The British have a great fascination for Caribbean with their fantasies about the locale erupting into the long-lasting cine-presence of the indestructible James Bond. The Caribbean is a region of North America served by the Caribbean Sea and its more than 700 islands are located largely on the Caribbean Plate. Geopolitically these islands are regarded as a sub-region of North America and are organised into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments and dependencies.
The natural beauty of these islands and their exclusive location has rendered them into highly sought-after hide-outs for the wealthy who maintain permanent abodes there. Though many of them suffer from poverty and lack of facilities but their tourist-oriented economies are estimated to be very healthy as is borne out by their GDP per capita calculated by the IMF.
Trinidad and Tobago consists of two islands in the Caribbean with a bustling tourism industry and, more importantly is also known to be full of natural resources such as oil and gas. Its GDP per capita is estimated to be $33,026 and it is rated to be very attractive for the rich. The place also suffers from high crime rate as being a major shipment point in the Caribbean it is also a hub for cocaine smuggling.
Despite high rates of inequality and poverty, Antigua and Barbuda have a GDP per capita income of $27,542 mostly due to the vast tourism industry and is also financially supported by its status as an offshore tax haven for Western industrialists. Such entrepreneurs usually invest high amounts for improving the area as they frequently visit t.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a sovereign, democratic and a federal state and has no major international disputes. Majority of its over 60,000 population consists of people of African descent. Its lovely surroundings attract many tourists to its islands every year. The country has performed well and its GDP per capita is now estimated $29,098 and its diplomatic efforts have made its passport very valuable as it allows a visa-free entry to 128 countries. This aspect has made it an attractive place for foreign investment. The country, however, does not allow citizenship without a sizeable investment in it.
With a population of about 300,000 Barbados is a sovereign country as is the member of British Commonwealth. With is GDP per capote of $18,866 it is one of the well-developed nations in the Caribbean, with a thriving tourism industry and a reputation as a tax haven. Many billionaires own property in the state but do not reside full-time using their residences as holiday-homes. The location of Sandy Lane is globally famous for its idyllic surrounding and it is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world.
Part of the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba with a GDP per capita of $24.88K, relies on tourism that is booming. Unlike much of the Caribbean, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid landscape. The Ritz Carlton opened in Aruba in 2013 that has added value to the place. It is widely known as the playground for the wealthy that frequent it all year-long.
The Bahamas is the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. It is a large locale with over 400,000 population with a GDP per capita of $33,516. Its beautiful tropical beaches attract tourists from all over the world. Its liberal tax laws also have made it to rank as a tax haven. It is also famous because many celebrities own private islands in this Caribbean nation adding lustre to its reputation.
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