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Archive for August, 2010


Photo of a Old French Quarter which is a spectacular open Savannah with views in DominicaSpectacular View of the Savannah at The Old French Quarter

If you are seriously considering the purchase of land in Dominica, then welcome to the club! Welcome to the club of many that desires the laid-back; peaceful atmosphere of island life surrounded by an arcadia of unspoiled nature, adventure, and some of the friendliest people you will ever come across.

Step into the nature island of the Dominica

For non-citizens of Dominica, the purchase of land in Dominica is one of the easiest, and if not the wisest moves you can take in diversifying your investment portfolio, and becoming part of island life. But as expected, there are steps to take before owning a piece of nature.

Do secure an Alien Landholding license, if you’re planing on buying more than 1 acre of land for residential or 3 acres for business. The Aliens Land Holding License Fee equivalent of ten percent of the market value of the land/property being purchased.

Do peruse and understand the fine print of the contract. You will be setting yourself up for investment heartbreak if you don’t. Besides, this is standard procedure in any real estate transaction so it’s just common sense, too. Or better yet, do the next step.

Do hire a local lawyer and/or a local property management services company to handle the documents and details of the transaction. Dominica is a beautiful island, but you don’t want to deal with the bureaucracy. Besides, it will take a load off your shoulders although you do have to take off a load off your pockets in the process. But in the final analysis, hey, it’s worth it?

Last but not least, do inspect the property you’re considering to buy.You don’t want to end up paying hundreds of thousands of your hard earned dollars a shack seesawing on the edge of a cliff, do you?

What all these advice is saying is that buying land in Dominica is relatively easy, but just as with any other investment there are some careful step which needs be to taken.

collage of Dominica coastal views

The Benefits of Owning a piece of Dominica

Dominica is a tax and investment haven, which is one of the benefits of buying land in the nature island. Although you may pay up to 25 percent of the total land value for government fees,legal fees, agent commissions and other round-trip transaction costs, the benefits of owning/living in Dominica far outweigh these expenses.

For one thing, you are allowed full ownership of the land. You don’t have to marry an Dominican citizen to do so, which is not a bad idea in itself since Dominican women are some of the most beautiful women on Earth. 😀

Buying land in Dominica weather for retirement or for investing purposes is a good decision.

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 photo of tamarind tree hotel in DominicaPhotos by:Stefan via Picasa

My wife Ruth and I had a wonderful dinner at The Tamarind Tree Hotel. And, the price was moderate – we skipped the starter but had entrees and desserts for EC$130. That was with excellent service too.

The hotel’s restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Normally it serves a table d’hôte dinner to its guests only, so reservations are a must. If the hotel isn’t full, you’ll usually be able to be seated. The phone number is 449-7395.

Moreover, the chef willingly makes accommodations. I have to eat heart-healthy and the menu for the night we chose was for steak. But they made an excellent tuna with Creole sauce for me and a chicken dinner for my wife. We saw two other couples – hotel guests, we presumed – dining, and they appeared to be equally pleased as we were.

image of tamarind tree hotel restaurant in Dominica

There are beaches a 3-minute walk and a 7-minute walk from the restaurant, which is perched on a 100 foot cliff above the Caribbean. One can swim t either beach, or at the hotel’s pool (gratis to guests and diners) and then have a drink while sunset-watching before dining. The 7-minute walk beach belongs to the East Carib Dive Center (449-6575) which also has a bar/restaurant that serves the hotel’s guests on Tuesdays. We didn’t sample it, but it looked nice. They graciously permitted us to bathe and use the shower and changing room there before dinner.

The hotel’s location is equally convenient to Roseau and Portsmouth, lying about halfway between the two towns just south of Salisbury. We found the drive worthwhile.

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INNOVATIVE LOOK TO THIS YEAR’S NATURE ISLAND LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR. New voices…new technology…free books!

The third Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair runs this year from Friday 6th August to Sunday 8th August at the UWI Open Campus, Elmshall Road, Roseau. The children’s festival takes place on Saturday morning at Alliance Francaise. All events are free.

Chairman of the organizing committee, Alwin Bully, says that this year’s festival will be both innovative and enjoyable.

“The audience can look forward to dynamic readings by Caribbean and Dominican authors and have an excellent time interacting with the overseas presenters. We hope that our local writers, especially the younger ones, will see the festival as an incentive to learn and further their own talents.”

The festival is delighted to welcome the following overseas visitors: Cynthia Wilson, Esther Phillips and Philip Nanton from Barbados; Kei Miller, Esther Figueroa and Ian Randle from Jamaica, and Muhammad Muwakil from Trinidad. Leading Dominican writers will also be performing. Both regional and local artists will explore a rich range of topics.

E-books feature in this year’s festival. “We always try to be innovative and look at new aspects of writing and publishing. This year we’re very excited to have a presentation of the three e-books – Kindle, the Nook and iPad.” There will also be a raffle for a Kindle.

A new feature of the Book Fair is a “book exchange”, organised in conjunction with Upper Lane Recycle, in Roseau. Bring a book and get one free.

Other elements of the festival include: open mic (anyone can get up to read or recite their own writing), wonderful films, music, great food, competitions and prizes.

The popular workshops – on poetry, book illustration, fiction, memoir writing, documentary films, and internet marketing – run on 31 July, 5 August and 7 August. Register for all workshops by emailing NILitFest@gmail.com or ask for Kelly-Ann Williams at 448-2045 during working hours.

Here is a short clip video of 2009 Nature Island Literary Festival highlights:

For more information visit the Nature Island Literary Festival Facebook Page, or visit Dominica-island.info Literary Festival Page to view images/videos from the 2009 Literary festival.

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