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Wondering about social life for 20somethings

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My parents just moved to the virgin islands and have given me the opportunity of joining them once I graduate from college later this year. I'm just wondering what the social life is for 20somethings on STX. Can anyone tell me about it? Thanks!

Posted : August 7, 2008 7:16 pm
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Same as the 30 and 40 somethings. The age groups really intermingle more here. Social life at night on stx is limited. You have plenty of restaurants and bars. No real clubs or anything like that. So you hang out with your friends at bar or your house or their house and drink, or just enjoy the conversation, enjoy the small bands/singers that play at the bars. There is a very small theatre and a movie theatre. The flip side is that there are many things to do during the day.....if you don't have to work. The dating pool is limited and everyone talks about everyone so be careful of the impressions you make the first year or two, and that good advice on island period.

Posted : August 7, 2008 8:16 pm
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I'm way past 20 something, but I have several young friends who have very active social lives. Plus they all enjoy the beach, diving, boating, and they tend to get involved with projects, events, causes, that sort of thing.

I wouldn't even slow down. Since your parents are here, you have a support group. It's not that big a leap, as it is for a lot of people thinking about making the move. You have your education and the opportunity to try out a new place, which you may or may not love. You can always leave if you don't like it. As a matter of fact, you might leave at some point, even if you love it....and maybe come back later in life.

Posted : August 7, 2008 8:38 pm
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I just moved here a month ago. I'm 22.

When I first started going out to the bars, which was a couple days after I got here, it seemed like most people were 30 or above. But I noticed most of the people working, especially the waiters and waitresses, seemed to be in their mid 20's. As for what I have seen, I am a bit young on the island as well as to the island. But it doesn't seem to matter, still have a great time. Just depends on what you're looking for. I haven't found a party scene yet, but that's probably because I haven't looked for one.

But it's a great place, especially if your parents are here. That may sound odd, but the only thing I truly miss about moving away from home, is the family. So having someone here already set up, it would be about the easiest way to take off to an island.

Posted : August 7, 2008 9:38 pm
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It depends on what your interested in. I know a lot of young people go to Bongos in C'sted Town, there's sometimes Club 54, Sharkey's. I'm not much of a going out person unless its a big show, but I'm sure you'll pretty much find something to do.

Posted : August 8, 2008 4:52 pm
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Younger people often work in bars and restaurants so that crowd gets off at 11pm at the earliest. And the local youth don't really start going out until that time as well. So that more when c'sted wakes up.

Bongos is very dead until about 12 when it gets more then a little thugy. Club 54 is dead unless there are bands. Sharkeys is usually packed every Friday and Saturday. 2 plus 2 for more of a local crowd, music, dancing, etc... Angry Nates and Rumrunners for good bartenders. Brew pub for cheap drinks and good bands and lately parrot club as well. Pleasants for cheap drinks, very very quiet and cheap pool table. Tutto Benne first sat of the month for disco dancing.

Posted : August 8, 2008 7:52 pm
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Our 20 something daughter moved to St. Croix with us. She has a very active social life and we cannot get her off the island for family visits to the states.

Posted : August 8, 2008 8:13 pm
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Here's my take, I've been on STX since I was 25 and do like to go out: The nightlife in STX is a lot like what I experienced in my small college town (Salisbury MD), where everyone knew everyone else out at night. Its great because you will make friends quickly and always have someone to hang out with. The downside is that you don't get that "who am I going to meet tonight" excitement that you get going out in a larger city. Also, gossip of course can get crazy. I'm married but I know from my single friends that it is VERY hard for people to find "love" on STX. There are 2 funny sayings that I've heard, for the women it's "the odds are good but the goods are odd" and for the men its "she's not your girlfriend it's just your turn." Horrible, but funny and kind of true 🙂

Other than nightlife, the daylife can be a blast, scuba diving, the beaches, boating, watersport's etc. can be a lot of fun. As mentioned we have a movie theater, a blockbuster for DVD's, a bowling alley (that is pretty terrible IME but occasionally we go), a shooting range (haven't done that yet but will try one day) etc. Drinking is unfortunately part of the fabric of being for many twentysomethings, I like to drink but sometimes it's a bit much in the VI. I joined the gym to help keep myself in check.

Anyway, you will likely meet people here and make friends quickly, the occasional tourists do add a bit of excitement from time to time, and there are a few fun places to go that will keep things fun. When you get bored you hop over to PR or even just STT to see some new faces.

If you do come down here feel free to PM me...new faces are always warmly welcomed and I could introduce you to some folks if you'd like!


Posted : August 11, 2008 10:09 pm
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