Complete guide to retire in the Caribbean

The Carribean islands is composed of 25 independent countries and other territories. It is located in the Caribbean Sea: southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, north of South America and West of the Atlantic Ocean.  The region has tropical climate with an average temperature between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of season. With tropical climate and its geography, the Caribbean Islands are vulnerable to various climate changes like varying storm intensity, sea level rise and coastal erosion. Among its predominant languages are English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Antillean creole. The close proximity of many Caribbean islands from each other made it easier for tourists to island hop around the region. They experience a variety of scenery and culture in just one trip. These are some of the reasons why retire in the Caribbean is a good option.

From its history, the Caribbean islands will always be connected to European conquistadores and English colonizers. It was them who first exploited the natural resources of the islands, claim its land and enslave the people for centuries. Later on, some of these islands declare its independence while others maintain their strong neocolonial relationships with their parent nations. The heavy influence of European colonizers with a hint of African culture manifests in the modern Caribbean culture. It resulted with a unique blend of, music, art, cuisines, customs and traditions in the region. An example of this is the region’s music: blending of the sounds of reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba and zouk music. While the region shares these unique blends of culture, each island has distinct features to offer its visitors.

Why the Caribbean?

Famous for its, endless beaches and ever-evolving culinary culture, the Carribean Islands attracts millions of people from around the world. It is rest and entertainment in one place. It’s not really surprising that more and more people are attracted to permanently relocate on the islands.

The ultimate experience in the Carribean lies on its beaches and underwater world. There is the famous Seven Mile Beach of the Cayman Islands. Hop at Turks and Caicos islands to explore the Molasses Reef Shipwreck. Considered to have the most extraordinary turquoise water on earth, the islands beauty is unlike anything you’ve seen. Nature lovers will surely appreciate Jamaica for its misty mountain hiking trails, waterfalls and hidden lagoons. Other Carribean islands worth visiting are Aruba, St. Lucia, The British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

To complete the Carribean experience, beautiful scenery should be paired with delicious cuisines. Navigate the Caribbean’s culinary capital and have a taste of Anguilla’s most delicious cuisines of fresh local seafood. Don’t miss Martinique’s melange of African, French, Caribbean and South Asian cuisines. Its most popular local sausages are the Boudin Creole and Boudin Blanc. The former is made from pork, pig’s blood, onion and other ingredients, whereas the latter is a white sausage made from seafood sometimes featuring prawns, crabs, sea snail (or the sea conch) or fish. If you’re craving for Spanish cuisines, don’t hesitate to visit Havana, Cuba. Satisfy yourself with the succulent ropa vieja (shredded meat) and the fried plantain.

Retirement in the Caribbean Islands

Enticing enough to retire in the Caribbean? Try availing the investment program of the Caribbean Islands. Among those that are offering citizenship by investment are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenadian.

  • Antigua and Barbuda known as the “Land of 365 Beaches” had developed a reputation for judicial and government stability since its independence from Britain in 1981. The low crime rate and excellent educational and healthcare system reflects the quality of life these islands.
  • One of the smallest countries in the world, Saint Kitts and Nevis both have volcanic origin and are covered in rainforest. It has a marine tropical climate with warm temperatures, with an average of approximately 24-27°C. Among its uniqe perks is its recognition of dual nationality.
  • Can be considered as a virgin island, Dominica maintains its unspoilt beauty, lush green forests, countless rivers and waterfalls. With its average temperature ranging from 30°C to 50°C, the island also enjoys a tropical climate.
  • With its nutmeg production, Grenada earned its name as the “Spice Island”. It is also considered as the best-kept treasure in the Caribbean Sea. With 20 degrees Celcius all year round, the climate was perfect for its tropical rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, beautiful beaches and underwater volcanoes. Beign a member of the Commonwealth and having a political structure based on the Westminster system give Grenada political stability. Grenadian citizens who has an E 2 treaty investor visa are allowed to enter, stay, travel and work in the United States.

All of them offer fast-track processing of citizenship and Visa-free access ranging from 139 – 151 countries, including Schengen area, Singapore, Hongkong, EU, and the UK. While they do not require residency, applicants are required to donate fees ranging from $100,000 – $195,000. Other option is availing the govenrment-approved real state project ranging from $200,000 to $300,000.