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Old 01-27-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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I would definately not reccomend it, it is a dangerous crime ridden third world country, regardless of being a US territory. The Islanders are generally very resentful of Americans & I do not know hardly anyone there who has not been robbed, home invasions are common. Most Americans live togeather in clustered compounds because that is the only way they dare stay there.
There is shopping in St. Thomas, but is overpriced & touristy, you might as well just go to Acapulco. St. John is the prettiest, lush & green but not much there really. St. Croix is the largest & also the most dangerous, the east end is flat & dry, TX is much prettier, the west end has a rain forest but it is not a good idea to wander around there as the Rastafarians (I guess) get upset wondering what you are looking for. Get used to shopping at K-Mart as not much else. Even cruise ships have dropped the route due to crime.
The water is certainly blue, & there is some pretty old architecture, mainly Danish, & old sugar mills. Interesting for a day or so. It will cost about a million for any decent house, but you will probably get stuck with it, as many people who can afford them are pulling out. Fishing if you like that of course.
The only good things there are Conch (like Abalone) & great hot sauce, but you can get the former in Key West & import the latter. The weather is unbearably hot & bright, even by most TX standards. The moisture ruins anything nice so you cannot have things like framed prints there. I could go on but if you are really thinking of it you can email me, other drawbacks as well - no medical care - you must be airlifted to decent medical care. In case of hurricanes, riots, ect. it is hard to get off the island, also the local flight services are generally not to safe. It just sucks!!!!!

"it is a dangerous crime ridden third world country"
It's part of the United States, lol

" I do not know hardly anyone there who has not been robbed, home invasions are common."
How many people in the VI do you know, exactly? How scientific is your little study?

"it is not a good idea to wander around there as the Rastafarians (I guess) get upset wondering what you are looking for. "

A. How do you know they're Rastafarians? Did you ask them their religious preferences? Rastafarian does not just mean a person with locs,lol.

B. You're in someone else's neighborhood doing suspicious things and you're asking why they are wondering what you're looking for? Respect goes a long way. How quickly would you call the cops on a black person if they came to your neighborhood and started looking in people's cars and roaming around in people's backyards?

"Most Americans live togeather in clustered compounds because that is the only way they dare stay there."

When you say Americans, who are you referring to? Because people in the VI are Americans. Oh wait, you mean WHITE people. Right...So white people move to a predomiately black territory only to bring their racist segregation behaviors with them. Not, you know, mix with the locals and make friends and mingle. No, create white enclaves.

I'm glad you hate the VI so much. Stay in Texas.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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I am not sure what TXSage is talking about. I live in Dallas. It is way way way way hotter in Dallas than on St. Croix. WAY HOTTER!

I have no idea what an American Clustered Compound is? Judith's Fancy? LOL

You can get a beautiful home for under way under half a million...think maybe quarter million if you but a few thousand dollars into it.

And there hasn't been a hurricane or a riot in 20 years!
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Hi, Have any of you guys been to the U.S. Virgin Islands? Do any of you live or lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If so, How is the weather there? What are the best areas to visit or live? Is one Island better then the other to live? Thank you in advance!


I've been all through the VI, many times. IMO, listen to others in this thread re: crime. Its an issue, and
my main cocern even of COL. If I was going to move there(limited to usvi), it would be Water island.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:45 PM
 
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This thread is hilarious. I live in St. Thomas and moved here from the mainland. People do not resent me. Generally, they resent statesiders that come down with their condescending attitudes and who make nasty statements towards locals, including racial slurs. Stay in the States with that attitude. There are definitely issues here that need to be addressed, like anywhere else. Crime is major one. That being said, I have yet to be a victim of crime here, and people can be randomly kind in ways that are not normally seen in the States.

Oh and the Agricultural Fair out west...mainly organized by the Rasta community is very nice. The whole island comes out. If I stay here, out there is where I will live.

Today, I'm relaxing...island breeze blowing through my window. It's beautiful and peaceful.


I count my blessings.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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I've been all through the VI, many times. IMO, listen to others in this thread re: crime. Its an issue, and
my main cocern even of COL. If I was going to move there(limited to usvi), it would be Water island.
Yeahhh. Water Island, huh? I love those guys, but "eclectic" is an understatement. Not a lot of people could handle that bunch. You can't avoid going to Town, and the difficulty arises when you start wondering where to keep your vehicle at Subbase.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:52 AM
 
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Yeahhh. Water Island, huh? I love those guys, but "eclectic" is an understatement. Not a lot of people could handle that bunch. You can't avoid going to Town, and the difficulty arises when you start wondering where to keep your vehicle at Subbase.
There is designated parking at the Crown Bay Marina. Not seeing the big deal with going to town either. The majority of people work in town. Just don't go at any and everywhere at ungodly hours, same as one wouldn't in most other cities.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:06 AM
 
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Crown Bay USED to charge for that parking, and I'll bet they still do. Others park over behind the building at Gregoire Channel. Most liveaboards simply dinghy to work and find space to tie off if they can. Not a big deal going to town if you're not reliant on the "ferry" or have a good dinghy or two. Cars parked anywhere in that area around Crown Bay, Frenchtown, Gregoire Channel - always at risk. It can be done without too much trouble, but certainly not easy for those that have to dress up a little for work, so yeah, difficulties can arise.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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Crown Bay USED to charge for that parking, and I'll bet they still do. Others park over behind the building at Gregoire Channel. Most liveaboards simply dinghy to work and find space to tie off if they can. Not a big deal going to town if you're not reliant on the "ferry" or have a good dinghy or two. Cars parked anywhere in that area around Crown Bay, Frenchtown, Gregoire Channel - always at risk. It can be done without too much trouble, but certainly not easy for those that have to dress up a little for work, so yeah, difficulties can arise.
But why it is an issue if they charge? If individuals choose to live on Water Island then they should be prepared to pay the fees and have reliable transportation to and from the island. Crown Bay should not be required to provide them free parking on their property.

Cars in any lot are at risk. The only place I have experienced a break in and theft has been in middle class suburb of the nation's capital.

I am required to dress up for work, moreso that most on the island. Others who work in the same capacity have lived on Water Island without complaint. Reality is that you may give up certain conveniences to live there. It's all about what you want.

(I personally prefer to live on STT any day).
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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The number of times I've driven through the back lot behind Tickles and there were no spaces . . . but I have several friends with shops in Subbase. A 2 min. walk. I'm pretty sure they charge over at Gregoire Channel as well. Everything is at risk on STT. Which is why we drive island cars with a machete under the seat, mon.

And I'd rather live in Hull Bay with the inlaws, outlaws and where the "good people congregate."
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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The number of times I've driven through the back lot behind Tickles and there were no spaces . . . but I have several friends with shops in Subbase. A 2 min. walk. I'm pretty sure they charge over at Gregoire Channel as well. Everything is at risk on STT. Which is why we drive island cars with a machete under the seat, mon.

And I'd rather live in Hull Bay with the inlaws, outlaws and where the "good people congregate."
Guess more and more people are living on Water Island. They will have to figure something out eventually.

You drive with a machete under the seat? Wow. I generally feel safe in STT, but I am aware that crime is an issue. Rather get my permit and done.

Mon? Are you sure you've live in STT? It's mehson, man and d man here. LOL.

I've lived in Annas, Mariendahl and up Contant area. Loved each place. My favorite area is out in Fortuna.
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