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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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A Day in my Life in the Dominican Republic

Life in The Dominican Republic

It didn’t require much thought. I hate winter. I hate cold. I hate big, heavy coats and scarves and gloves and hats. I was young. And the economy was not-so-nice to just out of college English majors with no experience in anything except menial office labor.

Life in the Dominican Republic

I spent the four months directly out of the university in Florida. There’s only so much a young person not from Florida can do in Florida. In October of that year, I boarded a plane with the intention of staying out of the states for a year. Two at the most.

What was I thinking? This culture is contagious.

Here I was, an American girl with a good, solid degree ready to conquer the world. I would travel. I would love freely and muchly. I would fly. I would make money. I would be successful. And perfect. Don’t forget that I’d be perfect. Perfect and rich. And happy. Oh, and I wanted a BMW.

Flash forward five years. I’m still here. Still here in this paradise called the Dominican Republic. The land of no winter called me, seduced me, beckoned me to stay. Convinced me to give up that dream of rich success that meant 9-5 workdays, late night meetings, stress and headache.

This morning I went to the market. I wandered around, baby strapped in her snuggly carrier, looking for fresh fruit. “Ay que linda esa princesa!”Are they talking about me or the baby? Does it matter? Stacks of vegetables, piles of fruit lined the streets. It’s late January and I’m in shorts and a tee-shirt walking around an outdoor market buying fresh, locally grown food. I brought home at least 15 pounds of produce for less than 10 dollars. And to think my friends at home pay top dollar for this.There’s no work today. Or any day, really. I work at home, tutoring students from the local American school. I choose my schedule. Here in the Dominican Republic, I’ve got no 9-5, no late night meetings and only the stress and headaches I allow in my life. But today, today’s a holiday. Dia de la Altagracia.

The kids and I surprise visit some friends. Seriously, with no notice of our impromptu visit, it’s amazing to see how fast coffee is brewed, sweetened and served. Dominican coffee is a force to be reckoned with. I’ll take my Santo Domingo over Starbucks any day. The kids played in the patio. Us ladies did what ladies do: chismear. A little catching up, a little gossip.

Tomorrow we might go to the beach. An hour shot up through the mountains and we’re there. Or to a river. It depends on the weather. We might have to stay home and watch movies and eat palomitas de maiz. But it doesn’t matter. We’re here. In the DR.

I don’t travel. Except at Christmas to visit my family (so much for escaping nasty winter weather forever!) And the occasional jaunt around the country in our Rav-4. No beemer for me. The loving freely and muchly is decidedly focused on my husband and children. The money we make will buy a modest house someday, pays the bills and a little saved up for a rainy day.

So, not so rich and successful like I thought. But so rich and successful like I’ve never dreamed. In a world where it’s difficult for women to stay at home, raise their children, I do. I get to watch my children grow. I get to eat fresh fruit. I get to cherish friendships (and a good cup of coffee). It’s not the easiest thing, living here in the Dominican Republic, but it might just be one of the most rewarding.

Thank you to Melanie Fitzsimmons de Alcequiez who wrote and contributed this post. Read more about Melanie in her blog http://girlinthedr.blogspot.com

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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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The Dominican Republic – A Property Hot Spot

Dominican Republic Properties

Thinking of moving to the Caribbean? You may want to consider the Dominican Republic which is becoming increasingly popular as a place for relocation or a second home. Many property pundits and investors are agreeing that it is a hot spot for buyers in the Caribbean.

There are excellent opportunities for investment in the Dominican Republic (DR). It is one of the most stable countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Dominican Republic also has very low labour and living costs that, together with the laws to promote Foreign Investment, have made it very attractive for those who are looking for high profitability and security. The relatively low cost of living in the Dominican Republic is also attracting retirees who are looking for a place to live comfortably on a finite income.
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