For starters, the roundtrip car barge fare is $45.
No, you don't visit Coral World or even the newly-reopened Mountain Top. No window shopping along Front street in Charliotte Amalie, trying to figure out which deals are real.
No, you go to the mundane places when you own a villa. You stock up on food, light bulbs, matress covers, hamburger, broasted chicken, beer – all those things which sustain life and keep the villa looking great and comfortable for guests.
Some surprises when you look at the receipt. The big bottle of Coke we pay 99-cents for in Virginia; $1.79 here. But Tomatoes on the vine, $2.99 a pound, same as at the Safeway in Va. Safeway wants $5.99 for 1/2 pint of blueberries, CostuLess sold us a pint for $4.69. Triscuits 1 dime cheaper than Safeway, $3.69. Starkist Tuna, $6.49 for two cans, but in the states, Safeway asks $6.99. Then of course there's the beer and the wine.
We spent about $200 at CostuLess, perhaps buying a little heavier than usual since we'll have some friends from Maine joining us at the end of the week. I told Mrs. Inquiring Iguana I was surprised some of the prices were cheaper than stateside. To which, she uttered, "Well, I'm a good shopper!"
We also roamed the isles at Kmart, looking for household furnishings things like a Welcome mat, light bulbs, a lampshade, some mattress covers and so on. That was another $200.
And that's how you do the island on $500 a day.
- CostULess says it has online shopping at the St. Thomas store here.