The Caribbean has been a favorite of Steve and Ashley’s for quite a while. It's beautiful, tropical, warm… and it's so convenient when compared to traveling to the Pacific. You can be there in just a 3-4 hour flight. “It's a goal of ours to find a second home in the Caribbean. More recently, in talking with several financial advisors, we've considered second citizenship options as a way of diversifying our assets. “ There are five Caribbean islands that offer citizenship by investment. Saint Lucia has one of the broadest programs available. You can acquire citizenship by donating to the government, purchasing real estate, investing in a business, or via a five-year government bond. When you combine that with the iconic Pitons, the lush rainforests, and the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, it is an easy destination choice.
Saint Lucia, like many of the Caribbean islands, is very dependent on tourism so the people are very welcoming and as warm as the waters. It's a very rich and diverse culture. There are definite Jamaican influences on the food and music and clear British and French influences on the culture, as both nations colonized and fought for control of Saint Lucia throughout the 1600’s-1700’s. Britain maintained control for much of the 1800’s and 1900’s, with Saint Lucia gaining independence in 1979. In addition to tourism, bananas, cocoa and fishing are big industries; so much of the culture is very agrarian.
The twin Pitons were top of their list to visit while in St. Lucia. These peaks rise straight out of the ocean giving off prehistoric vibes like something you would see in Jurassic Park. On the trip (which they did by boat because of the narrow, winding roads) they were introduced to some of the small fishing villages including Margot Bay, where the original Dr. Doolittle movie was filmed. They also visited the town of Soufriere, famous for the hot springs from the volcano, and lastly stopped for a snorkel on the way home.
Steve and Ashley love to travel and experience other cultures but have also learned over the years how important it is to “refill their cup” to be able to serve others at a high level. “Most importantly, travelling puts us in a place of gratitude.” Not only because they are able to visit these amazing places, but they gain perspective on the lives of others, their challenges, and even their successes! Steve and Ashley always come back from a trip energized and with new fresh ideas for Chord’s agents and how to better serve our clients.
They are always looking for opportunities as well. Steve is a firm believer that there are amazing real estate investment opportunities throughout the world that Chord’s clients could benefit from. Specifically, there are opportunities in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and in Africa that will explode over the next few decades. Chord wants to be a part of that growth, and we want to bring those opportunities to our clients!
Steve & Ashley Luther