Grenada roof with guttering. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land & Property
The cistern system utilised in the Caribbean is one of the most innovative and cost effective ways of capturing and storing large quantities of fresh rain water.
For the everyday Caribbean home owners, the cistern is merely an addition to the house. But, in fact, when we examine the secret life of a cistern – its appreciation is deepened and this multifaceted, pivotal part of every Caribbean homes’s functionality becomes simply – a blessing! Many islands experience water shortages during periods of low rainfall or unexpected water interruptions from the local water boards and then – old faithful, heroically, steps in and saves the day or even weeks! Continue reading →
Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs
We are all familiar with the evolution of Caribbean Villas and how comfort in the villas, during the summer, have changed. The older designs have huge wooden windows and doors which allow air and light freely inside – they also allow the ever changing, wide range of Caribbean moths which come out to play during summer nights. The more modern villas, those constructed over the last 10 years have catered to cool indoor air circulation with the windows and doors shut. This modern method is called air-conditioning and while it can prevent the un-welcomed winged friends, it can also be quite costly! Continue reading →
You have considered moving to an island retreat in the Caribbean. Living on an island can be an exciting time in your life, a great new way of living, filled with many opportunities and changes in lifestyle. What you need to consider as well, however, is that such change is challenging and it should be approached responsibly and carefully. By doing this you can ensure a proper and smooth transition. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Ballard is no stranger to new discoveries. His first big break came with the Titanic now he is doing it again. This time he is exploring fault lines and underwater volcanoes in the Northern and Eastern Caribbean, an underwater version of Tony Robinson of Channel 4 ‘Time Team’!
To most of us, plate tectonics, volcanoes and fault lines mean nada, however to Ballard’s team of 31 scientists this will mean getting to grips with the underwater threats to the Caribbean region.