Útila & The Bay Islands in Honduras are islands filled with
pristine beaches, lush jungle covered hills, welcoming people, unique cultures,
world renowned diving and an endless array of activities.
It is Caribbean and it is inexpensive Caribbean. The island of Roatan,
the most developed of the Bay Islands Archipelago, is located only 40 miles
northeast of mainland Honduras. Lyle Burke and his family lived on Roatan.
Lyle shares the island and his experiences there with Escape From America
readers. Lyle now runs Tropical Pathways tours, a tour company geared to
helping wantabe expats find their place in the sun. It's an intelligent
way of seeing a country along with a professional who know the territory.
We have talked with individuals who have taken Lyle's tours and they speak
very highly of the experience. Some have already
made the move to a new country based on what they learned from Lyle and
his tour. It's a perfect way to avoid taking the wrong path to the wrong
spot and wasting time. A tour from someone who knows the ground prepares
the tour-taker to explore further on their own with an invaluable base
of knowledge. Tropical Pathways offers all-inclusive Investment tours to
Roatan, Panama or Belize. ~ Roatan
Revisited - Living On The Island Of Roatan By Lyle Burke
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offers great investment and life style opportunities. Honduras is a country
of many different landscapes, the Bay Islands provide excellent diving
and snorkeling, the Caribbean mainland coast is dotted by the old Standard
Fruit towns of Tela, La Ceiba and Trujillo with miles of deserted white
sand beaches and the cloud forests behind the beaches glimmer with waterfalls
and clear mountain rivers.
In Honduras By Province
has rain forests, cloud forests (which can rise up to nearly three thousand
meters above sea level), mangroves, savannas and mountain ranges with pine
and oak trees, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. In the Bay Islands
there are bottlenose dolphins, manta rays, parrot fish, schools of blue
tang and whale shark. The region is considered a biodiversity hotspot because
of the numerous plant and animal species that can be found there. Like
other countries in the region, Honduras contains vast biological resources.
The country hosts more than 6,000 species of vascular plants, of which
630 (described so far) are orchids; around 250 reptiles and amphibians,
more than 700 bird species, and 110 mammal species.
Truth About Living in Honduras: The Upside and Downside
- In Honduras, it is possible to have a full-time handyman/gardener/driver
plus a full-time housekeeper / cook for less than $500 per month. In the
U.S. the same assistance could cost $5,000 a month or more. I figured that
I would be able to sell my freshly renovated house in the U.S. and build
or buy one in Honduras with enough money left over to invest and boost
my retirement money by enough to live comfortable and afford the help I
need, as a retiree (“pensionado”). I also planned to find a few other retirees
in Honduras who would be welcome to live with me, rent and mortgage-free,
sharing only the low-cost maintenance and salaries of our assistants (and
God(dess) laughs when humans make plans, right?). I flew down and took
a modern Mercedes bus, equipped with movies, bathrooms and snacks, to Copan
Ruins, a small town that attracts tourists from all over the world to visit
the extensive Mayan ruins there. I had been attending a yearly conference
put on by Project Honduras (www.projecthonduras.com), and fell in love
with the many interesting restaurants, including the venerable and traditional
Llama del Bosque (“flame tree”) and Twisted Tanya’s, located on a second-floor
terrace, with gourmet and vegetarian dishes and a well-stocked bar.
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- Why Bank Offshore? - The Governments of the world are out of control
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That they squander those assets is forgone. We live in a world where personal
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is more than an abstract necessity, it is also a psychological necessity.
If we do not have the right to privacy, we do not own the rights to our
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of the logical choices we make in our own behalf, there are no other values.
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Super, Super Senior Year Diving Honduras -
buzz today for those of us just entering the workforce is that “Cliff’s
Notes” do not apply to the job ladder, but that you have to pay your dues
as generations before us did by suffering miserably for 20 to 30 years
in menial jobs, grabbing coffee and working long hours in a cubicle. For
some this path is inevitable, yet for many of us, we would rather travel,
waitress, or move from job to job. My generation, sometimes termed
“The Millennial Generation,” seemingly lacks patience. Maybe the
culprit is a cocktail of The Real World, 90210, and Saved by the Bell,
all of which were conveniently featured back-to-back on a weekday afternoon.
But let’s face it: despite our asphyxiation from television, we are a generation
that was exposed to greater travel, the Internet age, and rapid globalization,
and have thus created a new vision from that of our parents’ as to what
life ought to be.
Grey, and Black Passports: What’s the Difference?
- I am frequently asked by folks about how to acquire a 2nd passport.
As you may imagine there are a multitude of ways to acquire one, some good,
some bad, some ugly. In this article we will discuss a general overview
of what I consider the 3 categories of 2nd passports and how they are acquired.
For the purpose of this article, I have classified them into 3 categories:
White, Grey, and Black. Please be advised, this is not a recommendation
for either category, only generalized information to help you make the
right choice on direction as well as pitfalls to avoid. White 2nd Passport.
A white 2nd passport is divided up among 3 subcategories; ancestral or
cultural, naturalization, or economic. Acquiring a 2nd passport through
ancestral or cultural methods is typically the easiest and least costly
way to go about the process. For example, if your parents or grandparents
are from Ireland, you have the ability to (relatively) easily acquire citizenship
and a passport from Ireland. The same holds true for many European
countries. An EU passport is widely accepted around the world and
is an excellent travel document. If you can acquire citizenship and a passport
through one of these methods, this is highly recommended. In many
cases it is as simple as filling out some forms and submitting the recommended
documentation like birth certificates.
Being an Expat Is So Fantastic (Hint: Your Expat Taxes!)
- Imagine if you could live in a tropical paradise US tax free –
you can! There are a number of benefits that you can take advantage
of on your expat taxes to save and protect your income. We will discuss
the main ones here, but it is highly recommended that if you want to maximize
the savings on your expat taxes you should seek expert expat tax advice.
The Foreign Income Exclusion – This allow US expats who are earning money
abroad to exclude up to $92,900 of their income from US taxation (this
doubles if you are married). This is the most common and arguably the most
profitable tax savings tool you can us on your expat taxes. If you
combine this with the Foreign Housing Deduction, which allows you to deduct
things like rent, utilities and insurance, they you and your spouse may
be able to avoid paying taxes on over $250,000 of income each year! LEGALLY!
The Foreign Tax Credit is also a great tool, but unfortunately you will
need to be paying taxes to someone to take advantage of it. The foreign
tax credit gives you a Dollar for Dollar tax credit for any taxes you have
paid to a foreign government. Basically, if you have a good income
someplace like Europe where taxes are high, then this will ensure that
you are not taxed by two governments leaving you with the scraps.
Signs that the US Government is Making it Harder For You to Become an Expat
- One of the most common reasons for wanting to expatriate from the
United States is the concern about government overreach. Many feel that
the expansion of government in recent years has been chipping away at the
freedom and liberty that the country was founded upon. What with more and
more agencies, regulations, surveillance, and mandates, the right to privacy
and self - determination is steadily shrinking right along with financial
outlooks. So, are you among the increasing number of people who feel that
the only real solution is to get out of the country? Well, using the exact
same tactics that are driving you away, the government appears intent on
preventing you from leaving. Changes that have recently been put in place
as well as proposals for future changes in rules and regulations might
be intended to discourage. But they might also drive your resolve to take
your destiny into your own hands and do whatever it takes to make your
to the Honduran mainland for the cheapest beach properties in the Caribbean
- By Lee Harrison
- “Suban las manos, por favor.” Obediently, we raise our hands as the guard
at the door frisks us. Once again, we stand out as visitors, as we
have no pistol to hand over. “Pasen,” he says, and we proceed to
our table, admiring the pleasant ambiance of this open-air, seaside restaurant.
As we place our orders, we watch while many of the customers turn in their
sidearms, which are neatly stored in a set of lockers by the door, to be
returned upon leaving. (I think I ruined our image by not having a .44
magnum, like a “real” American would.) Was this unsettling? Frankly, no.
To the locals, it was no more remarkable than having to turn off your cell
phone at a concert. The people in the restaurant were courteous and friendly,
and everyone was having a good time on this Friday night. In fact,
we never had any trouble anywhere, day or night. This is La Ceiba, a Caribbean
port city on the northern coast of Honduras. Home to more than 100,000
people, it’s a town that has everything: a pleasant central square, a large,
modern mall, new supermarkets, food markets, a cinema, fast food restaurants,
and waterside dining.
Living in Central America: A Primer -
love Central America! Many people choose a Central American country for
their final ex-pat destination. But there are several basics you
really need to know before you take the plunge and move to Central America
to join the hundreds of thousands of other American ex-pats already living
here. Central America is the region between Mexico and Panama and includes
Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. All
six countries have large ex-pat populations. Each has it’s advantages
and disadvantages. In general, the further South you go, the more
services exist, but also the higher the cost of living.
a Property in the Caribbean Online
- Sitting in my dining room with the first cup of coffee of the day I look
at the pictures mounted on the wall by the table. Six shots of our vacation
back in November 2006 to Loreto, Baja California, looking out over the
Sea of Cortez. The fishing boat we took to our own little island with lunch
caught fresh from the crystal clear waters, the tree lined streets, the
palapa roofed beach hut, the golden red sunset. Now just distant memories
but also a reminder during the dark, cold days of winter just what awaits
my wife and me when we retire. A year round warm climate and spectacular
scenery. It’s just that it will not be to Loreto, Baja California that
we will be moving to. Yes, we had a fantastic vacation, great hospitality
at the bed and breakfast we stayed at, lovely weather, awesome scenery
and views. The thing that put us off was that we realized having viewed
a number of plots of land in and around Loreto we felt that eventually
it would become just another American ‘sub-division’, albeit with a little
more sunshine. Now let me explain something here. I am English, my wife
is American, a native of Sherwood, North Little Rock, Arkansas. It was
she who made the comment about the town of Loreto becoming a ‘sub division’.
This is what put us off buying in Loreto:
Life on Roatan: A Leisurely, Luxurious, Affordable Caribbean Dream
- Southeastern trade winds… slip into quiet, blue water that feels like
velvet on the skin… walk along the white sand and scoop up shells, adding
to a collection already spilling onto the patio table... Experiences
like those -- a daily pleasure on Roatan, Honduras -- are, really, what
enticed us to invest here. Just this morning, perched on the railing of
our open porch, I sipped my tea as horses galloped by with early riders.
I swam for a bit, and from the water, I looked back at the island, rising
to mountain forests. Nobody else was on our beach at Lawson Rock. We never
imagined we'd be able to afford an island retreat -- let alone one right
on a secluded beach. But we're here pretty much full-time these days, enjoying
the beautiful, open-air house we had built -- and an incredible quality
of life -- for a fraction of what it would cost us elsewhere in the region.
The truth is: We're living a dream retirement we never even dared dream
about before we came here.
Dream Of The Sea Diving In Roatan - Honduras, the
original Banana Republic, was once of the world’s great undiscovered travel
destinations. Today, it is one of Central America’s most popular countries
– for a growing number of reasons. With a population of 6.6 million spread
out over an area of 112,090 sq km, (just slightly bigger than Tennessee)
Honduras includes 200 sq km of water – crystal clear, Caribbean blue water.
Caribbean's Last Frontier: Great-Value Investment and Lifestyle Opportunities
in Honduras' Bay Islands
- If you've always dreamed of owning a Caribbean escape, a place you can
retreat to a few weeks or a few months a year… maybe full-time eventually,
I have good news for you: It's not too late to make a smart investment
in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja are truly
resplendent. These beads of land set 35 miles off Honduras' northern shore,
two hours by air from Houston or Miami, make up a secret Caribbean paradise
that has remained affordable not because it's undesirable... but because
the masses simply haven't discovered it yet.
Honduras : An Interview with the Honduran Ambassador Roberto FLORES Bermudez-
Responsibility to its citizens, so it’s warning is understandable. Let
me say, however, as ambassador from Honduras that, as with many places,
it depends on where you go and what time you’re there. Overall, we have
highly safe areas, and they are the ones that people travel most frequently.
In Copan, where you have the Mayan ruins and, of course, the Bay Islands,
they have their own tourist police, as well as the national and local police.
In Tegucigalpa, the capital city, in the areas where you have the wonderful
museums and cultural events, and in the nearby areas where they make crafts,
pottery, and such, it is very safe. In the developments where most re-settlers
from other countries actually buy homes, they normally have their own security
forces, as well.
God For Honduras! -
In 1536 when exploring the mountainous central Honduras looking for an
area to establish a city, Captain Juan de Chavez finally found a flat enough
area he proclaimed, "Gracias a Dios que hemos hallado tierra llana" (thank
God that we have finally found flat land). Well the name “Gracias a Dios”
stuck to become the name of the city, although it is referred to simply
as ‘Gracias’. When I first traveled here in January of 2010 I thought to
myself, ‘thank God there are still places like this!’ Totally unspoiled
and much like a century ago, Gracias is a true hidden jewel. On a small
hill next to the town the Spanish established a fort, still almost perfectly
intact. 15 minutes away there is a pleasant hot spring day resort. Most
people do not think of anywhere but the island of Rotan when considering
Honduras for a place to live. Not all of us can afford this pricey island
complete with all the hustlers that inhabit it now. Not all of us want
that kind of ambiance anyway, thank god…
High Profile Two-Outlet Profitable Bakery Available for Immediate Cash
Sale in La Ceiba, Honduras -
A search on Google reveals that La Ceiba “is a lot more than a port city
with lots of hospitality and charm, it has the potential to develop into
THE Ecotourism Capital of Central America. Its proximity to the Pico Bonito
National Park, Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve
are but a few of the many nature attractions available at just a short
distance from the city.” This is one of the many reason why the current
owners of Laura’s Bakery stayed in Honduras for 15 years and are having
such a hard time trying to sell up and leave. “Family matters,” says Laura
Cole, “mean that we have to sell up and return to California. The things
we will miss the most are the warm people and climate. We enjoy visiting
with our customers when they come into the Bakery. The people are friendly
here and the weather is a year-round tropical delight.”
is a country for dreamers... -
Honduras is a country for dreamers...where Caribbean breezes lift fresh
ocean air through your windows...the sunlight glints off the water at odd
angles...and the sound of waves lapping at the shore is just hypnotic enough
to spirit away the dissonance of the 21st century. All year round, temperatures
hover in the 80s—with cooler, forested areas inland. Jaguars, armadillos,
toucans, and herons complete this scene of a wild, untamed paradise. The
Bay Islands—and the coral reef surrounding them, which is second in size
only to the Great Barrier Reef—have been a well-kept secret of divers.
Not only is Honduras a place of great natural beauty, but property prices
are reasonable, the cost of living is low, crime is almost non-existent,
and health care is top-notch and inexpensive. In addition, it’s home to
some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in the world, and, with the second-largest
barrier reef on the planet just off its coast, offers some of the best
scuba diving in the world.
Articles On Living & Investing In Honduras
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Honduras - Want to live in a country that
isn't overrun with tourists & expats? If so, then consider the
sunny beaches and low prices of Honduras. Gringos in Paradise tells a magical
and meaningful story about a welcoming community that accepts a strange
new family unconditionally, and bolsters their struggling efforts to learn
Spanish as they step into the neighborhood, similar to how parents support
a toddler’s effort in its desire to learn to walk.
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