My wife and Aye arrive in St Thomas, broke, after meandering around for two years across three oceans from Guam
We've now been living in a marina here almost five years and now we have a three year old son and a bigger boat.
This has been a good port for us.
We live in the lagoon
at Benner Bay on the south-east end. There are three proper marinas sheltered within the mangroves and islands protecting the area. All marinas allow liveaboards. Prices currently range from $11 ~ $16 per ft per month. Water & power are extra. There are several areas where one may anchor
/ moor within the lagoon. We also have Sapphire Bay Marina, American Yacht Harbor, Latitude 18 nearby and there are marinas in Frenchtown, Crown Bay and the new Yachthaven is on the virge of opening. There are countless anchorages
where one can live around St Thomas so long as you do your civic duty and apply for a mooring permit
. They're not expensive. Our boat registration
cost is $150 per year, which IMHO is a fair deal considering the pristine cruising grounds we have to enjoy here.
There are few, if any, real marinas in St John but rumor has it there are plans to develop Coral
Bay sometime within our lifetime. In the meantime, Coral Bay, Johnson Bay, Cruz Bay and Great Cruz Bay are popular long term anchorages.
Not real sure about proper facilities around St Croix but Christianstead seems to be the most popular anchorage.
Obviously, St Thomas is the most developed and "busiest" of the three U.S. Virgin Islands.
It's easy to to find a good job here as the local Talent Pool is a shallow pond and anyone who is honest and willing to show-up on time will do well. The local economy is driven by the cruise ship
industry and hand-outs from our federal government
in the form of incentitives and tax breaks to help spur local development in hopes of creating jobs. The re-opening of Yachthaven Grande should also provide a boost when the super-mega yacht crowd arrives.
All-in-all... I absolutely LOVE living here.
Come on down!