Living on a paradise-like island in the Caribbean, complete with sparkling white beaches and azure waters, is an experience right out of a storybook. When it comes to lifestyle perks, Caribbean living is a luxury that not many people are given a chance to enjoy.
If you are used to living a busy life in the city, the island life might seem odd to you. After all, it isn’t what you’re accustomed nor are the natural beauty of the sand, sea, and clear sky a familiar sight.
Even so, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider Caribbean citizenship. Aside from the economic and travel benefits it offers, you can also enjoy these six lifestyle perks of island living:
1. Access to the beach
Arguably the best thing about living in the Caribbean is the advantage of having quick access to the beach. You can simply go there whenever you like, be it in the summer, during Christmas, or any regular day.
Of course, this advantage goes beyond just having a beach to go to. The Caribbean is home to many picture-perfect beaches that have gotten the attention of both newbies and frequent travelers alike.
Take Antigua, for example. This half of the twin-island nation Antigua and Barbuda is popular for having 365 beaches – one to visit each day of the year. Although the exact number of these beautiful sandy coasts has yet to be verified, there’s already plenty of proof that any one of these holds a beauty like no other.
2. Sense of belonging
Many people find it difficult to adjust to a new neighborhood because they feel like a fish out of water.
As a new resident, you might feel like everyone’s a stranger when you first move into the Caribbean. But once you are introduced to the ever-growing community of expats, you’ll never feel lonely again.
Generally speaking, the people who live in the Caribbean islands are quite welcoming to immigrants and expats because most of them hail from many different countries as well. In fact, several different languages are spoken in the region, from English and Creole to Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese. This means that you’re bound to encounter people you can relate to and find a community that can help you experience a sense of belonging.
Becoming a member of an expat community also has other perks. Shared experiences make it quite easy to form friendships. Here, you’ll encounter people who will celebrate successes with you and lend an ear when you need it.
In short, you’ll be part of one big family that’ll continue to grow over the years.
3. Peace and relaxation
One of the most common reasons why people head to the Caribbean – whether to visit or relocate permanently – is to relax and experience much-needed peace. If you decide to reside on an island in the region, you can have this luxury available to you anytime and every time you need it.
There are plenty of things you can do if you plan to move or retire in the Caribbean. You can even let your creativity flow and enjoy hobbies like painting and writing, or you can explore the natural wonders of land and sea.
4. Plenty of island adventures
When you live in the Caribbean, there are plenty of possible reasons that could make waking up every morning more meaningful and exciting. If you’re more of an adventurous type, you’ll find the variety of water sports and sea-based attractions available in the Caribbean quite appealing.
For instance, the region is also home to the Great Mayan Reef, the second biggest barrier reef in the world. This is one attraction that makes tourists – especially professional divers and snorkeling enthusiasts – want to visit the islands every year.
With clear waters and pristine beaches all-year-round, visitors can enjoy the islands to the fullest. Be it watching adorable sea creatures or riding the waves of the Caribbean Sea, there’s always something for you to do.
5. Delectable cuisine
Like its multicultural community, the Caribbean is also home to a wide variety of cuisines influenced by tastes from Europe, Spain, Africa, and Latin America. Combine this quality with fresh catch from the sea, and you’ll have a vast collection of delectable dishes laid out before you.
In Antigua, for instance, you’ll get to try excellent seafood, as well as dishes with unique flavors.
Below are a few examples of mouthwatering dishes you can find in the Caribbean island:
Conch is considered one of the most popular seafood meats in the Caribbean. Pronounced as “conk,” this meat can be found inside spiral seashells that wash up along the coasts of the West Indies. They have a slightly chewy texture and a taste reminiscent of that of clams.
Conch is one of the main ingredients of chowders, curries, and fritters in the Caribbean, but it can also be consumed raw in the Caribbean’s version of ceviche.
Saltfish and fungie
Fungie is Antigua’s national dish. It is the twin-island nation’s version of polenta — a dish historically made with grains. Fungie is made from combining okra paste with cornmeal and molded into balls.
A staple in the country, fungie is often served with meats and stews. However, it is best enjoyed with saltfish, a flaked white fish that is cured with salt.
Ducana is another Antiguan favorite commonly paired with saltfish.
It is made from sweet potatoes and coconuts. The grated ingredients are combined and wrapped in a banana leaf before being steamed like a dumpling. This Antiguan dish’s texture is akin to a tamale, although the ducana has a slightly sweet and spicy flavor.
6. Great weather
Ask anyone who’s been to the Caribbean, and they’ll tell you how great the weather is. The best part is, the pleasant weather can be expected for the greater part of the year, making the region a great year-round travel destination.
The Caribbean climate ranges from tropical to subtropical, although it generally stays the same throughout the year. This means you’ll get to enjoy the warmth of the sun almost all-year-round, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Celsius. This is all thanks to the islands’ proximity to the sea.
Of course, you can still expect a bit of rain from May to October. Hurricanes may also occur from June to November.
A pleasant lifestyle change
Relocating to a new country is a major change that not many people are brave enough to embrace. If you’re considering a move from city living to island living, think about the Caribbean lifestyle. The benefits listed in this article are proof that there’s no need to fear relocating if you have awesome things to look forward to.
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.