Cuba will join Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize as Latin America’s prime retirement havens. Retirees from all over the world 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 in the world due to its proximity to the United States.
Gradually Cuba 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. Cubans have 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. Tourism, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, gringo-style bars, sporting good stores, computer stores and much more are just some of the hundreds of potential business opportunities available for creative individuals.
Because of the country’s proximity to the U.S. businessmen will be able to commute between the two countries rather easily. You will be able to have breakfast in Miami, lunch in Havana and return to Miami for dinner.
To further facilitate doing business, the dollar already has become legal currency and is preferred for doing business.
Moreover, 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 coastline, towering 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 favourite outdoor activity. In Cuba, there is plenty to do – fishing, swimming, dancing, hiking, diving etc. There is something for everyone and everything for someone.
Cuba is also a healthy place to reside. The 300 days of sunshine and salubrious climate agree with most people. The country’s health care system is first-rate with doctors providing many innovative treatments for a variety of ills. It comes as no surprise Cuban’s longevity rate is as high as most developed countries making it is one of the healthiest countries in the world.
In the last few years, Cuba has invested about 150 million dollars in high-quality medical equipment for primary care, prevention and hospitals, thus improving specialized services.
Health care will have the support of scientific research centers and the Latin American School of Medicine.
Another compelling reason for retiring in Cuba is its friendly people. Cubans are generally fun-loving, warm, hospitable, famous for their sense of humour, knowing how to enjoy life and getting together for song and dance. Music always seems to fill the air in Cuba. Most of the popular Latin music you hear today was born in Cuba.
Cuban culture is world-renowned. Its colourful history is eloquently expressed in its fabulous architecture, its national traditions and local customs. The island boasts four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cuba’s international reputation for ballet, and for popular and classical music, goes from strength to strength. The restoration of its historic cities and the care of its beautiful countryside are acclaimed by conservationists all over the world. The exhibitions of its contemporary artists win international critical acclaim. Those who appreciate the Arts, colourful history, wonderful weather, good food and absolute exclusivity find Cuba hard to resist.
Havana used to be one of the world’s grandest cities, a fact eloquently attested to by the extraordinary variety and quality of its architecture. It is now one of the world’s most exclusive venues for very special events.