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ttrainor1
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August 11, 2013 3:29 am  

Hello All,

I am seeking to visit the islands to explore and experience the life and culture and would like to rent an apartment/condo/house for one month. Probably longer, but initially I am looking for a rental that is month to month only before I make any big decisions. I am looking for a rental that is under $1000/month and includes utilities. I would be traveling with my girlfriend, as well as my dog. The dog is full grown under 10lbs, only goes to the bathroom outside, and is crated when we are not home. We do not do drugs of any kind, no smoking of any kind, and are not party animals. We are just a clean, quiet, and responsible couple looking for a clean and relatively safe place to stay while we check out the islands (and hopefully find a place to move permanently!) Something not too too far from stores/towns/etc or something that is at least somewhat close to the safari lines as this is our first time visiting and we would not have a car with us. If you have something available, please give me a buzz at ttrainor13@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance!

Tara


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Linda J
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August 11, 2013 10:46 am  

Which island?


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August 11, 2013 11:36 am  

I'm guessing St Thomas from the reference to safaris. I hope someone will be able to make suggestions but I'm stymied. A short term rental under $1K/month including utilities and close to transportation is hard enough but with the dog in tow is way more difficult. You can't take the dog on public transportation nor will most taxi drivers accept them, the roads aren't built for easy walking and the poor thing's going to be crated up for the most part in a tropical climate

Can you not leave the dog at home for such a short time? I have someone in mind who owns property very conveniently located and would do a short term rental if he has availability. It might be in your price range but no way will he accept any animals on the property.

Good luck!


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mtdoramike
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August 11, 2013 1:21 pm  

Good luck with that. I'm in agreement with Oldtart. I have tried to locate a apartment on the Northside of St. Thomas which allows 2 birds that is all inclusive for a few months or as much as 6 months or longer so that my wife and reconnect with her family and have had little to no luck. There are several places on Craigslist that offer utilities included, but they are small like 750 square feet and less apartments and are usually attached to the main house and most likely are not legal:$) Your best bet for a pre-move visit would be to go without pets, which will allow you more freedom to choose a suitable place for a short visit.

I would check out Alana's place as long as you are traveling dog free:

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Just Bring Your Suitcase! Northside, Dorothea, STT
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This charming and fully furnished short-term rental includes all utilities. This is a great place for your PMV, to stay on temporary work assignment in STT or to use as a home base while you get oriented and settled in to island life.

Lovely and immaculately clean 1X1 apt. located overlooking beautiful Dorothea Beach and Inner and Outer Brass Islands in a lush tropical setting with cool breezes and ocean views. This rental has separate driveway/parking, wrap-around decks and is fully and completely furnished from small appliances, microwave, toaster, coffee-maker, dishes, glassware, pots, pans, utensils, silverware, Flat screen HDTV, BBQ to towels and linens. It has a full kitchen. King sized bed in separate bedroom.

Rental amount includes all utilities: WAPA/Electricity, DISH TV, High Speed Internet (BBVI), water, monthly yard maintenance,Terminix comes every other month, use of laundry facilities, generator on premises which runs everything in the event of power outages, sliding hurricane shutters, water filtration system for cistern.

Safe, quiet location. Perfect for single professional or 2 persons max.
Sorry, no pets and no partiers. Prefer non smokers but smoking is allowed outside.

Monthly rental is $1500 per month and a $500 cleaning/damage deposit for a 1 month rental.

2-6 month rentals have a first month and $1000.00 security deposit requirement.

Weekly rentals available at $770 per week/$110.00 per night.
Min. stay of 4 nights is required for vacation rentals.
There are no additional fees or charges. Great deal!
2 person max.
PM me if you have interest.
Thank you.


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August 11, 2013 3:18 pm  

Mike: I don't think Dorothea is on the safari route.

ttrainor1: I am also going to be a wet blanket and suggest that you leave your teeny poochie home for this trip. The Sapphire area has lots of short term condos which are on the safari route. Rent a car for at least a part of the time. Many of the rental units that might take animals will be away from the safari loop. Also "utilities included" is not very common.


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mtdoramike
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August 11, 2013 4:33 pm  

Thanks E, I forgot that part. No, they would have to have a rental car if they stayed at Alana's place. I agree, I'm sure they could find a place that would come close to fitting their bill on the East End. Now, if they didn't mind being in town, Ronnie has a great Bed and Breakfast. I don't recall the name of it at the moment. But he's great and will do his best to work with them especially if they wanted to come for a shorter time like a few weeks.


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August 11, 2013 4:45 pm  

I have no problem housing someone for a PMV, as I have done for years. I think a month is a stretch though. Most PMVs are usually a week or less. JMHO


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mtdoramike
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August 11, 2013 6:18 pm  

Thanks for posting Ronnie, I think your place would be great for them if they REALLY want a taste of Island life, especially being centrally located and near town. They will also see how busy STT can get when the cruise ships are in. I lived and worked at Blue Beards back in the early 70's and used to walk to town several times a week. I loved living there and having such close access to town, but not needing to drive and worry about parking, which even back then was a premium.;)


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August 11, 2013 6:44 pm  

I have this short term rental condo available at Pt. Pleasant which is east end and on safari route. Sorry but no pets as condo association does not allow. PM me if you want me to send you the MLS report with pics.

https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?5,208529

It is difficult to locate a short term rental that does allow a pet so you may want to take everyone's advice and leave the pup at home with family or friends.

No offense to Ronnie or poster but town is sure not anywhere near what it used to be in the 70's. Most people do not linger after dark and shops are closed. There is not the quantity (nor quality) of fun bars and restaurants that there used to be in the 70's where "town" was a happening and thriving nightlife scene. now it's pretty much a ghost town after dark and probably not very safe to be wandering around.
Good Luck.


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ttrainor1
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August 11, 2013 9:48 pm  

Hi All,

Thanks for all the feedback and advice! I really would like to take the pet as I would like to see how and if he can adjust to living there as well, not just drag him along later because we decided to live there. It would be quite a different environment for him with the heat and the wildlife as he is pretty small.

I did have some luck finding rentals that do allow pets from another website, but since you all probably know much more than me searching the internet can tell me, I had a few more questions maybe you can help with.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a car rental service/company? From what I read it looks to be around $50/per day. Is this correct? It wouldn't be a problem to rent a car for the month, I just was asking if there were any places to stay that don't require as much traveling via car but it seems that was a dumb assumption on my part. I am not that interested in doing all the touristy things, which is why I wanted to stay for at least a month instead of a week. I want to actually see if I will be able to trade in a crazy hectic lifestyle and adjust to the slower pace. I want to come there and literally do nothing. No calendar, no schedule, no phones, no email, just walk around, explore, eat, swim, read.

Anyway, back to the car situation. I was reading there are different rules on where cars can be taken after rented, if you bring them the wrong place you can be fined etc. like if you rent a car from stt it can only stay on stt ? etc?? Can anyone clarify for me?

Also what is the situation with just buying a mopeds or scooters when I get there? I read its pretty tough to get around due to hills, potholes, other drivers etc, but I do ride motorcycles so although I understand its not a preferred way to get around, it is something I would be comfortable with. Would it be totally ridiculous to think I can just buy a moped and just sell it or give it away if I leave instead of renting a car? I can't imagine a low end used scooter costing more than a month or more long car rental. What are the prices like?

I mean in an ideal situation, we come visit, stay one to three months, totally adore it and keep renting while we look for a home. And yes, I do realize that my questions or statements may sound a bit silly, but what I am most interested in, is having an authentic island experience. At risk of sounding like a total a**hole, I am capable of just renting some gorgeous villa and rent some cars or just hire a driver and go on scuba tours and shop all day in St. Thomas, leave for a cruise for the week, etc etc etc.....but I can also do that here. I am trying to get AWAY from that. I found the love of my life and I want to spend time with her in a more relaxed environment. A real place that we can make a real life. A place where we can possibly raise a family. A place where things like respect, compassion, gratitude, and integrity are more valuable than materialistic junk. If that makes any sense.

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tara


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ttrainor1
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August 11, 2013 10:08 pm  

less of this:

more of this:


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August 11, 2013 10:11 pm  

Tara:

It sounds like you are looking at an extended holiday, not what most on this board think of a "PMV". You aren't looking for work or asking about shopping etc. That is okay, if that is what you need. You CAN get by without a car, but you will be at the mercy of the safari drivers, so you can only go where they go and when they go. I think someone has described the safari system here fairly well.

On the rentals you found, make sure you don't sign a lease until you see it in person. Rental units are different from those in the states.

Exploring, eating, swimming and reading are activities lots of visitors do! LOL.

" A place where things like respect, compassion, gratitude, and integrity are more valuable than materialistic junk." I hope you will search the archives here and look at the on-line papers a bit to see what the territory is like.


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August 11, 2013 11:03 pm  

Hi East Ender,

Thanks for the reply. So would you suggest getting a hotel for a week and looking for a rental after I get there? Where is a good town to stay if I wanted to just get by with riding dollar cabs and such? I am not too concerned with amenities, but don't want to stay somewhere too unsafe. Any suggestions would be appreciated. And yes I have read a lot of the site and very much enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. In reading all the information about water island I found myself jealous of the sense of community and sense of pride they all seem to have. I imagine it must be very nice to live among people who are so kind and cooperative. Although I don't think I can necessarily hack it on water island as I would need more consistent access to the internet, but St. Croix seems like it might be a good mix.

Thanks Again,

T


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August 11, 2013 11:06 pm  

Budget and Dependable Car both lease cars so you may want to check them out as a less expensive than daily rental alternative.
They do allow you to take cars to STJ on the barge but think you have to sign some kind of waiver.........and that's the only other place to
go other than STT with the car. There's no road leading to other islands nor car barges other than those that go to STJ. If without a car, It will be a hassle to shop, explore or do anything as the safari's are normally only during daytime hours and have specific routes so someplace you may be going may be along that route but you'll have to hoof it there and back catch another safari on the return.
There are no regular, discernable schedules that I know of, expect Red Hook when ferry arrives so it's mostly catch as catch can, stand around and wait until one comes by and hope it isn't filled up.

Don't rent a scooter............please! Our roads are not the best, have potholes and have seen many tourists who have rented them fallen by the roadside needing assistance. Our drivers are the greatest, either. Spend the extra money to be safe and lease a car for the duration of your stay. You'll be glad you did. Your pup looks adorable. Hope you find a place if your decide to bring him with you.


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August 12, 2013 12:29 am  

Yes, IMHO, you should stay in a hotel until you can find your rental. That may make it difficult with the dog. Okay, maybe you can stay at Crystal Palace while you seek housing. I know Alana thinks it is unsafe downtown, but many people live there and live to tell the tale. 😉


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August 12, 2013 2:57 am  

IMO... STX is far better than any of the other islands (and has saffari as well... though not as many as STT)

choose wisely, are you coming for the faster paced tourist oriented experience(STT) or a relaxing trip(STX) or perhaps a more pristine less populated experience(STJ)?

each has their own appeal....

I've visited STT during carnival & live on STX so I'm undoubtedly bias.


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August 12, 2013 3:58 am  

Before I really jump into the fray, when is it you are thinking of coming?


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August 12, 2013 8:22 am  

". . . and that's the only other place to go other than STT with the car. There's no road leading to other islands nor car barges other than those that go to STJ. . ."

A barge runs a regular schedule moving vehicles between St Thomas and Water Island on Tuesdays and Thursday every week.

". . . Although I don't think I can necessarily hack it on water island as I would need more consistent access to the Internet. . ."

BroadbandVI provides excellent 24/7 Wi-Fi services to Water Island. Choice is another provider, however less reliable.

"If without a car, It will be a hassle to shop, explore or do anything as the safari's are normally only during daytime hours and have specific routes so someplace you may be going may be along that route but you'll have to hoof it there and back catch another safari on the return."

I've lived on Water Island for many years and have never kept a car on St Thomas. There have been a few times I've taken a vehicle over on the barge to pick up large bulky items, however normally just get off the WI ferry at Crown Bay and walk to the $1.00 Safari stop across from Nisky Center. Safari route passes most stores, ie. Pueblo, Cost U Less, Home Depot, Kmart etc. If I purchase a lot of stuff I take a shopping car, for a lot less than a taxi, back to the WI ferry. Not a hassle at all, and even better if stopping off in town or at Red Hook because I don't have to search or pay for parking.

Rocky Dock
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