Think of the Caribbean and chances are you’ll start thinking of paradise. Images of a wonderful tropical landscape full of luscious palm trees, silky sands, and heavenly blue waters pop into your head. Then there's the beautiful climate which is topped off with a laid back lifestyle, leaving no wonder that so many of us fantasise about living the island dream. Comprised of hundreds of islands, islets, cays, and reefs, the Caribbean offers a rich tapestry of paradises. Whether you plan on living there one day or just love revelling in the thought, here’s a list of five of the best Caribbean islands to kick back, relax, and live out the rest of your days.
Dominica is a multi-cultural safe haven tucked away between the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. With virtually no crime, the lifestyle in Dominica is about as friendly and relaxed as it gets. The island is a perfect paradise for nature lovers. Comprised of mainly national parks, Dominica gives its residents a healthy mix of wonderful beaches and unspoilt landscapes. Wildlife is rich and the island offers fantastic snorkelling opportunities as well the chance to live alongside tropical birds. Homes in Dominica may be more affordable than you think. Prices start out at around £160,000. However, if you want to really live in luxury, you can buy a top of the range villa for just under £450,000.
Bocas del Toro
The Bocas del Toro archipelago is a cluster of paradise islands making up part of Panama, sitting peacefully on the Caribbean side. Out of the group of islands that make up Bocas del Toro, the island of Isla Colon is the most developed and populated. Nonetheless, even this island is only home to a handful of restaurants and bars, with most of the island remaining untouched. Residents can enjoy a truly laid back lifestyle, where swimming in the warm crystal clear waters can be finished off by a bonfire and BBQ overlooking the sunset on the beach. Housing prices vary across the Bocas del Toro islands. You could find yourself shacked up in a novel jungle lodge for as little as £115,000. Or, if you have the cash to splash, settle down in a home for around £165,000 or live a life of luxury for around £400,000.
Anguilla is a classy island and one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. With 33 tropical white beaches, it’d take more than a month to explore all of the secluded paradises Anguilla has to offer. Island life on Anguilla is typical of life in the Caribbean. One lonely traffic light populates the island along with the 15,000 residents that call this dreamy haven home. A flat landscape keeps the rain away; giving Anguilla some of the best weather the Caribbean has to offer, so remember to pack your sun tan lotion. Don’t forget to pack your wallet either, as a decent home in Anguilla will cost you somewhere not too shy of the £1millon mark, although you can get a one-bed apartment for around £250,000. Choose a beachside villa with a pool, however, and expect to part with about £6million of your hard earned cash. Sometimes you just have to pay the price to live in paradise.
The Bahamas is one of the better known places in the Caribbean. Situated close to Cuba and the Florida Keys, The country known officially as the “Commonwealth of the Bahamas” consists of more than 700 unique islands. With around 320,000 residents, the Bahamas is a melting pot of culture, with expats coming from all over the world, from the USA, Canada, and Europe to Africa, India, and Mexico. English is the primary language of the Bahamas, making it a popular choice for many UK residents seeking a slice of paradise. With rolling sands, aqua-blue waters, and only a few tropical storms spoiling the year round sunshine, you could be enjoying a new home in the Bahamas for a starting price of around £400,000.
United States Virgin Islands
Part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) consists of the three main islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix. The capital of the USVI, Charlotte Amalie, lies on the USVI's most populated island, Saint Thomas. Life on the USVI is the epitome of paradise; with expats happy to kick back with local rum, overlooking the coconut trees that spread until they reach the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. Located about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, residents can also enjoy the best of both worlds, being able to venture away from island life to Puerto Rico and return in a matter of just a few hours. You can buy property on Saint Thomas for a reasonable £250,000. So, what are you waiting for? Start living the Caribbean dream today.
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