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Thursday, April 08, 2010
A Spotlight on St. Martin

The Caribbean island of St. Martin is unquestionably unique.  It’s actually the smallest island in the world that happens to be split between two countries.  On one side you have the French owned St Martin while the other half of the island is referred to as St Maarten and belongs to the Dutch.  In fact, it’s very common to walk over from one territory to the other without even realizing it.  Because of this trait, the Caribbean island real estate of St. Martin and St. Maarten is quite unique.

St. Martin real estate is well known for its strong investment value, the assorted Caribbean luxury real estate that comprises the island being among the most valuable in the entire region.  Because the island features over thirty beaches, there’s also a very strong selection of beachfront St. Martin property as well as properties with amazing ocean views.  Should you purchase a property on St. Martin, all transactions are carried out by the notary, removing the need for a personal attorney.

Besides the multitude of unique beaches, a great feature of St. Martin and St. Maarten is the prevalent and diverse culture.  St. Martin’s French influence is clearly evident, right down to the distinct gourmet cuisine and the art galleries in the Marigot capital.  St. Maarten has more of a penchant for its highly inviting atmosphere; the people of St. Maarten have a reputation for being very sociable.  No matter which of the two sides you choose, the Caribbean villas of St. Martin are definitely worth a potential investment.


Posted at 10:29:45 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Cockleshell Bay Marina St. Kitt’s

Work on Cockleshell Bay Marina St. Kitt’s southeast peninsula will begin in January 2010. Toronto based St. Michael Development Ltd. Has signed a ten year operating agreement with Camper & Nicholson Marinas commencing on September 1, 2009.
The partnership between the two companies will cover development and operation of 153 berths marina to the most tranquil clean and safe places in the Caribbean. The Marina will open November 2012. Yachts up to 70m. The development includes a 5 star hotel, spa and world class dining facilities. Luxury Villas, on the beachfront and surrounding hillsides will make this a high-class and sophisticated destination.


Posted at 12:07:59 PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Caribbean Tourism Organization Appoints New Head of Operations

Gail Henry has been appointed to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist effective February 24, 2009. She steps in for Mareba Scott who left the organization at the end of her term in November.

Gail Henry is a tourism specialist with many years of experience, having been Head of the Advisory Unit of the Minister and Senior Tourism Advisor in her country of birth, Trinidad and Tobago. In that role, Gail Henry had the responsibility of sustaining tourism and dealing with tasks such as tourism policy and project development and management, as well as developing programs.

Henry has also conducted several studies on sustainable tourism such as reinvigorating declining tourist locations, strategic planning and tourism policy development for different destinations.

Gail Henry is a University of the West Indies (UWI) graduate where she earned an MBA. She also completed an MSc in Tourism Marketing at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom with honors, a program for which the CTO Foundation granted her a scholarship in 2007.

Gail Henry will lead the Caribbean Tourism Organization's agenda to create and deliver an annual schedule of activities which aim to enhance the popularity of Caribbean real estate and quality and integrity of Caribbean tourism.


Posted at 4:08:41 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Exploring Saint Lucia

When compared to highly popular islands like Saint Maarten, the island of Saint Lucia seems ridiculously tiny being that it’s less than thirty miles long and not even fifteen miles wide.  The island’s defining physical features remain its natural landscapes and the volcanic areas.

Banana trade was abundant in Saint Lucia during its early evolution and some of these banana plantations that were erected during the “banana heyday” can still be seen on the island and are very popular with sightseers exploring St. Lucia.  Speaking of which, the island’s own tourism has grown exponentially.

Besides the old structures that provide a glimpse into Saint Lucia’s history, the island’s tourism is also bolstered by the vast amount of nature permeating throughout the island which includes winding rainforests and several mountainous peaks.  Saint Lucia has resisted from becoming too commercialized, focusing its efforts on environmental tourism instead.

Despite its relatively small size, Saint Lucia is actually considered among the more prosperous islands in the Caribbean, its residents earning about $6,000 each year.  This has lead to a considerable proliferation in the amount and variety of real estate offered on the island.

The people of Saint Lucia are also regarded as some of the friendliest and approachable in all of the Caribbean, welcoming tourists and foreigners with genuine warmth and in some cases often inviting them in for lunch or dinner.  What Saint Lucia may lack in high end entertainment is made up for with a pleasant ambiance and an agreeable aesthetic that has attracted hundreds of nature lovers to the Caribbean island.


Posted at 3:59:31 PM
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Exploring the Caribbean

With over 6,000 islands of varying sizes and recognition, the Caribbean is huge.  Most people are familiar with the vacation mainstays like Aruba or Jamaica but as anyone who has actually explored the region will attest, there are many Caribbean islands that continue to go unnoticed.

Take for example the U.S. Virgin Islands, a large assortment of land masses owned by the United States.  Most people cannot name an individual island within the group even though some like Saint John maintain a high level of popularity.

Saint John belongs to the U.S. Virgin Islands and is famed for its many natural, scrupulously conserved reserves and some impressively elaborate coral reefs despite its arguably tiny size.  This strict preservation of nature can be attributed to the efforts of conservationist Laurance Rockefeller, a member of the famous Rockefeller family.

While celebrities are known for visiting Jamaica or the Bahamas, one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean is Saint Barthelemy (Saint Barts).  Singer Mariah Carey is among the several noteworthy names that frequent Saint Barts which is recognized for having more than a dozen beaches and residents who are considered among the friendliest in the Caribbean.

Cultures collide into an intriguing mix in Saint Martin/Saint Maarten.  Although it’s actually one big land mass, the island exists as if it were two separate nations since one half is under French rule and the other by the Dutch.  Unlike Saint Barts and Saint John, Saint Martin is much more commercialized and heavily caters to tourists.


Posted at 4:15:13 PM
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Jumby Bay Living

The Caribbean islands offer so many options for renting or buying real estate that deciding on one location can be a daunting task. While it mostly depends on the visitor’s preferences for a Caribbean island getaway, all tastes seem to converge on the island of Jumby Bay. This 250+ acre island off the coast of Antigua brings big names like Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Hillary Swank, Jim Carey and Eddie Murphy because of its scenic vistas and tranquil atmosphere. So what sets Jumby Bay apart in the minds of most that could choose any of the thousands of islands in the Caribbean to visit or live“

The landscape of Jumby Bay consists of untouched foliage with wild flowers and intriguing wild life. The island’s coast has white sandy beaches that stretch beyond sight and clear blue waters that are warm year round. Jumby Bay has jutting peninsulas that significantly extend the amount of beachfront that’s available to explore.

Jumby Bay is perfectly located off the coast of a major Caribbean island (Antigua). This allows Jumby Bay to hold on to that tranquil seclusion that gives Caribbean islands their appeal. While being close enough to enjoy the culture, sights and sounds of Antigua. Jumby Bay’s privacy is paralleled by none. Resorts and homes have private beaches and often come with private patios, pools and outdoor furniture. The large amounts of available land allow waterfront homes to have spacious private beaches.

For those seeking the comfort and convenience of resort-style living the Jumby Bay Resort is world-renowned for its incredible residential features and generous amenities. Jumby Bay Resort goes beyond the typical Caribbean condo-resort style and offers residential units that are homes with their own pool, Jacuzzi and patio. They also come with great amenities like golf, day sailing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, tennis, private beach dinners and in-room dining.
 


Posted at 3:47:37 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Caribbean Real Estate Going Green

With such a strong emphasis on environmentalism in modern society, Caribbean real estate has adapted tremendously to the demand for "green property". When it comes to building and developing Caribbean island real estate, conservation and environmentalism has always been a key concern. This makes sense since without the crystal blue waters, clean air and beautiful scenic vistas the Caribbean wouldn't be "the Caribbean". Here are some steps being taken to make the Caribbean homes that are being built a little greener.

Following the Model Green Home Building Guidelines set forth by the National Association of Homebuilders, Caribbean homes are built step by step to ensure as little impact on the environment around them. First, the lot designated for a Caribbean home is inspected and the foundation of the home is placed on the area of land that has the least potential for vegetation. This not only decreases its environmental impact but also ensures that the home will be surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

Caribbean home builders then use advanced framing techniques to ensure materials are not wasted and the property won't require constant maintenance. Water efficiency is particularly emphasized in the Caribbean through the use of innovative wastewater technology, a low-volume irrigation spray and water-efficient sink faucets. The insulation, lighting, appliances and mechanical systems are then optimized for energy efficiency. Incorporating cooling techniques into design like sun-tempered glass, shading, overhangs and cross ventilation also keeps electric bills down and environmental friendliness up.

When it comes to Caribbean real estate and particularly Caribbean luxury real estate, it's important to build homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally safe. The Caribbean's reputation for beautiful beaches and untouched environment is what makes Caribbean living such a great experience. And the Caribbean's high standards for green homes make it one of the better places in the world to find green homes.   
 


Posted at 3:52:13 PM
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February 24, 2009
Gail Henry has been appointed to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist effective February 24, 2009. She steps in for Mareba Scott...
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