Wow! Pink sand beaches that stretch for miles on a narrow scimitar of land in the Bahamas – on a island named Eleuthera. It fascinated my spouse for months, fantasizing about living on a long empty stretch of beach with no one, or nothing around. There is a total population of approximately eight thousand people (mainly English-speaking) in this former British colony, with the nearest city of Nassau fifty miles by air.
Whoa! Stop! I’m good with rural, or semi-isolated, but not Robinson Crusoe remote.
In 2002 we fell in love with the turquoise sea of the Caribbean, and the search began for the perfect property for our dream-home. We had a choice of over 7000 islands in and around the Caribbean Sea including 501 in the Bahamas, 43 in the British Virgin Islands, 12 in the Cayman Islands, 58 in the Turks-and-Caicos, and 81 in the US Virgin Islands.
Ah, but then, reality pokes it’s pesky little head up and says – what about obtaining building supplies for the dream-home? A construction crew to do the work? Furniture? Milk? Meat? Veggies? Doctors? Dentists? And what do you do when you finally get bored watching the ocean? As fascinating as it is, eventually you have to do something else with your day.
|Our outdoor decision-making office.
So, when the opportunity happened to purchase a slice of heaven on Isla Mujeres we decided it was definitely worth considering. We opened a bottle of our favourite wine, took two glasses, and a bowl of mixed nuts and retired to our home office – the lakefront patio. After lighting dozens of candles and lanterns to set the mood for serious consideration of our future, we started to list the reasons why Isla Mujeres would be a good decision:
1. close to the City of Cancun, population of approximately 800,000 – with shopping centers, grocery stores such as Costco, Mega Commercial, Soriana’s, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart
2. Home Depot, and other large Mexican chain stores for building supplies
3. three excellent, and very affordable, hospitals in Cancun with American-trained doctors
4. only 20 minutes via water taxi (passengers only ferry) to the mainland
|New Chedraui Grocery & Super Store
5. only 45 minutes via a car ferry to the mainland
6. easy air access to and from Canada to visit family
7. easy air access to South America, as we have not had the opportunity as yet to visit that area of the world
8. an active ex-pat community from US, Canada, and Europe
9. pleasant oceanfront temperatures of between 20 degrees C (70F ) and 33 degrees C (95F)
10. cooling ocean breezes, swimming and snorkeling. (We later discovered the sea turtle nest annually in front of our casa.)
11. not much rain, even in the rainy season as the clouds skid rapidly across this low island, heading to the mainland
12. electricity available curb side
13. internet service available curb side
14. municipal water system
15. municipal sewer system – for the side of the island where we were proposing to purchase property
16. two gas stations on the island
17. a variety of small grocery stores on the island, and later in 2011 a Chedraui Super Store
18. a fabulous variety of restaurants
|Home Sweet Home!
19. a choice of banking options
20. doctors and dentists on the island with many more available in Cancun
21. The best reason of all, we enjoy the Mexican culture very, very much
By the time the wine was gone and the candles had burned down to nubs we had decided that yes – Isla Mujeres would be the perfect place to build a dream -home.
It is! And we are never bored!
Lynda, Lawrie and Sparky