Cost of Caribbean Living

5 Jan

not cheap.
A visitor to the Caribbean might be surprised the first time she walks into a grocery story. Developing country + agricultural history = low food prices, the equation might seem to go. Wrong. Not only do high import taxes lead to astronomical prices for ordinary goods that aren’t grown or manufactured on a small island (I couldn’t find a cutting board in Jamaica for less than $50), but factors including flooding, the reduction of arable land, and free trade agreements have led to high prices for even domestic produce. A recent story by the BBC, along with a forum discussing the high cost of living in the Caribbean, sheds light on this dilemma.


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