|For over 40 years Cuba has been
isolated from the mainstream of the world while trying to live the socialist
dream. The world has changed and so has Cuba. Now is the
time to come and explore this country that has so much to offer.
Whether you are a savvy entrepreneur, or want to live part-time or full-time
in Cuba, or are just interested in wintering in a mild tropical climate,
this eBook will help you. It paints a realistic picture of living
in a Latin American country and tells you how to deal with the many challenges
you will inevitably have to confront.
This guide offers assistance to anyone
seeking a safe, affordable place to live outside of the United States and
Canada. It contains all of the ins and outs, dos and don´ts,
rules of thumb, secret insider information and invaluable data about all
aspects of living in Cuba. It shows you how to stay busy, where to
reside, how to learn Spanish, where to find companionship. It provides
you with novel, sure-fire ideas for starting businesses and, best of all,
eBook will give you a head start before you even move to Cuba.
Cuba is the most populous and largest
island in the Caribbean. Located only 90 miles from the U.S. mainland,
Cuba - sometimes called the "Pearl of the Caribbean" for its beauty - boasts
miles and miles of breathtaking terrain, 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
Cuba offers something for every
imaginable taste and lifestyle. Trends Magazine has predicted
that Cuba would someday become the baby boomers´ retirement haven
of the future. In June 1998 The Miami Herald stated, "A mass
new migration of retirees will start to settle abroad, lured by the low
cost of living to stretch their shrinking pensions, reasonable health costs
and warm weather. Cuba will be the hottest destination due to its
proximity to the United States and the relative lack of industrialization."
Cuba is ripe for entrepreneurs
since foreign investment is now welcome and small enterprise is beginning
to flourish. The country´s 12 million people constitute the
largest potential market in the region. Canadians and Europeans are
pouring capital into the country since investment laws have been relaxed.
The country´s new investment law allows foreign businessmen to own
businesses, their offices and their housing. Cuba has left the Cold
War behind and is now ready to participate in the emerging global economy.
It is now time to get your foot in the door before the gold rush begins
and hordes of entrepreneurs carve up the island completely. A few
of the reforms made to the Cuban economy in the last 10 years have created
limited self-employment, legalized the use of U.S. dollars and encouraged
foreign banking and investment. Additional advantages for foreign
investors include a highly-educated and well-disciplined labor force, tremendous
opportunities in tourism´s untapped areas, and an improving infrastructure.
Although conditions for investing
and living in Cuba are improving, nobody can foresee the future with absolute
certainty. However, given the events of the last couple of years
and the direction the country is currently moving, the predictions made
in this eBook are on the verge of coming true.
This guide deals mainly with the
current realities of living and investing in Cuba, and will assist
you with these important questions:
What is required to become a legal resident?
Can I meet these requirements? What is the cost? How often
does residency have to be renewed, what are the conditions of renewal and
what is the cost? What is required to visit, or while you are waiting
This eBook is complete with valuable
information about rental property, purchasing property, communications,
transportation, food, hobbies, clubs, supplies and assistance. You´ll
learn about the culture, about entertainment, recreation. The modest
crime rate, investment and banking, sanitation and the rights of foreigners
are all covered, as well as information about Legal, Medical, and Financial
professionals, and even Domestic help. This is truly an all-in-one
guide, and it´s the best introduction to Cuba available from someone
who has studied and written about living and investing in Cuba for years.
What is the political situation?
What about income taxes, and other taxes such as sales tax, import duties,
exit taxes and vehicle taxes?
Cuba´s people are warm,
hospitable, fun-loving people famous for their sense of humor and knowing
how to enjoy life and getting together for song and dance. Many will
even take you into their homes to meet their families. Despite the
poor relations with the U.S. in recent years, the average Cuban will treat
U.S. citizens courteously.
Now the Cuban government realizes
the time has come to participate in the new world economic order. The
country is indeed ripe for the international investors who want to
start new businesses, so the time has come for adventurous individuals
to reap the tremendous opportunities which may await them in Cuba.
Once the country is completely accessible
to Americans you will have the option of living there on a full-time or
part-time basis. Moreover, it will be comforting to know you will
be able to return to the states quickly in the event of an emergency or
other personal business - Miami is only 30 minutes away by air.
Such closeness also tends to reduce the feeling of isolation that affects
many people when they leave their own country to move to a foreign land.
Friends and relatives will be able to visit you easily and vice-versa.
Europeans and others have been flocking to Cuba for years to escape
harsh winters. Cuba has around 300 days of sunshine each year.
The mild climate agrees with most people and Cuba´s longevity rate
is as high as most developed countries´. The healthy life-style
is also due in part to Cuba´s first-rate health care system.
Doctors are well-trained and medical facilities are good, and foreigners
can be sure of receiving excellent health care. And again, because
Florida is so close, if you don´t feel comfortable with Cuba´s
health care system it will be easy to travel to see a U.S. doctor.
Non-U.S. foreigners have been enjoying
this paradise for the last couple of decades. It will soon be your
turn. Come to Cuba to start a new and exciting life and take advantage
of all the wonders this beautiful country has to offer. Christopher
Howard´s Living and Investing in the new Cuba is the one
and only guide you will need to help you achieve this goal that seemed
impossible just a decade ago. If you´ve had this goal, this
is the time that you´ve been waiting for.