Many people dream of moving to a tropical island and living the Caribbean life, but actually putting this plan into action can often be quite the challenge. The very first step in doing so is picking a destination that appeals to you, so here are a few places where you can really relax and enjoy a slower pace of life.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Located in the Caribbean Sea just off of the Yucatan Peninsula, Isla Mujeres is a small island, measuring just eight kilometres long by half a kilometre wide, that brings together the soul of Mexico with the beaches and ambience of the Caribbean. While Isla Mujeres may be just eight miles from pulsating Cancun, this is a spot that offers a casual ambience with spectacular natural beauty. With everything from traditional fishing villages and unpaved roads to swaying hammocks on sandy beaches that overlook ancient Mayan ruins, Isla Mujeres is where you will find a truly idyllic sense of paradise. The island is also known for its outstanding aquatic conditions, and with so many world-class snorkelling sites and dive spots, this is a great location for those who enjoy being active in the water.
U.S Virgin Islands
The U.S Virgin Islands is quite unique, in that it boasts an authentic Caribbean lifestyle, but does not require a passport or a change of currency to visit. Work visas are also not required here, making a move to one of the Virgin Islands extremely convenient.
For those who are looking for a more vibrant island, St. Thomas is the one to choose, with its bustling nightlife and duty free shops. St. Croix is known for being more of a residential island, boasting incredible panoramic views, while St. John is the island that nature lovers should pick, as its national park covers 60% of the island, meaning that the natural diversity that you will find here is absolutely amazing.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Measuring 25 miles long and just over one mile wide, Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and first became a popular tourist destination around 30 years ago, thanks to the Belize Barrier Reef, which lies just half a mile offshore, attracting divers and fisherman from all over the world. While some Caribbean islands may be lacking in amenities, you would not have to give up any of your modern day luxuries if you moved to Ambergris Caye, as everything from power to cell phone coverage to internet signal are reliable here. With regular water taxis and flights travelling to and from Belize City and Chetumal, in Mexico, Ambergris Caye also makes a great destination for those who want to spend some time exploring the surrounding area.
While many Caribbean destinations may be littered with tourist attractions, the Caribbean is huge, and there are so many more spots that still offer the quintessential Caribbean lifestyle. With everything from sparkling turquoise water lapping onto white sandy beaches, to a laid back and relaxed lifestyle that is easy on the bank account, there is no time like the present to make the move to the Caribbean that you have always been dreaming about.