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MegElizabeth93 replied to the thread Socializing in The Bahamas ! on the Bahamas forum on October 21, 2014:
Samantha7 initially posted:
Hey fellow expats, I am a 20 year old student from The Netherlands. So I have been here for over a month now, and I'm trying to meet new people here to hang out with and explore weekend activities with. What kind of activities do you do on the weekends and how is the nightlife here in for example, nightclubs? Hope to hear from you soon !
MegElizabeth93 replied on October 21, 2014 with:
Hi Samantha! I have recently moved to the Bahamas too. I am also 20 and looking to meet new people! I moved here in September. Where in the bahamas do you live? Are you studying over here? I have been to one of the nightclubs in Nassau called Aura. It was ok! It was pretty busy the night I went too. I suppose it really depends on the type of nightclub / music you like! Look forward to hearing from you!
jordcov replied on October 10, 2014 with:
I'm interested in this too! Should be there in January 2015 so would like to find out what happens!
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MegElizabeth93 posted Young British couple living in Nassau looking to socialize! on the Bahamas forum on October 21, 2014:
Hello fellow expats! My boyfriend and I are currently living in Nassau. I moved here in September whilst he has been here since June. We are both looking to meet some new people! He works full time over here whilst I am currently job hunting (and soaking up the sun!) I have 5 1/2 days a week being on my own so it would be nice to get to know others possibly in the same position. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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breija replied to the thread Job Hunting... IT Industry on the Bahamas forum on October 19, 2014:
Nirvana0708 initially posted:
Would like to know if anyone else found job hunting to be such a task... I have been here 6 months and prospects look dim. Any suggestions will be helpful.
breija replied on October 19, 2014 with:
Sending you a PM....
Nirvana0708 replied on October 19, 2014 with:
Yes...I'm able to work
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dolfie replied to the thread Construction in Bahamas on the Bahamas forum on October 16, 2014:
jordcov initially posted:
Is anybody on here involved in Construction in Nassau or know anybody in construction in Nassau? I'm not after a job so don't worry as I've already been offered one but I just have a few question's I'd like to ask people who are already there! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
dolfie replied on October 16, 2014 with:
Even working for no pay is in the criminal code, since work has been done that a Bahamian could do otherwise. The work permits I know of that suit a non Bahamian construction worker are $6,500.00 plus per year.
dolfie replied on October 16, 2014 with:
Yes and yes. Now what is the question? Do you want a vademecum or some life story? They reside in the Bahamas.
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AvantiSteve replied to the thread CASTING for HGTV Series on the Bahamas forum:
lltvproducer initially posted:
ARE YOU CONSIDERING BUYING A HOME IN THE CARIBBEAN? ARE YOU LOOKING TO PURCHASE AN AFFORDABLE SLICE OF PARADISE? This new series will feature average people who fell in love with island living and realized that buying a home in the Caribbean was more affordable than they expected. We’re looking for families, couples or individuals from anywhere in the world who want to share their house-hunt journey. Are you seriously considering moving to the Bahamas or a Caribbean Island and believe that now could be the time to make the move? If you and your family are ready to give up the hectic life of the mainland for the lush beaches, beautiful weather, and laidback living, then we want to hear from you! To apply, reach out to us at: caribbeantvcasting@gmail.com with the following info: - Your full name, current location (city, state), email, contact number/s - The names of the other members of your household - What is your occupation? What are the occupations of everyone else in your family? - Please tell us where you are in your house-hunt: What island are you looking into? Have you looked at homes? Do you have a realtor? What is your timeline for the move? What is your budget? ETC. - What do you and your family LOVE about the island you’re choosing to move to? The more insight you can give us, the better we’re able to get to know you! Thank you for your time… We look forward to hearing from you. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a contest… or a lucky chance to move to the Caribbean for free. We are looking for people who are legitimately considering a purchase in the Caribbean and are willing to let us capture their house hunt on-camera.
AvantiSteve replied on October 15, 2014 with:
"Affordable" slice of paradise? Don't look in the Bahamas, especially if you need to work a regular job, which is not permitted for expats unless one makes a substantial investment in a business that employs Bahamians or gets a work permit for a job that no Bahamian worker is capable of holding. Housing, electric power, telcommunications, food, fuel, building supplies, insurance, are all very expensive. Only property taxes are affordable, but probably not for long due to the need to service the incredible amount of debt the Bahamian government is racking up to China. My wife and I are from the US and have lived on Abaco for 25 years. I do not believe that we are the only expats to opine that the words "Bahamas" and "affordable" do not belong in the same sentence.
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AvantiSteve replied to the thread HVAC/Refrigeration Work In Bahamas on the Bahamas forum:
JoeyThompson initially posted:
I am looking to relocate from the US to a place where my family and I can live a comfortable (not some sort of fantasy) life. It would have to be a place where I can still make a living as a seasoned commercial HVAC/Refrigeration Technician, like in a resort or in a high rise type of building. The question is.....How does one find out what such an occupation pays there? Is there a demand for that kind of knowledge in The Bahamas? Boots on the ground report..... Joey
AvantiSteve replied on October 15, 2014 with:
My wife and I are exoats who have lived in the Bahamas for 25 years. Unless the law has changed, it would be illegal for you to work in HVAC in the Bahamas unless you invest in a business that employs Bahamians or get a work permit to provide a necessary service that no Bahamian worker is qualified to provide. There are a huge number of HVAC suppliers and contractors on Abaco and I do not think they have any trouble finding local labor. Let me know if the law has changed, but I think you may have to seek your slice of paradise elsewhere.
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AvantiSteve replied to the thread Relocating to Abaco from USA on the Bahamas forum:
billsfaninfl initially posted:
My wife and I have been to the Bahamas many times over the years. When my son leaves for college we plan on relocating to Abaco. We will be in our early 40's. All I need is a telephone and internet connection to do my job. Could any one please share based on your own experiences what the biggest disapointments might be? Please don't be shy. I would like to hear every thing that comes to mind. Thank you.
AvantiSteve replied on October 13, 2014 with:
My wife and I have maintained a home in Bahama Palm Shores for nearly 25 years. Many of those years we were full-timers. We love Abaco, but it does indeed have its challenges, which have been offset by its benefits, chief among them the Abaconians we have come to know as friends. Living conditions are so much better today than in the past and it is very possible to maintain a business in the States from Abaco if one has plenty of communications back-up plans. Routine health care is just fine, but advanced diagnostics require travel to FL. There is a modern supermarket and excellent building materials suppliers. Homeowners insurance rates are skyrocketing, and while crime has not been a problem historically, there has been a significant uptick in home break-ins in our area but not violent crime. Travel to and from Abaco is not a problem but is expensive. Electric power supply is very expensive and both outages and brownouts are the rule rather than the exception, and this situation is not likely to improve. Internet service is superb in our area but not so much in other areas. Plan on spending at least double to triple for what you are used to spending for household goods and appliances. Auto parts and repairs are likewise very costly. We have survived without air conditioning but many find it is just too hot in the summer to do without. If we had it to do again today, we would weigh our options much more carefully than in the past. You need to be very clear as to your needs and expectations, and make your relocation decision based on good information rather than emotions. We are glad we did it, but are ready to sell our beautiful home, so if your are interested, let us know. Good luck!
breija replied on September 25, 2012 with:
Hi Bill, I do hear that you wonder about the challenges of amenities on Abaco. Amenities are are not fancy, but depending upon where you live on the island, there is availability for what you may need. Your wife can always use the spas and salons at the few resorts there. Abaco is a beautiful island, and while the seafood is not necessarily cheap, if you catch your own it can be! Of course, buying and gassing up a boat might offset the savings. :-) Of course, if you have a boat, you can easily get over to Nassau to do some shopping. We often go over to Abaco to fish, and it can be a great 1/2 day or full day excursion. When it comes to medical and dental care, many people from the out islands will come in to Nassau or Freeport for this - or they will go to Florida. Without knowing what medical and dental costs are in the US generally, I cannot speak to whether it would be more expensive or not. However, hubby recently had a crown on one of his teeth and it was $1500 (I think). Medical, if you have insurance, is not too bad. Many people from the US will maintain their US health insurance if they can. You will just need to check what is covered and how it is covered. Again, though, lots of people head to Florida for annuals and diagnostics. Phone & internet - hmmm...... What can I say. We have had our challenges lately! BatelCo has not been reliable lately for cell service, but landlines have been fine (with the exception of that one day!!!). On Abaco, I suspect it is no different. Internet can sometimes be an issue, but you learn to live with it. I do some work online, and it can be a pain, but it is part of the price of living here. I believe that crime in Abaco is quite low. It is quite high in Nassau, but Abaco is very different. Hope that helps!
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Chui posted Finding an accountant in the Bahamas on the Bahamas forum on October 13, 2014:
Hi. Can anyone tell me where to look/how to find a really good accountant in the Bahamas? For personal and business finance, must be very familiar with international business
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Chui posted Bahamas accountant - how to find on the Bahamas forum on October 13, 2014:
Hi. Can anyone tell me where to look/how to find a really good accountant in the Bahamas? For personal and business finance, must be very familiar with international business.
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GailHanna replied to the thread Looking to buy a Cheap SUV on the Bahamas forum:
StefanPI initially posted:
Hello I recently moved to the Bahamas I am looking for a cheap old SUV to use for one year that runs! Thanks
GailHanna replied most recently with:
Hi Stefan, I have a Nissan Pathfinder for sale, 2001. It's black with grey interior. Good condition, has AC which is necessary in this hot climate! Runs well and will get you from A-B. I would like to get $3,900 for it - price negotiable. Send me an email for pictures - glmhanna8@gmail.com
ahmedsbt replied most recently with:
Hi Stefan, Ever considered importing one from Japan? I would cost you a lot cheaper as compared to the local market. You can trust the quality as Japanese vehicles are known globally for their good quality. Find me contact details below and leave me an email for more info. Regards, Ahmed. Manager Export, SBT JAPAN Skype: sbt.ahm3d email: chundriger9970@sbtjapan.com
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