

That's been greatly alleviated due to the finished (at last) projects of widening of the roads at the bottom of Raphune Hill intersection by RLSH Hospital, In Havensite and in front of Yacht Haven Grande. Made a huge difference in the traffic flow.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 9:38 pm
Alana33
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Here's a link for things to do in STX that I came across.
http://www.stcroixtourism.com/places.htm

Have fun while you do your research.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 9:50 pm
speee1dy
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wanderer does not live here and really does not know -see his comment above.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 10:22 pm
wanderer
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wanderer does not live here and really does not know -see his comment above.

I concede both points.

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Posted : March 3, 2015 10:42 pm
Rowdy802
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Where to stay? Renting a condo (Mill Harbour, Colony Cove, Sugar Beach, Club St. Croix, just to name a few) is higly recommended. If possible, try to extend the PMV to two weeks at least. That will give you extra leeway and perhaps scout the employment/business market.

Here is a good webpage to look for nice apartments:

http://www.vrbo.com/?utm_campaign=VRBO_HASCUNKNOWN&utm_content=brandlogo&utm_term=20150220&utm_source=SYS&utm_medium=email

And this is a damn nice one as an example located on the east end of downtown Christiansted at Schooner Bay Apartments (easy to get to thanks to the by-pass):

http://www.vrbo.com/556849?utm_campaign=VRBO_HASCUNKNOWN&utm_content=propid_text_o_lprop&utm_term=20150220&utm_source=SYS&utm_medium=email

A condo will "force" you to cook, go through the "adventure" of shopping, and talk to neighbors.

Follow TommySTX's advice. I will add, walk around, talk to residents, business owners, mingle. You will have fun regardless. Sight seeing will not help as your life there is NOT spent doing it. Of course, nothing wrong with adding some to the PMV. Try not to miss a sunset at "Off The Wall" or Rainbow beach, of course.

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Posted : March 4, 2015 1:56 pm
MikeandJessica
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Rowdy...Thank you very much! Also very good info!

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Topic starter Posted : March 4, 2015 3:59 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Juanita that posted above sometimes has apts. for rent. Convenient location for scouting around and nice apts..

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Posted : March 4, 2015 4:01 pm
Rowdy802
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Rowdy...Thank you very much! Also very good info!

You are more than welcome. I forgot: Best wishes and I do hope, regardless of your decision, that it all goes well.

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Posted : March 4, 2015 4:13 pm
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