Here's a small thing about living on the island. Extrapolate as you wish.
Hovensa, the oil refinery on St. Croix – which is going out of business this summer – just raised its wholesale regular gasoline price nine cents a gallon. It's the sixth price increase in six weeks. The Virgin Islands Daily News figures independent gas station operators are paying $3.20 a gallon for fuel delivered at the truck loading station on the big island to the south.
Meanwhile, a soon-to-be-on-islander posted to the Virgin Islands On-Line forum wanting to get a general idea of how much he should expect to spend for gas in his rented Jeep Wrangler. "We'll be visiting a few beaches each day," he said.
One answer came from Bluewater43. "We were there in May for 11 days. We traveled a lot, filling up once, then topping off before turning the Jeep back in. We spent about $100."
Pia, a local, said she gasses up once a week, drives about 150 miles. It costs her $65.
Maine4me09 then asked what's the current price for gasoline?
Pia responded – and here's the factoid, a clue to how it is to live on St. John: "I have no idea. When there is only one gas station on the island, you just fill up :)"!