Recent Blog Posts http://grenadinesinvestments.com/rss_blog_posts Could you live and work here? http://grenadinesinvestments.com/blog/could-you-live-and-work-here.html NC0xNDgyMzU0NDEx Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:06:51 +0000

A Lifestyle Change where the climate is always tropical

When it’s cold, grey and wet and you’re stuck in traffic on your way to the office for the fourth time in a week, there are few places that seem further away than the Caribbean. Bathed in tropical sunlight, blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth and boasting a wealth of unique cultures, Caribbean countries are effortlessly enchanting and wonderfully welcoming.

Next time you’re sitting in your strip-lit office watching the rain pound at the window, take a minute to imagine what it would be like to swap the gloom, traffic, concrete of home for life in the Caribbean. Though this may seem like a daydream, more and more people are turning it into a reality. With a bit of imagination and a touch of courage, you too could leave the cold, grey world behind and start a new life in the tropics.

Life in the Caribbean

To help you see just how easy a move could be, we’re taking a look at life on one of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ most beautiful islands, Bequia. Pronounced ‘bekway’, it’s a million miles from the hustle and bustle of big cities like London and New York. Located around ten miles from Kingstown, it has a population of 5,000 and is the second largest island in the archipelago. Bequia is accessible via a ferry to Port Elizabeth, the island’s capital, and via the airport at Paget Farm.

The warm, clear waters of Bequia are very popular with the yachting fraternity. Every year during the Easter Regatta, you can see numerous yachts around the island. One of the most popular spots is Admiralty Bay, one of the Caribbean's best-protected natural harbours.

Devoid of gaudy glitz, Bequia boasts a bohemian sophistication. Rumour has it that the infamous English pirate Blackbeard had his base on Bequia, hiding from the Spanish amongst the island’s many hidden coves and white sandy bays. If you relocate to this Caribbean idyll, you could spend your weekends retracing Blackbeard’s steps and exploring the island’s coast in your very own boat.

Work in Bequia

Thanks to its excellent communications network, Bequia is perfectly suited to professionals who need only an internet connection and a phone line to operate. Bloggers, writers, software and website designers, artists, tech people, coders, text translators and accountants will all find the island offers everything they need for their day-to-day operations. In fact, any professionals who don’t require regular face-to-face meetings can easily make a new life for themselves on Bequia.

Imagine replying to emails by the pool, heading to the beach for a cocktail at the end of the day or relaxing in the warm Caribbean sun while you enjoy your morning coffee. When you’re not working online, you can explore the rest of the stunning archipelago or head to neighbouring islands like St Lucia, Barbados to really make the most of life in the Caribbean.

If the internet, a computer and a phone are the tools of your trade, a move to St Vincent and the Grenadines could be just what you’re looking for. To find out more, please visit www.grenadinesinvestments.com or call on +44 (0)20 7566 2193 or +44 (0)7960 211765

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St Vincent and the Grenadines History http://grenadinesinvestments.com/blog/st-vincent-and-the-grenadines-history.html My0xNDgyMzU0Mzc5 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:06:19 +0000

 

A brief history of St Vincent and the Grenadines

The 27th October is Independence Day in St Vincent and the Grenadines. To celebrate this important date, we thought we’d take a look at the fascinating history of the islands and the characters who have helped to shape this unique Caribbean nation.

Early history

When Europeans first arrived in the Caribbean in the 15th century, St Vincent and the Grenadines was inhabited by the Carib people. They, and other similar native groups in the region, had likely moved to the area from the Orinoco Valley in South America.

Up until the 18th century, the native population aggressively resisted any attempts by Europeans to settle the islands. Some escaped slaves from neighbouring islands like St Lucia and Grenada did find their way to St Vincent where they were given sanctuary and gradually married into the local population. This created one of the first mixed African-Carib ethnic groups, now known as Garifuna.

Colonial rule

The French were the first Europeans to occupy St Vincent and the Grenadines. Early settlers began cultivating coffee, tobacco, indigo, corn and sugar. African slaves were brought to the islands to work in the plantations located on the main island.

In the late 18th century, the British and French struggled for control of the islands and St Vincent and the Grenadines changed hands a number of times. In 1783, the islands finally came under British control, however the French continued to disrupt life on St Vincent from nearby Martinique, supporting a number of uprisings and rebellions in the late 1700s.

In 1790, a man named Alexandre Moreau de Jonnès was one of those charged with surreptitiously visiting St Vincent to train the native population in the use of firearms. An agent of revolutionary France, he made two secret visits to the islands and in late 1795 spent several months living in a Carib village near the east coast of St Vincent.

Moreau was interested in the social lives of the native population and the tropical vegetation that surrounded him. He was also fascinated by the beauty of the chief’s daughter, 18-year old Eliama. He later went on to become a distinguished historian, writing extensively about his time on the islands. He wrote "This was truly Eden, with its perpetual spring, it's shady forests, its magnificent views, its flowering groves, [and] its singing birds. Nothing was missing, since a second Eve lived in this pleasant retreat."

Today, little has changed in the landscape of the islands and St Vincent and the Grenadines remains a lush tropical paradise.

Self-rule and independence

The British continued to rule St Vincent and the Grenadines until the mid-20th century. In 1834, slavery was abolished in the islands and in 1877 a Crown Colony government was installed. On 27th October 1969 St Vincent was granted associated statehood status giving it complete control over its internal affairs and finally, in 1970 it became the last on the Windward Islands to gain full independence.

The unique history of these islands has helped to shape the culture, people and landscape of the archipelago. Visit our site, or plan your own trip to the Caribbean, to find out more.

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Welcome to Paradise - St Vincent and the Grenadines http://grenadinesinvestments.com/blog/welcome-to-paradise-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines.html Mi0xNDgyMzU0MzI5 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:05:29 +0000  

A true tropical paradise, St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation in the heart of the Caribbean. Just nine of the country’s 32 islands are inhabited, ensuring there are plenty of deserted beaches and pristine sands to explore. An intoxicating mix of sunshine, lush countryside and Caribbean culture, this idyllic archipelago is one of the most beautiful and enchanting countries in the region.

Where is St Vincent and the Grenadines?

Located in the Lesser Antilles, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines is near where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. South of St Lucia and west of Barbados, it’s far less commercial and less developed than its neighbours. In fact, St Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the few countries in the Caribbean that still offers authentic charm, natural beauty and local flavour.

What’s in St Vincent and the Grenadines?

With so many islands to choose from, it’s no surprise that St Vincent and the Grenadines is famous for its beaches. Clear blue waters lap at the soft, sandy shores and it’s still possible to find your very own slice of paradise on a deserted tropical beach. See more of the country’s marine life by diving or snorkelling off the coast or join a sailing trip and discover some of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ lesser known islets and beaches.

If you can drag yourself away from the crystalline water, there’s plenty more to explore. Trek up La Soufiere its ancient volcano, cool off in picturesque waterfalls or explore some of the islands’ many hiking routes. Fantastic restaurants, a good choice of shops and a variety of other activities can be found in Kingstown, the country’s capital. A number of excellent eateries are also dotted along St Vincent and the Grenadines’ coast and in many of its resorts and developments.

Getting to St Vincent and the Grenadines

For many years, the only way to reach St Vincent and the Grenadines was to catch a connecting flight from a nearby island. The most regular connections were from St Lucia, Barbados. However, in the last couple of months a brand new international airport has opened on the main island of St Vincent. Argyle International will offer flights to a much wider choice of destinations, making it a lot easier to explore everything this beautiful island nation has to offer.

Investment in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Up to now, St Vincent and the Grenadines hasn’t experienced a huge amount of development. However, the opening of the international airport is likely to encourage more and more people to visit the archipelago, opening up numerous opportunities for investment and increasing the demand for hotels, rental villas and new homes.

If you’re looking to move house, buy a holiday home or open a new hotel, now’s the perfect time to invest in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

For more information, please visit www.grenadinesinvestments.com or call on +44 (0)20 7566 2193 or +44 (0)7960 211765 

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Caribbean Architecture http://grenadinesinvestments.com/blog/caribbean-architecture.html MS0xNDgyMzU0MjA0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:03:24 +0000

Sympathetic architecture and the Caribbean

Aside from the year-round sunshine, laid back atmosphere and idyllic climate, the main reason most visitors flock to the Caribbean is the region’s beauty. Lush, forested interiors, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water make the islands in the Caribbean Sea some of the most spectacular spots on Earth, with St Vincent and the Grenadines among the most breathtaking of all.

The key to preserving the unique beauty of the islands, and enhancing the landscape even further, is investing in sympathetic architecture. Done well, new homes in St Vincent and the Grenadines can add to the beauty of the islands, while offering visitors and residents stylish, spacious and luxurious accommodation to enjoy.

Understated luxury

One of the secrets to designing and building stylish and luxurious accommodation in the Caribbean is keeping things low key. New buildings need to be sympathetic to their surroundings, working with the landscape rather than against it. The style of new developments needs to be in keeping with the nature of the islands and respond to the landscape, the climate and the culture of the Caribbean.

Designing for the climate

As the weather in the Caribbean is so good – St Vincent and the Grenadines averages a balmy 80˚F (27˚C) throughout the year – it’s important to design properties that take full advantage of the climate. This means incorporating wide verandas, high, vaulted ceilings and outdoor spaces into new properties. By designing homes that are built around outdoor living, and that are constructed to take full advantage of natural, cooling breezes, it’s possible to create properties that are both stylish and comfortable.

Sustainable design

Sustainability should always be an important consideration when designing high end homes in the Caribbean. By using natural materials like stone and wood and drawing inspiration from traditional building techniques, improving the energy efficiency of new properties is easy. Simple design elements like extra insulation and installing slats instead of glass in windows can help to ventilate properties and keep them cool without the need for energy guzzling air conditioning systems.

As the Caribbean experiences so much sunshine, it makes a lot of sense to install modern solar power systems and to orientate properties to take advantage of the sun. Wind power and ground source heat pumps can also be employed to make a property even kinder on the environment.

When buildings are designed to reflect their environments and get the best out of their settings, architecture can be elevated to a whole new level. This can help to transform an impressive home into a spectacular one and create a property that will be an asset to both the people that use it and the landscape it inhabits.

Learn more about high quality, sustainable design by exploring our site today.

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