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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? 14:32 - Feb 12 with 5984 viewsSE1blue

I've just been offered a job in the Bahamas (Nassau) and whilst yes, this sounds like an incredible opportunity, does anyone have experience of what life is really like in the Bahamas or similar?

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:35 - Feb 12 with 4757 viewshomer_123

If you don't have family, then you have to!

If you have family, then it's a much tougher decision.

I've not lived there but have spent a lot of time over there - it's a wonderful way of live but if you think inequality or standard of living for some is poor here.....

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:38 - Feb 12 with 4753 viewsITFC_Forever

One of my best mates from sixth form did just that when he was 18.

Had a year out of studying and went to visit his uncle out there. Stayed for a few months, learnt to scuba dive and then took the instructor's exams and a few months became several years.
He then moved to work for Marriot Hotels, and then also had postings in France (Euro Disney) and Thailand before coming back to Ipswich.
Couple of years later, his old boss called him up and offered him a job back out there and off he went again. That was nearly 15 years ago and he's now married and has a couple of kids and loves his life out there.

The only things he says he misses are proper grass and seasons throughout the year - every day is 25 - 30 deg C and sunny (unless a storm comes in).

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 with 4727 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:38 - Feb 12 by ITFC_Forever

One of my best mates from sixth form did just that when he was 18.

Had a year out of studying and went to visit his uncle out there. Stayed for a few months, learnt to scuba dive and then took the instructor's exams and a few months became several years.
He then moved to work for Marriot Hotels, and then also had postings in France (Euro Disney) and Thailand before coming back to Ipswich.
Couple of years later, his old boss called him up and offered him a job back out there and off he went again. That was nearly 15 years ago and he's now married and has a couple of kids and loves his life out there.

The only things he says he misses are proper grass and seasons throughout the year - every day is 25 - 30 deg C and sunny (unless a storm comes in).


I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:43 - Feb 12 with 4715 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:35 - Feb 12 by homer_123

If you don't have family, then you have to!

If you have family, then it's a much tougher decision.

I've not lived there but have spent a lot of time over there - it's a wonderful way of live but if you think inequality or standard of living for some is poor here.....


Yep, I heard that there's a huge gap between rich and poor and parts you just cannot go.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:46 - Feb 12 with 4693 viewsITFC_Forever

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:43 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

Yep, I heard that there's a huge gap between rich and poor and parts you just cannot go.


Depends on the island.... the island my mate is on struck oil in the 70s and as a result, there is hardly any unemployment and little poverty.
His uncle went out there as part of a scheme to attract certain professions to their economy (he's an optician).

That said, I have also been to other part of the Caribbean and there are most certainly parts you shouldn't go to.
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:46 - Feb 12 with 4690 viewsLord_Lucan

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


I would say go for it definitely - although if you are easily bored you might end up an alcoholic.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:46 - Feb 12 with 4683 viewsHeathlander

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


I suppose the question is do you like sunbathing and swimming? Because there will be a lot of that. If you like theatre, museums and other swanky London stuff then there may not be so much of that.
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:54 - Feb 12 with 4634 viewsPendejo

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


There are usually ex-pat communities wherever you go in the world, as for pace of life... what's so fast paced in London that can't be lived without and adapting to a different "world"?

I think go for it as you'll possibly regret not having tried it. Is there the opportunity to do it as a short term secondment? ["Try before you buy"]

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:54 - Feb 12 with 4635 viewssw20tractor

I worked on cruise ships and I got to see Nassau one day a week for nearly a year. Always enjoyed the place for its beaches, a couple of decent bars, the amazing casino and great golf but to be honest that was about it. We were always warned of the dangers especially as one crew member on another ship was shot dead for not handing over her money when robbed.
This was about 10 years ago so it may have changed. If unsure I would recommend you go spend a week there on holiday. Travelling is great and I would always recommend it but personally there are a lot of other countries I would prefer to live in.
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:56 - Feb 12 with 4622 viewshype313

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


Go, you can always comeback.

Not as if you'll be missing out on total football at PR.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:58 - Feb 12 with 4614 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:54 - Feb 12 by sw20tractor

I worked on cruise ships and I got to see Nassau one day a week for nearly a year. Always enjoyed the place for its beaches, a couple of decent bars, the amazing casino and great golf but to be honest that was about it. We were always warned of the dangers especially as one crew member on another ship was shot dead for not handing over her money when robbed.
This was about 10 years ago so it may have changed. If unsure I would recommend you go spend a week there on holiday. Travelling is great and I would always recommend it but personally there are a lot of other countries I would prefer to live in.


I'm learning to play golf,I love casinos and I can drink like a fish, so...

I don't think crime rate has changed hugely. Apparently its number 12 in the murder ratio charts.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:00 - Feb 12 with 4610 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:54 - Feb 12 by Pendejo

There are usually ex-pat communities wherever you go in the world, as for pace of life... what's so fast paced in London that can't be lived without and adapting to a different "world"?

I think go for it as you'll possibly regret not having tried it. Is there the opportunity to do it as a short term secondment? ["Try before you buy"]


It's a teaching role, so at least a year.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:01 - Feb 12 with 4596 viewsITFC_Forever

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:46 - Feb 12 by ITFC_Forever

Depends on the island.... the island my mate is on struck oil in the 70s and as a result, there is hardly any unemployment and little poverty.
His uncle went out there as part of a scheme to attract certain professions to their economy (he's an optician).

That said, I have also been to other part of the Caribbean and there are most certainly parts you shouldn't go to.
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Oops, edited to add "un" to make "hardly any unemployment".

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:01 - Feb 12 with 4597 viewsHeathlander

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:00 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

It's a teaching role, so at least a year.


and most that on holiday if it's like the UK ;)
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:02 - Feb 12 with 4585 viewsPendejo

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:00 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

It's a teaching role, so at least a year.


Surely nothing to lose?

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:08 - Feb 12 with 4556 viewsusm

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


Go for it. T

he opportunity may not come along again and you dont want to look back and regret it.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:36 - Feb 12 with 4497 viewsjaseitfc

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 14:42 - Feb 12 by SE1blue

I'm 44 and would be going with my long term partner (she's very keen on this plan).

It sounds stupid, I just worry if there'll be enough to keep us entertained out there. We live in London and have enjoyed the fast pace, social aspect of the capital, I guess I'm scared of slamming on the breaks.


Im currently living in Peru and have been here with my wife for just over 2 years, and came here after living in London all my adult life via a one year stint in Spain.

Id say living abroad is one of the best things you can do with your life so go for it.

There are some positives and negative aspects of living abroad though, which you should consider

for example here in South America it is a lot harder to travel than it is in Europe, but then we have great weather pretty much all year round.

The cost of living is a lot lower, but you miss out on a lot of global cultural entertainment that London has - football, concerts, etc ; of course there is a Peruvian football league but it cant substitute going to a championship or premier league game - that said abroad most satellite/cable packages are cheaper than the UK and you'll get access to all Saturday 3pm games.

Then there is food - this country has some of the best food in the world and I love that Ive had the opportunity to experience it and continue to taste it, but you will find yourself missing some UK comforts, some things like British tea bags are hard for me to get here so I have to stock up when I come home to visit, that said the Caribbean has more links to the UK than here so you might find more British products in the supermarkets.

All in all, go for it - even if it doesn't work out in the long term you'll be enriched by it experience wise.

Good luck mate!
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:46 - Feb 12 with 4464 viewsDarth_Koont

Do it for a couple of years then you'll know.

I lived in Bermuda as a kid and loved it, but after 5 years my parents were a bit bored of it. Having been back since as an adult it's got much easier to access the rest of the world through flights (head off for a weekend in Atlanta or Miami or Chicago/New York if you want a break), and the internet etc. but still felt a bit limited unless you make an interest out there your new passion in life.

They used to call the feeling of needing to get off the island "Rock Fever".
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:49 - Feb 12 with 4453 viewsFreddies_Ears

Living on an island, you do have to adapt your way of life. You'll find yourself doing more stuff (sports) rather than spectating. You will need to break into social circles that are very established, but nonetheless welcoming. Getting off the island will help a lot - Miami isn't far, so plan to go every couple of months. a

And get a place big enough to have guests. You'll find that all your friends and family will want to visit!
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 16:20 - Feb 12 with 4396 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:36 - Feb 12 by jaseitfc

Im currently living in Peru and have been here with my wife for just over 2 years, and came here after living in London all my adult life via a one year stint in Spain.

Id say living abroad is one of the best things you can do with your life so go for it.

There are some positives and negative aspects of living abroad though, which you should consider

for example here in South America it is a lot harder to travel than it is in Europe, but then we have great weather pretty much all year round.

The cost of living is a lot lower, but you miss out on a lot of global cultural entertainment that London has - football, concerts, etc ; of course there is a Peruvian football league but it cant substitute going to a championship or premier league game - that said abroad most satellite/cable packages are cheaper than the UK and you'll get access to all Saturday 3pm games.

Then there is food - this country has some of the best food in the world and I love that Ive had the opportunity to experience it and continue to taste it, but you will find yourself missing some UK comforts, some things like British tea bags are hard for me to get here so I have to stock up when I come home to visit, that said the Caribbean has more links to the UK than here so you might find more British products in the supermarkets.

All in all, go for it - even if it doesn't work out in the long term you'll be enriched by it experience wise.

Good luck mate!
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Thanks, very useful. I've lived abroad in LA and in France before, so have got experience of being away - just not this remote. But I'm thinking what most people are saying, that i'll regret it if I don't.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 16:21 - Feb 12 with 4395 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:46 - Feb 12 by Darth_Koont

Do it for a couple of years then you'll know.

I lived in Bermuda as a kid and loved it, but after 5 years my parents were a bit bored of it. Having been back since as an adult it's got much easier to access the rest of the world through flights (head off for a weekend in Atlanta or Miami or Chicago/New York if you want a break), and the internet etc. but still felt a bit limited unless you make an interest out there your new passion in life.

They used to call the feeling of needing to get off the island "Rock Fever".


Great points. We go to Florida quite a bit and my best mate is in Chicago so that'll work.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 16:24 - Feb 12 with 4387 viewsSE1blue

Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 15:49 - Feb 12 by Freddies_Ears

Living on an island, you do have to adapt your way of life. You'll find yourself doing more stuff (sports) rather than spectating. You will need to break into social circles that are very established, but nonetheless welcoming. Getting off the island will help a lot - Miami isn't far, so plan to go every couple of months. a

And get a place big enough to have guests. You'll find that all your friends and family will want to visit!


You've hit on one of my dreads...being sociable at 44. Feel like I've made all the mates I need...haha...but I really see your point and will try.

And as another has mentioned we'll definitely seek to go to USA and other places close by to mix it up.

Family are all over coming...they are making christmas plans already.

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 17:02 - Feb 12 with 4284 viewsNo9

The way things are in the UK can I come as your bag carrier?
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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 17:16 - Feb 12 with 4261 viewsBlue_Order

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Anyone have experience of living in the Caribbean? on 19:25 - Feb 12 with 4133 viewshampstead_blue

One of my best mates worked in Bermuda for a few years. He was single and I kicked the backside out of visiting and crashing on his sofa.

Do it. Don't think. Do it.

He did travel to mainland USA every 6 weeks or so just to get avoid island fever.

I was offered a job with a private bank when I was there but had just got custody of my boys and felt I couldn't go. I do regret it as they would have loved a few years there. Scuba diving, warm weather.

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