I'm new here, and basing this opinion on one month of cruising in the US, British and Spanish Virgin Islands
recently. I can tell you that it is not a cheap
place to cruise
in, and can imagine living aboard
there would be pretty high compared even to the Keys, where I am very familiar with.
We didn't do much around St. Thomas, and I can say that the whole area from the airport
to downtown Charlotte Amalie, and the hotels/cruise ship thing--it was completely forgettable, especially compared to everywhere else we went. I am sure the other side of St. Thomas is perfectly wonderful in comparison but we only saw it from a distance. Spent most time in the BVI and out to Culebra
and Puerto Rico
but St. John is a nice destination
with the natural areas, etc. I will tell you that food
, etc. prices and mooring
is outrageous down there, (BVI much worse!) and anchoring
areas very limited at St. John. In the BVI, we typically paid $25/night for mooring
, and in the USVI national park area it was $15.
As far as work goes, I think their is a ton of competition from others doing what you want to do, and many of the regular type jobs are held by islanders from Santo Domingo, especially. I never saw any jobs posted at all, and the idea of working into the tourist business is not a new one, but I would research
it carefully and find a niche somehow.
Additionally, I would caution everyone to make sure they have a good sense of where they are when they use a cell phone
down there--many times I thought I was on domestic but ended up without warning on an international link, and came home to a $700 surprise, but was able to convince AT&T that it was unfair because I never used the phone
when I was certain I was in foreign service
. Another person I talked to was hit for $1300 with less satisfactory results.
, gas: shockingly high prices!
Hope someone will expand on this, and maybe tell of some ways to get around some of it. Good luck!