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Congratulations on your engagement! You’re now about to enter a new stage in your life filled with exciting new adventures.
Your wedding marks the beginning of your life. What makes this milestone quite different from others is that it is something you don’t go through alone. After the ceremony, you not only become a part of a new family, but you also get to live the rest of your life with a partner.
This is why you need to prepare well ahead of the occasion, though people tend to focus more on their immediate needs: the bridal outfits, wedding photographers, venue and catering, and the honeymoon.
While all these are important for the gathering, planning further into the future will help you get a better start on your marriage. As Yankee legend, Yogi Berra once said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
One of the best ways to do this is by thinking about where you should live after tying the knot. And what makes a better place to start your life as a married couple than by residing in honeymoon-worthy destinations in the Caribbean?
To help you out, here are two of the best destinations you might want to consider:
Known for its 365 beaches, Antigua is one of the most popular Caribbean islands for destination weddings.
Besides its beautiful coast, the island also comes with a rich nautical history. Home to a massive British naval base during the 18th and 19th centuries, Antigua remains famous as a yachting spot and an excellent place to hold your wedding since it has plenty of high-end resorts.
Wouldn’t it be nice to live here, though? Just imagine holding your wedding and honeymoon in the same place you’ll soon call home.
If this sounds like a perfect plan for you, here are a few things you must know about living in Antigua and Barbuda:
Did you know that Antigua and Barbuda is one of the Caribbean nations known for its citizenship program? Caribbean citizenship by investment may be one of the best things you can include in your post-wedding plans as it offers three routes:
Besides the means of becoming legal residents of the country, you could also consider the different lifestyle benefits you’ll get when you choose to live there with your spouse. For Antigua and Barbuda, easy access to the beach and water-based adventures is the first of many.
Besides that, you’ll also get to experience a deep sense of belonging since the nation has a growing community of expats, not to mention welcoming locals.
And of course, you also get to relish the peace and quiet and take your time to relax, enjoy the scenery, and simply be happy with your significant other whilst still being able to communicate and do business internationally with super fast fibre optic internet connectivity.
Also known as the “Spice Isle” due to its reputation as a major exporter of cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, and other spices, Grenada is another famous stage in the Caribbean where many destination weddings are set.
It is a beautiful place to achieve that tropical romantic getaway, which also means you can have your honeymoon here. It has plenty of natural landscapes unspoiled and untouched by humans, making it the perfect escape for nature-lovers who wish to pledge their eternal love for one another.
Similar to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada is also one of the Caribbean countries offering citizenship by investment. Between the ease of citizenship application and the sparkling white sand beaches, softly lapping waves, and hospitable residents, there are very few destinations that can match Grenada as a destination wedding venue and a place to raise your family.
Want to know more? Below are some facts that you should think about if you decide to choose to live in Grenada after your honeymoon:
There are two routes available in the Grenada citizenship by investment program. One is contributing to the National Transformation Fund (NTF), and the other is securing investment in an approved real estate project.
For the NTF contribution, you’ll need to offer at least $150,000 to qualify. There are also other fees you should pay to cover application and government processing and due diligence checks.
Like Antigua, the real estate investment CBI route in Grenada entails choosing only approved real estate properties. They also have a list of this on their official website. The only difference is that the country requires a minimum of $220,000 investment in a property kept for at least five years after citizenship approval.
Lifestyle and Other Benefits
Beaches are quite common in the Caribbean countries, so you can expect to see lots more when you choose to stay and become a Grenada citizen. But that’s not all – you will also have access to lots of marine life, wildlife attractions, and national parks.
Of course, there are other perks to becoming a legal resident of this country.
You’ll be happy to know that your citizenship application can include your spouse. You can even bring your dependent parents and qualified siblings along if you want to.
The best part is, you can pass down your citizenship to your heirs, a.k.a. your future children should you have any. They will be able to enjoy the same benefits you’ll be having soon if you choose to proceed with your citizenship application. That’s more than enough reason to choose Grenada.
Plan for Your Family’s Future
Marriage is a sacred vow you make not only to your spouse but also to your future children. To ensure that you fulfill your promise to provide for your family, you must always have a plan for the future, starting with a safe and comfortable place to call home.
Abire Mansoor is a Director and Licensed Agent at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship, residency and investment into the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Based in her home country of Antigua & Barbuda, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.
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