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Shexter
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Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?

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We've considered moving/early retiring to the islands once the kids are out of the house.

Considering St. Thomas more than others so visiting family could have a direct flight from the mainland without the need for a passport.

What are the pros and cons of island life?



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St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. This Caribbean cluster of islands is a scenic vacation destination offering the truly laid back island lifestyle many people seek on their vacations. The Virgins are a non–passport destination because they are also a territory of the U.S. With daily temperatures between 77 and 83 degrees, the clear blue waters surrounding the lush green mountaintops of this slice of paradise 1,100 miles southeast of Miami certainly qualifies as beautiful.


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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I'm sure there are quite a few virgins here


Aubie Spr96
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I'd be interested in the cost of living. I assume you'd be working remote?


trussthetruzz
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
It’s gotta be better than Baton Rouge, but it isn’t where I would retire


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BK Lounge
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Chuck Norris once visited the Virgin Islands…. Now they are simply known as ‘The Islands.’


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Pettifogger
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I'm probably in the minority, but island life seems somewhat bleak to me. There is plenty of poverty and junky areas on most islands, and I've never really thought "I want to do this all the time." Lots of things are more cumbersome in my experience so you have to have the right care free attitude for it, I think.



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JackieTreehorn
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Avoca island would be better than BR.


BK Lounge
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Virgin Islands seem like they’d be a great retirement destination.. as do the Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Aruba , the Bahamas and a few others.. they all share one thing in common though, at least according to all the research ive done- theyre all expensive, to varying degrees… IMO if you want the island vibe, beautiful beaches et al at a fraction of the cost- Thailand is where it’s at .


brewhan davey
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I love the Caribbean islands, but I'm not sure that I could ever live there. Aside from the obvious cons (i.e. mother nature), the main issue I would have would be supply chain related--especially in grocery stores. I like having fully stocked shelves with multiple options for all of the things I need. You don't really get that in the Caribbean--especially in the smaller islands. ETA: relatedly, as the above poster noted, this makes things more expensive.

But I'll be damned if the islands aren't beautiful and the people who live there aren't some of the friendliest I've ever encountered.
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Ghost of Colby
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Crime exists there and it can get bad at times.


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kingbob
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I know a few folks that lived for months or years at a time on St. Croix where there are some large petrochemical plants. They didn’t have much positive to say other than the beach and fishing. The island has a ton of poverty, and anglos tend to get targeted for muggings. Everything is expensive, and it’s hot and raining all of the time.


fallguy_1978
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Same. I had some former coworkers that moved down there to work on some sort of year or two project. They said it wasn't quite the same as being in a tourist resort.

That's to be expected though. Anyone ever been to downtown Cancun? Those open air markets seem like a good place to lose a kidney


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BlackPawnMartyr
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Just move to Slidell and plant a couple of palms and install a pool and youre good baw.


jose
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I lived in the tropical paradise of Nevis for two years for medical school.

I was as poor as most of the islanders were, so take this with a grain of salt. But there’s no way I could live the rest of my days there.

Groceries come once a week and you have to beat the crowds there or you’re shite out of luck. Everything and everyone runs on island time. Electricity was about as costly as gas is today. And the electric company had no problem just turning your power off so you could pay for them to turn it back on.

It’s nice for a vacation, but no way I’d live there again.


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Pelican fan99
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
Living on a small island would suck. Fun to visit but having to hop on a plane to go literally anywhere else would get old fast

And a lot of those islands get real ghetto fast when you leave the tourist areas
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USMCguy121
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
crime and homicide rate are too high for a retirement area IMO.

you should look into expat communities, there's a lot to choose from. My godfather lives on a huge villa in lake chapala mexico, his property taxes and bills are nonexistent, the house is absolutely huge and gorgeous, and a shitload of other expats resulting in practically everyone speaking english. tons of white people walking around with impunity. for bonus points, local police and businesses cater to them as well because they have the $$$.

after having visited him recently i'm wondering how many people will be doing the same thing. certainly my generation of millennials will probably have to since most have absolutely no concept of how much money it actually takes to retire in the USA unless you want to dodge bullets in section 8 housing.



Jimmy2shoes
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
What you think your view will be...




What it actually will look like.....


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baldona
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I would absolutely look into renting a place for 6 months before taking the plunge and actually moving.

Would you actually live full time/ sell your house stateside?

I think a better idea would be to downsize state side and buy a small place somewhere else, and go for 3-4 months at a time. Hell you could potentially rent your place out for months at a time when not there.


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TimeOutdoors
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
I know an Ole Miss grad owns one of the lodges there. We stayed there post hurricane and they really took care of us. His family was from there originally.


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bbarras85
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re: Any OTr's Living in the US Virgin Islands?
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Avoca island would be better than BR.
:lol: :lol: :lol:


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