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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 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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Maintaining an Idyllic Caribbean Garden

Caribbean Garden's foliage

Caribbean Garden’s foliage

So, you are living the dream with your house in the Caribbean and are loving life from a luxurious pool deck overlooking turquoise waters – well that’s the idea our friends outside of the Caribbean will always have!

However, reality can be slightly different and we do have to worry about the maintenance of our gardens, gutters, cars etc, like everyone else.  In the Caribbean whether you are an avid gardener or not, the surrounds of your home have to be kept neat and tidy otherwise it will quickly become a nightmare of vines and new species of bugs. So, here are a few ways that you can keep your garden in tip-top shape without over working and leaving ample time for enjoying the Caribbean sunshine. Continue reading

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The Importance of Effective Household Plumbing

Bahamas Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Bahamas Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

According to the Caribbean Environment Programme, the effective management of wastewater is a huge challenge in the Wider Caribbean Region with up to 85% of untreated wastewater currently being discharged in rivers, bays and seas.

While current and prospective home owners can do very little about larger sources of waste like, factories and refineries we can certainly make a big difference by controlling our domestic sewage.
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Caribbean Water Cisterns

Grenada roof with guttering.

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!
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Decorating Concepts for Your Caribbean Villa

Caribbean Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Caribbean Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summer vacations could last all year round? Imagine waking up and strolling out to sip a cold passion fruit juice on your rustic veranda, or coming home after a long day at work to relax beside blue waters in the shade of a palm tree?

Well, while that dream is in the pipeline, how about using these Caribbean design ideas to get yourself ready, for when you are ready? Continue reading

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Moving to the Caribbean?

Moving to the Caribbean?

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

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

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Feng Shui your Caribbean Home

Feng Shui your Caribbean Home

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Our Carib ancestors idea of a little feng shui in the home or in ceremonial structures like the traditional carbet, would be the ‘Zemi’ or iconic representations of their many Gods and spirits. Essential ones like the Gods of food, weather, wealth and health would be carefully placed to enhance the space and its creative energy, or represented on portraits or carvings on interior and exterior finishes including chairs, tables, pillars and eating utensils like the Calabash bowls.

Zemi God

Most of this living space art tradition is now lost sadly, but any modern Caribbean home could and perhaps should pay a little homage to the peoples who were here before us with a small benign weather icon outside on the verandah or wealth Zemi over the front door!

Some people are worried about living in older houses as they are conscious of the spiritual energy of previous owners, this includes the arrangement of the furniture, and also the garden space beyond the walls of your home.
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Dear Consultant – I want to move to the Caribbean

Caribbean Property Agony Aunt
I want to move to the Caribbean, but I don’t know which country or island. I just want to live in a warmer climate. What do you suggest?

Michelle

Dear Michelle,
That’s great that you want to live in the Caribbean, it’s such a refreshing place to live. I really enjoy it myself; being able swim on a Caribbean beach, to be free of some of the stresses and pressures of modern life and escape from the cold at winter, really makes it a joy for me. I expect you can imagine how that could be for you too.

I suggest that you start off by using the internet to research the various Caribbean countries, so that you can narrow your focus and know which country will best meet your needs when you are ready to buy. Each country has a different flavour and different facilities available.

You might want to make a list of what you are looking for in your new lifestyle . . schools, groceries, health care, entertainment and socialising needs, could feature on your list. With a series of internet searches, you can discover what each country can offer in terms of your important factors.

Another idea is to search for blogs written by expats in the countries in which you are interested. This can give you more of a feel of the lifestyle in that country.

Our clients generally like to know about the buying process and which governments offer incentives to foreigners, returnees or retirees. Many countries have programs running for ex-patriots that can offer significant gains and tax savings. We have a page for each country, which you can find on our wbeiste in the bottom menu on each page. These pages can give you an introduction to what you might find in each country and some information on the buying process for that country, and in some cases, how to gain residency.

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Will you move to the Caribbean?

Making the big Break and Moving to the Caribbean

As my jeep rounded the cliff on North Shore Road the Sir Francis Drake channel advertised itself to my virgin eyes for the first time and the two instantly fell in love. This Kansas native could barely take it all in without driving off the road. Pinching myself didn’t seem like such a cliché.

Has this happened to you? Have you had that moment that sparked a life change? The question is what did you do about it, let it pass as fantasy or grab it with two hands and make it reality?

They are two types of people in this world. Nesters and Explorers.

Nesters like to nest. They most likely live in the same town they grew up in. They’re creatures of habit and fear change. They devour fiction books that take their minds to far off places. They are happy and content and make up the majority of the population. There’s nothing wrong with this type of person, the world doesn’t work without them.

Explorers were born to explore. They open our eyes to new frontiers. They dare us follow and embrace change. They devour biographies, maps and science books. They throw caution to the wind and push forward when others say stop. A lot fail, some succeed. The world needs this type of person as well. Can you imagine where we would be without them? No America. No space program. No leaving the cradle of civilization. They are risk takers, but that is a prerequisite of being an explorer.

The million dollar question is what type of person are you? Do you dream about exploring your passion or have you done it? Have you thrown caution to the wind and done something that was totally crazy to others, but to you it was just following your heart? If so, you might have some Explorer in your blood. If you’re reading this then you probably have a passion for living in the Caribbean and have thoughts of staking out a piece of tropics to call your own. Sounds like sweet heaven to this pirate.

I’m in love with the islands. I love the culture and lifestyle. The laid back people are as friendly as a smile and the ocean is as blue as the sky. There is an island to fit any personality. It’s a magical place. El Carib seduces many to its shores; the question is which rock you will claim a slice of. Do I have your explorer juices boiling yet? I hope so.

Do you have a love affair with the Caribbean? Are you an Explorer? Don’t be scared to make that life changing step. I’ve done it, so can you. Most people that vacation in the Caribbean, stay in scenic villas and luxury resorts and live the island lifestyle for a split second. The one thing they all have in common is they all day dream about not leaving. They want the fantasy but they hopelessly fall back into the routine. Island life remains a dream and they return to the safe nest.

Others will drive their rented jeeps around a nameless bend in the road and be smacked in the face with a view that is so mesmerizing that they too, will have that epiphany moment which changes their lives forever. They’ll decide to put a choke hold on the island fantasy and set ideas into motion. They want a slice of the paradise pie to call their own.

Are you that person? Are you an explorer? You can be. It’s not that hard if you set goals and laugh in the face of naysayers. That’s what it takes wake up every morning with the trade winds blowing through your home and the envious attitude of nowhere to go and nowhere to be. Go ahead; pinch yourself… to hell with the cliché.

Writen by RumShopRyan of www.RumShopRyan.com a Caribbean lifestyle site.

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