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About The Writer

Deb Andrews. I am the Editor and Social Media Queen for http://www.caribbeanlandandproperty/. Currently living a self sustaining lifestyle in Dominica on 4 acres of orchards, tropical garden, vegetable gardens and streams. Love communicating on Caribbean life and living, its that Gemini winged messenger thing! Find me on Twitter @CLP_Deb

Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

What Sort of Lifestyle is it going to be?

Buying Caribbean Real Estate - Private home in the BVI

Buying Caribbean Real Estate

This is the big question revolving around desire and circumstance!

Do you want lie on a beach all day? Play golf? Write that book?  Spend your day teaching local children how to swim? Build a rammed earth house and be self sufficient in food? Winter in the Caribbean and summer back north?

All things are possible, but your strategy for buying Caribbean real estate in the islands or Central America will be based on your actual circumstance.

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Life’s a Garden in Dominica

Life’s a garden in Dominica!

Violet Delphiniums.

Violet Delphiniums. in an island garden.

Life’s a garden in Dominica!  On other less mountainous Caribbean islands, life is more of a beach!

Dominica’s mountains reach up to nearly 5,000 feet and are habitually topped with rain-giving clouds, which keep the rivers full with more than twice as much rainfall as any other Caribbean island.

Anything and everything grows in Dominica soil, from avocado to aubergine, from breadfruit to broccoli, from cashews to carrots, its an a-z market gardeners’ paradise!

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Clean Energy Island Style Must Replace Fossil Fuels

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Caribbean Solar Panel Suppliers

The Caribbean islands are still far too dependent on imported fossil fuels for household, government and commercial energy supplies.

The region has some of the world’s most expensive per unit cost, which creates an economic vulnerability and fossil fuel dependency on other nations who don’t have the Caribbean’s best interest at heart.  Caribbean energy consumers pay between four to five times as much per unit of electricity as the continental USA and Europe. As an example Aruba used to spend 16% of its economy on importing 6,500 barrels of diesel fuel a day to generate electricity to serve 110,000 people.

This is changing, and as a result there are opportunities opening up on all the islands for alternative energy technology supply and support.

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Roof your villa with Designer Metal

Roof your Caribbean villa with Designer Metal

Antigua Sea View Home

Antigua Sea View Home

Old fashioned corrugated iron and metal roofs used to lack style and design, and gave a building a rather shabby and downtrodden look. Somehow next to tiles, shingles, or concrete roofs they always made the building look like the poor cousin.

Not any more! Things have changed, and the metal roof (no longer iron) has come into its own. More adaptable than other materials it can have its own intrinsic design or mimic other materials whilst retaining its own special qualities. Continue reading

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Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Houses

Great Houses

There are very few Great Houses left in the islands and even fewer on the market. Conversely there are many many large properties available for eco-farming projects which could be made special and become a countryside heritage highlight with the addition of Great House architecture.  So why not design and build your own Great House?

By the end of the 16th century Plantation Great Houses were being built by the Dutch, French, British and Spanish throughout the Caribbean islands.

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Caribbean Diving for a Day Job

Caribbean Diving for a Day Job

Many people have a hobby or a sport that they are passionate about and skilled at, but the enjoyment is restricted to a few weeks or weekends each year.

Whether its skiing, cycling, sailing, golfing or even diving and snorkelling,  few of us are lucky enough to live the dream and be in a position to change the occasional pastime into a full-time day job.  But it can happen!

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Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

The only place to put a swimming pool in the Caribbean is outdoors!  Unconstrained and unconfined, you can place your pool anywhere under the sky, on the sea, a river or the good green earth!

When planning the swimming pool for your new Caribbean home, there will be design and budgetary decisions.

When it comes to style and design, choose how big a part of your lifestyle the pool is going to play.  In cooler climes the warm kitchen or a roaring fire in the living area is the heart of the home, in the tropical Caribbean a cool well designed pool can be the heart of the home.

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Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights

Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights

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Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights – Caribish Delight

Turkish delight is one of our family Christmas favourites and its very hard to find in Dominica, or indeed in many of the islands. So sticking to my principles of trying to create recipes using as much of what we grow on our Caribbean property as possible, I have made a thinly disguised Turkish Delight with a mystery twist from my garden and called it Caribish Delight.

Naturally it did’nt stop there, and so we now have an interesting selection of Christmas Sweets to offer visitors dropping in.

Gelatine is readily available locally as a gelling agent, so I used that to set my sweets, although there maybe better alternatives elsewhere.

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Caribbean Beachfronts – Windy or Not?

Caribbean Beachfronts – Windy or Not?

What is the perfect position for a villa on a Caribbean island?

Caribbean Beachfronts - Windy or Not? Anguilla beachfront home.

Caribbean Beachfronts – Windy or Not? Anguilla beachfront home.

There are two clearly defined types of beachfront…leeward or sheltered, windward or open to the oncoming weather.

Building a house with a garden, or even a verandah that opens out onto a white sand beach paints a wonderful picture, but the reality of life on the beach is somewhat different.

90% of beaches are on the leeward side of the islands, sheltered from the big Atlantic rollers and storms which have carved the coastline to form rocky windward shores and small sandy coves.

 

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5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

Deciding in which Central American country you would like to live and spend some or all of your year, requires very careful thought and planning! Read our blog on 5 Steps on to Buying Caribbean Real Estate.

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

To give you an idea of available luxury property for sale, we briefly compare four very different Central American countries and showcase 5 different properties in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Nicaragua is a country of lakes and volcanoes and will be the site of the second trans-americas canal bringing shipping from the Caribbean through to the Pacific.

This will bring prosperity and jobs and Nicaragua will change, in the same way that Panama adapted to its world class status over the last hundred years as a result of its Canal.

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