Vacation First, Retire Later!

When people think of the Caribbean, they often think of vacations rather than a permanent home. Since the US Virgin Islands is one of the trendiest retirement hot spot of the decade as it attracts the Baby Boomer generation of our time, why not spend some time vacationing here first?  Those relaxing images of palm trees, coconut water and sandy beaches can now become part your retirement home rather than the album of last year’s vacation! In fact, many visitors tend to fall in love with this tropical paradise while on vacation and make it their aim to return upon retirement.

In the Caribbean, a feasible option is to settle down in the US Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands are made up of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. The Virgin Islands are extremely convenient because US citizens do not need passports or even work visas to permanently reside in this tropical paradise. The USVI offer homes with exquisite views, plenty of recreational activities and amazing seafood!

But first, you’ll need to plan a visit, or several, in order to decide on your favorite spot to settle down.  St_John_Trunk_Bay_4Perhaps it’s St. Thomas where residents can enjoy tax-free retail alongside ritzy clubs at Charlotte Amalie and the pristine shoreline of Magens Bay. If a quiet, suburban life is preferred, then consider the residential area of St. Croix’s east coast, which has a golf course and several restaurants. On the other hand, St. John is home to the most lauded beach in the Caribbean, also known as Trunk Bay Beach. This island is perfect for naturalists, who will find themselves surrounded by national parks that span over half the island! For those looking to test the waters in these areas, there are several world-class hotels in each of the three islands. Whether it’s the beach resorts of St. Thomas, the bed and breakfasts of St. Croix or St. John’s Villas, the options are endless!

photobyKimberlyBoulonEach of the three islands has its own characteristics that are sure to live up to anyone’s expectations. Forget that age-old idea of living a lethargic life after retirement and focus instead on all the exciting possibilities that can come out of living in the US Virgin Islands! The morning can be spent admiring the view from you kitchen while the afternoon can be spent hiking a new trail, and by night you’ll be lounging by a bonfire under a beautiful starry sky. Heavy coats and freezing temperatures will be a thing of the past as you’re greeted by refreshing, tropical weather daily. The US Virgin Islands also promote a healthy lifestyle for those who hope to stay fit even after retirement. Whether it is through the fresh fruits and vegetables, clean air or endless opportunities for physical fitness, the USVI offer a lot of options for those looking to live hearty lives.

The US Virgin Islands have a lot to offer, so be sure to visit during your next vacation and consider making it your permanent home in the near future!

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