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kathy100
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Good day!

We want to relocate to either St. Croix or St. Thomas, but unsure how to choose between the two. They islands are both beautiful, but I believe our choice will need to be based on work opportunities. I'm a Paralegal and my husband is a Construction Superintendent. Employers don't want to talk to us until we're there (understandably), but how does one choose where to live if they aren't moving for a particular job? Thanks in advance for your responses! #newbiehere

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Afriend
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...but how does one choose where to live if they aren't moving for a particular job?..."

Make a Pre-Move Visit (aka PMV) to each island and stay for as long as possible - several weeks on each island if you can afford it. Don't come as a tourist spending your day sightseeing or sitting under a plan tree on a beach with a pina colada in your hand. Instead stay in a small rental condo (preferably not on the beach unless you have very deep pockets) and spend your time doing everyday chores like grocery shopping, doing the laundry, running errands, cleaning house, checking out utility companies, banking options, take drives during rush hours to get an idea of what commuting is like, check out housing options in your budget range on both islands, investigate car prices and begin making contacts with companies where you might find work. In short do the same everyday things you do "back home" as you'll be doing those same things if and when you make the move. The object of the PMV is to get a real feel for what it is like to live on an island.

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Rowdy802
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"Come on doooown! You are the next contestant on the Price is..."

Seriously now, use the search function and the pulldown menus at the top of these boards.

Do a PMV (Pre-Move Visit) to both islands. If possible, stay on both islands for a minimum of a week. IMHO, at least two weeks...

Don't get too "touristy", meaning, go out mingle-walkaround-hangabout with "de mon dem".

Keep your expectations real, huh, on the low side of the equation.

Oh, don't forget to drive on the left side and walk on the left side of the supermarket... The later is not a joke.

P.S. We are not "expats"... we do get Sahara Desert dust... and we offer car manufacturers the best testing facilities in all of the USA, that is why the islands' roadways have the potholes. Those thing are like gremlins, they multiply when it rains.

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speee1dy
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DEPENDS on your lifestyle. people say stx is more laid back and stt has more to do.

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Scubadoo
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There are many differences pros and cons with each island. There is a lot of info on this forum to start getting familiar but in the end you need the PMVs to make an informed decision.

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