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

From Dominica – Jacoway Inn, Part 3

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 3

The day before Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the night of September 17th 2017, views from the lovely gardens of Jacoway Inn were somewhat restricted by the tall hedges of shrubs and trees, providing shade and privacy.

This changed overnight, and now eight months later the property boundaries of bright oranges, yellows and greens of tall crotons are regrown. Before long, overlooking the surrounding banana gardens and the few neighbouring homes will only be possible from the upper floors of the Inn.
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From Dominica : Jacoway Inn, part 2

Jacoway Inn Gazebo

The Gazebo

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 2

Inland, behind the bayside village of Calibishie resides the main part of a very international community along the several spectacular ridges and valleys which lead down to the beach and bay. New, architecturally designed expensive homes are dotted along the ridge summits amongst banana gardens, grazing cattle, and borderless, family smallholdings, enjoying panoramic views to the village below and the Atlantic beyond.

Up here, the hurricane blasted trees take their time to grow new branches, but on the ground, good husbandry has ensured that all the massive, dead branches have been cleared away and recycled elsewhere. Continue reading

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From Dominica: Jacoway Inn, part 1

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business

The deep blue Atlantic Ocean gleams under a hot Caribbean sun. The cool, sweet tradewinds blow a cleansing breeze into the beachfront mainstreet of Calibishie adding to the recuperative sense of regeneration found throughout the lower village and the surrounding community in the hills behind.

It is late May, and eight months after catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria dealt a mighty blow to Dominica, and this northern seaside village of Calibishie seems to be showing the rest of the island how to ‘get over it’ and get back to the business!
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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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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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