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Why did you choose the island you are on?  

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Bigfacemoe
(@Bigfacemoe)
Eminent Member

Will be moving end of next year with a couple PMV's before then.
Just wanted to hear why you chose STT over the other two, and vice versa. Why you chose STX or STJ over STT?
Thanks.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 12:57 pm
Afriend
(@afriend)
Reputable Member

It matters little why I chose the o
Island where I live - it only matters what is important to YOU. Everybody thinks differently about what've aspects they want in an island home.

Some people want "guiet" others want a more vibrant life style. Some want a rural environment others prefer more mountainous terrain. So live on an island simply because that's where there job is located.

Make a list of what YOU want then choose the island that most closely fits your desires.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 4:31 pm
CruzanIron
(@CruzanIron)
Noble Member

And for some of us it is our ancestral home.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 4:36 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

it was chosen for me

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Posted : October 18, 2016 4:39 pm
stxsailor
(@stxsailor)
Island Expert

I chose St Croix because it is not quite as mountainous as STT. It has more of a rural feel and seems more wide open spaces. Even though I'm a sailor and STT has more destination options (it takes me 8-10 hours to get to the BVI's), STX feels more like home to me but it is up to each person. Visit all three and decide.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 4:46 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

I bought a business nobody else wanted to buy. 12 years in, we couldn't be happier with the outcome.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 4:51 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Ditto on ancestral home here, too.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 6:24 pm
Gumbo
(@Gumbo)
Reputable Member

Really they are incomparable. All 3 are so different. I believe I would be happy on any of them. But definitely think about the above post by Afriend. Remember the people that have ancestral roots here think about the island they are from just like you think about your home." It's better here than the two towns over."

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Posted : October 18, 2016 9:02 pm
East Ender
(@East_Ender)
Islander

I vacationed on a crewed yacht charter, fell in love with sailing and eventually moved to St Thomas because I could work here, go sailing, and enjoy warm weather all year around.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 9:03 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
Estimable Member

We chose St Croix for several reasons...
Largest island with more terrain diversity. No tourist crowds and more laid back old carribean feel. Much more affordable housing market - probably best value in the carribean. Local farming community for fresh vegetables and even a ranch for local beef. Great restaurants rated best in the carribean. Good snorkeling and great diving. Gosh, I could go on forever...

If you like more action and night life, look at St Thomas. For scenic beauty and best shore snorkeling, try St John.

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Posted : October 18, 2016 10:38 pm
Scubadoo
(@Scubadoo)
Noble Member

The views can be better on STT and STJ and BVI options are closer but....

We chose St Croix for several reasons...
Largest island with more terrain diversity. No tourist crowds and more laid back old carribean feel. Much more affordable housing market - probably best value in the carribean. Local farming community for fresh vegetables and even a ranch for local beef. Great restaurants rated best in the carribean. Good snorkeling and great diving

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Posted : October 18, 2016 11:19 pm
rosesisland
(@rosesisland)
Island Expert

We chose St Croix for several reasons...
Largest island with more terrain diversity. No tourist crowds and more laid back old carribean feel. Much more affordable housing market - probably best value in the carribean. Local farming community for fresh vegetables and even a ranch for local beef. Great restaurants rated best in the carribean. Good snorkeling and great diving. Gosh, I could go on forever...

If you like more action and night life, look at St Thomas. For scenic beauty and best shore snorkeling, try St John.

Exactly same for me! The 3 islands are what I liken to "the three bears." For me, STX was just right! Same reasons as stated by lescooper above.

Keeping in mind, I say good-bye to at least two or more people per month that leave because for whatever reason life didn't well here for them. It's not a vacation to live here unless you have millions in your back pocket. If you don't have enough money or a decent job, life can be more difficult here. Just my opinion.

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Posted : October 19, 2016 9:26 am
singlefin
(@singlefin)
Prominent Member

Still in "a version of" the good ol' US of A, where the people speak "a version of" English.
STX is far enough removed to feel like other Caribbean Islands with a European flair (especially around historic Christiansted & Fredricksted), but also has familiar outlets like Home Depot, K Mart, Sears, Ford & Jeep dealer, even two Mc Donalds.
The local government has its issues, roads and electric supply could be far better. Schools and hospital needs more funding and more/better employment opportunities would certainly help.
But, the people are some of the best I've ever met, the weather is outstanding, and there are simply no better views of sea & sky & countryside anywhere I've ever been.

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Posted : October 19, 2016 4:59 pm
LiquidFluoride
(@LiquidFluoride)
Noble Member

West is best.... so... ST CROIX!

(plus all the other pro st croix stuff in this thread).

oh, and the roads on STT are terrifying

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : October 19, 2016 7:20 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

I've lived on both STT and STJ, visited STX for extended periods of time.
I like STT because of all the amazing views, the diversity it offers from laid back northside to busy town. Our high season is pretty short and summers extremely quiet. There's nightlife if you want, lots of restaurants, fabulous beaches, (some busy, some quiet), a short ferry or barge ride to visit STJ for the day or weekend, ditto ferry to Tortola, great sailing with numerous islands and cays to explore offshore, great diving and fishing, numerous events to attend throughout the year.

It's easier, I believe, to find jobs than on STX and has more flights back and forth to mainland.

Each island offers its own flavor.
You just have to find which you like and suits your needs best.
I grew up on STT and it has quite suited me.

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Posted : October 19, 2016 10:18 pm
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