Originally Posted by Enrique100
Did you consider St Croix? Just a day's sail to the south...
EDIT: But not much of a charter
base in St Croix if that's what you're looking for...
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I am still just exploring area and while Nicholson31 has another good point, my early search is aimed at where I could call a home base. A Marina in a area that is close to the fun areas to sail around, but not too far away from the US. And exploring the pros and cons of US territorial waters.
I'm not going to discount St Croix or Puerto Rico
, but if I want to sail around St John and BVI, there would need to be a compelling reason to be a day's sail away. (ie. Great Marina, more stable shopping
, easier to fly in and out of....)
And, I agree that cell service
and even customs
will likely be different in 2024 - trade
winds, natural harbors, access to food
and many other things will be substantially the same. I had culture shock on North Bimini
island when I went to the "Grocery store". It looked like a 3rd world country. Oh, wait..... Anyway, we plan to continue the investigating over these next 8 years and thereby monitor
the changes. But the ideas I am getting will help guide our search!
As for medical
care, yes the USA is expensive, but I am thinking about Medicare paying in US territories vs. outside the US. And the quality of care needs to be checked out.
And I am not sold on any particular place yet. I am, however, enjoying the investigation. (While Bimini
is not where I want to base out of, there are 100 islands in that area to investigate too. Maybe the Exumas
? ) I do want to be close enough to the US for my kids
to visit and visa versa.