Top 10 Best Places to Live in the Caribbean.
If you’re dreaming of living in the Caribbean, then you should consider these island paradises:
the best places to live in the Caribbean. 10: Cayman Islands.
The incredible water is the source of most jobs on the Cayman Islands. Obtaining a work
permit can be a bit of an obstacle course, so planning ahead for a three-month wait is
wise. The job market opens up in September, when tourist season is just ahead. 9: St. Croix, USVI. This is one of the Islands editors’ favorite
photos of what life in the U.S. Virgin Islands promises. Hanging out with new friends and
families on a little unnamed beach in a quiet corner of St. Croix, having a sunset bonfire.
That’s the island life. 8: Culebra, Puerto Rico.
Hard to believe an island this close to mainland Puerto Rico can be so pure and sparsely populated.
It might be too small to uproot a family and replant here, but for retirees, singles, empty
nesters, people buying a second home … Culebra is hard to beat. 7: Bocas del Toro, Panama. The western Caribbean is a relatively newer
frontier, and Bocas del Toro has proven to be a popular draw for expats. The Bocas island
group has never had a recorded hurricane and the U.S. dollar is the national currency.
The number of bikes and footpaths are evidence of the laid-back choice of transportation. 6: Anguilla. North of the French West Indies and just east
of Puerto Rico and the BVI, Anguilla isn’t as far removed as you might think. Not geographically.
But culturally it’s a distant outpost. Something healthy is in the air, water and food, because
people here are known to live long. 5: St. Thomas, USVI.
Corby Parﬁtt was once a marketing director cramped in a San Francisco cubicle. Now he
and his family live on the USVI island closest to the mainland, St. Thomas, because of a
unique offering: Home Depot. That store has been essential for Corby’s business, a real-estate
company. 4: Turks and Caicos.
In one word we can tell you why people move here: water. It’s beyond amazing. The most
populated of the Turks and Caicos is Providenciales (aka Provo). Residency and work permits are
easy to navigate, and there are plenty of business opportunities. Eight airlines offer
nonstop service from the States. 3: Roatan, Honduras.
Don’t be alarmed by the negative press about Central America or Honduras in particular.
The mainland isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be, and besides, Roatan is far away from
it all. Until recently, almost all expats came for the diving (the world’s second-biggest
barrier reef is swimming distance from shore), but now they also come for the weather and
the cost of living. 2: Bahamas.
Armed with a decent budget, the most dreamy move is out to the Exumas where island ownership
is in vogue. But those looking to live in a more civilized area choose Nassau. There
are more business ops on Nassau and it’s the only hub for ferry and floatplane service
to nearby escapes. 1: St. John, USVI.
It seems to be among the final three options for most people considering a move to the
Caribbean. Being a U.S. territory makes for an easier-than-most transition, yet St. John
has a pure island lifestyle: lush hills, pocket beaches, sea breezes to compliment the ever-present
sun. The airport is in St. Thomas, necessitating a ferry over to St. John and keeping this
new home a bit less worn than its bigger sibling island.