The Caribbean is known the world over for its stunning turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle. The romance of the place is hard to beat, and it remains a firm favorite among honeymooners and luxury travelers looking for an escape.
It needn’t just be a holiday destination, however. With welcoming second citizenship opportunities and some excellent investment options, the Caribbean may well be the perfect place for your lifestyle relocation.
Aside from the Caribbean’s beauty, the year-round tropical climate is a draw for many looking for a new or second home; it allows for plenty of outdoor recreation and thus attracts those looking to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.
All the islands have a friendly vibe and, to varying degrees, a lively nightlife. Imagine relaxing with a delicious meal of fresh seafood, with the uplifting sounds of a steel band in the background.
However, each Caribbean island has its own unique feel that sets it apart. There are also some major differences in the types of opportunities open to investors and those looking for citizenship.
Here are three of the most amazing Caribbean islands that you could call home:
Aside from its incredible natural beauty and beautiful beaches, there’s a multitude of reasons to make Antigua your new home.
Firstly, it’s one of the most accessible Caribbean destinations. Daily flights connect you to both North America and Europe, making it ideal for those traveling regularly on business.
Antigua is known as the home of Caribbean yachting, in part due to its strong naval history. Horatio Nelson, a prominent British flag officer in the Royal Navy and “one of Britain’s greatest naval commanders,” was stationed here.
Sailing is still a major pastime for Antigua’s residents for good reason; the island offers many natural harbors and gentle winds. There are regular regattas and sailing races throughout the season.
Antigua’s popularity continues to soar with both tourists and investors alike. Increasing visitor numbers and some new major tourism developments make it a top choice for business investors looking for options in the Caribbean. Citizenship opportunities are available for those looking to invest in business or property development, or by donation to government funds.
Its history as a British naval base and its popularity with European royalty means that Antigua’s small population has evolved to be particularly cosmopolitan. This makes it an extremely welcoming place for those relocating.
Grenada is known as the spice island and probably remains the most unspoiled of all the Caribbean islands. Although tourism generates a considerable proportion of the island’s income, there are no resorts so to speak, and agriculture still thrives.
Investors are attracted by its well-educated population and high literacy rates, plus its growth in tourism, manufacturing and agriculture. Grenada welcomes inward investment and offers citizenship either through real estate purchase or by contribution to the National Transformation Fund.
Grenada’s 133 square miles of scenery is dramatically beautiful, with a lush rainforest, striking mountains and spectacular waterfalls inland. The coast offers exquisite, soft, sandy beaches and unique diving opportunities, including an underwater sculpture park. Towns are colorful and decorative with well-maintained homes. It truly is a stunning place to live.
Residents feel it is a hospitable place to live, with a particularly friendly and polite population. Infrastructure such as roads and hospitals are well-established, and a full medical teaching hospital is planned soon.
St. Kitts is incredibly popular with those looking for a second home. Its direct air access to major cities such as New York and London mean that it is very accessible. A new private jet terminal makes it easy to island hop too.
Like Grenada, it offers luscious scenery and dense rainforest. Much of the island is designated as national park and there are UNESCO-protected forts, meaning that will always keep its unspoiled feel. This is important, since St Kitts is transforming its agriculture-based economy to one more focused on tourism and business.
The development of new world-class golf courses and a marina, alongside several other luxury hotel resorts, have put St Kitts firmly on the map.
St Kitts forms a nation with its neighbor Nevis. The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis welcomes citizenship by investment applications, with the expectation that a donation to the National Economic Fund will be made to help the local economy thrive. Citizenship can also be acquired through the purchase of government-approved real estate.
Make the Caribbean your new home
All three of these Caribbean islands offer the quintessential luxury lifestyle with accessible citizenship opportunities for those looking to invest funds.
Each with a unique identity of its own, you really are spoilt for choice between all three.
Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. 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.