Island Time: Fact or Fiction?

Everyone is familiar with the stereotype of island time . . . those who live on tropical islands move at a glacial pace.  Whether it’s service at a restaurant or having friends over for a party, you can almost guarantee that on St. Croix it will be slow.  While outsiders may assume it is out of laziness (and occasionally it is), the truth is, that island time is part of the wonderfully slow pace of life in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Laid Back Living

When you dine out on St. Croix, you should just expect that a meal that would take 45 minutes stateside will take about 2 1/2 hours on-island.  Sit back and relax . . . enjoy your food / drinks and more importantly, your company.

When you invite people over or make plans to meet at the beach, the standard 15 minute grace period expands to around 1 hour.  Don’t sweat it.  Once you know this fact, you won’t bother to set out the party food on-time anymore.

Quality Time

Quality time is a big deal to most island residents.  One of the five love language as proclaimed by Author Gary Chapman, quality time is a key to feeling loved and fulfilled for many people.  In this day in age of screen addiction, when’s the last time you had an uninterrupted, focused conversation with your spouse or close friend?  On St. Croix you will find that a handful of people like to stay completely unplugged from technology, to stay focused on the present and the people that matter to them.

Deeper Relationships

As a whole, the population of St. Croix is better about avoiding the hustle and bustle of life, and making the most of their time with others.  On an everyday basis, looking people in the eye and  taking the time to listen for the answer to, “how are you?”

You will find yourself in deeper friendships on-island than the states.  Something about the environment on St. Croix seems to foster lasting friendships.  People of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life are friends with each other.  More open conversations happen, in which people share more than they have in the past.  Know why?  There’s no rush.  You’re on island time.

Ready to slow down and soak in the good life?  Chris and Kerri Hanley can help you find the perfect island residence.  Chris was the top broker on St. Croix in 2014 and is the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  Contact him today and download our free guide the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix.