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Hi, My name is Karen and I am a writer who plans to spend 3-4 months in the Caribbean this winter researching a book about the region.

I am wondering which island/country to park myself on. My requirements are 1) that I can find a short-term rental for a reasonable rate (not a tourist rate) 2) that there are easy transit links to other islands 3) that the cost of living is not insane 4) that is reasonably safe and 5) English or French-speaking.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I have been to a couple of islands (Jamaica and Bahamas) both of which I liked, but I am not going to limit myself to those two.

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Hi, My name is Karen and I am a writer who plans to spend 3-4 months in the Caribbean this winter researching a book about the region.

I am wondering which island/country to park myself on. My requirements are 1) that I can find a short-term rental for a reasonable rate (not a tourist rate) 2) that there are easy transit links to other islands 3) that the cost of living is not insane 4) that is reasonably safe and 5) English or French-speaking.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I have been to a couple of islands (Jamaica and Bahamas) both of which I liked, but I am not going to limit myself to those two.
Puerto Rico, away from San Juan. You can get flights to any of the other islands, and some people speak English.
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Hi, My name is Karen and I am a writer who plans to spend 3-4 months in the Caribbean this winter researching a book about the region.

I am wondering which island/country to park myself on. My requirements are 1) that I can find a short-term rental for a reasonable rate (not a tourist rate) 2) that there are easy transit links to other islands 3) that the cost of living is not insane 4) that is reasonably safe and 5) English or French-speaking.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I have been to a couple of islands (Jamaica and Bahamas) both of which I liked, but I am not going to limit myself to those two.
St Lucia...
Absolutely stunning island. English speaking. Good flights and boat links to other islands and is English speaking. I have spent time there as a lone female and not felt threatened or unsafe...
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Hi, My name is Karen and I am a writer who plans to spend 3-4 months in the Caribbean this winter researching a book about the region.

I am wondering which island/country to park myself on. My requirements are 1) that I can find a short-term rental for a reasonable rate (not a tourist rate) 2) that there are easy transit links to other islands 3) that the cost of living is not insane 4) that is reasonably safe and 5) English or French-speaking.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I have been to a couple of islands (Jamaica and Bahamas) both of which I liked, but I am not going to limit myself to those two.
I agree with the Gringo. As a USC, PR is the place for you. You can stay as long as you like, won't have any working restrictions and won't have any immigration headaches as PR is a US territory. If you don't like that idea, your second choice should he the US Virgin Islands. USVI is more "Caribbeany" IMO, but PR has better airline connections.

FYI, you aren't technically an expat living in either place.

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Yes, I realize that I'm not an expat, thanks for pointing that out MoTo.

Unfortunately this website insists that you fill out both fields when identifying yourself (i.e. where you are from, and where you are currently living). There is no way to indicate that you are not currently an expat. (I have been an expat many times in the past though, and shall be again soon).

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Yes, I realize that I'm not an expat, thanks for pointing that out MoTo.

Unfortunately this website insists that you fill out both fields when identifying yourself (i.e. where you are from, and where you are currently living). There is no way to indicate that you are not currently an expat. (I have been an expat many times in the past though, and shall be again soon).
I meant that you would not be an expat if you lived in PR or USVI.

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Isn't Puerto Rico a state in association with the USA, in the same way that Palau has been but is now fully sovereign? For sure Puerto Rico is not a US state, and it has its own constitution and political system. On the other hand, the US president is head of state of PR. I'm confused now ...

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PR is a US possession. They have non-voting representatives in the US Congress. (Since they are non-voting, PR residents are exempt from US Federal income tax.) In any event, PR is not sovereign; its citizens are US citizens and may obtain US passports. They can come and go from the mainland as they please. PR residents do not need visas to live/work in the US. If they choose move to a US state, they may vote in that state, just like any other citizen. Passports are not even required for travel to/from PR from the mainland.

FYI: Every US state has a state constitution and a state political system.

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True, but Puerto Rico has a higher degree of independence than the average state, if I'm not wrong. They are not a US state for sure and referendums have so far always had the outcome of a status quo with the options of sovereignity or becoming a US state both having few supporters.

I believe Puerto Rico is a case similar to American Samoa?

PS: what about Palau? I believe they were in association with the US as well in the same way as Puerto Rico, but now Palau is listed as fully sovereign?

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True, but Puerto Rico has a higher degree of independence than the average state, if I'm not wrong. They are not a US state for sure and referendums have so far always had the outcome of a status quo with the options of sovereignity or becoming a US state both having few supporters.

I believe Puerto Rico is a case similar to American Samoa?

PS: what about Palau? I believe they were in association with the US as well in the same way as Puerto Rico, but now Palau is listed as fully sovereign?
Actually you have it backwards. PR has less autonomy due to the fact the the US Congress makes MANY decisions for them yet they have no representation there.

Why would PR vote any differently? They have US citizenship without paying US taxes... best of both worlds.

American Samoa is completely different. It is unincorporated and its residents are not US citizens. (They are US nationals.) Philippines had this status, but opted for independence--something which the vast majority of Filipinos probably regret at this point since American nationals enjoy visa free travel to the US and have the right to work in all US territories.)

Palau has been fully sovereign for over 20 years. I don't know much else about it.

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