A typical interaction with Joe Tourist who is pleasantly enjoying their Rum Punch, viewing the current situation through rosy colored glasses, would normally sigh and dreamily comment...."Wow, you live here? You are SO lucky"
It's true, those of us who live in the islands are very fortunate to live among and around palm trees & vibrant colors, ever-present sunshine and ridiculously beautiful beaches. The people are warm and inviting, and there's a strong sense of island camaraderie.
But how do you actually describe to someone what it's like to live on an island full-time, that sometimes paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be? And that there's a strong possibility that we slot right in with the old adage "we're all here because we're not all there"? We deal with power outages on a regular basis, the water quality leaves much to be desired, cell phone service and internet are spotty at best, it's hard to get what you need and if you can get it, it's expensive, nothing ever, ever goes as planned, and of course, we have hurricanes.
However, some of the best things you learn after living in paradise for a while, is that you realize that you don't NEED all that stuff, that you find it's always easier to just go with the flow, and when hurricanes roll through, it's either a big party or everyone gets together to help each other through the aftermath. So if you can get past the frustrations that not everything works all the time and try to think of it as an adventure, you'll love it.
Many people flock to the beautiful beaches when suffering from the winter blues up north and dream of one day selling everything and making their move. To pack up everything and head south takes courage and we salute anyone with the guts to do it. It's not easy. Luckily buying a plane ticket is fairly affordable and provides you with the opportunity to get your feet wet before you give it all up and go one-way.
This website is a compilation of information, stories and personal experiences that we hope will help provide input if you are considering moving to, buying a home or building in the islands. We hope you enjoy it!