Originally Posted by semperdog
Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to purchase
a boat and live aboard as a "snow bird" in the USVI. I came across some older threads today that made it appear that my idea will be difficult to achieve- it appears that the USVI gov't dosen't like the idea of anchoring long term (or even overnight) off of the islands. Is this the case? I was leaning towards the USVI in an attempt to utilize Medicare, whereas I wouldn't be able to elsewhere.
Again, sorry for the ignorance of boating/cruising, but I've found you're info and experience invaluable!!
There are plenty of long term boaters anchored in the USVI. Mostly they are in and around St Thomas with a few at Coral
Bay on St John. But recently, the USVI government
has started a program to get boats to pay registration
and other fees
in order to raise revenue. Like most places the local government is broke or near broke and actively looking for revenue sources.
- - Biggest problem with USVI is what are you going to do with the boat during the summer hurricane
months. Haulout and storage
is not cheap
- - Medical
services in the USVI are not the best, in fact a long way from the best with many locals flying back to mainland USA for medical
attention. I know as I had to fly back to Florida
for treatment. But they do have a VA hospital there.
- - The suggestion of looking at the south shore of Puerto Rico
(or the eastern shore) is, I think, a better option.