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Moving To ST. Thomas US Virgin Islands – Top Ten Tips -Part 1

So you think you want to live in paradise huh? Well there are some really important things you need to know if you want to move to St. Thomas. I’m going to spell this out to you as easily as I can.

1. Ask yourself why you want to move? Are you trying to escape something? If so it will follow you here. Moving to St. Thomas for the right reasons is the only way to go.

2. Come visit St. Thomas for at least 10-14 days (this is called a pre-move visit or PMV). That way you can meet the locals and get a feel for the island. Many people feel bottled up on a small island so a PMV is a good idea.

3. Meet with a real estate person (like our friend Karen Korsgren at Buy Sell or an apartment rental agent/property manager. Ask them to show you homes, villas, condos or apartments in St. Thomas. Get to know the lay of the land.

4. Go food shopping one day. That will be a real eye opener for you. T’ings are expensive ya know on de rock. A gallon of milk can run you over $7.00 in some spots.

5. Make sure you can afford the island, see #6. St Thomas will chew you up and spit you out if you have no money.

6. Employment in St. Thomas is tough because you really have to be on island to get a job. Mostly everything is done face to face here on St Thomas. If you want to get into the restaurant, tourism industry you can easily get a job. St Thomas restaurants are always looking for reliable people. So getting a job as a bartender or waiter won’t be a problem.

7. Office/career work in St Thomas. Here’s where it gets hairy. The work ethic is much different on St Thomas. Things go m-u-c-h  s-l-o-w-e-r. You may know the way it “suppose” to be done back in the states but trying to get a local to change their ways….well….that could be challenging and very frustrating for you. And expect your pay to be at least 30% less if not more if you’re coming down from the Northeast. The pay is very low in St Thomas.

8. Research, research and more research. Go to St Thomas Blogs like ours, visit message boards etc. Get as much info as you can before you make any decisions. Ask people why they hated living in St Thomas. Trust me it ain’t all beach sand and palm trees.

9. Buy the The Settlers Handbook – Guide to Relocation. You would be foolish not to. It gives you all the answers.


10. Read part 2.

Click here for Moving to St. Thomas Part 2 and moving to St. Thomas Part 3 and Moving To St. Thomas US Virgin Islands – Everything You Need To Know

Before you comment or ask a question please read ALL THE COMMENTS as the answer is probably already there.

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  1. May 23, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Moving To St. Thomas US Virgin Islands - Part 2 Said,

    [...] so you’ve read my post on moving to St Thomas part 1 already. Right? If not click here. As I have mentioned in part 1 I strongly recommend you [...]

  2. July 2, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Kim Robbins Said,

    I am married with I child and would make 65k a yr starting out with the feds. My wife would get some sort of job. Could we survive?

  3. July 2, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Hey Robbins,

    This is a tough question.

    1. What lifestyle do you lead? Are you spenders?

    2. How old is your child? Private schools can be costly in St. Thomas. Anywhere from $8,000-$15,000 year.

    3. Rent, food, gas all more in St. Thomas.

    4. We pay .17 a Kilowat for our home in Boston and .40 per kilowat in St. Thomas so electricity is very expensive.

    Can you do it? Yes, no doubt and a second income would really help. You have to decide on whether the high expense outweighs living in paradise…

    Also you need to really consider your child in this equation.

  4. July 18, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    Eileen Said,

    I’ll be coming down next month for a 13 week contract job at the hospital. Should I rent a car while I’m there and if so where’s the place to go for the best rates?

  5. July 18, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Yes, a car will be a must. I’m friends with Bill Creque the owner of Dependable Car. Go to their website:, ask for Linda and tell her Scott White reffered you.

    Best of luck!

  6. July 25, 2008 @ 10:59 am

    Brian Said,

    Thinking about moving to St.Thomas in a few months. Live in AZ now, used to live on island of Crete for 3 years and loved island life. How is it there and how is the economy? I’ve owned several nightclubs and was a field supervisor for the state of ohio. Want to get back to the beach and ocean. Selling for Toyota now. Any advice would be great. Thank you

  7. July 26, 2008 @ 6:47 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    The economy is dependent on tourism so I expect this years busy season to be slow. Airfares are up and they’ve all cut the number of flights to the islands.

    It really depends on what work you’ll do. Come down for a pre move visit for 10-14 days and check things out.

  8. September 22, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    Carlos Marin Said,


    I need more info on long term rentals in St Thomas, which websites can i visit for such info?


  9. September 22, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Go here:

  10. November 21, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

    courtney heintschel Said,

    I am thinking about moving to st. thomas. Im 22 and my fiance is 24. If we move we whens the best time to move? How much money do you think we need right off the back do we need? We live in Texas, are the expenses that different from here? Overall?

  11. November 22, 2008 @ 6:36 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    When: Anytime is fine, I would avoid hurricane season June-November maybe.

    How Much: I don’t know your lifestyle. Some people move here with $100 in their pockets, others come with thousands of dollars.

    Expenses: Yes, St. Thomas is expensive. Much more than Texas. Expect at minimum a 30% increase.

  12. December 28, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

    Carin Said,

    What is the public education system like for small children? We are thinking of making a move for an excellent job opportunity, but we have 3 small children and a good education for them is very important to us. We are not so much interested in private schools. Is that all they have there? thanks a ton!!

  13. December 29, 2008 @ 6:38 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We have only heard negative remarks about the public schools. But we don’t have kids so I really can’t confirm that. Everyone we know with kids sends them to private schools so that says something.

  14. January 21, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    Tyler Said,

    Do you need to be an American to move to St. Thomas?

  15. January 21, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Moving to the USVI is like moving to any state. If you’re not a US citizen you’ll need to get the proper paperwork.

  16. January 28, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    Elane Said,

    I have been to STT a few times and am thinking of moving there and working in Real Estate. I have over 20 yrs experience and a Brokers license from Massachusetts. Any tips?

  17. January 30, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    Luis Said,


    I am thinking about making the move to the Island. I am only 22 years old but have about $5000.00 saved up as a starter. I would like to get involved in the Real Estate industry down there. I dont have experience but was wondering how to become a broker down there. I have experience in law and the administrative field. I figure once I am there I can work at a hotel as a server, font desk or bar. Please give me some tips!

  18. February 3, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Hallie Roberts Said,

    My husband and I want to move to St. Thomas, we love it there. Does anyone ever higher care takers for their vacation homes either on St. Thomas or St. John? Or, is there a company there that does that for the wealthy?
    Dreaming of the beach,

  19. February 5, 2009 @ 12:47 am

    Greg Said,

    I am a 22 year old college student and am living in Denver Colorado right now. I am majoring in Hospitality, Tourism, and Events management. I plan on transfering to UVI to finish my schooling. I have been to St. Thomas a few times and love it. I also am working on getting my dive masters and instructors permit. Do you have any suggestions for me as far as getting a job and places to live for a college student or someone my age. Any suggestions will help.

    Thank You

  20. February 16, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    Kraz_Eric Said,

    OK…I just ordered

    Desiring Paradise: …A True Story of Succumbing to the Dream

    Virgin Islands Relocation & Newcomers Planning Kit (includes Settlers Handbook)


    Living In De V.I. – An Introduction for Newcomers (DVD)

    Any other suggested resources?

    Last time I was there, a friend (Sunny Liston, of Sunny Liston Tours….got to know him some the first time we visited) was able to get us a bunch of local newspapers and such knowing we were wanting to move…

    I am a research Junkie…the more you know, the better you are prepared….we are planning about 2 weeks in 2010, when our new baby is good for big travel….

    The general plan is to pay of our house, which is our only debt, finish renovating it to sell…we hope the market improves…and in 5 or 6 years, sell the house, grab our savings, and find a nice house or condo…probably condo, that we can pay most, if not all, off…so income will not be a huge worry except for food and basic expenses…we ain’t rich, but we ain’t poor…and if possible….start a business….which I have am working on a plan for….

    Wow…that was a long post…but I really want more research advice…lol

  21. February 24, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Stephanie Said,


    I recently graduated from college with an Elementary Educ. degree, and noticed job offers coming from the Virgin Islands. If I were hired, would I be able to afford living on the islands with just a teaching salary?

  22. February 24, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We know a few teachers here and they all have second jobs (bartender, servers etc.). It’s expensive to live here.

  23. March 2, 2009 @ 1:12 am

    Greg Said,

    It seems you skipped a few questions If you have any suggestions for my post it would be greatly apprecaited. Thank you

  24. March 2, 2009 @ 6:37 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Greg, the best way to get a job here is to be here and network. There are many hotels, restaurants and bars and I’m sure you’ll be able to find something in the hospitality industry. As far as living arrangements go you’ll need to pick up the local paper and start searching. A lot will depend on your budget and whether you’ll live alone or with roommates. I wish I could help more but the truth is you need to come down, roll your sleeves up and hustle.

  25. March 4, 2009 @ 1:24 am

    Greg Said,

    Thank you very much for the information. I will be there at the end of July and will look around for places to live and work.

    Thanks Again

  26. March 4, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    Charlotte Coghill Said,

    I lived in St. Thomas over 3 years ago. Since, I have had 2 kids in the states and started a business. I recently returned for a visit and realized how much I miss the island and the people. I’m a young single mother with 2 beautiful girls. I’ve really evaluated the pros and cons and have decided to move back in January 2010 to try and expand my embroidery business. My questions to you are:

    1) What are you thoughts on moving back with children?

    2) Any input on the embroidery industry? We currently do a lot of custom baby work, but want to expand to commercial (i.e. set up accounts with places such as Tickles, Iggies, the Ritz, etc.). Any insight or contacts you have to offer are much appreciated :)

    3) I was also quite impressed with Yacht Haven. I’d love to open one of our baby boutiques right next to Louis Vuitton (okay, maybe a little ahead of my game on that one, but you get the point!). Any ideas on how to get in contact with someone about renting space downtown, waterfront, or yacht haven?


    P.S. Love your blog! You really seem to know the island ;)

  27. March 4, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We don’t have kids but everyone we know sends them to private school, which is expensive.

    I have no idea on embroidery, sorry :(

    Yacht Haven Grande has struggled for sure. It’s a great area but traffic is slow right now. We have a friend that just opened a shop and I think the rents have gone down. You can contact them here:

  28. March 14, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    Kristin Said,

    My 19 year old daughter is probably going to enroll at uvi in September in the nursing program. Is the area safe?

  29. March 14, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    As safe as any big city is.

  30. March 17, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

    Maya Said,

    Hey there!!
    This blog is great…. I had a question about apartments. I’m a single female 24 year old college grad that has much experience working on boats, teaching diving, sailing, fishing, you name it. i was wondering where i should be looking for affordable and safe housing. I would like to stay in the same line of work, with tourism and boating. I was looking to not drive to work, bike or scooter would be great. Oh yea, and except dogs 40lbs golden retriever. Thanks!

  31. March 17, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Probably want to look around in the East End at American Yacht Harbor. Not sure about the dogs though :(

  32. March 31, 2009 @ 1:25 am

    Bill Said,

    Me and a Freind are 18&19 looking to move down to the Virgin Islands for a year, we’re both debt free and have a little cash saved up say $1000 a piece looking to room together. Are resort and tourist jobs easy enough to find in say May and June? Also we’re very curious about the social scene for our age group, are there many others around our age? Good clubs and fun jobs etc…..

  33. March 31, 2009 @ 7:13 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Hey Bill, you’ll be able to find a job down here pretty easy. May-Nov is our slow season but people are always looking for hard workers. The social scene is great here and the drinking age is 18 so you’ll fit right in.

  34. April 10, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    keith Said,

    hi, i was wanting to move down there but i do electrical work in plants mostly new construction can you tell me if there is much work like that there

  35. April 11, 2009 @ 2:57 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Well there aren’t that many plants here but certainly commercial work is available.

  36. April 19, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    Lizzie Said,

    Hi. i lived in STT for 7 yrs left in ’06. I want to come back but with the economy hitting hard in the states i am unsure of the damage down there. Friends never tell me the truth about the hit you all are having. so please let me know how things are really doing. I worked in tourism, my husband in landscaping.

  37. April 20, 2009 @ 1:09 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    The economy is bad here as well and we fear this summer might be really hard. Cruise ships visits are way down and our economy is all about tourism.

  38. April 24, 2009 @ 10:59 am

    Lizzie Said,

    So it will b a bad idea to try to relocate right now. is there any hope for the future?

  39. April 24, 2009 @ 11:38 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I think it’s a bad idea to relocate anywhere where the economy lives and dies on tourism unless you can get a job outside of tourism.

  40. April 25, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    Sam Said,

    I have a job offer in a bar, How much would you say someone needed to make a week living comfortably? No shopping, renting a place, not too fancy, but not in the bad areas.
    I have heard you need a car, is it worth bringing one there from Florida, or looking there.
    With the economy the way it is, Is June not too good of a time to move there?

  41. April 26, 2009 @ 7:40 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I don’t know how much someone needs to make to match whatever lifestyle you’ll have. Things are expensive here, we have a friend bartender that makes over 50K and lives well. You will need a car, if you have a good one back home it may be worth it, but if it’s just so so you may want to buy one here. The island chews up and spits out cars. We replace our brakes every 6 months. June-Oct are pretty slow times here, don’t expect a lot of tourism this summer.

  42. April 29, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    Tracy Said,

    We might be moving to St. Thomas with our two boys, 9 and 5. I realize they’ll need to go to private school. Can you tell me what kind of sports are available both through the community and schools? For example, my 9 year old plays baseball, tackle football, tennis and basketball. Are any of these sports offered on the island?

  43. May 1, 2009 @ 3:08 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Pretty sure they’re all offered. Baseball and basketball are big.

  44. May 6, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    Bishop Said,

    Hey BK, thanks for the great info. My wife and I are coming down in Aug. for a working vacation..I am a tattoo artist. I really wanted to come when the tourism is a little slower to see if we can afford to relocate there during the “lean” times. What should I expect weather wise at that time? Are we gonna get stuck indoors the whole time, or is August a pretty fair weather time of year? Thanks again bro. Hope we cross paths sometime!

  45. May 6, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    It’s freakin hot during the summer time, no joke. And we lose the tradewinds, sorry. Stays like that through October then things change in November.

  46. May 7, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    Bishop Said,

    Thanks BK. I don’t mind a little heat. We’ll have a cold one when I hit the shore! Bula

  47. May 8, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    April Said,


    My husband and I are both teachers. We were thinking of moving to Thomas to teach. Could the both of us make it teaching without getting a second job? They offered us around 3,600 a month (after taxes) for both of us. How much does the average person spend on food a month?

  48. May 9, 2009 @ 6:01 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We spend about $400/month but we entertain a lot. Things are much more expensive here and it depends on the lifestyle you want to live. Is that $3600 for one or both of you? If it’s for both things will be tight depending on what your rent/mortgage is. Places range from $800-$1500/month for just a one bedroom.

  49. May 15, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    Kristin Said,

    My daughter is probably going to UVI for the nursing but is on the waiting list for housing. How expensive are rents in that area?
    Do you know of any legitimate roommate positing boards. The school has not been that helpful.

  50. May 15, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I really don’t know what rents go for. And i really don’t know of any roomate info, sorry.

  51. May 19, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    Eric Said,

    Hi BK:

    I’m in the beginning stages of relocating to St. Thomas but have been reading a lot of negative press about the rising gun violence there. Is this becoming more and more part of daily life or just a lot of hype? Thanks.

  52. May 19, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Well it seems to be 99% focused on crime on crime. Looking for drugs? Gangs shooting each other etc. Tourists coming off the cruise ships aren’t being gunned down but like any city you just need to be street smart. If the area looks shady it probably is. You can’t rule out being in the wrong place at the wrong time but I haven’t seen gun violence of any type.

  53. May 31, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

    Paul Said,

    Hello. I think this is a great blog. Me and my wife (both 27 years old) are going to move to St. Thomas for a job offer with a law firm down there. We wanted to know what the good neighborhoods you can recommend are. We will probably be looking to buy a condo or small house. ANy information you can give us as to where to start our search would be great. I also noticed you mentioned about 30% increase in cost of living compared with the states…would you say thats accurate?

  54. June 1, 2009 @ 3:21 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Call Karen Korsgren for your real estate needs at 340-514-4730 and tell her I sent you. What’s your budget, that will depend on where you can live. I think 30% is right on the money unless you already live in a place like Manhattan or San Francisco. My electric bill is more than double than that of my house in Boston (we pay about $500/month).

  55. June 3, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    Paul Said,

    We live in Miami, FL….Salary would be around the 90,000 range and then my wife would be looking to get a job over there as well. Our budget would be in the 225-250k range. Would you suggest renting before purchasing a place or just hoping in and looking to purchase? Also we have cars in Miami, but would you recommend purchasing a car on the island or importing ours? I have a foreign car she has a domestic car. We will give Karen a call.

  56. June 3, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You’re not going to get much of a house for 225-250k but you can get a nice condo. A foreign car will be taxed extra, if the cars are in good shape bring them over. Remember the hills are brutal here so cars with horsepower help.

  57. June 16, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Gina Said,

    Hello!!! Love this blog!
    I’m going to be moving down to St.Thomas in a few weeks, and I am a tad stressed out about shipping! I have a few boxes, and potentially a TV that I need to send down before I get there! What do you suggest? Set up a P.O. Box? or what? Thanks!

  58. June 25, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    Matt M Said,

    Hello, Me friend and I are both 22 and would like to move to the VI starting in october and stay for about 3 months. We would be going down with about 2,000$ each and would plan on renting an apartment close to the water and getting jobs in the toursim/resturant business. We will be treating it like a 3 month vacation/work situation. Is this doable? what are your thoughts?

  59. June 25, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Sure, c’mon down. Have fun, I’ll bet you’ll stay!

  60. June 25, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    Matt M Said,

    Is it possible to rent apartments for just 2 months?

  61. June 25, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,


  62. June 25, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    Andrea Said,

    I am a 63 year old woman thinking of taking a position in STT schools. I may net about $4,000 per month. Seems like it would be enough to live decently. Do you agree?

  63. June 26, 2009 @ 2:51 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Andrea, I don’t know your lifestyle, but most likely you’ll be fine.

  64. July 10, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    Bridget Said,

    I’m coming down the UVI for graduate school in a month, but am trying to figure out what to expect for food. I am vegan, but I love to cook! Are there things like quinoa, tofu, and good veggies/fruit around? Also, I hope to bike to and from school as much as I can…it looks mountainous there, but I’m in pretty good shape. Do you think it’s safe though biking around on the island or are the roads not very good for that? Thanks!

  65. July 11, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Biking is in my opinion dangerous and the hills are way too steep. You can get great fruit at the Fruit Bowl, near the hospital. Not sure where to get the other stuff as I’m a meat eater ;)

  66. July 19, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

    Kara Said,

    My fiance and I are talking about moving to St. Thomas after we’re married next May. He currently works at a church and we’re both curious about the amount of churches or mission organizations on the island to look into for jobs. Is this realistic to live off of?? Either both of us working with a church/organization, or 1 of us find a alternative job elsewhere.

  67. July 20, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    There are a lot of churches on St. Thomas but I’m not sure of gaining employment, sorry :(

  68. July 22, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

    Teyonda Said,

    Just reading your blog! It’s great. I am a 20 yr licensed hairstylist with an Associates degree in healthcare administration and a certified orthodontic assistant as well. I currently own a small hair salon and wanted to know about the employment in those industrys as I know the island thrives off of tourism, the beauty industry is probably great, but can one survive and as I have skills in other areas are you familiar with the employment opportunities? Will be there in Sept for a hairshow for 7 days

  69. July 22, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    Teyonda Said,

    Another question! Are you familiar with the energy industry i.e generators, cooling, heating systems? Are the employment opps decent for engineers? Are you familiar with the salary ranges? What is a good Gestimate :) for relocating expense (apartment rental before home purchase)? What is the average cost to ship a vehicle and are there country or emirate taxes that are paid by people from paychecks like ssi, fica (whoever the heck that is) lol etc? Do you have to have a local address to open a bank account and are there deposit requirements for utilities water, electric, gas etc?

  70. July 23, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    My hairdresser seems to be doing just fine :) I imagine if you’re good you’ll have no problem.

  71. July 23, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    Teyonda Said,

    Its me again. Are you familiar with the energy industry.? (can you revisit my prior question and thanks

  72. July 24, 2009 @ 1:52 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I’m really not to sure about engineering jobs, sorry :(

  73. July 25, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    Heather Nicole Said,

    Well, I’m not shy, and I’m in the process of moving down there right now. I can say that you definately need to spend quality time on the phone with MULTIPLE moving companies to get good rates. To bring everything we have in our 3 bedroom apartment from Cincinnati, Oh to STT, we’re looking at around $10,000. I think I vomited a little when I got the first estimate, but now it’s sinking in as par-for-the-course. To ship my car, I’m driving it to Miami to ship it from down there, and it’s still going to cost around $1700 for my little neon.

    I didn’t need a local address to open a bank account, and I know there are deposits to be paid for utilities, but I haven’t found out how much, yet. But I did find a kick ass deal on an apartment just by checking the newspaper Island Trader. (go to and click on the island trader on the right side of the screen)

    Hope that helps… By the way, the more you read on this blog, the less scary the move becomes. Just go back and read old posts. You’ll get lots of answers to questions you haven’t even thought of yet! Good luck!!!

  74. August 1, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

    Pam Said,

    Just came across your site. Do you happen to have any information or contacts on St. John? I was there on a private charter sail boat this past April and fell in love with all the islands. Have lived neat/at beaches off and on all my life and now that I am an “empty nester” I’m looking to maybe head that way again. Already have been offered a place to live on St. John, but I am a big researcher. I figure the more info I have the better! So….any info or contacts on St. John? Mostly looking for just basic info and job contacts. I have been the Business/Office manager at a private golf and country club for 9 years. Have waited tables and bartended before as well. I’ll do whatever job pays the bills…. Thanks for any St. John contacts that you might have.

  75. August 6, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    Christy Said,

    What a great site you have! Thank you in advance!

    My husband is an Air Traffic Controller and we are in the process of trying to get him on at St. Thomas. Do you happen to know anything about the FAA housing they provide? (long shot but thought i would ask)

    How are dogs accepted on the island? For instance, are beaches off limits to dogs? What about outdoor eateries? Do you see much/many pet dogs attached to their owners (taken everywhere?)

    We have 2 awesome great danes that will be permanently attached to my hip – at least as much as the island allows.

    thanks again in advance and thank you for your awesome blog!

  76. August 6, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    Christy Said,

    Also, where is part 2 of this top ten list?

  77. August 6, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    It’s in the moving category.

  78. August 6, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    No idea about FAA housing, but plenty of dogs on St. Thomas. Some beaches let you have them like Hull Bay, while Magens Bay will not. Things are pretty loose on St. Thomas so I wouldn’t worry about your dogs.

  79. August 9, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

    simon Said,

    We are thinking of moving to the St Thomas very soon,
    my wife has a job already, but im in the construction trades
    can you please tell me what new construction is like if any or is there a local union prehaps ?

  80. August 18, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    Chris Burke Said,


    thanks for the so helpful blog!! We would love to move to the islands my husband is in big construction like paving roads. Do you know if they do alot of that kid of work there?


  81. August 18, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    Jay Said,

    Are there any jobs for people in the engineering business? Currently working for Boeing.

  82. August 18, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I’m not privy to any but I’m sure there are.

  83. August 18, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Yes, one of our friends works for “Island Roads”.

  84. August 20, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    Jay Said,


    When you moved there what type of moving company aka process did you go through to move your things down there? We arne’t looking for the big furniture moved just living things (clothes, kitchen etc).

  85. August 20, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We mailed a lot of stuff but you can ship it to Tropical Shipping in FL and they can get it to a local mover here. I believe we used “Bob’s Movers”.

  86. August 27, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    Sharon Crawford Said,

    I am getting marry next year September and my husband and I are moving to St Thomas, can you contact me with the cost of renting an apartment and jobs in the clerical feild and industry feild.

  87. August 27, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Hi Shaon, you need to get with a real estate agent or look in the local papers for apartments.

  88. August 31, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

    Anthony Said,

    I know everyone seems to be asking the same questions so I figured I will join in. I currently live in NY I am 22 years old and own a house. I have been working most my life and recently graduated with an associates in business administration. I currently make about 60k a year, and over half of my salary goes to my mortgage (so I do not spend a lot) I have been to St. Thomas several times and have a high school friend that lives down there. To be honest I am tired of the cut throat life style I have with business and the states overall. I know ST. Thomas is part of the US but after being their quite a bit it seems to move slower than up here. I am assuming the cost of living will be similar (compared to metro NY/NJ). I was just there last week and overall the island seemed to be holding up in this economy. Is the best place to look for a job in the local paper? I would only want a condo (even a studio is fine) What kind of salary would I be looking to need? Assuming I would only purchase the bare essentials? Also mortgages are they hard to obtain down there?

  89. September 1, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Mortgages are hard to come by everywhere right now. You’ll need 20% down for sure. The cost of living is similar to NYC.

  90. September 8, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    Alina Said,

    Thank you fo all the info you have here! Any info about St.Croix if you could, please? My boyfriend and I are trying to figure out what is gonna be better for us. He is in US Air Force. They had a base down there. Do u know by any chance if it still exists?
    Thank a lot!

  91. September 10, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    Felicia Belcher Said,

    Im looking to attend University of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas campus for grad school fall of 2010 and i really dont want to stay on campus and im not sure i can as a grad student. What do you consider for housing? I prefer a 1 bedroom apartment and do they have student discounts or student housing? Im from Atlanta, Georgia

  92. September 15, 2009 @ 7:54 am

    Audra Thompson Said,

    I am applying for a new job in St Thomas for a salary of $65000 and make $70 in Florida. How different will the cost of living be in ST Thomas, and I am a single female-how is the male single scene of ages 35-45

  93. September 15, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Alina, sorry we don’t know much about St. Croix. I didn’t even know they had a base?

    @Felicia Belcher, go to and email her for rentals.

    @Audra Thompson, Cost of livin’ be like NYC. Everyting get ship in ya’know. Plenty of young studs for ya :)

  94. September 17, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    Jay Said,

    Do you know what companies serve STVI for landline service? I’m looking for who would be able to host a forwarded number.


  95. September 26, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

    jon Said,

    what are fuel prices like on the island, i am trying to debate on which vehicle i should bring gas or diesel
    when i make my move in the next few months

  96. September 28, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    Heather Nicole Said,

    Jon, I’m constantly looking at gas prices. This weekend I’ve seen it range from $2.97 to $3.19. It seems that here it depends on what part of the island you’re on as to how much, rather than the prices changing all the time.

    Jay, Choice Communications and Innovative.

    Scott, I’m trying to do my part…

  97. October 10, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

    cw Said,

    HEY BIG KAHUNA, I am 24 years old, I have read you whole blog here and have a few questions if it werent to hurt you time. I am 24 years old and have dreaming of living on an island for a while, i want to live there because its beutiful and i am inlove with beaches and find that i would be in nirvana if i live on one or very close to one. i am a student on online and i am self employed here doing pressure washing. it seems like the majority of jobs you can scan and get as you said is something along the lines of a resteraunt or bar to start out with and seems most available. well, i dont have any experiance working in that situation but i will gladly do anything to live on the island even if i have to pick coconuts,lol. I have about 2 grand in my savings and wish to just leave and go there, even though i know i should just save more but im sick and depressed of living here in South carolina, i live in a rednecked and crime infested area and im purely sick of it. YOU mentioned earlier that people come there with thousands or just a hundred in their pocket…..did they succeed or is it possible to just come there with my two grand and find a job while resting on my two grand if i really apply myself and hustle which i already do here, PLEASE write back, any specific advise on this would be greatly appreciated, THANK YOU.

  98. October 11, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    CW, if you hustle you can make it here no problem. There are a lot of painting and pressure wash companies. Or you can always wait on tables. Good luck.

  99. October 15, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    MisdemeanorCraziness Said,

    Many people asking what it is like for children. Lived there for two years as a child. The best memories!!!Who else can say they had their own private beach with a rasta that taught him to catch jellyfish. Will say that it was hard on the parents – So expensive. As for private school, Go to Antilles – that’s where I went

  100. October 15, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

    MisdemeanorCraziness Said,

    Oh..Yeah, you need to be a easy-going person. The pace of life there is slow!!!!!Getting normal things accomplished can take forever

  101. October 21, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

    Michael Said,

    Kahuna!Whats happenin. I am looking to move down there the first of the year. I am very handy and in construction. Do you think I could be a maintnence man for a resort and get free stay? Also the girl I am bringing is in the medical field. Any work for her? If not is there any strip joints i can send her to? haha Also how mucho do you spend for a beater car there? Thanks for your time.

  102. October 21, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Free stay? Maybe. Always room for someone with your skills. Now your girl the stripper nurse will get work no problem mon ;)

    All kidding aside she’ll get a job easy down here. Come on down the waters warm.

    Beater cars are beater cars they vary from $100 to $1000.

  103. October 30, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    mat Said,

    wow your verry helpfull!!! names mat,got a job offer kinda chrysler,jeep dealer,if the island is only double digits long how many cars can there be??? nomatter what the answer,im coming for the fishing..thanks for the time

  104. November 5, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    Stephanie Said,

    I am a claims adjuster and my husband is an enviromental engineer, he designs and builds wastewater treatment plants. What does St. Thomas do for auto insurance and are there resident claims adjusters and auto appraisers living on the island? What about engineers? Thanks, love the blog.

  105. November 6, 2009 @ 6:37 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Hi Stephanie, yes we have car insurance and companies just like the states. I use Tunick but there are a few others as well. As far as engineers go I’m not sure pf the need but I would assume we could use someone like your husband.

  106. December 5, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    paul Said,

    wait, I read someone spent 30k to move furniture? Shipping a normal amount of furniture from a 2 bedroom house? Any idea on cost there? I looked online but didn’t see a number… You convinced me to sell my car and buy one there.

    My wife is a pharmacist. I am an editor. Would it be to competitive to assume I could do wedding videos and photography there? I imagine the hotels having a monopoly on it…

    You are super lucky to live there. Thank you for ur time.

  107. December 18, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

    Megan Said,

    If Im a cocktail waitress and my boyfriends a kitchen manager at a restaurant could we find similar jobs easily? And would it b enough to live on, if my life styles not very expsenive?

  108. December 29, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

    Melissa Said,

    I have been applying for hospitality management jobs in St. Thomas. I am currently a front office manager in Wichita, KS. My question is how much salary should I ask for in this type of position. Kansas pays much lower than other areas, but our living cost is very low also. (I make 26000 which is low for my position. Our house payment is 800 a month) I know my chances are low, but it is worth a try =)

  109. December 29, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I have no idea how much a hospitality management position pays but get ready for the highest cost of living you’ve ever seen. I hear it pays low…you make the call.

  110. January 1, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    tony Said,

    hi there. i stumbled across your blog and think its nice of you to help out so many people with your knowledge!

    my question is…i am a canadian with 18 years experience in the hospitality industry, mainly nightclubs. i’ve met someone pretty amazing who is a US citizen and would like to try living in st. thomas, she is a student & has been accepted to the university of st thomas.

    she may decide to finish schooling elsewhere and then move to stt after she has completed her degree.

    so… as a canadian, how difficult would it be to move there with her?

    how difficult would it be for her to move there without attending the university?

    where could i find more information on how to go about it?

    i do not have a formal degree that would make it easy to get a working visa of some sort. i’m not even sure how the US virgin islands are related to the US immigration laws, if at all.

    assuming that i found a way to move there with her, do you have any personal suggestions for quality hotel employment and safe/moderately affordable area to live?

    Thank you very much for your time.


  111. January 3, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    Charlie Said,

    Hi there :) I’m thinking about moving to St John for a few month so I can focus on my Job. I’m a Business Analyst for a private equity firm and I work from home here in Connecticut. I have a very special phone that I must plug into the internet so I can work. I would be comming alone and also I do not drive. I have an opportunity to move into a studio in Gifft Hill but I really don’t know anything about the island except that everyone that I know that has gone there has loved it. My first question is. Is the island safe? Can I walk around without worrying? I make enough money to support myself on the island but I would be going there alone to focus on work Monday to Friday. Then the weekends are all mine. Should I do a month to month? to test it? Look thanks and any advice that you could give to me would be great as I am looking to move there by the end of January. Thanks again Charlie :)

  112. January 8, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    Oppie Said,

    I know the drinking age in the Virgin Islands is 18, but what is the serving age. Like could I be a bartender at 20 years of age?

  113. January 9, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    tom Said,

    I cannot find any information concerning dog friendly areas on St. Thomas. Beaches? Parks? Trails?

  114. January 18, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Cole Said,

    Great Blog site–I am thinking of moving to St Thomas and was wondering about professional jobs; I have a Marketing degree and 8 years of Sales/marketing/management experience. Would you recommend coming down and getting a table-waiting job and looking for a professional job once there?

  115. January 20, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    geno Said,

    Planning to move to st thomas. Looking for the more relaxed and warm atmosphere. Im not rich and would have to find a job,Im in the telecommunications field now and would like something similar. I would have enough money with me for about 2 yrs without employment. Any advice would be helpfull.

  116. January 24, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    louie Said,

    getting job in hospital and was wanting to know if housing/rentals/apt’s/efficiencies were available near there and the best place to search for that kind of specialized area since transportation was proabably going to be an issue until i could purchase car. also if any gyms/ health clubs available within the same area.
    thank you for any heads up you may have on these injuries,

  117. February 8, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    jimibass Said,

    My fiance and I are planning to make a move to St. Thomas within the next two years. I am a graphic artist / website designer / computer programmer, as well as a musician who trades FOREX. She is studying to be a Gemologist and has quite a bit of jewelery retail experience. I understand cost of living is about 30% higher and actual income can be 30% lower than on the mainland. We only want to rent a 1 – 2 bedroom apt, but we’re like you and like to entertain and go out. Do you think we could make it on a combined income of around $50,000 / yr?

  118. March 12, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    Josh Said,

    I am looking to move to STT in June. I have lived in a 400sqf apt for 3 years and have had no problems with the small space, I am wanting to know about how much I will pay for something like that on the island. Also I wanted to ask about a car. I will prob but one in the states and ship it down. Do you have any suggestions on what i should get? for work I am looking to get a job at a bar, I have bar tended for over 5 years and hope to keep it up. How hard do you think it will be to get a job?

  119. March 15, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    Niki Hays Said,

    Good Day,
    My boyfriend and I are wanting to move to St. Thomas and we are coming for a visit. Is there a good website for apartment rentals? or is it just better to look at the local paper. We are both in the restaurant industry and it seems this place is perfect. Should we bring our car over? and do you know a website to look into that? Thank you for your help.

  120. March 23, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Ryan Said,

    Any jobs in the IT field, specifically computer/network support and repair for small business and large companies?


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    Moving To St. Thomas US Virgin Islands – Top Ten Tips – Part 3 Said,

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    Moving From The Midwest To St. Thomas US Virgin Islands Said,

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  123. April 2, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Chelle Said,

    Hi there, fanatastic blog!

    Would love to say, thank you for all the comments you posted on ST, loving all the info.
    My small Family (me, parter and toddler) are moving to VI in 5 yrs..seems long way away but need to save money to build our own home over there. We already have family over there, born and bread creoles (as they call them).
    My partner is looking to be a US marshal, like his cousin… and I am looking to be a midwife…now this is my qestion to you… I wonder if there is a ‘market’ for my field? I know there are hospitals on the island that have some CNM’s and mostly OB/GYN’s… I want to set up a birth center… how do you reckon this will stand with the laws in USVI??? I know you dont have kids, but any info on the ‘business’ side of things would be much appreciated. : )

  124. April 2, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Chelle Said,

    that ws meant to say fantastic – oops. u will have to excuse my bad spelling mistakes!

  125. April 10, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    D. Said,

    I’m a prospective student who has his eyes set on studying marine biology. The St. Thomas UVI campus has an incredible program from what I’ve seen. I’m seriously considering moving down there to study, but some concerns are raised.

    How is student life there? Jobs, housing, the fact that I’m Canadian, etc. I have a degree already which I can use as a secondary source of income, but a job is a must of course.

    Vague question, but is it feasible to want to move there simply to study?

  126. April 11, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    Misty Said,

    Planning to move down within the next year. I’ve been an engineer w/ a major telecom company for 13 yrs. Could you please tell me who the landline phone company there is?



  127. April 11, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,


  128. April 11, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Sure if you can support yourself. Read Moving to St. Thomas parts 2 and 3 as well.

  129. April 12, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Clarissa Said,

    Hello there,

    My husband and I are planning to move to St. Thomas in 2 months but I’m 3 months pregnant and have a 17 month old baby. Are there good OBGNY and pediatricians in the island? Also do you have any idea of the cost of a full time nanny?
    Thanks for all the info on your site btw. Pretty helpful!

  130. April 12, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Here’s what I know about St. Thomas, they deliver A LOT of babies :) but alas i can’t recommend any as this is not my area!

  131. April 19, 2010 @ 1:39 am

    mark Said,

    I have enjoyed reading your oppinions and the fact that you take the time to help people . I live in dallas tx and the cost of living is easy here but im tired of the hot humid weather and cold winters. I have extensive sales experience and college degree sold medical equipment and realestate and have worked in hotels and bartended so I was hoping i could find a job a in a hotel and get an apartment and make it out there for a few years. My question is i tried moving to san diego and it was so expensive and hard to find work . All the bars were fully staffed when I applied .. And the traffic was really bad. I was just wondering is the cost of living in st thomas higher than san diego and would you reccomend I give it a shot. because im tired of texas . Your advice would be appreciated thanks

  132. April 27, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Kumu Said,

    Do you have any head-hunters who would help me look for a job in St. Thomas in OBGYN? I am a physician and am hoping to retire there. Any input would be helpful.

  133. April 27, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I would contact the hospital directly as they always seem to be hiring,

  134. April 30, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Jessica B Said,

    Hello! I am considering moving down to st.thomas in early july. I will 20 in August and i know the drinking age is 18 but as far as serving and pouring drinks what is the age. I was considering bartending down there…do you think it would be a good idea to come down with a bartending certification or could i easily get a job at a nice bar perferably at a resort? Also i am a certified nanny/babysitter…I normally do the whole babysitting thing for resorts or nice hotels where the people come into with their kids and they want a night out on the town…would it be hard getting a job doing that as well, and any suggestions for boths resort babysitter and bartending? Also as far as safety goes…my boyfriend is down there right now working on a parasailing tour but my parents are still sketching about the whole idea,maybe you could give me some insight to show them so they could feel a bit more comfortable with the idea… Thanks soo much and hope to hear from you soon!
    Best regards,

  135. April 30, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

    Island Girl Said,

    You can get a job at a bar pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. I would suggest coming down and going around in person to the bars and hotels. As far as crime goes we have it just like any other city, if you look for it it will find you.

  136. May 7, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    Jake Said,

    Just want to say thanks for the blog, will be moving there on July 1st and it has been so helpful. See you on the beach.

  137. May 7, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Cool thanks! You’re gonna get to know Cruzan rum soon enough.

  138. May 10, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    GenieRoss Said,

    Hi, a friend and I are trying to move to the area in early fall. we are 21 and 25 and have working in the spa industry for about 5 years. honestly, is it difficult to try and get a job secured before moving. about how long do you think it would take to get a job once one got to the island.

  139. May 10, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    One week. Wait…10 days. Wait 2 weeks…How the heck are we supposed to know? Go out be aggresive and I’m sure you’ll find a job :)

  140. May 11, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    INIRAQ Said,

    I am planning to move there sometime around October. I know pay is low and cost of living is elevated. I will have a good 5-6 months worth of rent money set aside when I get your opinion is that enough to be ok until I get a job and can start earning an income? I just want a tiny studio or 1 bdrm, not many creature comforts needed.

  141. May 20, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    Paul Said,

    I might be working there for an excursion co. this winter. Where do you think the best place on the island to rent studio furnished apts would be and is it expensive to buy a car once you get down there, purchase and register it?

  142. May 20, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I’ve fully explained the car process numerous times :) and for rentals try:, ask for Karen.

  143. May 20, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

    Antonette Said,

    Hi I live in Florida and work as a dental hygienist. Are there many dental offices and where ?


  144. May 20, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Yes we have dentisits and they are everywhere. You’ll need to check a phone book.

  145. May 24, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    JP Said,

    Hey, is it more exspensive to live there than Op, alabama. Lol, just kidding, thank you man for you blog, it has really answered all of my questions. I am moving to the east end of the rock on july, 6th, 2010 from Destin, Fl. Hope to see you around man, and thanks again for all of your knowledge.

  146. May 24, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    JP Said,

    Sorry for posting again, but I did have one question. What bars would you recommend to relax and have a beer or 12 at and network at on the east end of island?

  147. May 24, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Caribbean Saloon, Duffy’s Love Shack, Big Bambooz, XO, Molly Malone’s, and Fat Boys are all good spots.

  148. June 2, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Hector Sosa Said,

    I just moved to St. Thomas a month ago and was wondering if there are any bars that host poker games? right before I moved I saw a bar named Poker haven that had games but looks like they closed down.


  149. June 2, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I don’t know of any.

  150. June 7, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    Hector Sosa Said,

    Any safe places to play basketball?


  151. June 7, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I don’t play but maybe the college?

  152. June 21, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    patrick Said,

    Hello!good day! It seems that you are a great help to people wanting to live in st.thomas. I’d also like to know your opinion regarding my situation right now. Im a nurse from the Philippines and i was offered a job in SCHNEIDER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER as an icu nurse with a rate of 23.67 usd per hour. My stay has been arranged with a cost of 1300 usd per month. Im a male,25 years old and will be living alone in this island. I do have a simple lifestyle and im not a spender. I was told that my net per month after taxes, health insurance and long term disability would be estimately at 2867 per month.If overtime is included it would maybe a bit higher than this. Id like to know your opinion if i can survive with this figures presented. Thank you so much. Your reply would be a great help and a great input to my research on this isaland. Godbless.

  153. June 21, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Patrick as I’ve mentioned it really depends on your lifestyle. I can’t tell you whether or not it will be enough but my guess is you’ll be fine.

  154. June 29, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Debra Said,

    Hey, Big Kahuna! Loved reading your insights and info. Was considering a teaching job there but am rethinking the idea. Would need to just come and visit awhile before I seriously consider an offer. Thanks for the dose of reality. Would like to know with all my heart that less pay w/higher cost of living could work for me. THANK YOU for your input to all the curious questions I read :D

  155. July 5, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Angela Said,


  156. July 5, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Try calling the hospital they might be able to direct you.

  157. July 5, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    Kristin Lynn Said,

    I am a 22 year old recent college grad. Most people wanna tour around Europe or something when there done but I would love to live/ work in the islands for a lil. I have a communications/ public relations degree but was only thinking of staying for a few months. I would be willing to bartend or waitress or work at a resort or something along those lines. I have no clue how to get started on living/ moving out there. I have done some research but i def need some guidence and help if possible.
    Thanks so much

  158. July 13, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    Ana Said,

    I lived and taught in STT for 8 years. Go to the online Virgin Island Daily News to see what is happening in STT. Then you can decide if you want to live there. I may move back, but things have changed a little since I left 4 years ago. The police arn’t reliable and customer svc. in general is not accountable. There’s a lot of inconvenience compared to the mainland where you can do most things online and on the phone. Not so in STT.

  159. July 15, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Hector Sosa Said,

    Any suggestions on where to get oil changes,and possibly replacing some brake pads?


  160. July 15, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    There are a million places here. I go to Community Motors.

  161. July 22, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    ANDREA Said,


  162. July 27, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Larry Said,

    Hey Kahuna,
    This is a great site. I am a computer repair guy, virus removal, wired & wireless network setup and maint., web hosting, etc. Do you think the market for these services is well covered or maybe a guy like me could make a go of it down there?

  163. July 28, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    There’s always room for your skills in computers here. If you work hard you’ll be fine.

  164. August 2, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    Cameron Said,

    I work for marriott as a chef i was wondering how much the average places cost there one bed room my girlfrind and i were gonna make the move in six months already got a job so thats taking care of. have bar and server and management experince in hotels what do u think?

  165. August 2, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You can pick up a condo for less than $200K. Of course if you have a loan you’ll need to buy hurricane insurance if the condo fee does not include it. The average home price is somewhere between $500-$600K.

  166. August 5, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    dONNA pLUNKETT Said,


  167. August 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    Hector Sosa Said,

    With the NFL season stating soon is Direct TV available? Thanks

  168. August 9, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Yes we have Directv

  169. August 27, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Steve Said,

    Do you have an idea of the availablity and pay scale for boat captain jobs.


  170. August 27, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Really depends on the boat and size. Small boat captains get approximately $125/day plus tip.

  171. September 10, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    Paradise Bound Said,

    Hubby and I are considering retiring to St. Thomas – he’s got a VA pension as well as SS and I’m planning to work somewhere doing something for the next 10 years until I too can retire. We’re planning a 6 day trip to the island in January but I’m researching ahead of time. Are there any areas that are just plain “not good to live in” – for whatever reason? Also you mentioned hurricane insurance – if we’re renting what insurance would we need to have – renters only? Thanks Mr. Big – hope to be neighbors soon!

  172. September 10, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    patty Said,

    Thanks for all the tips! My question is, when you ship your vehicle can you pack stuff in it that you want to take? Thanks again.

  173. September 11, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I’m not sure if you can pack stuff in it talk to your shipper.

  174. September 11, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You won’t need hurricane insurance if you’re renting but it might be wise to buy contents insurance.

  175. September 13, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    shannon Said,

    Hi there, you seem to give great advise. My husband was offered a job down on the island as an electrician. i figured i have a history in waitress and cashier jobs so i could try to pick something up like that. my concern is we have a 14 month old and a 6 year old who will need to attend school. so i was curious to the public schooling, like things like buses and education levels. also, my only other concerns are shipping everything there with a reputable company and having a decent place to rent for a little while.
    any advise you could give on these matters would be so much help. thank you. : )

  176. September 14, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I cannot speak on the public schools but I’m told they are not good (again no first hand experience). Everyone we know sends their kids to private schools which are expensive. I used Humboldt Storage and Moving (one of my clients) and they were great, Call and ask for Jim Sullivan, tell him Scott White sent you.

  177. September 14, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    John Said,

    I’m fed up with the corporate world and want to live in a slower pace lifestyle with nice weather! I’m 27, with no kids, and a descent amount in savings. I am pretty hard worker and versatile in what I can do. Ideally, I would like to start a career and family in paradise. The careers I would love to explore down there are: firefighter, coach (any sports), or sales. Is this Realistic? Any info will be appreciated and thank you in advance for your help!

  178. September 14, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Sure come on down and network.

  179. September 14, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    t.c. reeves Said,

    i am a dentist do you know if there are any jobs available for dentist in uvi

  180. September 14, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I don’t know for sure but the island can always use a good dentist!

  181. September 19, 2010 @ 12:52 am

    kliebe Said,

    As I read the comments above I can’t help but to think about the folks that are not cut out for the island. From your experiance do people make it on the rock?? Does the idealism wear off?? Thanks for your time!!

  182. September 20, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We see lots of folks come and go rather quickly. A lot of couples come here then decide to have kids and leave. Singles come here then decide the party is over. Then you have people that have lived here for 20 plus years. It’s a small island and I find if you can get off the rock a few times a year it helps. We love it but it aint for everyone.

  183. September 23, 2010 @ 1:37 am

    Kristen Said,

    Hey I’m about to be a liscensed massage therapist and would like to know the average pay of one maybe at one of the resorts. Didn’t know which one would be the best. Any suggestions?

  184. September 24, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    The Ritz and Wyndham are supposed to be good.

  185. October 1, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    Woodsnymph Said,

    The firt time I came to St.Thomas I met a guy who lived on a sail boat offshore.I thought it was the coolest way to live (and fun too).I’ve been thinkin about buyin a boat and livin on it down there. What do you think? Do you know anyone who lives this way? If so, how’s it workin for them? Any other info on this subject would be helpful.Thanks

  186. October 1, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Woodsnymph Said,

    Oh, and do you happen to know if there is a reptile vet in St.Thomas? I have a 2yr old green iganna that I would be bringing with me. I know,like there aren’t enough igannas there, lol!!! But I love him lots. I just had to get on after my first visit to St.Thomas. Thanks for any help you can give!!!

  187. October 6, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Ken Said,

    Hello BK thanks for your service I have learned a lot, question, I want to buy a condo At sapphire village and rent it out in this current financial climate do you think I will have a problem renting it as a vacation property at least half the year?

  188. October 6, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Depends on your price. Aren’t the condo fees at sapphire really high?

  189. October 11, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    brenda Said,

    Barb, RN from Western NY area. Wanted to introduce myself as I will be Nursing in St Thomas beginning mid November. Been there twice, once alone just for the sunshine and relaxation..though love meeting people and making new friends. Love ocean and water/beaches obviously.
    I’m excited, as the two visits there already has helped me get a feeling re lodgings, etc…
    I will be communicating with you more if you don’t mind. My first question is: I would love to drive my jeep to florida and ship over… Cost?? as much as Renting? otherwise, I really don’t want to rent…just hopefully meeting other RN’s and share transporation. Most of my times will be spent hopefully close to my housing< and walking the beaches, etc.. Relaxing.
    Hope to talk soon again,

  190. October 11, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    probably about $1000-$1500 to ship over, then of course you have to register it and get insurance. Your stateside plates WILL NOT work here. Don’t even attempt to drive around with them. You really can’t walk to beaches here as they’re all over the place. A car is a must here as far as I’m concerned.

  191. October 15, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    Seoulman Said,

    Hey BK,

    First of all, let me say on behalf of everyone using your super blog “thanks for the effort!”. Great to get your down to earth inside info. I notice most people inquire about whether they could make a good go of it down there implying they haven’t arrived yet. I seem to recall you writing somewhere that there are people who love it but also those who hate it. I live in Barcelona and everyone who visits me always says how fantastic everything is here but sure enough there are lots who want to leave (like me) and you have to have lived here to understand why. So if you could, what would you say are the top reasons why people get fed up with St. Thomas and shove off? How long would it take in your opinion for someone to realize whether island life is or is not his or her cup of tea (or rum if we’re talking Carribean)? On that topic, if I make it over, I’d love to buy you a Mojito (or two). Thanks and cheers!


  192. October 15, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Top 5 reasons why people leave St. Thomas:

    1. The island is small so people get cabin fever.
    2. Money, everything costs much more and wages are much less.
    3. family, usually when a couple gets pregnant they leave.
    4. Bullshit, there is a ton of it. If you let things roll off your back you’ll be fine. But if your power goes out everyday (which it will) and this bothers you…
    5. Employment, hard to find unless you’re in the service industry. many people with MBA’s working as a bartender here.


    Crime, it will find you if you’re not careful.

    Best of luck

  193. October 16, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    Seoulman Said,

    OK, fair enough, I may have the job thing sorted out but the cabin fever does worry me a bit. Also, even though I have never lived in beantown, I would add one more reason… No Red Sox!!

  194. October 16, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Sunnie Said,

    Hi Scott!

    Am really enjoying your blog! Will be coming to St. Thomas the last week of October to look at potential restaurant sites. Have noticed that there are quite a few. Any ideas on why this is? How IS the tourism economy right now? This would be my fourth restaurant and am ready to get out of the states. I have travelled and lived in several different countries, but never the V.I.’s. Thanks for any insights you can give me!

  195. October 16, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Johnny Dee Said,

    Hello, I visited STT last year on a job interview. I was called a month later and hired as a auto tech. I’m having difficulty locating a shipper to get my car there with out a hassle. I tried flemmings and others there. The car is in Jersey and I really need door to door plates and everything. P.S. While looking on the VI site for help with this, I stumbled on all the killings on STT. 29 so far this year! The island isn’t that big. Do you have to look over your shoulder everywhere you go? Does this happen in places I wouldn’t be in the first place? What should I avoid?

  196. October 17, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    The economy is horrible because tourism is way down. What kind of restaurant are you looking for?

  197. October 17, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Call tropical dhipping and bob lynch moving on st thomas. Bob lynch did it all for me. There is a lot of crime here so use your streetsmarts.

  198. October 19, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Chris Gash Said,

    Hello Everybody,

    I actually lived on St Thomas for a year and a half. I moved there with no knowledge of the island, jobs, etc., Just closed my eyes and pointed to a map of the Caribbean and then bought the ticket and made the move! I wouldn’t exactly recommend that to everyone else, I’m kinda random like that but, It worked. I spent my 1st 5 days hanging out in the bars and talking to all locals and the bartenders and by the end of the 5 days I had a place to live, 2 jobs as a bartender and met some amazing people!! This island is very welcoming to “outsiders”! It’s local hospitality businesses are very comfortable hiring service workers from the states but get ready for a change in “policies” on the rock!!! They don’t exactly follow the stateside flow!! They march to their own drum beat and make up things as they go….but, it works!!

    My biggest bit of advice for you is….If you are coming to get away from drama and the fast pace life and standard of the states…..DON’T BRING IT WITH YOU!!! The island can be very minimal stress if you keep it that way!!

    I actually had the pleasure of meeting Scott (Big Kahuna) and Nicci (Island Girl) while I lived on St Thomas (you can know all the people worth knowing on the island within 6 months if you are open and friendly when you get there cuz so many people there are that way) and I just happened to stroll upon this site and started reading some of Scott’s advice to you all and I am first hand telling you that it is VERY ACCURATE!! So with that said, don’t ask him a question and then not take his advice, from what I have read on this site, it is very on point and caters to all kinds of personalities! After all, your personality will differ your result upon moving here!!

    S-L-O-W D-O-W-N when you move here or you will find this island very stressful but, it will be your fault for that!! Oh and P.S……..GO TO ENKAI SUSHI!!!! LOL, AMAZING SUSHI!!! BEST I’VE EVER HAD!!!!

    Oh and HEY Scott…Hope you and the Misses are good!! I stopped using Facebook so haven’t typed at ya’ll in a while. Great advice on here, many people never truly know if the advice they get from people about moving to “Paradise” is valid or actually what info they could use so, I figured I’d pop on here and back up your feedback. It was very real in comparison to some other sites results so hopefully it helps and people follow the advice they ask you for, it would be a lot easier on them!! Anywho, Keep Limin Mon!! Jah Bless!!

  199. October 26, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Rick Said,

    Any thoughts about Schneider Hospital? We have a daughter with Down Syndrome. Any insights into Developmental Disabilities Services?
    Are there many needs for info systems types?


  200. October 27, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Health care is rough here. I know this from experience. We have 2 orthopedic doctors, 0 Rheumatologists etc. etc. I’m not sure about special needs but I can’t imagine they have anything grand. If your daughter requires on going medical care I would not come here. As far as Info systems types that’s an area that we will need people in for sure as we catch up to the states.

  201. November 11, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Kimberlee Newman Said,

    My husband and I are moving down to St. Thomas Dec 27th. We are doing an internship with a company called Del Sol managing the two retail stores there. They pay for our rent/utilites along with giving us about $4000 a month for food/transportation so we don’t have to worry about that. I’m more concerned about what types of food/brands the stores sell. Would you describe the grocery stores as pretty similar to stores in the states? Besides the obvious fact that its about 30 percent more expensive. Also what are the current gas prices? Do you have a gym?


  202. December 3, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

    Scotty Said,

    I got an offer for a full-time job at The Ritz-Carlton.
    I’ve got nothing to keep me from moving.
    I live in Minneapolis, MN., now…
    could I make it?

  203. December 4, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    kevin Said,

    Hi there,

    Im from holland recently i got an offer to wrk in st thomas,the package is 65000/yr.Im married and got a kid who is 1 yr old.can three of us survive in st thomas not a big it safe to stay with family there ?
    is there any income tax for foreigners like me..if yes what would be the percentage ?


  204. December 9, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    Claire Said,

    Hi there! I’m currently living in a heavily tourist beach area in the states, and desperately want to move to the VI. I have a decent job in a bank now, but have been thinking about making the move for a few years now. I have plenty of experience in the service industry, and it sounds like I should be able to find a job there pretty easily. My concern is housing- I dont know where to look for an apartment since I dont know where I will be working… any suggestions on where to start?

  205. December 14, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    Stacy Said,

    What a great blog..Very informative. I have been to ST. Thomas many times over the years and love it. We are looking to re locate in 5 years or so.I started looking online at homes but unfortunatly don’t know what are good areas and what are bad. My boyfriend and I are lookng to down size and don’t want anything big. We really want a house not a condo. Any suggestions? Also he is in HVAC here how easy are jobs to get in that field?

  206. December 14, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Call my friend karen:, she can help you.

  207. December 18, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    bellia Said,

    Hello My wife and I want to move to the virgin Islands we have been talking about it for awhile now. The only concern for us is how gay friendly is the VI?

    (We are lesbians by the way)

  208. January 2, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Lala Said,

    Hi, right now i’m a college student in Trinidad and Tobago and i was wondering what qualifications do you need to work over there, i’m going to switch schools and attend a university which i will be studying Tourism, the main question is can i work there once i have obtained my Bsc in Tourism or do i need an international degree?

  209. January 2, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Not sure you need any qualifications to work here? I imagine you’ll need a work visa or a green card though.

  210. January 2, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Jazz Said,

    Hi, my husband and I and our toddler are thinking of moving to the USVI. We are trying to get plans together and see if it is possible. My husband is working on his nurse practitioner and I am going to have my doctorate by the time we would move. What is the likelyhood of being able to get a job at the university(teaching) and also as a nurse practitioner? Would our salary be enough to live comfortably including private schools?

  211. January 4, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    denise campbell Said,

    My son 21 and his girlfriend 20 moved to STVI in AUG 2010. They had about $7,000 in cash. Within four weeks were employed , got a beautiful place , bought a car and are loving life! Go to local bars talk to people, thats how they found out everything they needed to know. They live on the North side where no a/c is ok the breeze is wonderful and so is the view, breathtaking! They just went there and boom were fine, you will be too! He works at Duffys and she is at the Marriott, just be positive (thats how I live)lol thats the island’s motto and it works!

  212. January 4, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    denise campbell Said,

    I just wanted to add my daughter 17 and I just spent the Christmas holiday with them in ST and it was wonderful. The people are so friendly, we had no problems what so ever, had some really nice conversations with local folks and always felt welcomed! We shopped in all the stores, bought bootleg CD;s, drank rum and were so relaxed, even drove on the left side. Its a great adventure and if you are young, willing to work and have a good head on your shoulders you will love ST.

  213. January 12, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Melissa Santiago Said,


    I am a 27 yr old child therapist and my boyfriend is a 29 yr old supervisor at an Ad firm. We both make decent money and were interested in making a life-changing choice by moving to STT. I’ve been reading this blog and it’s been quite helpful. Me and my boyfriend have enough $$$ saved (about $20,000). Would I be able to get a teaching/day care/counseling position without being licensed there?

  214. January 12, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Not sure you need any kind of license to teach except for a college degree but don’t hold me to it.

  215. January 12, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Melissa Santiago Said,

    Any idea how much they make yearly?

  216. January 12, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Melissa Santiago Said,

    BTW, I have a Master’s degree from an accredited university in NY and I have 2 years experience in working with children.

  217. January 13, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Amanda Said,

    Why is having a car a must on the island? Is there not much for public transportation?

    My friend and I are hoping to come down there and look for bartending jobs, are there any spots that you think would be ideal to make money and have fun?

    What is the high season?

  218. January 14, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    Chels Said,

    Hey, just wonder what the public transportation is like if you don’t have the option of getting a car? Is it realistic to ship a moped, or bring a bicycle?

  219. January 14, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    There is some sort of public transportation but I’m not sure of the schedule or reliability. High season is Dec 15th ish-April 30th.

  220. January 14, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We are one big hill here with lots of potholes. I would never ride a bike, moped, scooter or motorcycle for safety reasons but we see people that do.

  221. January 15, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Aliza Said,

    Hey! I just read pretty much your entire site and it has been a great help! Myself and a few of my friends (ages 19-22) are planning to live in St. Thomas from May-August. I know you said that’s the slow season, but what does that mean by the way of tips. You suggested waitressing, which is what we plan on doing, but we want to make sure we will make enough money in tips to support us. Also, we have looked into the Danish Shalet Inn. Do you know much about it or the area? Three of us are females and we want to be safe from our commute to work back to the place we stay. Any help, advice, or comments would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks so much! :)

  222. January 16, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Slow season sorta means it will be slow. Like mostly local business. So less tips because of fewer people if you work in a touristy type place. Never heard of the Danish Shalet Inn?

  223. January 23, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Mike Said,

    Excellent information Big Kahuna. Thanks so much for your time in answering these questions and giving a real world view of life on the islands.

  224. January 29, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Alex Said,

    Hey, me and my friend are going to graduate high school in june and we want to move to st thomas in august.we will both be 18 when we move, We will probably have about 4000 dollars total with us and we both want to get jobs bartending. Will the money we have be enough to make it and will we make enough money bartending to live off?

  225. February 2, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Kim Said,

    My son is currently living on ST and is in need of a reliable car. Transmission went out on the first, decided not to repair, purchased a used Protege last month…and needs to replace the transition now or buy another car. Options are (1) repair (2) purchase used small SUV (3) transport Nissan Altima from NC. Woulld really appreciate your recommendation for a reliable used car dealer and your thoughts on auto transport.

  226. February 2, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    If you’re going to bring a car over it has to be worth it. Otherwise cars here are typically beat to crap.

  227. February 8, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    Michael Lacey Said,

    Great Blog. I plan to try island life in St Thomas for two months this fall. As I work from home now I can work from anywhere that has high speed internet service. If I like the life I plan on spending 6 months a year on the island starting in 2012. For this year I only need a studio or one bedroom rental. What area should I concentrate on? Also who are the cell carriers in St Thomas? Thanks.

  228. February 8, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Sprint and At & T for local I think Choice has something. If you want to live where the action is look in Red Hook, if you want lush cooler surroundings look on the north side.

  229. February 9, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Gerry Roberts Said,

    Hi thinking about moving to St Thomas but from what I read you sound very discourging…if its so bad why are you still there.

  230. February 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I love it here but it’s not for everyone. We see people come and go all the time. Island life is not for everyone.

  231. February 11, 2011 @ 1:19 am

    Irish Wake Said,

    I live on a sailboat and currently pay a fairly cheap annual moorage fee that includes electricity and water. Do you know what the rates are for annual moorage on the island?

    Thanks in advance for your response.

  232. February 11, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Sorry I don’t.

  233. February 28, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Hector Sosa Said,

    I will be traveling back to the states and was wondering if you can park your car at the airport for several days? also is there overnight parking anywhere near the airport?


  234. February 28, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You can park your car at the airport we do it all the time.

  235. February 28, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Hector Sosa Said,

    Thanks.. do you remember what the daily charge is?

  236. February 28, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I wanna say $10 but if you leave after they close its free.

  237. March 1, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Debbie Avery Said,

    well there have been 3 gun point robberies in my neighborhood, in Hull Bay in less than a month so I am leaving.

  238. March 3, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Terri Said,

    My friend and I are both psychologists, and we would love to move to the Caribbean. And while my first choice would be to Belize, they don’t seem to need therapists (too happy, I guess). Are there psychologists on the island (maybe they work in the hospital or in a mental health center or even in private practice)? And as much as I would like to work in a hotel or bartend, I don’t have any experience in these areas. Do you think these businesses would take folks with no relevant experience (I am planning on taking a bartending course)? And do these kinds of service jobs provide health insurance benefits?

  239. March 3, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Some bars provide insurance like Fat Turtle and Tickles, you’ll need to ask around.

  240. March 4, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    GatorBob Said,

    Going back a couple of months, not sure how much help:
    Jeep: I shipped a motorcycle 5 years ago and it was over $1k, so I’m betting a Jeep will be alot more than $1500, I think it’s only Tropical Shipping. You WILL spend all day getting your vehicle cleared once it arrives. Your off-island insurance (StateFarm for me) will not work. Lots of red tape. It WILL NOT be worth it to ship a car unless your are positive you will stay for more than a year… at the very least.
    Healthcare: Interesting to work there, wouldn’t want to be treated there. Very small hospital, relatively new, but far from cutting edge. HBO chamber for the divers. Helicopter to PR or Miami rarely.
    Expense: Nowhere near NYC, but pretty expensive. Gas very high, liquor and cigarettes very low.
    Public transport: Safari busses. Stand there or point in the direction you want to go. Last I heard hitch-hiking was illegal, but you’ll figure out what a Safari bus is quickly and they’ll get you all over the island for a buck or two. No talking on the cell phone when you’re driving. AT&T was the only option back then. Your carrier may tell you otherwise, verify what they tell you.
    “Island time” is very real. Do not move to the VI because you like beaches. Move because you like the lifestyle. Nothing happens in a hurry. Just chill, get used to it and learn to appreciate the pace because that’s what it’s all about. And, by all means, live the life. Immerse yourself, get to know people.
    I left 5 years ago and I think about moving back every day.
    Crime: Sounds like it’s picked up a bit since I was there. It was mostly local-on-local when I was there. Rare stabbings and shootings. 2 ambulances at any given time.
    Areas to live: Too many to separate the good from the bad. When I went, me and a buddy bought airline tickets and packed bags. We found a great place within two days on the rock using the newspaper. I suggest taking a vacation and checking the place out a couple of months before you go.
    Gay Friendly was one of the questions: I really don’t think anyone would bat an eyelash. Very laid back. Unless your partner is Rosie O’Donnell or Ellen Degeneres, I bet no one takes a second look.
    ARNP and PhD. Do more homework than this blog before you go. I’m sure, given those pedigrees, you will. NP ,may be very tough depending on the needs, hit or miss. Probably the same with teaching at the Univ. I suspect if both of you find jobs in your chosen professions you could be very comfortable, but it really all depends on your tastes. Do you want to live oceanfront? I think a lot of people get rum in their eyes and get a beautiful place right off the bat that’s expensive and not good long-term.

  241. March 4, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    GatorBob Said,

    Oh, by the way…a few years from now will you regret going? or not going?

  242. March 18, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Chuck Said,

    Hi, your sight its very helpful. I’m thinking of doing a pmv in about a month to st thomas, and was wondering if there is a hostel to stay at on the island while I make friends and get a feel for the place. the idea if course is to save my money sure the actual move. If there isn’t a hostel, is there a cheap temporary housing option? Thanks!

  243. March 29, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    chris carney Said,

    I would like to start off by saying this site is an amazing resource. I am a 21 year old college student that currently resides in Kent ohio and go to Kent Sate university. I am considering moving to STT to continue my schooling and graduate with a communications/business degree. My concern is how serious the school is and do people on the island take their college educations seriously. Basicly I don’t want to graduate and have employers laugh at me when I say where I got my degree from. I feel like every topic has been covered but the college so any info on the topic would be great.

  244. March 29, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    UVI is a credited college and I think would make for interesting conversation on a job interview but they would be way down the list from a stateside college.

  245. April 11, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Robert White Said,

    My son, who is 30 years old, lives with me here in Panama City Beach FL. He is a very handsome looking man and women seem to love him at first sight. So, will one of you ladies please marry him, so that I can move to STT and get on with my life in Paradise.

  246. April 13, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Jessica Said,

    I’m 21 years old. I live in Cincinnati I’ve always wanted to move to the islands and I know it’s alot differnet from here. But I was interested in going to school at the UVI in St.Thomas and have recently contacted the schools admissions director. I don’t want to be ignorant to the situation(moving to the V.I’s). I was going to give myslef a year and a half to prepare and I thought finishing school there would be a smart way to go about it(moving). I know it will be an adjustment and I’m not looking for an escape or “paradise”. But I’m very interested in a new way of living and cultural change. Should I go?

  247. April 13, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Jessica, sure…live a little.

  248. April 14, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    Antoinette Said,

    My boyfriend and I have recently applied to UVI and are considering off campus housing. What would be some great affordable housing that is close by the school and downtown.We want to be together and it would be his first time comeing down to the rock so its important he is kind of with me Always. :) I am very familiar with the island because my sister has lived there for years now and ive came there and stayed for months at a time. should we stick to on campus housing and would there still be good transportation to downtown to lets say…Greenhouse. Your probably wondering why i just done ask my sister for her opinion but i have and just want another perspective. I would really appreciate your feeback.

  249. April 27, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Dan Said,

    I have a job offer in St. Thomas but ill only be making 40 – 45K a year. Can I get by with that?

  250. April 27, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Dan, no idea what you can and can’t live on. Many people make a lot less and live here.

  251. May 2, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    JC Said,

    I used to live on island from 04-07 and I want to move back. How much money am I going to need as a down payment for a condo in the 130K range? Is it still the standard 30% or is it lower, since the real estate market is S#it right now? Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

  252. May 3, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    20% is fine, call Rick at First Liberty.

  253. May 7, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Ken Said,

    Need to know how HVAC jobs in marine,home,comm,
    I’m general service tech for all home and comm,appliance repairs,marine and home generators,also marine diesel engine tech,also have sailboat to live in,also dive master.I have business I can relocate there.

  254. May 8, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    KRH Said,

    My wife, 5 year old son & I are considering a move in the next year or so. We are currently in the community association management & real estate industry. Are there many condo assn’s & HOA’s in the USVI? In a recent visit we noticed many real estate companies. How are St Croix & St Johns compared to ST? Thanks in advance.

  255. May 8, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    There are many associations. I would think St. Thomas has the most but I’m not 100% on that.

  256. May 10, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Ken Said,

    Big Kahuna, no answer for Ken

  257. May 10, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Ken Said,

    Big Kahuna, no answer for Ken???

  258. May 10, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Ken, you asked me at 7:19am why I haven’t responded to you then again at 10:58am. Here’s my official response…

    Don’t move here, you have no patience :)

    Now I’m going back to relaxing….

    Unofficially we have a great need for your skillset but I would suggest taking a Xanex for the first month you’re here to slow you down a bit ;)

  259. May 12, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Lala Said,

    Bugs? I am from south Louisiana, so I have lived with them all of my life, but I am utterly sick of mosquitoes and flies….and roaches. My husband and I will be there in a few weeks and I am just curious……Flies? Mosquitoes? Roaches? Are they a problem if you want to leave windows and doors open to enjoy island breezes? We are coming to check out the schools. Bugs won’t be a deal breaker as far as deciding to move there but I am curious to know.

  260. May 12, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Lots of bugs, sorry :(

  261. May 19, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Kiwi Said,

    My fiance just got a job offer in St Thomas. We plan to bring my Jeep and found a freight that would bring it over for 1300. What’s the deal with the red tape someone spoke of? How much more should I expect to pay?

  262. May 19, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Kiwi Said,

    Oh and thanks for the informative blog!

  263. May 19, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I pay someone to do all that. It can literally take two days to complete. You’ll have to pay a road tax on the car as well.

  264. May 20, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    Bernie Said,

    Possibly moving to St Thomas in the near future and I have never lived in a condo or somwhere with HOA’s. If a condo is on the market for 125,000 and the condo fee is 500.00. Is that included in the purchase price or is that for maintenence, repairs, etc? I currently pay a mortgage and dont have any idea about this. Any help would definately be help.

    Great Blog by the way, started with the first post and couldn’t stop until I got to the bottom.

  265. May 21, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    So you read 1200 posts? Damn, good job! A condo fee is an additional fee (on top of the mortgage) you pay every month.

  266. May 21, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Pat Said,

    I have a phone interview in about 2 weeks. The salary is ~100K.

    My husband plays in old time community bands. Are any of these available there? If not, he would not be happy.

    Also, can you tell me the monthly rent for a nice two bedroom condo or home?

    Thanks so much. You are wonderful.

  267. May 21, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    A 2 bedroom can run you $1200/month and up. I’m not sure about old time bands, never seen one here…

  268. May 22, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Kiwi Said,

    Hey again! Have another question. We need a place with a fence for our 2 dogs. We are not looking for a fancy place. I lived in trailers and on a boat in the keys for under 1000 a month. Just looking for a dump with a yard pretty much.Is that gonna be possible for when we first get there? Will move up eventually..just need something to get started why we get to know the area..LOL.

  269. May 22, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Kiwi, contact a real estate agent, try Karen at

  270. May 23, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Kiwi Said,

    Will do…Thanks!

  271. May 23, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Sarge Said,

    Planning on visiting in July and while I am there I will be looking for a job. If all goes well and I get something on the spot I will stay and not return home. What is the best way of finding a temporary place to stay if this was to happen? I would like to find housing with a roommate. I have a degree in GBA and have sent out several resumes but is it just best to wait for a more serious position until I get there and get established? Thanks for all the help.

  272. May 31, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Joe Said,

    I’m interested in making the move to St. Thomas. Is it hard to find work in the bar/restaurant industry during the off season?

  273. May 31, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,


  274. June 1, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Johanna Carroll Said,

    Older hip female semi retired yearning for island life. Question – is there a boomer community with people 60+ with single things to do or is this just a place for the youngers? Thanks -

  275. June 1, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Large population of 50 plus here :) be active.

  276. June 2, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    mnthomas Said,

    I work entirely remotely. Are highspeed internet providers dependable? Any issue with daily or long-term outages? Hoping $40k/year + a side job for my wife + a few grand saved up will be sufficient to afford rent at a small apt/condo for six months.. living quite simply as well. Thanks Big Kahuna!

  277. June 2, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You must use the term “high speed” loosely. We’re talking about 750kw-1meg. And we have power outages all the time, it’s pathetic. So if you can live with that, cool. We do :)

  278. June 3, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Robert Said,

    Hi, I am from North Carolina and have always been a Police Officer. I have looked into jobs in the area, and they seem to have alot of Law Enforcement jobs open. I just got divorced and am originally from the beach and would love to live on the Island. Kind of burnt out in Law Enforcement. My question is, Do you know if there is any Private Security firms? I haven’t bar tended in a long time but do you think I would make a good living doing that compared to a ‘police’ job. I will be coming by myself with about 5,000 grand. hat do you think?

  279. June 11, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Nick Said,

    I am moving to St. Thomas soon. I am a 26 year old, single male. I am a white american from an SEC school. What are the chances I will be able to find a girlfriend down there?

    PS @Johanna… I am moving down to do orthopedic reconstructive surgery, so we can give you a brand new hip and you’ll recover within weeks.

  280. June 11, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Nick, do you have a mole on your nose? Peg leg? Smelly breath? How the heck am I supposed to know if you can find a girlfriend ;)

  281. June 15, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    sonybalone Said,

    Hi Big Kahuna!

    I did my PMV in April 2011 and plan on moving to St.Thomas in Aug /Sep 2011. I have a place to stay in Frenchman’s bay (apartment in family friend’s residence). When I visited, the home seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. Online, I’ve heard alot of locals of all persuasions spend time in Frenchtown. Would that be a cool, relatively safe place for a single guy to rent an apartment.–FYI –below is the following message someone posted on tripadvisor regarding Betseys bar. Thanks for any suggestions you may have!

    “Don’t forget to stop Betseys while your in town I believe it to be St. Thomas most diverse bar I really like a place where all different types of people can coexist and have a good time. Unfortunately not many places are like that if you know what I mean.”

  282. June 29, 2011 @ 3:50 am

    Abraham Michael Said,

    Dear BK , I am from a small town innSacremento Cali , Called Auburn . I am thinking of moving to St.Thomas , I am a singl dad with a 5 years old son , I am an expert in Used cars and automotive sales in General , do you think i can find somthing good with good income !

    Thank you BK,

  283. June 29, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Call Bill Creque at 340-776-4300 he owns a dealership here.

  284. June 29, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    Abraham Michael Said,

    Thank you & God Bless :)

  285. July 2, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Al Yountz Said,

    I am coming down for my PMV! However, I am a professional entertainer and wondered what my options are and I f there are enough opportunities. I am comedian, musician, magician and balloon artist. I am able to entertain Families, Children and of course Adults. Always have made a living in the US with my talents. What are my chances there?
    Al Yountz

  286. July 2, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Al, we don’t have any need to laugh or make our children happy so I say stay home ;) Now if you can saw a hot chick in half please come on down.

  287. July 4, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Valerie Said,

    Dear BK
    I am coming for a job interview in two weeks – I have tried contacting a few real estate agents to get an idea of rental properties (nothing fancy) and no one has gotten back with me – can you recomend someone? I’m looking at moving my family there, we currently live in a small rural town in central Texas – one child (11).

  288. July 5, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Karen at

  289. July 7, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    Valerie Said,

    @Nick – did you just accept the position? Is it a single doctor practice? If so, please email me at – I have an interview coming up.

  290. July 26, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Hector Sosa Said,

    I provide IT support for a hedge fund manager, but he has decided to close his office, the owner wants to keep the office and hire me as a contractor to provide support for him when he is in the Island. As a contractor I will be responsible for my own benefits so I was wondering if you know of any local providers that offer individual health care plans?

    Also, he is trying to get me to open a IT consulting business, I have been in the island for just a bit over a year, do you think there is enough of a demand out there for IT services?


  291. August 13, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Lee Phillips Said,

    Hello. I am a 57-year-old psychiatric nurse practitioner looking to retire to the Virgin Islands. I have a master’s degree in Community Mental Health and a master’s degree from UVA as a Psych NP. I am very skilled at prescribing psychotropic medication through the lifespan as well as severe chronic mental illness. Is there a need for mental health services? Could I work at the Schneider Medical Center. Thank you

  292. August 13, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    You seem qualified.

  293. August 15, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Chris Said,

    Periodic power outages were mentioned. How long do these last? I have two dogs. would an outage in the middle of the summer cause any concerns?

  294. August 15, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    Logan Said,

    I am a 26 year old single male; experienced professional with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration w/ an Entreprenuership Emphasis. I am able to adapt to new environments and cultures and have a positive track record to show for it. I am the most motivated individual you were ever meet; I currently expanded my current employers business in my free time and have 25% higher monthly gross profits from the start up expansion outside 9-5 hours than my current monthly salary for working 9-5 hours. $40,000 would be my salary requirement. So everyday I am employeed, the owner makes %25 of my salary and gets a free employee that works 60+ hours a week. I have lots of potential that is quickly noticed… and will be vacationing in St Thomas in 10 days for a week.. Do you think I can find a job and secure it while I am there, and immediately start the relocation process after? Where should I start?

  295. August 17, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Please read all the comments before asking us the same questions that hundreds have asked and we’ve answered. Everything is pretty much covered.

  296. September 4, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    traveler Said,

    I have been in St Thomas USVI for about 1 month, I must say – there are many more places with better charm, better beaches, better hospitality, and less expensive to live and work.. I think the island and its various elements really take away from the beauty.. first – I think that the locals are not as welcoming as you would find in pacific islands which by far have better beaches, and more beauty.. I feel that people in these islands have major “chip on their shoulders”.. and oh yeah, be ready to wait 45 min at the McDonalds drive thru, just to get your order wrong… The word service does not exist in these islands… If you are looking to move here.. BE SURE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!!!

  297. September 4, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    traveler Said,

    No.. I have been here on a temporary basis, and there are very few jobs for professionals on the island.. take vacation here, and look for other islands to settle down in… by the way, just look at the facilities and infrastructure here.. that will be a telling sign, the one and only power company runs a monopoly on the island, and bills clients approx .40 per killowatt.. in the US its about .07… do the math!!… oh yeah, and this is with daily power outages.. and be ready to replace your tires every year.. roads are horrible.. good luck!!

  298. September 4, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    traveler Said,

    Logan.. “positive is how i live”… so don’t take it the wrong way!!… Love to travel and see new places, but I do have to share reality with folks……

    No, very unlikely you will find a professional job in the islands… very few professional places to work, 2-3 bank companies, 2 Kmarts, and a couple of Sams Club look alike, rip off places…

    First of all, do your homework – take a look at the facilities and infrastructure available here, it is a telling sign.. then look at the criminal stats, and population education levels.. needless to say, tourism is OK, but hardly enough to keep the economy afloat..

    The one power company, that has a monopoly on the island bills its residents approx .40 per kilowatt, compared to approx .05-.08 in the US.

    Oh yeah, and be prepared to replace your tires every year.. there is no such thing as road maintenance on the island… Good luck, and do your homework!!!!

  299. September 17, 2011 @ 3:03 am

    Rajiv Hudek Said,

    Hello Everyone,

    My wife and I are either relocating to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. She prefers the former and I prefer the latter. I am an entrepreneur and she is a Spanish teacher. We must be in a U.S. territory (or the contiguous U.S.) for three years as my wife is Indian and in order to fulfill her Naturalization requirement must be in the States for a certain period of time. I lived in the Dominican Republic for four years and am quite accustomed to islands.

    My question is, will it be difficult to maintain a house with good internet connection, decent cable, constant water, and a decent distance to commercial areas? Also is there a need for freelance Spanish teachers or English teachers (my wife is certified to do both)? Any other advice you can give would be great. Thank you.

    Raj H.

  300. September 19, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Mohammad Said,

    Hello, I have recevied this email from the company. Do you think this is an accurate offer or a scam? If I go to Virgin Island, is the job will be available for me? I dont understand what is the email means. Please let me know!

    “Dear Mohammad,

    Thank you for your email, we have received the Contract, this position specified includes excellent & proper housing for you and your family, as soon as your 1 year contract ends, it will be renewed automatically for another 1 and goes on.


    Specific responsibilities include work scheduling of all account personnel, establishing work standards, conducting site evaluations/audits, overall inventory/equipment usage, budget control, employee performance appraisals, troubleshooting/ problem solving, orientation/training of Account Supervisors and support personnel, customer relations, and special project work as requested. This individual will also ensure that all managed services are being provided in a proper and cost effective manner.

    Control expenses within area of responsibility
    Develop and recommend account operating budget and ensure the department operates within budget.
    Evaluate and justify supplies, equipment, and purchases, as needed.
    Maintain records and statistics for administrative and regulatory purpose
    Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and supervise functions and activities of the department.
    Establish work standards and work flow.
    Establish and maintain effective lines of communication with the client and the facility personnel to ascertain that their needs and requirements as related to the facility management contract are being satisfied.
    Ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies.
    Maintain an environment that is in sanitary, attractive, and orderly condition.
    Ensure that environmental procedures are being followed.
    Demonstrate and promote culture, values, and management philosophy.
    Proactive in the achievement of the facility goals and ob-jectives.
    Excellent communication skills.

    Apartment Description:
    3 Bedroom Apartment
    Air conditioning
    Cable/Satellite Ready
    Ceiling Fan
    Hardwood Floors
    Garbage Disposal
    Controlled Access
    Community Laundry Room
    Assigned Parking
    Covered Parking.

    St. Thomas has everything within reach for a convenient way of life. You certainly will never have a hard time finding something to do if you are living in the area but that’s not the only reason why people choose to reside in St. Thomas. It’s also a very good choice for raising a family and the school systems can provide your children what they need to be successful in life. This paradise can offer you and your family the environment that you would really enjoy to live in. The air is clean and the beaches are beautiful. It’s hard to find a place that provides so much with such beautiful surroundings.

    The travel company is an authorized agency, they take care of the entry clearance/ visa, work permit and flight ticket of all our qualified applicants. You are responsible to cover all your travel expenses, all the expenses which you are going to make during the processing of you and your family’s traveling documents and flight tickets with our nominated travel company shall be fully reimburse upon your arrival.

    Following is the travel company’s email address:

    Kindly proceed with the acquisition and procurement of your work permits papers and air-ticket because you are to arrive here on or before 13 October, 2011, please notify us as soon as you have secured your travel documents and flight ticket so we can make proper arrangement for your arrival.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email or reach me at (877) 957-9998 ext. 329.

    We look forward to meeting you soon.

    Yours sincerely,

    Dale Graham
    Graduate Development & Recruitment Coordinator
    Human Resources
    80 Kronprindsen Gade,
    Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands 00801 USA
    T: (877) 957-9998 ext. 329

  301. September 23, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    J.J. Said,

    i am a 28 year old male thinking of moving there solo from a ski resort in colorado to an island resort is it easy to meet people?

  302. September 28, 2011 @ 4:18 am

    Clint LaBaume Said,

    I’ve been watching a few vids of bars in St. Thomas and I haven’t seen any tip jars? Are bartenders aloud to keep their tips? If so, do you know approx. what they can average during peak season (Nov.-March, right?) And during slow time? I’m trying to workout a perliminary budget for moving there. Any info on averages wether nightly, weekly, or monthly would be real helpful. Thanks Big Kahuna!!!

  303. September 28, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Island Girl Said,

    Hi Clint –

    I bartend down here and can tell you that I’ve never seen a tip jar sitting on a bar (way too much temptation for someone I’m sure), but that bartenders/servers definitely keep all their tips! It’s impossible to give you a daily/weekly amount that you can expect to make without knowing where you’ll be working. I only bartend days and can tell you on a super day (3 or more ships) I can walk with $2-300. On a slower day I’m happy with $150. Of course there are no-ship days where I’m hoping to walk with at least $70. Everyone looks forward to season but you can have some good days on the off-season as well. Once you get down here hit the sidewalk and start applying, as you meet with managers you can ask them what their employees are averaging. Good luck!

  304. September 28, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Clint LaBaume Said,

    Thanks Island girl. That’s exactly the info I needed. You and the BK have been extremely helpful during this process! Hope my girlfriend and I get to meet you guys someday. The first round of shots will be on me!!! Hahaha!!

  305. November 21, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Lizzie Said,

    Hello this may seem like a weird question but I have had lingual braces fitted on to the back of my teeth and need them tightened/maintained etc. Does anyone know of any good orthodontists on STT or nearby islands that has experience in this area?? Thanks in advance!

  306. January 3, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Eric delrosal Said,

    Can you tell me about tattoo laws and licencing?

  307. January 4, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We have tattoo places here but I have no clue on licencing?

  308. January 5, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    WannaBeIslander Said,

    My fiance and I are working on moving to St Thomas. I was told that it was much cheaper to bring a car over than to purchase a vehicle there. My fiance is finding it to be fairly expensive to ship the car. Any help?

  309. January 5, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    We’ve done both. Times are tough here and you might be able to find a decent used car but St. Thomas is not kind to vehicles as we are one giant hill. If your car has low mileage it might be worth shipping it.

  310. January 6, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    Jill Said,

    I am taking a 6 month travel work assignment for the Hospital in St Thomas next week and have a question about pets. I have 2 dogs that I really want to take with me but have heard nobody there will rent to someone with pets.. Any suggestions? I was also told I need to be careful about what area I look in. Thanks in advance, Jill

  311. January 6, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Jill Said,

    Can you tell me what the average electric bill is in St Thomas for a studio or one bedroom apt? I am allotted 200.00 a month from company and want to make sure it will be covered..I have heard the electric is high but I am coming from Phoenix AZ so it’s pretty high here in summer. Thanks!!

  312. January 7, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Take you current electricity bill and multiply it by 5, that’s a good number of what you’ll be paying here (the exact way to do it is to find out what you pay in total with all taxes per KWh then subtract it from what we pay then multiply the difference by your total monthly usage). Further you should absolutely put in a clause that deals with the fact that our energy costs can change in a heartbeat. Right now the average customer is paying something like .47 a KWh but our electric company could make that .52 KWh the next time they meet. So find out the exact KWh as of your agreement then make sure they adjust up or down because it’s not like the states here, more like the stock market. We have many people spending between $500-$700/month in electric for a studio depending on if you run AC or not.

  313. January 9, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    Araceli Said,

    Hola como estan? soy dominicana criada en España, tengo 27 años, estudie comunicacion, pero mi verdadera profesion la cual amo es peluqueria… soy bastante profesional y con las puertas abiertas para seguir aprendiendo. voy al grano: en unos dias dare un giro a mi vida y empezare a vivir en st.thomas sera una nueva y gran experiencia. me gustaria hacer amistades y conocer gente constructivas pero sobre todo si alguien q tenga una peluqueria me lee me gustaria que me diera trabajo. mi nivel de ingles es regular ahora estoy aprendiendolo y perfeccionando lo poco que se… mi correo: saludos.

    Hello like estan? I am a Dominican raised in Spain, am 27 years old, study communication, but my real profession which I love is a hairdresser’s shop … I am professional enough and with the doors opened to continue learning. I go to the grain: in a few days dare a draft to my life and it will start living in st.thomas sera through a new and great experience. Gustaria to do friendship and people know constructive but especially if someone q has a hairdresser’s shop reads me gustaria his that was giving to myself work. My Englishman’s level is regular now I am learning it and perfecting the little that … regards.

  314. January 28, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Dave H Said,

    I am a disabled vet and rcv. 4K a month, plan on selling everything here (house, cars, funishings) Everything but personal effects. Hope to come there with 200K to 250K. My wife and I plan to purchase a house car etc when we get there. Is this feasable or is it just a dream? Just want to retire, relax… We are in our 50′s so not looking for beach party life. But lots of fishing!

  315. January 28, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    @Dave, if you are NOT going to have a mortgage I think buying a house is a great idea. But something to consider if you are buying a house with a mortgage is hurricane insurance. Hurricane insurance will roughly cost you 2% of the purchase price every year. It’s expensive. Some condo associations put it in their condo fees so you see ridiculous condo fees of $1200/month and higher. There’s a condo place here called Pools and Pavilions where you can buy a condo for under $90,000 but the condo fees are like $1500/month and higher. Now as far as retiring on $250K that’s NOT a lot of money to never work again. I don’t see that as possible given the high cost of living here.

  316. February 2, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Kelly Said,

    Big question… Planning a move to St. Thomas in May with 3 children, one being a 16yr old white girl who does not want to move! How do I go about helping her find friends her age to make friends with? Local hangouts, etc?

  317. February 7, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    Deb MacFarlan Said,

    How many golf courses are there on Saint Thomas?

  318. February 8, 2012 @ 5:52 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,


  319. February 11, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    bailey22 Said,

    If i hit the powerball tonite i will be on my way. Sounds like you need cash to live here.One day i hope to do it. What part of the island is best for nightlife and beaches?

  320. February 25, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Amy Said,

    Is it best to buy a SUV if you live on the Island. My husbands job may take us there for 2 years. We just purchased a new 2012 Optima and we’ve been told this would not be a good idea to drive that type of car there.

  321. February 25, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    SUV’s are a must. The Honda CRV is a perfect island car and everyone can fix them. Try to get a car everyone can fix and get parts for.

  322. February 26, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    jim Said,

    hello Kahuna,
    coming from Alaska, spent one winter in St. John in ’04 and thinking about coming back. just wondering how the economy is doing. i work in the marine industry so any kind of work on, or around boats works for me. and i dont need much for living quarters either so thats not a problem, just hoping the economys doing ok. thanks

  323. February 26, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    The economy is horrible and getting worse.

  324. March 6, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    Pete Said,

    I am 28 years old and lived in atlanta, ga my whole life and want to move to St. Thomas. I haven’t ever been there and would like to find a cheap place down by the river and work as a bar back and just chill… is paradise or is this just a weird plan and can it work. I will bring about 5000 to live and hope to stay for about a year or two..

    Later and thanks a bunch

  325. March 23, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    lisa brown Said,

    I’m planning on moving to st thomas . What is the easy job to get in st thomas . Thank will be able to take care of me and my 7 month old baby?

  326. March 23, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    lisa brown Said,

    i meanth that will be able to take care of me and my 7 months baby?

  327. March 29, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Lioness Said,

    Peace and Greetings BK –

    I hope all is well with you and your family.

    You mention that doing a PMV is an absolute must.. I have a couple of questions:

    1. I was thinking about sending my resume down a month before coming to the Island in hopes of making the most out of my time. I work with grants (research post award, but have done some pre), so most likely would be looking at UVI or perhaps the hospital. I originally thought the end of December, but felt most offices would be closed for the holidays. When do you think is the best time to get a “REAL” feel for the island?

    2. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. Most Landlords up here want a FICO score of 650 or higher. What is considered a decent FICO score to get a decent apartment (not looking for anything spectacular — again I’m coming from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn!)in Charlotte Amalie?



  328. March 29, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I’m not sure people even run credit checks here i sorta doubt it. If you have first, last and security I’m sure you’ll find a place. As far as jobs go I would send your resume out but try and obtain a USVI mailing address first. That way you’ll look like you’re already here.

  329. April 18, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Brandon Said,

    Hi! A group of 3 of us were looking to start another tourist business (shore excursion like) in St. Thomas. We have saved and have almost $200,000 to start up and invest. Is the process long and difficult to legally start up through USVI Chamber of Commerce? Will we run into any snags along the way? Thanks for the help!

  330. April 18, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Contact leigh Goldman at 340-344-9565 he’s a great attorney and he can take care of all this for you, tell him Scott White sent you.

  331. April 25, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    TaaDen Said,

    Good Evening BK:

    I’m looking to start up a small business also — does the above apply to me as well — or does Leigh only handle tourist businesses?

    You stated the economy is horrible and getting worse (8 up). Would you suggest investing in a business at this time?



  332. April 26, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    If you want to start a business here’s what you need to consider: 1. They just raised gross receipts taxe to 5%, 2. The cost of propane and electric has gone up about 30% in 2 years and it’s only going to rise, 3. Gas is now at $5/gallon and we have no deal to replace Hovensa as of today 4-26-12, 4. Inflation has set in and things like food and materials are up over 20%. The Government makes it’s businesses suffer for the people, that’s a fact. They can’t be anymore anti business here. I wouldn’t open or buy a restaurant here because there is so much uncertainty but if you could start a company and run it from your house you could do well. Leigh is a lawyer here on island and he’ll help anyone.

  333. May 9, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Tina Said,

    We are thinking we might like to retire in St Thomas? We thought we might try to purchase a home now and rent it for tourism. Is there a big enough market for that and what is the best location on a budget?

    Thank you

  334. May 29, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    TaaDen Said,

    Greetings BK:

    I notice that most people are asking about the economy, but not necessarily about crime. I’ve heard that St. Thomas, partially due to the terrible economy, has gotten quite criminal minded and people are actually RELOCATING OFF the island. Is this true or just tittle-tattle?

  335. May 29, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    TaaDen Said,

    I have read many posts (mostly 2010) which talked about crime being off the chain. But I was wondering if it has gotten better over the last two years? Sorry for the multiple emails


  336. May 29, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    It’s like living in NYC, be streetsmart.

  337. May 30, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    TaaDen Said,

    I’m coming from Brooklyn NYC, so that shouldn’t be too difficult!!!

    Many thanks BK

  338. June 26, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    JHodgy Said,

    BK, I plan to move down in Dec/Jan. I was thinking of selling my car here in the states, and use the funds to purchase a scooter, on the island of STT. Can someone get by on the use of a scooter, instead of car (as a single man with no kids)?

  339. June 27, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Luke Said,

    Is there a place on St. Thomas that we can bring our tents and fishing gear and camp to provide for our selves for the first few days/weeks before we find a place to live and work? I have everything necessary to survive. Eg. Speargun, hammocks, snorkels, water desalinator etc.
    Is this possible?
    Thanks for the great forum

  340. June 27, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Lauren Said,

    Really considering moving to usvi, I am educated, married and have 2 young kids. Been on vaca there. Have always lived in Nj. Looking for a life change and honestly looking for a much slower pace of life. How are private schools? Not afraid of working hard just need a huge change……

  341. June 28, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Private schools are very good.And expensive.

  342. July 5, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    NJ Tech Said,

    Hi! What a great blog!! My fiancé and I are getting married in September and are thinking about moving to St. Thomas for a year or so. I have a lead on an Ultrasound Tech job at an orthopedic office. Not sure how much I would be making though. Would you know a round about salary for a medical position like that? My fiancé is an engineer and works currently for a gaming laboratory that tests slot machines. Are there any casinos on the island? The office where I could be working is located at Estate Thomas Foothills Building. Do you know where that is? Is it s good area?

  343. July 29, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Jay Jay Said,

    I met a guy from St. Thomas and he wants us to get married and live there? What’s your advice? I’m from Belize.

  344. August 5, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    alysen5 Said,


    Can you tell me the difference in living in St. Croix and St. Thomas, I have been to both on vacation, but long term which has a nicer overall standard of living and job opportunities and people…also can you tell me the names of the specific actual areas or neighborhoods that are affluent and safe on both islands? and what type of medical care is available on the islands since it is US territory is it overall compatible? thx

  345. August 5, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    alysen5 Said,

    One more question,

    My husband is a Director of IT and I am a school teacher, and Real Estate Broker,what would be the best avenue for professional level jobs on the islands both St. Thomas and St. Croix? Can you recommend anyone specifically, I know you had an attorney referral? thx

  346. August 5, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    alysen5 Said,

    Hi. just wanted to make sure you got my first question? it just disappeared off your blog? it was there originally?? my email address was off by one letter, the correct email address is correct on the second comment i sent you ” one more question” thx for your response in advance..

  347. August 11, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    belaire barb Said,

    How is medical care? And can I easily find pharmacis
    t position.are there many chain pharmacies or mom&pop owned pharmacies?

  348. August 11, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Red Hook Family Practice is fantastic with many great doctors and we have many different pharmacies to choose from. Walgreens is building a place here as well.

  349. August 21, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    marnih7 Said,

    Good afternoon! so I have read and have most of my questions answered. I would love to move there with a friend of mine, and we are white females in our 30′s. and attractive. my biggest concern is hearing about the crime?? Just how really safe is it or not? please reply! thanks!

  350. August 21, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    marnih7 Said,

    oh, and we would just like to move there during the tourist season this fall and would be waitressing or bar tending..

  351. September 9, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    jon r Said,

    I have about $90K in savings and get $1000 per month from an early retirement fund. I have no debts. I want to live simply and quietly — not high on the hog but not in a dump either. I’m willing to share apartment/house with others. Single male, early 50s. Where do you suggest I focus my attention?

  352. September 20, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    Matt Said,

    Hello, i was recently offered a job as a Physical Therapist Assistant down in the Virgin Islands and I have a couple questions. Would you recommend working/living in St Thomas or Tortola? Also I have a chronic medical disorder where i may need good medical care so i was wondering how your hospitals are there and i also have to eat a low fat diet so how is grocery shopping selection?

  353. September 21, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Island Girl Said,

    I would do a lot of research on your medical condition and how it would be treated here. St. Thomas is not known for it’s healthcare system.

  354. October 31, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    Chris Said,

    Hi! I am a single mother w/ a 5yo son. I have been bartending for over 10yrs and was told that there is something out there that will set myself and my child up with housing/childcare/schooling, etc as long as I sign a 2 year contract… Do you know about this or how I could fing out about it?

  355. November 13, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Jonathan Said,

    I am 27 yrs old, I am a college grad and have 4 years experience in banking and finance. How is the banking scene down there?

  356. November 14, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Steve Said,


    I’ve been offered the chance to come down and look at some bars for bartending work on either St. Thomas or St. Johns. Can you give me any insight as to what kind of money they make, the best months to be there to work, and the bar scene on either island. Is one better than the other? One island cheaper to live on?


  357. December 17, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Mainland Reporter Said,

    Whatever you do, newspaper reporters/editors/photographers on the mainland, do NOT believe the promises being espoused by the management of the V.I. Daily News. You will work 10- to 14-hour days every day under the control of complete psychopaths, and you will not win a Pulitzer. The job offer sounded fantastic, but the reality was repugnant.

  358. February 9, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    City Said,

    We are moving to the island end of March. Looking for recommendation on mail box options. Don’t want a PO box. Any businesses such as Mailboxes, Etc located on island? Also, would you recommend DISH or DirectTV in Peterborg area? Thanks

  359. February 18, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    Kimberley Clelland Said,

    Leaving Canada and will be looking for work in the spa or hospitality industry.
    Also will be looking for a simple single room flat with own entrance bathroom/ shower etc.
    I will not have my own transport so which area would be best to live in.
    Please and thanks for any advice.

  360. February 19, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Steven Said,

    My wife and I have no kids. I am 25 and she is 20. I have been
    in construction for a little over 5 years with some welding experience and the wife has been a nanny for 3 years and in school for paralegal. We want to wait until she finishes school to move to VI but I was wondering how the services/construction industry is on the island and if there is any needs for paralegals. Thank you for the information.

  361. March 21, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Randy Said,

    Has St.Thomas gone out of their way to avoid importing motor scooters for sale. I know some are rented but there must be a reason they are not sold to residents.

  362. April 11, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Lindsey Said,

    Hi, I’ve considered moving to st. Thomas. What do you think it would be like living there as a single massage therapist? I’ve researched it and have a hard time finding much. I have lived in Montana , Maui, and georgia. I assume its similar to Maui expenses?

  363. April 11, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    Nyah Said,

    I’m thinking about moving to the island I will be down to visit first my question is I’m an Administrative Assistant for 8 yrs and 8 yrs for accounts rec’v for a well known Cosmetic Company. How are hard or easy to get a job in clerical administration.

  364. April 11, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Nyah Said,

    I’m thinking about moving to the island I will be down to visit first my question is I’m an Administrative Assistant for 8 yrs and 8 yrs for accounts rec’v for a well known Cosmetic Company. How are hard or easy to get a job in clerical administration

  365. April 11, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Nyah Said,

    Which of the islands has better jobs and living expenses. Here my monthly expense are $1200.00 including food, rent,transportation and social events (dance classes).

  366. May 12, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Tom Said,

    I am presently in law school and graduate next year (2014). I am considering moving to the VI and taking the bar. I wondered if you had any idea about the average attorney salaries on St Thomas? I have 2 kids that will be in school and I wondered if I could survive.

  367. June 2, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Chris Said,

    Married mother of 2 (White American) with a job opportunity in St Thomas. Never been, but love the water.. Job offer is for $100k/yr.. Any info would be appreciated (cost of living, safety, health risks, are there white areas of town, etc, etc)

  368. September 8, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Ann Carter Said,

    I am a 52 year old woman. I am considering going to University of the Virgin Islands for nursing school. Do you know what the range in rents is for a studio apartment near the university?

  369. October 13, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Arman Ravery Said,

    Hi. I’m planning on retiring in 4-6 years and leaving Washington, D.C. to move to the Caribbean. I’ve been to several of the islands already, but feel more comfortable if I were to reside in a “U.S.” territory as opposed to “foreign” parts. Just me any my girlfriend, 3 dogs, and no kids. We do like the island life (slow, warm, calm, and slow again). We’re estimating that our monthly expenses will run between $3,000 to $4,000 per month, excluding mortgage (I’m looking into purchasing a home). Is my monthly expense too low? With that kind of budget, will we have to live a very modest life on the island? Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  370. May 24, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    Ashley Said,

    Hi , I am a deck hand on fishing boats and considering moving to st. Thomas. I know nothing about the Virgin Islands. Does anyone know how fishing is there? I live in Miami, fl and people are telling me it’s cheaper to live in the Virgin Islands than Miami after reading some of the comments I’m not sure that is true. I don’t require much just a small apartment is all I would need. Would you recommend this move?

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