The Caribbean has long been a popular destination for
travellers and expats alike, seeking a warm welcome, fresh food and reliable
year-round weather. However, all this tourism has often come at a price. Over
time, successive areas of the Caribbean have turned from charming seaside
idylls to souvenir-selling tourist resorts. Those that have maintained
their charm are often so over-priced that they are out of
the question for many tourists.
This creates obvious problems for tourists seeking to visit
– or even move to – the Caribbean.
Now, however, a bright new hope sits on the horizon. After a
decade of careful and sensitive investment this new hotspot promises to be the
perfect place to holiday – or even retire – for those who love the laid-back
Caribbean way of life and fresh seafood diet. Carefully created from the ground
up with tourists and expats in mind, this area has almost been “genetically
engineered” to tick every box that you or I might seek.
Here’s just a taster of what you can expect… Firstly, the
area has retained its old-school charm by deliberately and carefully
controlling development. High-rise buildings, for example, are banned and the
area is said to retain the sense of still being a sleepy seaside village in all
the best possible ways. This means that much of the “tack” found in popular
resorts has been avoided. Quite simply this is one of the most picturesque
areas in all of the Caribbean.
In terms of the practicalities of life, the area is no more
than a two hour drive from the nearest airport, along a brand new motorway
built specially to ferry tourists to the area. This
ensures minimal travelling times for both you and your loved ones to get to your
travel destination. There is also a world-class hospital ready to offer the
level of healthcare expected in most first-world countries and there are shiny
new grocery stores for easy shopping.
And then there’s the real estate market here. Early adopters
will find property prices here compare very favourably with the rest of the
Caribbean. The news gets even better; thanks to local laws it is even possible
to finance a property purchase with a locally-arranged mortgage rather than
trying to juggle the difficulties of arranging an overseas mortgage with your
And the name of this new dawn in Caribbean living? Las
Terrenas in the Dominican Republic. Here the local government has been fiercely
encouraging and controlling development and has been deliberately turning the
area into the perfect retirement destination for expats. If you’re looking for
a possible retirement or travel destination in the Caribbean you could do a lot
worse than putting Las Terrenas on your itinerary.