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Antigua and Barbuda

Let's start with Antigua and Barbuda, the first Caribbean state of our list. Antigua and Barbuda are part of the Lesser Antilles, in the middle of the Leeward Island and includes other 45 minor islands mostly inhabited with few of the privately owned. Originally an English colony, Antigua and Barbuda gained full Independence in 1981 and nowadays is part of the Commonwealth, retaining Queen Elizabeth as head of state. English is therefore the official language. Population is around 96,000 with 97% of it living in Antigua. The economy is based mainly on tourism which accounts for more than 50% of the GDP. Almost ¾ of the total tourists arrive with cruise ships and the nationalities are mainly American and British. Antigua with the capital St. John’s is the main island, Barbuda is much less developed and even before the hurricane Irma that in 2017 destroyed everything, tourism offers was limited. Reconstruction was started but it remains to be seen how it will progress. There are no d

Pina Colada for Caribbean mood

While working on our project it is important to keep a good Caribbean mood, especially when the Dutch weather seems to forget we are in summer. We staid extremely classic... Pina Colada, one of the most popular Caribbean cocktail which is also very easy to prepare. Beside the pineapple juice and a nice light rum Banks 5 Island Blend , the main ingredient is the cream of coconut and  Coco Lopez  is absolutely the best!! The recipe cannot be simpler to remember and to prepare: - 1 part of pineapple juice - 1 part of cream of coconut - 1 part of light rum Put all together with ice in a blender and you are in the Caribbean!

Starting list

Making selections is always difficult but unavoidable. We have decided to limit our selection only at independent Caribbean States and Dutch territories. In principle, we excluded French territories because we prefer to not study another language while US and UK territory due to immigration policies which would make difficult to obtain our residence permit. As result, we have to choose between the following: Antigua and Barbuda Aruba The Bahamas Barbados Bonaire Curacao Dominica Dominican Republic Grenada Haiti Jamaica Saba Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Granadines Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten Trinidad and Tobago Starting in alphabetic order, we are going to study all those Caribbean States. We will look at the geography, the climate, the diving peculiarities, the government, the immigration policies, the environment polices, the tourism business characteristics and the real estate market. At the end, we will see how many of this 18 destination have the potentia


The duration of the project will be quite long, for someone maybe too long but it is a massive life change which has to be planned without being in a rush. In addition to this, we also want  our 12 years old daughter to built whatever future she wants and a Caribbean island may not offer what she shall want so we shall wait until she will decide about her life This will also give us time to finance the project by our self since we believe that sustainability means also financial independence. We have now started with the shortlisting of destinations which will take some months. Hopefully, pandemic and economic crisis permitting, next year we will begin to spend our holidays in the shortlisted islands to experience how would be living there and to find their strengths and weaknesses. Those research holidays will take some years but we don't mind. Once the island will be finally chosen, we will need to find a place to live and a place to accommodate tourist guests and this may also t

A nice Caribbean Breeze

While working on the project, we did a nice family dive at Zoetersbout, here in the Netherlands. Weather was fantastic, great water temperature and we saw plenty of juvenile lobsters, wonderful. Once back from the dive, to help staying focused on our project we enjoyed a nice Caribbean Breeze!!! We used the following very much recommended recipe: 1 part of dark room Banks 7 Golden Age 1/2 part of Bacardi Coconut Rum 4 parts of pineapple juice 4 parts of cranberry juice

But which one??

But which island? that we have decided to change life and the place of the world to go, we actually are just at the beginning. We have plenty of jobs to do before we can start seeing the end of this project. As first, we need to select the actual island within The Caribbean where we shall live. Actually Caribbean means 35 countries and territories in an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands… ...but if you are not ready to "donate" or invest figures with 5 or 6 zeros, it is virtually impossible to obtain a long term residence permit or citizenship in most of the Caribbean countries. Beside the Dutch Caribbean islands, (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius), where, since Natasja is Dutch, we should obtain the permits without too many problems, we want to discover which other islands may be an interesting opportunity for us. So in the next weeks, actually most probably months, we will be working on a shortlist of our potential future residen