Busy malls and rush hour traffic on a recent trip home to Canada made us realise how much our lives have changed over the last few years. Only four years ago, my husband Michael and I would have been dealing with daily rush-hour commutes and too little time to make the most of life. Relaxation was something that only happened on holiday.
Each morning, I’m greeted with vibrant sunshine and the enchanting sounds of a jungle awakening. I often start my day watching the stunning sunrise while walking along the beach. Then, perhaps a late-morning swim in the warm, clear waters or snorkelling on one of the most incredible coral reefs in the world.
When you’re a retiree—and your income is a fraction of what it was—retirement and the Caribbean just don’t go together, or do they? Actually, sometimes they do. Thanks to a strategy Michael and I found (we’ll tell you more about it here), it is still very possible to live large on a fixed budget in the Caribbean—and I mean live large. Take, for example, the four-bedroomed luxury villa, with infinity pool, covered balconies and hammocks, all with a view of Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, we stayed in for four weeks. We had the whole place to ourselves: a weekly cleaner and a vehicle thrown in, too.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination of all the Caribbean islands. And while it's best known as a holiday destination — a place to unwind and let the stresses of the world melt away — some are making this tropical paradise their full-time home...