We are looking to rent a house in Magen's bay and are wondering what typical grocery costs are and do we need a rental car?
Figure 30% more than you're accustomed to paying and yes, you absolutely should rent a car.
I would say that 30 to 40 percent is more typical for food, but, of course it will depend on where you shop and what you purchase.
I concur that you should hire a car, and because many streets and roads are a bit narrow, and in some places parking is tight, you should hire the smallest car that will accommodate you. For a small car, such as a Toyota Yaris or Kia Rio, you should figure just about fifty dollars a day grand total. Try not to get stuck with a Ford Fiesta or Nissan Sentra.
HI, renting a car is very key. As for food....if you are a planner, you can design a menu and bring some of the items with you. We always bring a coller with frozen meat,things like butter, frozen shrimp. you can bring just about anything with you in the cabin as long as its not liquid.
zandl - Just an FYI for you and all other newbies; you cannot carry-on butter, jars of peanut butter, jelly, mustard, ketchup, mayo, etc. They are considered 'liquids' by TSA. You can however put those items in a checked bag or checked cooler if you choose to bring them. A few years ago my BFF had 2 cans of greens beans in her carry-on. They took those because according tho TSA they had too much liquid in them. They did not take her cans of tuna fish though.
Unless you are going with a group and plan to cook most of your meals or are bringing special cuts of meat/specialty items, just buy everything on island. When we go with a group I do pack a cooler full of meat as my carry-on and a backpack with my clothes as my personal item. Both items are small enough that I can put one under the seat if I have to. If you're taking more than 3 changes of clothes, you're taking too much. STT is very laid back. Shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops are just fine to go to dinner.