Island Hopper

Old May 4th, 2009, 01:05 PM
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Island Hopper

I have heard about Island Hopper. Have anyone done this ever? How did you liked it?
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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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There are 100's of places in the Caribbean that use the term "Island Hopper" as either their name or to describe the product they sell or services they render.

Give us a clue as to what and where the "Island Hopper" your are interested is located or does. We are not mind readers?????????????
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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:38 AM
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OK, sorry.
My friend told me there is a way to travel and see more than one island. It is called 'Island Hopper' and it is just a way to travel, that is. She said it is a packege you buy that includes a few island, hotels and transportation between islands. It can be 2 or 3 weeks. She had not traveled like that but she had heard from people and it is might be done by Sandals travel. I had googled it and couldn't find anything remotely close. This is why I asked you guys.

I am looking for the island where I can move forever or for a few years. It is a plan for now. I am not 100% positive this is what I must do but life on big land takes toll on my family so we want some change. Thanks
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Old May 5th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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There are three basic ways to island hop.

1) The easiest way to island hop is to take a cruise. These are organized trips that visit set ports of call arond different parts of the Caribbean. I'm sure you've seen commercials for different cruise lines on TV.

2) You can charter a sailboat and island hop around certain island chains such as the British Virgin Islands or the Grenadines. Typically you'll be able to visit 4 or 5 islands during a week's trip but all those islands will be fairly close to one another.

3) You can island hop by air using regional airlines. This will allow you to visit many of the major islands that are further apart but you'll be spending the better part of your time in airports.

I saw your comment about "looking for an island where you can move forever or for a few years". That may not be as easy as you think. Most of the islands in the Caribbean are independant nations and you generally cannot just show up on one day to take up residence unless you have "citizenship or residency status". These island nations have immigration laws much like most countries around the world. Also, you many not work on those islands unless you have a Work Permit which are often hard to get.

If you are a US citizen you can relocate to and work in Puerto Rico, Viequez, Culebra or any of the USVI's just as easily as moving to and working in another town near where you now live since these are all US territories.

You would have to apply for Residency Status to live on any other Caribbean island. The specific laws vary from island to island but usually require that you make a sizable investment in real estate or in a business that provides jobs for locals. You would also have to prove that you have the financial means to support yourself without working. If you need to work you will be required to get a Work Permit. In order to get a Work permit you must possess a "unique skill" and your potential employer must prove to the local government that there are no "locals" qualified to fill the position. Work Permits, if granted, a good only for that position and only for that person. They are usually good for a period of one year and there is no guarantee they will be renewed.

Obtaining residency on a Caribbean Island is a complex subject and requires legal advice that you must get "locally". If you do a google search you should be able to find the official government websites for the islands where you are contemplating taking up residence. Those site will list the immigration requirements for each island.

You might also want to visit www.vimovingcenter.com This is a website devoted to living and working in the USVI's. There's tons of information and a very active forum. Read EVERYTHING on the website and you'll get some idea of what it is like to live/work in the Caribbean.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 08:39 AM
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Thanks, RoamsAround, it is invaluable!
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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:30 AM
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Oh, one more thing about living/working in the Caribbean - generally speaking you'll find housing and the costs of living will be higher and salaries lower than they are for comparables "back home". That's the Catch-22 of island life.
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But they pay no taxes on Cayman
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Old May 5th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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True, many islands (like Grand Cayman) don't have income taxes but the local governments get their "spending money" from high duties assessed on all incoming goods which equates to the higher prices you have to pay for those items. The point is on most islands just about everything has to be imported so the consumer still has to "pay the piper".

Living in the islands is not cheap by any means - it helps to have deep pockets. There's an old adage that goes something like this: "NAME OF ISLAND may be paradise but it's not heaven".
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