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while still living under the protection of the American flag. Here are some things you will want to do to ensure a smooth transition if you are considering a move to the US Virgin Islands.
• EVALUATE YOUR PREPAREDNESS: The culture shock that can occur when moving to the US Virgin Islands is often the biggest reason new residents choose to move back home.
Paperwork, and most things in general, move much more slowly on the islands than in the states. People who are accustomed to speed and efficiency may be quickly frustrated by the laid-back, “I’ll get to it later” attitude of many islanders.
• DECIDE WHICH ISLAND IS RIGHT FOR YOU: There are 3 major islands in the US Virgin Islands – St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. There is also a fourth, smaller island called Water Island which is purely residential and has no hospital, police/fire department, or Motor Vehicle Department and whose residents rely on private boats or ferries to St. Thomas for work, groceries, health care, etc. St. Thomas is considered the most “city like,” of the islands, boasting shopping centers and one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. St. Croix is the biggest of the islands, with a reputation for being more “country like” than St. Thomas. St. John is two-thirds National Park, and has a higher percentage of non native residents than the other two islands. St. John does not have any public junior high or high schools, so residents must either ferry their children to St. Thomas for school, pay for private schooling, or homeschool their children.
St John’s, U.S. Virgin Islands Caribbean Resorts
When traveling to the Caribbean island of St. John, no passport is required for U.S. citizens since it’s part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. John, along with her sister islands, was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, says Go to St. John, a tourism site. As of 2011, visitors will find only two resorts located on St. John, as almost two-thirds of the island is a national park.
Caneel Bay Resort
• Located on approximately 170 acres in the Virgin Islands National Park, the Caneel Bay Resort offers family-friendly accommodations and activities. This waterfront resort features seven private beaches that border the property. The Caneel Bay Resort was once part of the Rockresorts hotel chain owned by Laurance Rockefeller.
Gallows Point Resort
• The Gallows Point Resort offers waterfront accommodations with panoramic views of St. John’s Cruz Bay. The resort’s spacious suites and villas range in size from about 750 to 1,000 square feet. On-site dining is available at Zozo’s Ristorante. Continental breakfast is served daily at the Gallows Point Gourmet. Both also offer room-service menus for in-room dining.
The on-site swimming pool is amoeba-shaped and located near the beach, along with an outdoor whirlpool hot tub. A few steps from the resort, guests can go swimming and snorkeling in Cruz Bay. Kayaks and small boats are also available for guest use. Since the Gallows Point Resort is primarily for adults, only children over the age of 12 are welcome.
The Westin Resort of St. John
• Also located on Cruz Bay, The Westin Resort of St. John is situated on 34 acres of private island. Many of Westin’s luxury suites are equipped with their own balcony, in-room whirlpool hot tub and views of the sea. The private beachfront comprises more than 1,200 feet, offering a number of water sports’ activities and a waterfront dock.
The Westin Resort’s grounds feature brick walkways that form the shape of a fish bone, as well as tropical plants, palm trees and multi-colored flower gardens. As a family-friendly resort, the Westin offers all children under the age of 18 to stay free with their parents. The resort also features a teen center, children’s club, and kids eat free (a maximum of two) per each dining adult.
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