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Old 08-27-2019, 06:17 AM
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After decades of living in the Keys, I am really getting fed up with the rise in tourism and the decline in fishing opportunities. The Keys have changed too much for my liking.
Anyway...thinking about finding another "tropical paradise" like the Keys used to be. Thinking about some areas of the Bahamas or the Caribbean? It will probably be a second home so I don't think I will have to worry about the legal process of permanent residence. Any ideas of where life is less crowded and the fishing is still good? Hopefully a lot less cheaper than the Keys?
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:20 AM
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The remote family islands of the Bahamas may be what you're looking for, otherwise it's just going to be the same or worse as the keys.

What about USVI?
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Originally Posted by Enyar View Post
The remote family islands of the Bahamas may be what you're looking for, otherwise it's just going to be the same or worse as the keys.

What about USVI?
Yeah.....I thought about some of the out Islands. I used to love the Abacos but I haven't been there in probably a dozen years and I don't know how much they have changed?
As far a VI's....yeah....all places are possible. Just starting my research.

Another idea I have is to buy a Trawler and simply spend about 4 or 5 months every year living and cruising on that instead of settling down in a single location? Just thinking out loud....
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Are you looking to buy or rent a place? When I worked as a contractor for the DEA/U.S. Customs back in the mid-90's, we bought a house just north of Georgetown for not much more than an equivalent house in the States would cost. The expenses came from having to have everything brought in from outside, as the island produces absolutely nothing except for sea-salt farms. Milk, bread, food....'bout made us go broke! That was the 90's, though - things could be different now.
Fishing was great.
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I like the trawler idea. Move around and possibly away from hurricanes.
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Yeah, if you don't require grass and solid ground under your feet every day the trawler idea is a good one.
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
Hopefully a lot less cheaper than the Keys?
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It will definitely be less cheaper than the keys. There's a reason remote and underpopulated places are that way. It's either going to be really hard and/or really expensive to live there.
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Cuba
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Belize. They speak English, take US dollars, cheap, pretty safe, etc....
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USVI are amazing, but same problem maybe worse with tourism... everything is really expensive.. did you ever look at the BVI (British Virgin islands)
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Originally Posted by Enyar View Post
The remote family islands of the Bahamas may be what you're looking for, otherwise it's just going to be the same or worse as the keys.

What about USVI?
Skip the USVI and head to the British side. Its like a third world country compared to the US islands... But in a good way. no traffic lights, no overbearing tourist.. shacks on the beach you can eat at. one of my favorite places..

but now that i think about it.. don't go there! I don't want any of you tourist messing up my happy place..
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Grenada.....well-stocked; affordable; fishing; skilled trades; very nice, polite residents and NOT over-run by tourists.

Had our boat at the old yacht club for a number of months. No doubt there has been change but not too much.

If you can get to the BVI ( boat transport), getting to St.Maarten and islands south is easy.
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Get a sailing catamaran, learn to sail, simple a 5 yo can do it, it will power the same speed as a trawler and sail faster, more room than a trawler
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Originally Posted by Yamaha Sterndrive Guy View Post
USVI are amazing, but same problem maybe worse with tourism... everything is really expensive.. did you ever look at the BVI (British Virgin islands)
I have met quite a few former Belizians. Poor food sources, limited and expensive alcohol, few options for entertainment... Many live on Cozumel now, where it is a little better!
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The only 3 islands with virtually no chance of hurricanes are Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Just got back from Aruba. Nice place to visit, but I could never live there.
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The trawler is on our radar for future island travel. It's a royal pain in the ass to purchase and maintain a residence on an island, plus there usually isn't much opportunity for upside in ''investment''.

Make sure what you get is large enough to weather the storms comfortably (wife will like this) and is stable enough to feel like a ''home'' at anchor.

Join the trawler forum, it's like THT but without all the ball busters!

We looked at the larger Sail Cats as well. Bareboat chartered a 48' sail cat few times in the BVI's and West Indies. Great trips but the sail is a lot to handle for an older couple. Plus parking for a 25' plus beam boat can be limited.

Good luck on your dream!
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BVI if I had the coin.
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Get a sailing catamaran, learn to sail, simple a 5 yo can do it, it will power the same speed as a trawler and sail faster, more room than a trawler
But then you would be a blowboater.

I would spend a week in a bunch of different places this Winter, narrow it down to a few and visit again in the Summer. Then make your choice. A trawler sounds fun, but I would imagine it would get real tight if you ween't use to such small spaces.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Just got back from Aruba. Nice place to visit, but I could never live there.
Why not? Just wondering.

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Limiting yourself to one island will eventually put yourself back into the same place you are at now.

In a boat, the old saying ''It's not about the destination, it's the journey" will ring truer!

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