|By Christopher Howard
Howard has a Master's degree in Spanish and has lived in Costa Rica
and Latin America for the better part of the last thirty years. He is married
to a Costa Rican and has a 10-year old son. He conducts retirement
and relocation trips to Costa Rica in conjunction with The Overseas Retirement
Network. For information call 888-535-5289.
recently released the first and only guidebook, "Living and Investing
in the New Cuba" ISBN 1-881233-006. It is available by mail from
Costa Rica Books, Suite 1 SJO 981, P.O. Box 025216, Miami, FL 33102-5216
or on the Internet through amazon.com or
You may also call 800-365-2342 to order this unique guidebook.
also the author and publisher of the 10th edition of the best-selling travel/overseas
investment/retirement guidebook, "The New Golden Door to Retirement
and Living in Costa Rica" ISBN 1-881233-34-0. This guide may be found
in all major U.S. and Canadian bookstores, on the Internet through amazon.com
or be ordered directly from Costa Rica Book's Miami address or with a credit
card by calling 800-365-2342.
some 76 million strong will begin to retire in the next decade. The search
for new retirement havens may soon turn south of the border. In the growing
"Global Age" the United States will eventually work out its differences
with Fidel castro or his successors. Cuba will join Costa Rica, Mexico
and Belize as Latin America's prime retirement havens. Aging Baby
Boomers, savvy entrepreneurs, snowbirds and expats of all ages will
see Cuba as an affordable place to maximize their lifestyles, be lured
by the warm climate, abundance of new business opportunities and one the
hottest travel destinations ion the world due to its proximity to
the United States and mystic.
destinations just don't spring up out of nowhere. They evolve from vacation
citizens haven't been able to vacation in Cuba legally for years, they
will not move in droves once the travel embargo is lifted. But political
change will eventually create scores of possibilities for retirees and
has been opening up to the world after three decades of isolation - and
it's about time. Businessmen will be happy to know that with nearly 12
million people Cuba has the largest potential consumer market in the Caribbean.
been aware of most American brand names for years.
They know all
of the products from Nike to Coke. The country now has cell phones and
there is even a new U.S.-style shopping mall. This will create a
huge demand for anything American. Business opportunities will abound as
soon as the embargo is dropped.
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markets, fast food restaurants, gringo-stlye bars, sporting good stores,
computer stores and much more are just some of the hundreds of potential
business opportunities available for creative individuals.
the country's proximity to the U.S. businessmen will be able to commute
between the two countries. You will be able to have breakfast in Miami,
lunch in Havana and return to Miami for dinner.
facilitate doing business, the dollar already has become legal currency
and is preferred for doing business.
If you become
a resident of Cuba you will be able to take advange to the favorable tax
breakes afforded U.S. residents who live abroad.
huge market, it is only a matter of time before the collective pressure
of U.S. companies exerts enough pressure on Washington to drop the embargo.
After all U.S. corporations had enough clout to get the U.S. to normalize
relations with China and North Vietnam.
located only 90 miles form the U.S., Cuba - sometimes called the "Pearl
of the Caribbean" for its beauty - boasts over 70,000 square miles
of breathtaking terrain, 2,000 miles of costline, towring mountains, spectacular
landscapes, quaint colonial towns and a couple of cosmopolitan cities.
The 300-odd unspoiled beaches, bays and inlets surrounded by the beautiful
crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean have always been the island's main
attraction and a place where you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activity.
In Cuba there
is plenty to do - fishing, swimming, dancing, hiking, diving etc. There
is something for everyone andeverything for someone.
Cuba is also
a healthy place to reside. The 300 days of sunshine and salubrious climate
agree with most people.
health care system is first rate with doctors providing many innovative
treatments for a variety of ills. It comes as no suprise Cuban's logevity
rate is as high as most developed countries making it one of the healthiest
countries in the world.
reason for living in Cuba is its friendly people. Cubans are generally
fun-loving, warm, hospitable, famous for their sense of humor, knowing
how to enjoy life and getting together for song and dance. Music
always seems to fill the air in Cuba. Most of the
music you here today was born in Cuba.
sure can predict with certainty what will happen in Cuba but given the
tenor of the times and the changes which have occurred over the last
few years the U.S. embargo will be lifted soon and Cuba will once again
said upon setting foot on the island of Cuba, "This is the most
beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen."
Index ~ Cuba