Mexico is located between the U.S. and Central America. It is best known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Mexico is currently the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world. In addition, the government recognizes over 60 indigenous Amerindian languages. As one of the world’s largest economies, Mexico is listed among the ten most visited countries worldwide. Its distinct range of natural resources include petroleum, silver, gold, natural gas and timber.
Southeast Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the world. Because of its proximity to Latin America, South Florida serves as headquarters for Latin American operations to more than 1,000 multinational corporations. It also has the largest concentration of international banks in the United States. Its economic strengths include tourism, agriculture, construction and international trade. More than 40% of all U.S. exports to Latin America pass through South Florida.
The Washington metropolitan area, also sometimes referred to as the National Capital Region or the DMV (for DC, Maryland, Virginia), is the metropolitan area centered in Washington, D.C.
Families relocating to this part of the United States have access to some of the nation’s most important historical sites and museums, including
George Washington’s estate, Arlington Cemetery, and other educational and recreational sites.
Belize is an independent and sovereign country located on the northeastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. Its mainland is about 180 mi (290 km) long and 68 mi (110 km) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. Belize has a very diverse society that is composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. English is the official language of Belize, while Belizean Creole is the most widely spoken national language, being the native language of over a third of the population. Over half the population is multilingual, with Spanish being the second most common spoken language.
Costa Rica is located in Central America and has lush rainforests and coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific oceans. It’s known worldwide for its land conservation and for the production of bananas, pineapples and coffee. Its economy, once heavily dependent on agriculture, has diversified to include sectors such as finance, corporate services for foreign companies, pharmaceuticals and ecotourism. Many foreign companies (manufacturing and services) operate in Costa Rica’s free trade zones (FTZ) where they benefit from investment and tax incentives.
El Salvador is a breathtakingly beautiful country of volcanoes, mountains and lakes, and amongst a population that has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. El Salvador is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in Central America. San Salvador is one of the most important cities in Central America, acting as a financial, political, educational and economic center for the region. Industrial manufacturing is one of the key sectors in San Salvador, and the country’s banking and business industries are also in good health.
Honduras is located in Central America, between Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. With an area of 112,000 km2 and a population of approximately 8 million people, Honduras is known for its beautiful tourist attractions and beaches. It has mountains and valleys.
In the heart of Central America, Nicaragua truly deserves the descriptive nickname of “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” We can enjoy the natural beauty of dozens of volcanoes, rivers, and lakes, as well as two oceans. Nicaragua is an ideal place to visit for anyone looking for something uniquely different and adventurous.It is the largest country of the Central American Republics. Its capital is Managua, the largest city. Spanish is the official language of Nicaragua. The Cordoba is the official currency but many places accept dollars. Nicaragua has a unique history in that it was the only country in Latin America to be colonized by both the Spanish and the British.
Panama is located on the isthmus linking Central and South America. It is mostly recognized for the Panama Canal, a famous feature of human engineering that cuts through the country’s center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. Since 2010, Panama has been the second-most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Panama offers a very diverse ecosystem as its jungles cover around 40% of land area, being home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals.
Argentina is the second largest country in South America with the third largest economy. The official language is Spanish; however, English is also spoken in the larger metropolitan cities. The country’s natural resources include fertile plains (also known as pampas) and minerals; including lead, copper, iron, oil and uranium. Several of the major industries are textiles, steel, agriculture and motor vehicles.
Brazil is the largest country in South America with a population of over 209 million people. The Brazilian agriculture,mining and manufacturing sectors are among the largest and most developed in Latin America. The official language is Portuguese and capital city is Brasilia. Two of the largest travel and relocation destinations are Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations today. Its major industries include Mining (copper), Food (salmon) and Chemicals (oil, plastic). Spanish is the official language, although there are also quite a few indigenous languages spoken such as Aymara, Quechua, and Huilliche. The official currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP), but the UF (Unidad de Fomento) is used for various large purchases including rental agreements.
Colombia is located at the northwestern tip of South America and shares a border to the northwest with Panama, east with Venezuela and Brazil, and south with Ecuador and Peru. The country is full of vibrant culture and is increasing international economic attention. Bogotá is Colombia’s largest city and is home to many multinational companies and banks. Bogotá, Cali and Medellín have all seen a significant rise in the number of expats relocating to these main cities. Colombia is rich in natural resources, and its main exports include mineral fuels, oils, distillation products, fruit and other agricultural products.
Ecuador is divided into 24 provinces, with its capital city being Quito in the Pichincha province. Spanish is the official and predominant language, however, due to the amount of indigenous population there also unofficial languages spoken such as Quechua. Ecuador is highly dependent on commodities, mainly petroleum, agricultural products, bananas and cocoa. Quito is the largest business center of the country; industrial production is primarily directed to the domestic market.
Paraguay is a growing country that offers all brilliant opportunities to expats moving in. The country’s demands in all fields. From Engineering, to Education, to Business Development, Infrastructure are vast. The population is very open and welcoming towards foreigners, one almost feels like home. It is a bilingual country by law, as its official languages are Spanish and Guaraní. The country has a young population, with 60% of the population being under 35 years of age. Paraguay’s main income is from agricultural and cattle business. The country is the fourth largest soy exporter and seventh largest meat exporter worldwide. Electricity is also one of the main resources that the country exports to Argentina and Brazil. Paraguay offers good standards of living, distances are short, services are affordable, and crime rates are low. The local currency is Paraguayan Guaraní (PYG).
Peru is located in western South America and is well known for its remarkable natural resources and biodiversity. It has habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region to the peaks of the Andes Mountains, all the way to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east, along with the Amazon River. Peru’s main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing, making the country one of the region’s most prosperous economies.
Trinidad & Tobago’s economy is primarily industrial with an emphasis on petroleum. It is the leading Caribbean producer of oil and gas. Trinidad is one of the wealthiest and most developed nations and the second richest country in the Caribbean. English is the country’s official language, but the primary language is either Trinidadian Creole or Tobagonian Creole; which are English-based creole languages and reflect the African, Indian and European heritage of the nation. It is also known as the birthplace of calypso, soca, and limbo.
Uruguay ranks second in the region on economic freedom, income equality, per-capita income and inflows of FDI. Uruguay is the third-ranked country in South America in HDI, GDP growth, innovation and infrastructure. Uruguay is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk. Uruguay is known for using clean energy and renewable energy with mostly hydroelectric facilities and wind parks. It is also regarded as one of the most liberal nations in the world.
Venezuela is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity’s worldwide, currently ranked in seventh position for the greatest number of species. There are habitats ranging from the Andes in the west to the Amazon Basin rain forest in the south via extensive plains, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco River Delta in the east. It is also considered one of the countries with one of the largest known oil reserves and is currently a member of the OPEC. Venezuela is also one of the top exporters of agricultural commodities such as coffee and cocoa. The largest city and capital is Caracas in the Capital District.
Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. Its capital is Bridgetown. Due to their colonial history and connection to the United Kingdom, even after independence, it is sometimes still referred to as “Little England”. It has a population of 284,644 people, predominantly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Barbados is the 53rd richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita, it has a well-developed mixed economy, and a moderately high standard of living.
Bermuda is a nation rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is an island of British Territory in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is roughly 20.5 sq. miles, and 665 miles from the United States Eastern Coast. The island is of subtropical climate with many relaxing getaways, nightlife, and social activities, so there is something to do for everyone. The official language on the island is English, and local economy is driven by tourism and offshore insurance business.
Cayman Islands is a territory comprised of three islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. The islands are located in the Western Caribbean Sea, South of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. With an area of 284 km2 and a population of approximately 57,000 people. It is commonly known as a world offshore financial center with breathtaking beaches, beautiful resorts, and spectacular food. Cayman imports all goods and produces rum locally.
Cuba is one of the several Caribbean islands located just 90 miles down of the most southern point of the United States of America and Gulf of Mexico. Recognized as one of the few communist countries still existing, Havana is quickly emerging as one of the most exotic tourism locations for many travelers around the world. The island is full of culture, enthusiasm, and up beat music on the streets, which is perfect for its year-round Its tropical climate. *Disclaimer– Due to sanction regulations in the United States, all services and consultations related to Cuba must be conducted with one of Premier’s Latin American Business Unit entities that permits service delivery. All Cuba related transaction are not to be conducted with the United States.
Curaçao is part of the Antilles Islands in the southern Caribbean Sea in the Dutch Caribbean region, and has been part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2010. The Netherlands retains responsibility on defense and foreign policy and has provided assistance to ensure parliamentary elections, budget and international negotiations. Curaçao is an open economy with tourism, international trade, shipping services, oil refining, storage and international financial services being the top sectors. The main trading agreements exist with the US, Venezuela and the European Union, some of which allow the companies to do business in and via Curaçao to export products free of import duties or quotas. The main languages spoken in the Island are Papiamento, Spanish, Dutch and English; most of the population is bilingual.
The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which shares with the nation of Haiti. It is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) and third by population with approximately 10 million people. The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain is comprised of rainforests, savannahs and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain.
Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America and is often referred to as the bridge between South America and the Caribbean. A member of the Caribbean Community of nations, Guyana shares history and heritage with other Caribbean countries and the former British West Indies. The area was first settled by the Dutch before coming under British rule and governed as British Guiana. The name Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning Land of Many Waters. Georgetown is the capital and largest city of Guyana. It is nicknamed the “Garden City of the Caribbean.“ Georgetown is the chief commercial and manufacturing centre of Guyana. It exports sugar, rice, and tropical fruits, as well as timber, balata, bauxite, gold, and diamonds from the Guyanese hinterland. Large sugar refineries are located in the city.
Jamaica is a country island located in the Caribbean Sea. It is the third largest island in the Greater Antilles. It is located South of Cuba and West of Haiti and Dominican Republic. With an area of 10,990 km2 and a population of approximately 938,000 people, Jamaica is known for its breathtaking tourist attractions, spicy food, and ethnic variety. Jamaica´s main export is coffee and rum.
Puerto Rico is the smallest and most eastern of the Greater Antilles Islands which include, Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Jamaica. Located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Rico is considered to have one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico’s economy, once primarily agricultural, is now based overwhelmingly on manufacturing. The culture of Puerto Rico has been greatly influenced by its history. With the blend of Taino Indians, Spanish and African cultures, comes a melting pot of people and traditions, as well as the impact of the United States political and social exchange into every aspect of life.
St. Maarten is an island located in the northeast Caribbean. St. Maarten is divided in two sides: the Dutch side in the south and the French side in north. The island is roughly 37 sq. miles, so whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or nightlife and social activities, there is something for everyone nearby. The island is famously known for the Princess Juliana Airport in Simpson Bay where tourists stand on the sandy beach waiting for the planes to hoover over, just 30 meters above, in order to land. The official language of the island is English although French and Dutch is spoken on either side. With many activities, casinos, and water sports available, the island is sure to exceed all expectations.
Suriname is one of the smallest countries in South America, yet its population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the region. The southern four-fifths of the country is almost entirely covered with pristine tropical rainforest. The capital and largest city, Paramaribo, lies 9 miles (15 km) from the Atlantic Ocean on the Suriname River. Paramaribo is the business and financial center of Suriname. Even though the capital city does not produce significant goods itself, almost all revenues from the country’s main export products gold, oil, bauxite, rice, and tropical wood are channeled through its institutions. All banks, insurance corporations and other financial and commercial companies are headquartered in Paramaribo. Around 75 percent of Suriname’s GDP is consumed in Paramaribo. Tourism is an increasingly important sector, with most visitors coming from the Netherlands.
The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the U.S. state of Florida. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The designation of “Bahamas” can refer to either the country or the larger island chain that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. The islands boast a total population of approximately 320,000 people and the majority of these reside in the capital. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas (following the United States and Canada.
Guatemala is best known for its volcanic landscape, fascinating Mayan culture, and the colorful colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But this small Central American country has a wealth of homegrown produce and talent.It`s the most populous country in Central America. Its capital is Guatemala City. Spanish is the official language of Guatemala. The Quetzal is the official currency and the US Dollar is by far the most widely accepted foreign currency in Guatemala.
Bolivia, the heart of South America empowers travelers to expand their horizons, paving the way for unique encounters at every twist and turn. While it’s true that much of Bolivia isn’t set up for tourism, those willing to take the path less traveled are rewarded with eye-opening experiences, adventurous activities, and stunning photo opportunities, not to mention epic stories to tell the folks back home.