Beautiful beaches. Warm weather. Serene Surroundings.
Sounds good? Feels even better if you were actually there.
Savor the sensational treat of being immersed in the beauty of nature and consider taking a trip to these four island countries. Who knows? You just might love them so much that you’d want to call them your second home.
There’s a reason why approximately 30.6 million travelers around the globe visited this group of islands in 2017. Despite some of the islands being pummelled by two huge hurricanes, the resilient archipelago still welcomed at least 700 thousand more visitors compared to 2016, as reported in the annual statistical report churned out by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
If you wish to scuttle away from the cacophony of the city or simply take some precious moments with family and friends (or by yourself), a Caribbean getaway can give you a powerful dose of Vitamin Sea. More than 700 islands offer an escape from the daily distractions of urban life with a seemingly endless supply of activities to enjoy. There is a stupendous selection of scenic seascapes, delectable dishes, and heart-warming hospitality.
Investing in the Isles
Over the years, more and more people have turned their sights to the Caribbean not only to lounge and play. A number of islands countries have developed immigrant investor programs to attract foreign investors and business backers. In return, these countries provide the right of residence or citizenship.
Affluent people who are interested not only in satisfying their leisurely cravings in the islands can also explore other opportunities that offer a healthy return on investment. Such is the opportunity offered to everyone from billionaire oligarchs to discerning individuals with astute business sense by seeking a Caribbean citizenship by investment. Having a second passport can be a ticket to visa-free travel and wealth-propagating possibilities.
If you have the heart to enjoy both leisurely pursuits while also investing in your future, then becoming a citizen through investing in a business, purchasing local property, or making a donation to the government can pave the way for a rewarding life.
Here are four of the incredible island havens that you can set your sights on:
1. Antigua and Barbuda
Named as the Best Caribbean Island to visit in 2018 by the Caribbean Journal, Antigua and Barbuda boasts of a diverse tourism portfolio aside from its beaches. Having year-round tropical climate and being bountiful offers in terms of attractions, activities, and culinary delights, this twin-island has long been a traveler’s favorite.
Favored by the wealthy, the adventurous, and the indefatigable itinerant, this Caribbean gem is a playground for sailing and other epicurean events. With its laid-back charm, magnificent natural harbours and effortless luxury vibe, Antigua and Barbuda offers an exclusive atmosphere that celebrities and magnates alike enjoy.
With one of the oldest established Caribbean yacht clubs, the English-speaking isle of Antigua is top of the list for the world’s wealthy and is also a tax haven that levies no capital gains or inheritance taxes as well as no tax on income generated outside of its borders. If you become a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda through property investment, you can enjoy dual and lifetime citizenship for you and eligible family members, visa-free travel to over 130 countries, and a stress-free lifestyle. You only need to stay for five days within the first five years of citizenship and have the option of re-selling your property after five years.
Delve into the invigorating wonders of Dominica. Hike the verdant mountains and revel at rushing streams, volcanic wonders, and whooshing waterfalls. Dive into its emerald waters and discover the diversity of marine life. Or you can simply bask in the sunset, lulled to leisurely rest by the soothing songs of the sea and the whisper of the wind.
Applying for citizenship in Dominica is one of the most affordable endeavors. Be assured that it is completely legal as citizenship by investment (CBI) is one major economic contributor to the country.
Whether you buy a tourism-related property in an approved development or contribute to the Government Fund by making a non-refundable donation, you can still reap the benefits of having a Dominican passport.
These include freedom from tax on capital gains, inheritance tax or income tax, and visa-free travel to over 95 countries, including the European Schengen states. You and eligible family members are assured of dual citizenship that you can enjoy with utmost confidentiality.
You are not even required to stay in residence before or after citizenship is granted (although it is hard to pass up living in Nature Island with all its splendour).
Getaways are best experienced when you have some of the friendliest locals to welcome you. In Grenada, English-speaking inhabitants punctuate the picturesque beauty of this petite island. Add to that natural treasures such as unspoilt landscapes, crystal-clear beaches, and riveting rainforests, and you get an experience of a lifetime.
Whether you are an adventure-seeker, a nature-lover, or a genuine romantic, Grenada is a gem to visit or live in. With its CBI program, you can take advantage of the unique opportunity to travel visa-free to China, Russia and Europe. You can enjoy dual citizenship either by acquiring a government-approved real estate property or by making a donation to the National Transformation Fund.
The Spice Isle is also the only Caribbean island to have a CBI program that provides access to the E2 Visa when it forged a treaty with the United States. Along with this, you can also enjoy tax advantages, no residency requirements, and full confidentiality when citizenship is granted.
4. St. Kitts and Nevis
Forming one country, St. Kitts and its neighboring island Nevis offers a double treat to those who visit its shores. These twin isles present thrilling tropical treks, divine dives to marvel at in black coral reefs, and authentic Kittitian culinary delights.
With direct air access to major airports like London, New York, Miami and other regional ports of call, getting to this magical place is easy. Chosen as one of the 15 Best Caribbean islands to go to in 2018 to by Travel and Leisure readers, St. Kitts and Nevis is a fast-growing hub of activity with world-cup worthy golf courses, a 300-berth mega yacht marina, and exclusive hotels, beach clubs, international restaurants, and resort communities.
Obtaining a second citizenship here will certainly bring you benefits such as no residency requirements, tax breaks, and dual citizenship status for you and eligible family members. You can also travel visa-free to over 130 countries and enjoy full confidentiality on your citizenship state.
A Wealth of Opportunities
With the sea of options offered to you, you can be sure that each of the Caribbean investment properties will surely keep your soul alive. The sights, sounds, and stirring energy of the locale certainly casts a spell and would encourage you to stay.
To make the process easier when you apply for economic citizenship in any of the four countries mentioned above, make sure to ask for a professional’s help. Seek out a specialist firm that offers bespoke services and will assist you in your citizen investment objectives in the Caribbean.
Whether it is high adventure yachting and admiring aquatic life, or strolling around the colorful local haunts, there is something for everyone in the Caribbean.
Kal 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.