Tips from firsthand experience

By Coastal Living
March 06, 2006
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Tips from firsthand experience
Michael Jernigan

Narrow the field. Make a list of critical needs―goodschools and medical care, available property, easy access. Then,pursue additional research online.

Know the rules. Once you have a destination in mind, checkimmigration requirements closely. Most islands have strict controlsover who can work, own property or businesses, and seek permanentresidency or citizenship.

Live a little. Visit schools, banks, and hospitals. Talk tolocals and expatriates. Experience life as it is for residents. Ifyou start to feel isolated after a few weeks, island life may notbe for you.

Read up. What is it like to live on an island? These booksshed a little light: So, You Want to Live on an Island Buy it on Amazonby Gay Morse, available at, and Which Way to the Islands? Buy it on Amazonby H.G. Nowak, available at

If you're in the market for an island move, check out SoYou Want to Live on ... an Island for things and places toconsider.