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Best Island in the Caribbean to Buy a Beach House

Best Island in the Caribbean to Buy a Beach House

This Caribbean island covers less than 19,000 square miles…not quite twice the size of New Hampshire.

Popular for decades with Europeans, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves from Americans. They’re coming to this island to vacation; some want to spend more time here, so they buy a dream beach home, too.

I’ve seen dozens of beach towns and hundreds of beaches on my trips. (I spend roughly half my time scouting—searching for the best-value real estate out there.) But this island destination deserves to be on the top of your shortlist if you’re looking for a second home or a retirement home overseas. I could give you lots of reasons why. But the biggest one is that it’s incredibly easy.

It’s easy to get to. This isn’t a remote outpost, accessible only by ferry or a tiny single-prop plane. The eight international airports offer a wide choice of direct flights and low-cost fares. You can leave home early in the morning and enjoy lobster on the beach for lunch.

And the island’s small size makes it easy to explore. You can work on your tan on palm-fringed beaches…snorkel in warm clear waters…discover ancient forts and quaint cathedrals…mountain bike, horseback ride, play a round of golf or trek through national parks and cool off under the refreshing spray of a waterfall.

You’ll have no problems becoming a resident, and you don’t need to invest millions to live or retire here.

You’ll love the slow, easy pace of life…dining on fresh shrimp and lobster…soaking up the tropical sun…strolling round town and catching up with friends. You can ditch the business suit and tie, dig out your bathing suit and flip-flops—and set your watch to island time.

A couple of island locations will remind you of Europe. In one beach town, you can pick up fresh croissants from the French bakery…and Italian cheese and sausage from the grocery store. In another upscale spot, you can listen to opera in an amphitheater…and walk the cobbled streets of a hillside village.

Foreigners get the same property rights as locals if they want to own a slice of this paradise—you won’t have to put up with the kinds of restrictions you get on other Caribbean islands such as St. Kitts or Trinidad. Property prices are much more affordable than other island locations, too; you can buy a condo from $75,000.

And in one location on this island, your beach home could earn strong rental income when you’re not using it yourself. Many owners generate rental yields of up to 10%.

You can get the real skinny on this island in a free report when you subscribe to the Pathfinder Alert, my free e-letter that brings the best in real estate values straight to your inbox.

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Editor’s Note: Margaret Summerfield comes to us from Pathfinder, International Living’s preferred real estate advertiser.

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