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The Moment: Deciding to Move Back to the Caribbean (Maybe Even to Trinidad)

The Moment: Deciding to Move Back to the Caribbean (Maybe Even to Trinidad)
Secluded home high in the Paramin Hills, Trinidad/SBPR

Do you think you’ll ever move back?

Like anyone originally born and raised in the Caribbean who now lives elsewhere, it’s a question I get asked all the time. It’s also a question that’s not as easy to answer as some may think…

Certainly great weather, unparalleled natural beauty, beloved cultural traditions, friends and family all present strong arguments for bee-lining back to my homeland ASAP, but life, I mean real living, in the Caribbean is not all beach limes, endless libations and lazy afternoons.

Many of the creature comforts so many of us have grown accustomed to here in the States are just not available at the same level in the islands. This is particularly true in my native U.S. Virgin Islands where despite the fact that the letters “U” and “S” stand for “United States,” as in the United States of America (you know, world’s richest, most powerful country), remarkably, embarrassingly residents still lack reliable and affordable water and electricity.

Water and electricity!!!

So yeah, minor little things like that keep me here in Florida, content to enjoy my regular Caribbean jaunts, the dream of moving back home tucked neatly away in the far recesses of my mind… until I happen upon a view like that pictured at the head of this post.

I snapped the image five days ago while exploring the northern hills of Trinidad. Immediately upon seeing it on the LCD monitor at the back of my camera I felt old pangs of desire for settling back where I belong.

The solitary home, seeming carved from the rainforest into the mountainside, one lonely palm tree at its side, is inspiring in and of itself. Now consider the view:

View facing north from Paramin Mts, Trinidad/SBPR

This is what it looked like from my vantage point, a good bit to the east. From the house, I imagine the view carries the eye directly in line with the small islets trailing north. Just gorgeous.

I was only here for a brief few moments, but the encounter left an indelible mark, pushing and pulling my dreams of Caribbean living back, front and center in my consciousness.

Do I think I’ll ever move back?

You better believe it!

And as a bonus, a spot just like this one may actually be in the cards too!

A development company called Hopeland is selling plots ranging in size from 1/2 to three acres in these very same Paramin Hills, offering views just like the ones above! There’s more, as noted on the Hopeland Facebook page:

As you head down to the lower reaches of the estate, waterfalls and pools greet you against rocky cliff faces and the emerald green canopy of the rain forest. There are a number of hiking trails that lead you down through old forgotten Cocoa fields and estates that once produced Breadfruit, Bananas, Mangoes and Tanka Beans on a grand scale.

Now, lest you think that a development of this type will ruin the peace and seclusion of this area, think again! According to their website, Hopeland developers are committed to leaving the natural surroundings virtually unspoiled. Houses are being built to blend nicely with the rainforest, with plots purposely planned in such a way as to allow flora and wildlife to continue to thrive. Also, there will be no other subdivisions of the initial parcels, with only one residence permitted on each lot, thus ensuring new home are afforded the same wonderfully remote privacy as the one pictured above.

It all sounds pretty amazing to me, especially at prices starting at just US$85,000 per plot! 

For more info on Hopeland, click here to visit them online. Who knows, maybe in a few years we’ll be neighbors!

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  • http://twitter.com/pride76 GiJo

    I get that question and I’m now living only a 50 minute flight away from my first home. I hear the arguments that compel you in both directions, but I believe home is where you make it – where you truly want to be – as opposed to where you are from. I do miss the food… oh the cultural plethora of culinary heaven! As do I miss other specific things, and the relative omnipresent availability of whatever I want whenever I want it. But will I move back? People advise that we never say … ;)

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  • Sankofa girl

    It’s funny to read this old post as I recently contemplated the same thoughts of moving back to Trinidad after living in NYC for 25 yrs. I will make my great leap of faith home this September and its a leap I’m truly putting great faith in. I’m ready and look forward to every moment of it.