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Caribbean Home Foundations

Choosing The Right Type of Foundation For Your Caribbean Home

Caribbean Homes and foundations

The type of foundation used in your Caribbean home will require careful thought.
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The increased risk of extreme weather is just one reason why a solid building foundation is becoming more important now than ever before.

A lot of thought must go into deciding what type of foundation will be best for your Caribbean home. Determining factors include available budget, personal needs, soil type and weather conditions. If you are building on a sloping lot in Dominica, you may, for instance, not be able to use a slab foundation while the high water table in certain parts of Barbados may ruin your plans of a basement foundation.

By having a closer look at the three most common forms of foundation you will be able to better ascertain which type will be best suited to your own personal needs.
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Technology Makes Moving to the Caribbean Easier

Moving to the Caribbean can take years of planning and research. Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Moving to the Caribbean can take years of planning and research.
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Modern technology makes moving home in, or to, the Caribbean easier

Moving to paradise doesn’t always mean you’ll stay in the first place you pick. Many people from Europe and North America choose to leave home and set up their house in the Caribbean for a variety of reasons. Some people move for the beautiful climate and gorgeous natural beauty.

Other people may move for employment reasons or to keep the cost of living low. Whatever the motivation, in today’s world, the availability of technology can help make moving easier. Relocating to the Caribbean, these days, is no longer a case of jump on the first passing ship with your trunks! It can be a lengthy process involving years of research and planning. Very often we overlook just how much we can utilise the internet and certain apps to facilitate our travels. Here, lets take a look at some of the ways in which technology is used to facilitate moving to and within the Caribbean.
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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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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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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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Extreme Caribbean Living – 5 Places to Live Dangerously

Extreme Caribbean Living – 5 Places to Live Dangerously

Extreme Caribbean Living Volcano erupting on Monserrat

Extreme Caribbean Living

Some people like to live closer to danger than others.

There are many extremely dangerous places in the islands. So  we set out to find five of them, not just to visit but perhaps to find a home close by, for those who do like to live ‘on the edge’!

Hauntings, frostbite, dodging hot lava flows, parting your hair under a landing 747, or boiling in a cauldron of natural steam; take your pick!

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5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale this Summer in the Caribbean

Time for a little summer romance. This week we have five of the most romantic homes that we could find on the market.  Perhaps the first definition of a romantic home bought to enjoy those special moments for two, is that it must be a private hideaway.

5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale : Luxury Hideaway in the Dominican Republic

Second it must have a beautiful setting, with lush tropical gardens to be enjoyed under the stars. The home itself will have charm, interest and potential.   Potential, because any loving couple will want to add their own brand of personal partnership and energy on the internal spaces.

The views from this romantic hideaway must inspire and reinforce the feeling that there is just the two of you and that there is only this moment!  It maybe that you can only spend a few weeks each year enjoying your romantic home hideaway, so the whole ambience must be remarkable.

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Caribbean Property – Bucking the Trend

The Attractive Caribbean Property Markets

Property in the Caribbean is still looking attractive to buyers and sellers alike even in these financial times.  Development land is being purchased for new resorts in particular in Dominican Republic, Barbados prices are continuing to rise and Belize has been identified as the ideal retirement spot.
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