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Investing in an existing or starting a new business, work permits, business licences and taxes.

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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Planning Permission for Caribbean Projects

Planning Permision for Caribbean Projects

Barbados Beachfront Land and Ruins.

Barbados Beachfront Land and Ruins for Sale.

Planning permission for your Caribbean project anywhere in the islands, needs to be obtained for any private or commercial construction.

Its a bit of a lottery though to know which islands and which officials are going to endorse what section of the Building and Environmental Codes.

 

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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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5 Costs of Doing Business in the Caribbean

5 Costs of Doing Business in the Caribbean

As we live in a truly global marketplace, it’s fairly common for business owners to at least contemplate branching out into a foreign nation.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular spots for US citizens looking to expand their commercial prospects as it’s nearby, the climate is great and some islands there even speak English as a first language.

There are, however, five principal additional expenses that you will need to consider when setting up your overseas business here so you can then budget properly and cover your costs in an easy manner.  Staffing and cost of hiring is a separate subject not covered here.

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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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Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Do you dream of living abroad? If so, what’s holding you back from pursuing that dream?

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Many people think they need to wait until retirement, when the kids are out of the house, to pursue that foreign living experience. In fact, doing it with your children just might be the most rewarding, enriching experience of your life…and theirs.

In September 2005 my husband and I packed up our kids—then ages 7, 8 and 10—and moved from the ‘burbs of Wisconsin to the jungles of Costa Rica. We came for a two-year adventure and, 4.5 years later, we remain here for the lifestyle.  We are living the Dream in Costa Rica. Continue reading

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Caribbean Hotels Profits Increasing

Caribbean Hotels Profits Increasing 10% a Year

If you are planning on selling up and moving to the Caribbean to run your own hotel,  then this is a great time to buy land and build, or refurbish and takeover an existing hotel!  Why I hear you ask?

According to a new report just out, Tourism and profits from Tourism are both on the rise throughout the region.

Caribbean hotels saw an increase in a net operating income of 10%+ last year.

This is the second year they have seen a double digit increase.

The bad news is that the overall income increase comes from the extra amenities provided in-house by the bigger resort hotels.
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Invest in Montserrat Five Good Reasons

Invest in Montserrat – Five Very Good Reasons

An Active Volcano
Yes! Monserrat has an active volcano! But this is’nt everything there is to know about modern Montserrat. There was a time and a life ‘before’ the volcano, but today daily life is about living and working side-by-side with this powerful potential of construction and destruction.

An internationally manned Observatory, which is well funded, ensures that the volcano is carefully monitored 24 hours a day.

The volcano itself, is still considered to be a danger to the southern part of Montserrat, but not to the northern half with its lush green hills, and beautiful bays.

 

It has been 18 years since the dormant volcano first roared into life with a huge event that buried the capital city of Plymouth in ash, known as the new Pompeii.

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Five Caribbean Businesses under $500 K

FIVE CARIBBEAN BUSINESSES FOR SALE UNDER HALF A MILLION US DOLLARS

Five Caribbean Businesses -Hotel for sale in Utila

Hotel for sale in Utila

Five caribbean businesses, the very best we can find, showing potentially good returns and currently for sale.

Each would make a solid investment and lifestyle change for someone ready for a commercial venture in the sun!

 

 

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Architectural Workplace Design

Two Architectural Workplace Designs from the Caribbean Islands

Architectural workplace design for Caribbean office spaces and commercial units is in dire need of lots of fresh creative air blown through it!

Architectural Workplace Designs for the Caribbean

Architectural Workplace Designs for the Caribbean. A small St. Lucian Studio.

Labour Laws in the Caribbean are still somewhat archaic on many islands. They are based on a ‘Workers Charter’ that goes back to 1960s industrial Britain. Some Labour codes have been updated with a more balanced employee/employer structure, but then it takes more than the letter of the law and its interpretation to change old attitudes and prejudices.

Perhaps we should look to our Caribbean architects and spatial designers to lead the way out of the dark working habits of old, and introduce the light!  We include two fine examples of how this can be done.  These bring shape, colour and the tropical environment together to throughly impact how we work together in a shared space.

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