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AmeelsOnWheels
(@AmeelsOnWheels)
Active Member

Hello USVI!

My boyfriend & I are seriously considering taking the leap and moving to St. Croix. Honestly, I think our souls have already made the decision so there really is no other option! Unfortunately we can not just snap our fingers and be there, and being that we are both fairly good planners, we might as well just start the process of planning.

Now we are both from Tampa, Florida- so "tropical" life is not very foreign to us, but the hustle and bustle of the mainland is starting to weigh heavy on our daily life. A smaller community on an island is just our style and the island life is the life for us.

So basically I'm here to get any and all advice for anyone that is willing to give.

Our rental budget will be as low as we possible(max $750 per month)- and we don't believe we will be able to afford a vehicle until we have been established and build up some income.

We both have extensive backgrounds in the Service Industry- Front of the House for myself and Back of the House for the Boa (he is currently a Chef at a Speak Easy here in Tampa) and I also have an Associates in Science with a Concentration in Counseling and Human Services. I love children and people of all ages. If you have any information on available opportunities please feel free to message back!

Thank you- I look forward to hopefully chatting with you all on this forum!

Bless yes!
Amelia Rose

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Posted : June 1, 2016 9:23 pm
Exit Zero
(@Exit_Zero)
Noble Member

Start there now by simplifying and saving some serious cash. It is a much easier transition to here if you can afford the start up costs without strain.Cash for 3 months rent up front, deposits on utilities and some form of transportation so you can extend your range for job hunting and daily essential chores are practically the minimum expenses, finding a home that suits makes life way more bearable and a $$ stash for the time it takes to find a job that pays your bills is reality. Enough money to get off island if this all does not work out is a very good plan too. Plenty of good info in the drop down categories in the header on this site, the Settlers Handbook is a worthy purchase, a pre move visit, not vacation, is an absolute help on decision making. Many jobs are extremely seasonally dependent income wise.

$10 K is commonly a figure that is bandied about by people who have done it recently.

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Posted : June 1, 2016 9:44 pm
Betsyshaffer
(@Betsyshaffer)
Eminent Member

My sister and I moved to stx last November. You really need a car to get around and to do errands. This is not a walking nor biking community. The roads are very narrow, no place to safely walk or bike. I guess you could make it work if you find a place in frederiksted or Christiansted close to grocery and beaches. Public transportation not so much.

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Posted : June 1, 2016 10:52 pm
St X
 St X
(@St_X)
Estimable Member

You will need to make a car a priority. You are infinitely more hirable with a car.
$750/month rent will seriously limit your options.
We are quickly approaching summer which is hit or miss for service industry jobs. Many restaurants close for either Sept or Oct (for the whole month).
I hope it works out for you!

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Posted : June 1, 2016 11:11 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

$10K goes pretty fast.
By the time you pay 1st, last and security on a rental, hook up utilities, purchase basic groceries and necessities like linens, cookware, and a reliable car.....boom,
you're out of money and don't yet have a job. furnishings?
Do your research.

Rentals in STX cheaper than STT but everything else is expensive, especially if you're coming from FL.

Living in the VI doesn't remotely resemble living in FL.
Definitely do a premove visit.
Good luck!

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Posted : June 1, 2016 11:43 pm
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Island Expert

Come over and indulge in islands beauty and powerty.
When you are poor life here is really simple here. Boils down to food,water and shelter. So romantic. Join many others. Welcome.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 12:10 am
Scubadoo
(@Scubadoo)
Noble Member

A car is a must. Don't even think about a moped.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 12:31 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

come for a visit , maybe a week or so, to see how much of what you want is doable

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Posted : June 2, 2016 11:03 am
AmeelsOnWheels
(@AmeelsOnWheels)
Active Member

Thank you all--

We will definitely be doing a visit soon-- and hadn't even hoped to make a full transition until sometime next year.

So...

**transportation a must
**save up, what seems to be an unattainable, amount of money (for us at least)
**stay blessed
**come visit
**never leave

<3 🙂 <3

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Posted : June 2, 2016 1:31 pm
AmeelsOnWheels
(@AmeelsOnWheels)
Active Member

Come over and indulge in islands beauty and powerty.
When you are poor life here is really simple here. Boils down to food,water and shelter. So romantic. Join many others. Welcome.

BLESS!
Thank you-- needed to hear this in the midst of the straight and narrow.
I am definitely somewhere between wanting modern living amenities and living in a shack by the ocean. such is life.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 1:36 pm
Exit Zero
(@Exit_Zero)
Noble Member

Thank you all--

We will definitely be doing a visit soon-- and hadn't even hoped to make a full transition until sometime next year.

So...

**transportation a must
**save up, what seems to be an unattainable, amount of money (for us at least)

**never leave

<3 🙂 <3

The pre move visit should give you a good idea of what kind of apts. are available in your budget and an understanding of the lay of the land in STX, job market, living costs, community - use the time wisely to explore and ask questions . Have a rental car!!
transportation -- I think you will find that it is truly a necessity - but you could ship your reliable car or budget for a mid price used car here.
Saving $$ - start to simplify your current lifestyle NOW - make a concerted effort to cut expenses, start a dedicated fund - sell a lot of your current possessions, you probably won't be bringing them and it will cut down on shipping costs. Maybe work an extra job there with a goal in mind.

Never leave -- unlikely -- even if it is years down the road for a plethora of reasons.

Read all the info in the drop down menus in this boards header - you will learn much useful info doing it.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 3:56 pm
Afriend
(@Afriend)
Reputable Member

BLESS!
Thank you-- needed to hear this in the midst of the straight and narrow.
I am definitely somewhere between wanting modern living amenities and living in a shack by the ocean. such is life.

I don't mean to burst your bubble but "...living in a shack by the ocean..." on the two of budget you seem to be gravitating toward is a pipe dream. There are no "shacks by the ocean" - only $million dollar homes and pricey condos.

You have to be a bit more realistic.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 4:13 pm
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Island Expert

There is alway an option of squatting on abandoned vessels in the Benner bay. Ocean front property!

One of the bay's in STJ has a fishing camp set up. Very simple life. Less than a tent. No electric. The bay has limited deep water access and there are no roads.

I sailed to that cove a couple of times. The guy comes out of his camp naked to fish twice a day with the spear. Pretty cool.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 4:51 pm
OldTart
(@OldTart)
Islander

Getting back to earth and practicalities, you may not know that the territory doesn't participate in the Affordable Health Care Act and there is no affordable individual health insurance available here. Just something you should be aware of.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 4:56 pm
stxsailor
(@stxsailor)
Island Expert

Not fair when I fish naked my wife yells at me.

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Posted : June 2, 2016 5:28 pm
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