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So I was thinking I need to start figuring out how much money I need. I have a place picked out to stay and have been looking at airfare and am good there. And same with a rental car. I am going to STJ in Feb or March. I am going alone. I was reading the grocery thread and will probably bring some food in my luggage. Like pop tarts, peanut butter and jelly for breakfast and lunches. If I plan on drive to different beaches everyday on the island how much gas will I actually use? As for dinner I will probably get a few meals to have where I am staying, but I do plan on eating out a few times and going out for some drinks. So I was thinking like $50 a day. Is this realistic or should I plan for more? I’ll bring about $200 for souvenirs. I have my own snorkel gear, and plan on getting a pair of fins and a bag for them. And I don’t plan on going on other islands because the more I read about STJ the more I realize that there is WAY too much to do there. And Also was told that by a few people here lol. Thank you!! Oh yeah I plan on going for a week.
You should be fine with your money budget. We usually figure around $100/day for us as a couple plus shopping $ and if you have already taken care of your air, car, and housing you should be good. Bringing a few food items from home helps too. Have fun.
Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it was doable on my budget.
We run on less than $100 a day for a family of 5. You'll be fine.
We have ATM's! I wouldn't travel with a pile of cash, but I guess that is a personal opinion. There are two ATM's right in downtown Cruz Bay at FirstBank and two more at the Marketplace at Scotiabank. I haven't had the opportunity to spend a week beach hopping, but you can expect to spend about $50 give or take to fill up your tank. Unless you are going back and forth from one side of the island to the other, you will probably not drive more than 20 miles a day. Have a great time!!!
lol I won't be having wads of money, just need to know how much to set aside from my paychecks lol Then I'll put it back in the bank before I go. lol I've been reading Feet, fins and 4WD and since everything is nicely detailed by area I'll prob be hitting beaches in the same part of the island together. Hopefully I will not have to fill up my take more then few times. BTW that book is awesome!!!!
One year while my wife and I were in St John our bank back home got hacked into. Unknown to us the bank killed all the Debit cards (we only brought the one - we travel light). When I went to pay for gas I learned that my card had been shut off. I called the bank and was informed of the problem and that they had already sent us new cards. A big help that was as they had sent them to our home. Between us we had $600 in cash. Obviously new cards would not help us even though they promised to "Overnight" another set to St John (that was years ago and I don't think they have arrived yet). Our resort was already paid for and obviously our tickets were taken care of. It was the start of our two week vacation and we managed on the $600. I guess the point of the story is that you can live as cheaply as your budget permits or as lavishly as you desire.
You bring up a good point! Always good to have more than one "card" on you. You also want to let the companies know that you will be traveling. My folks were here on a visit and they also brought one card. Well, the first purchase went through ok, then the card was canceled because of suspected fraud. Once the card has been canceled, there is no way for the company to set it up again for use. The company also Express Mailed new cards, but they didn't show up until the last day of their visit. Now they travel with at least two cards and call the companies ahead of time to let them know they are going to be traveling in the VI.
After your trip, can you post back on this thread and let us know how much gas you used while you were here? I'm curious!!! I have a Chevy Tracker and I usually fill it up once a month, but I also don't get to go beach hopping and drive mostly to an from town from Gifft Hill area.