Quoted in Marketwatch.com Article on Retirement in the Caribbean

I knew the reporter was not going to include the Corn Islands as one of her three highlighted Caribbean retirement destinations after we spoke on the phone. My suspicion was that she wanted to use my quotes but keep my Caribbean retirement secrets all to herself.

For those of us who know and love the Corn Islands, it’s probably better that way.

The perks of retiring to a Caribbean island — the warm weather, the laid-back lifestyle and the gorgeous surroundings — are as clear as the waters you’ll be swimming in there.

“I am in paradise,” says 73-year-old Julie Lea, who moved to Bequia in the Grenadines from Waterford, Va., with her husband in 1999. Lea, an artist who began visiting the tiny island in the late 1970s with her family, says the colors — the teal of the sea, the hot pinks and yellows of the flowers, the sometimes fierce sun bathing the land in light — drew her in. “I finally found a place where I could paint bright colors right out of the acrylic tubes, where I didn’t have to tone them down,” she says. “Virginia is misty and quiet and ladylike; here’s it’s wild.”

For Casey Callais, who left Beaumont, Texas, in 2008 to pursue volunteer opportunities on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the people are a big draw. “There’s an openness and friendliness to the local people,” he remarks. “They do more than just say hi — they say hi, invite you into their home, cook for you, invite you to stay with them.”

You can read the rest of the article, particularly if you are interested in retiring to the Grenadines or Bocas del Toro, on the Marketwatch website.

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