7 Reasons You Should Choose to Live in the Caribbean

Becoming a Caribbean Citizen is easier than you think.  Why not have your cake and eat it – Live, work AND play in a truly exceptional location. 

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Home Away from Home

The Caribbean Has It All – hundreds of islands and a hotspot of biodiversity; highly-educated, talented and creative people; the fastest man (Usain Bolt); and woman (Elaine Thompson-Herah) in the world; internationally-famous actors and musicians (Bob Marley, Sydney Poitier, Rihanna); the only invented musical instrument of the 20th century (the Steelpan); Nobel Prize winners; a vibrant and living culture; home of the greatest show on Earth (Carnival); modern sporting, meeting and medical facilities; a variety of business and investment opportunities; and of course, Sun, Sand and Sea.

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Why not come to the Caribbean to do well for yourself; and stay to do good.

Passports for Sale

While one could be tempted to look down on islands that have resorted to ‘selling their passports’ as an additional source of investment, foreign exchange and government revenues, one needs to consider that citizenship is for sale in almost all countries of the world.  The main differences are costs, features and benefits. Even in Switzerland, an investment of one million Swiss Francs (US$ 1,086, 862.00 in June 2021) could deliver you a passport in 10 years. [1]

 

[1] https://international.holdings/en/citizenship-by-investment/switzerland/

Countries such as Portugal and Spain have developed special locations and spaces specially targeted to digital nomads. Caribbean islands such as Barbados have introduced the year-long renewable visas to allow travellers to work from the island and stay longer. Even deeper, islands such as Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia are offering the opportunity to live, work and become a permanent passported citizen of these islands with an investment of as little as US$100,000, the cost of your apartment or villa that you and your family will own.  Becoming Nomadic has never been better.

Digital nomads are a fast growing (49% per year) group of mainly young people (mid-30s) who are single (63%), educated (75% have a university degree and 33% have a masters), high-income-earners (16% earn over 75,000 US$ per year) that can work from anywhere in the world.  Studies show 19 million Americans plan on becoming a digital nomad in the next 2 to 3 years[1].

The Price of Citizenship

It is indeed possible to become a citizen of almost any country in the world – from almost one Million US dollars for residency in the USA to US$100,000 for citizenship in Dominica, in the Caribbean.

 

Becoming a Citizen of the Caribbean is Easier Than You Think.

Country

Price

You Get

Investment

Time (months)

United Kingdom

$2.75M

Residency

Share Capital

1

United States

$900,000

Residency

Business

12

St Kitts and Nevis

$150,000

Citizenship

Donation

3

Grenada

$150,000

Citizenship

Donation

3

Antigua and Barbuda

$100,000

Citizenship

Donation

3

St Lucia

$100,000

Citizenship

Donation

3

Dominica

$100,000

Citizenship

Donation

3

Source:  https://citizenshipshop.com/top-citizenship-by-investment-programs-2019/

Here’s 7 Reasons why you should choose to live in the Caribbean

1. The Caribbean is Warm All Year Round

The Caribbean has a comfortable, warm, balmy and moderate temperature year-round.  

 

If you’re coming from North America or Europe, then weather is bound to be a huge factor in deciding where to live. Luckily, the Caribbean has warm weather all year round. You can be guaranteed high temperatures averaging between 25 and 33 degrees Celsius (77 – 91 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not expect anything lower than 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

In the Caribbean you are guaranteed 365 days of sunshine. The weather is warm year-round. Even the rain is warm. And on rainy days, the sun eventually comes out and it sets too!

2. An Amazing Environment for Healthy Living

The Caribbean environment is more significant to the world ecological system than its tiny size would suggest. The Caribbean is home to two of the largest reef systems in the world (in Belize and The Bahamas), boasting literally hundreds of islands (more that 700 in the Bahamas alone); teeming with ocean life including whales, dolphins, barracuda, and sharks, not to mention tons of coral reef systems and creatures. The Caribbean also has hundreds of mountains, lakes, rivers (Dominica has one for every day of the year), and beaches (Antigua has one for every day of the year).

 

27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

The Caribbean has the second largest Boiling Lake in the World, at the Morne Troi Pitons National Park in Dominica; a Buried City on the island of Montserrat; and an active volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The Caribbean is also home of the oldest rain forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere (in Tobago) and has more than 30 approved and tentative UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Caribbean islands provide an important barrier/strainer for everything that crosses the Atlantic. The Caribbean Sea and the Caribbean islands are an important environment and ecological space that needs to be protected and conserved for future world’s generations.

3. Pure Oxygen

When it comes to the quality of Air, the Caribbean is unbeatable. With literally few or zero smoke-stacked industries, the air in the Caribbean is as pure as it gets.  The rain forests in some islands make for a clean renewable atmosphere and the natural temperature is perfect for your skin, hair, body and total well-being. 

 

The sensitive but amazing environment of the Caribbean is an area where you can come to the do well for yourself (fresh air, organic food, lively culture, fabulous scenery); and stay to do good – to save Planet Earth.

4. Freedom and Democracy

The Caribbean is most democratic place in the world. Liberal Democracy is the only political regime in the Caribbean islands in the last 30 years.

ALL commonwealth islands have had liberal democratic political systems since their independence from British Crown from the 1960s.   

5. High-speed Internet Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater need for high-speed internet access since people are working remotely, attending online classes, and shopping online. Quality, high-speed internet access has now become vital. For the most part, the Caribbean has met this challenge head-on with its state-of-the-art information superhighways. Whether it’s Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados or Grenada, the Caribbean is keeping up with the 21st century.

In 2020, Barbados was ranked at position 19 out of 192 countries in the world in terms of average download speed, according to FastMetrics. The Bahamas came in at position #32 followed by St. Lucia in position #35. Belize follows at #42.

Of 28 identified Caribbean countries, 24 of them have internet penetration rates higher than the global average. More than half (57%) of the islands have better internet penetration rates than Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania/Australia. And two fifths have better or comparable rates to Europe, according to InternetWorldStats.

The Top Ten Caribbean Islands by Internet Download Speed (2020)

Source: Statisti.com, 2021

6. High Literacy Rates

The Caribbean boasts of high literacy rates and an overall highly educated population, with one of the top universities in the world, spread among the islands.

Education is free as is health services, ensuring a pretty healthy and fairly well looked after population. In some islands, persons qualify for free or very low cost housing. The banking infrastructure is also well-developed and many government services may be slow but they deliver. Even basic medical services available in a host of health centres are completely free.

The Culture and Climate of the Caribbean is amazing. Colourful Carnivals, events and music festivals, bars and night life as well as Hip and Happening People, Places and Spaces. And there are tons of real estate options to meet your every need.

7. Many Islands, One Exceptional Caribbean

Many islands make up the ‘Caribbean’. There are English, Dutch, French, and Spanish Caribbean islands. And there is literally a Caribbean island for everyone.

It’s easy for anyone to fall in love with the Caribbean!

The Caribbean continues to be an amazing place to live, work, and play. Which island is best for you? Explore a few of the English-speaking islands here.

Author

Dr. Auliana Poon

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Dr. Auliana Poon is the founder and Managing Director of Leve Global and Exceptional Caribbean.

Auliana loves the Caribbean and believes in its people. Her personal mission is to change the world; to transform our societies. And this is precisely why she has spearheaded Exceptional Caribbean – a continuing mission to elevate tourism, trade and lives.

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2 thoughts on “7 Reasons You Should Choose to Live in the Caribbean”

  1. Fabulous article and time for a visit to our Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and Cockpit Country if you have not been before.

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