St. Croix, USVI
This may be the ultimate island real estate in the USVI but it doesn't come cheap, to say the least. This is Castle Aura, the island vacation home of a contessa.
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When Garry Lowe moved to Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico, he was in a pinch for lodging. One place fit his budget: a cot at the local animal shelter. Dozens of howling dogs provided wake-up calls for the 36-year-old Canadian, who was working for scraps, so to speak, in hopes of starting a business. Six years later, Garry runs Vieques Adventure Company, leading nightly tours into the island’s bioluminescent bay before going home, where, returning an old favor, he shelters adopted dogs — but now he gets his own room, and a bed.
When I was in Belize, this hut housed a desk, chairs and a cooler full of beers: typical office supplies for those who work remotely.
Pictured here is “the office.” The thatch roof belies its office desk, and business purpose. “The office” boasts a 90% success rate in convincing wannabe expats that Sanctuary Belize – an impressive 14,000 acre, debt-free property development in Southern Belize – should be their next home. The office beckons from a few life-changing steps off this private island I’m standing on, yet another perk for soon-to-be Sanctuary Belize residents. They’re all around me, sipping rum punch ...
Jamison Witbeck didn’t intend to move his family to St. John. Not again. He’d run a boat charter business in Maho Bay, only to move to South Carolina to pursue a conventional life. While there, he sold a catamaran he’d built to a buyer in the Virgin Islands. Well, he tried to sell it. "The story from there takes a few turns," the 38-year-old says in the kitchen of his Fish Bay home. His wife, Claire, flips blueberry pancakes for their three kids while Jamison pours a little maple syrup into his Caribbean coffee. Read his interview and find out more about how to live in the USVI.
His island business sank, literally. And that's when this expat's life began.