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“The perfect location for those wanting to marry an investment and holiday purchase”

 

Mention the Caribbean and it evokes idyllic images of white sand beaches, turquoise seas and luxurious 5 star hotels.  The holiday destination of choice for the rich and famous, many of the islands in the Caribbean have become tax free havens with a price tag to match.  However with the rapid expansion of tourism and the improvement of the infrastructure on some of the less elite islands the Caribbean has become a thriving investment market offering high rental returns based on the region’s year round season.

Comprising over 100 islands there are plenty of investment opportunities to be found with property tax low on most of the islands and an affordable cost of living, although travel costs can be high.

Key islands to consider as investment ‘hot spots’ are:

Antigua & Barbuda - With the reputation as having a beach for every day of the year, Antigua is blessed with low crime rates, a laid back lifestyle and outstanding golf and yachting facilities on the west coast.

Barbados - Offers some of the region’s most famous beaches and a vibrant party scene. As the island that first established tourism to The Caribbean, it is extremely popular particularly with both British investors and holidaymakers but as a result prices here are high and some areas are over developed.

Grenada - The original spice island is one of the most exciting investment markets in The Caribbean with numerous new hotel developments underway to meet the rapid growth in tourism thanks to the direct flights from the UK, USA and Continental Europe.

St Lucia - One of the most modern and efficient islands, St Lucia has been voted the world’s most beautiful island and is considerably cheaper than neighbouring Barbados.

Trinidad & Tobago – At the most southerly tip of the Caribbean these two islands are the only ones outside the hurricane belt and are dramatically diverse.  Trinidad has been described as a Tiger Economy with a wealth of natural resources that has turned it into a predominantly industrial island whilst Tobago matches the beauty of many of the other islands and boasts rich coral reefs. 

St Kitts & Nevis – Relatively under developed compared to other Caribbean islands, St Kitts has a youthful property market but things are changing fast with big name developers moving into this haven of world renowned preserved eco systems including lava formations, tropical forests and seaside lagoons.
 

Country Guide

Geography

The area called The Caribbean stretches from South America’s northern coast to Central American’s eastern coast across the whole of The Caribbean Sea. There are at least 28 island nations and more than 7,000 islands in the Caribbean.  Most are blessed with Palm tree ringed white sand beaches and the azure crystal clear seas you expect from holiday brochures but their interiors are very varied.  From Volcanic Mountains to vast sugar plantations each island has its own individual character and geographic layout.  During the winter months (November to April) the weather is consistency good with the summer months prone to higher temperatures and some rain.  Between June and November the majority of the Caribbean is at threat from Hurricanes – some of which have caused dreadful damage to these beautiful isles.

Government

The politics of the Caribbean is as diverse as the islands themselves, although much can be traced from each nation’s colonial past.  Most of the island nations have democratic systems, although Cuba has a revolutionary system adopted from communism. Countries such as Haiti, Suriname and Guyana have political systems based on numerous parties but many have adopted a democracy taken from the British system which largely features two major parties.  Although many islands are part of the British Commonwealth they are totally independent from Britain but several islands are still controlled by colonial powers.  The French islands are departements of France and elect representatives to the French National Assembly.

Language

The language spoken in the Caribbean reflects the area’s diverse history and culture.  There are six official languages spoken in the Caribbean.

• English (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba)
• Spanish (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico)
• French (Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Barthelemy and St. Martin)
• Dutch (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten)
• Haitian Creole (Haiti)
• Papiamento (a Portuguese and Spanish-based Creole language) (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire).

Standard of Living

Like much else in the Caribbean the Standard of Living varies from one country to another but generally the standard of living is very high with many nations providing good health and welfare care.  However there are some notable exceptions to this rule – the most obvious being Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas.
 

Country Economy

The nations Islands of the Caribbean are not, by international standards rich in national resources although some islands are blessed with a greater wealth of resources than others – eg Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Jamaica.  Across the region fishing, Bauxite, iron, nickel and timber also contribute to the economy but it is tourism that been the biggest revenue for many of the islands.

Agriculture provides a lot of the domestic food supply and employment but increasingly accounts for less and less of the GDP of most islands.

Key Industries

Again these can vary from country to country but include:

Tourism,, petroleum, nickel, bauxite, iron, timber, food and live animals, fair trade produce, alumina, asphalt and ammonia, sugar, spices, fishing
 

Hotspots

Antigua & Barbuda

With the reputation as having a beach for every day of the year, Antigua is blessed with low crime rates, a laid back lifestyle and outstanding golf and yachting facilities on the west coast.

Barbados

Barbados offers some of the region’s most famous beaches and a vibrant party scene. As the island that first established tourism to The Caribbean, it is extremely popular particularly with both British investors and holidaymakers but as a result prices here are high and some areas are over developed.

Grenada

The original spice island, Grenada,  is one of the most exciting investment markets in The Caribbean with numerous new hotel developments underway to meet the rapid growth in tourism thanks to the direct flights from the UK, USA and Continental Europe.

St Lucia

One of the most modern and efficient islands, St Lucia has been voted the world’s most beautiful island and is considerably cheaper than neighbouring Barbados.

Trinidad & Tobago

At the most southerly tip of the Caribbean these two islands are the only ones outside the hurricane belt and are dramatically diverse.  Trinidad has been described as a Tiger Economy with a wealth of natural resources that has turned it into a predominantly industrial island whilst Tobago matches the beauty of many of the other islands and boasts rich coral reefs. 

St Kitts & Nevis

Relatively under developed compared to other Caribbean islands, St Kitts and Nevis has a youthful property market but things are changing fast with big name developers moving into this haven of world renowned preserved eco systems including lava formations, tropical forests and seaside lagoons.
 

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