2012
Aug 
28

Welcome to Paradise!!!

Filed under: Retire in a South Seas Paradise — Scott @ 7:52 pm  

 Welcome to Our South Seas Paradise

 

 

 

I have designed this website to showcase the Northern Marianas as an enchanting travel and retirement destination. On this website you will find valuable information for you to understand the many reasons for vacationing or retiring in this fabulous South Seas Paradise. As a Commonwealth Territory of the USA, you have all the rights of a US citizen……you may live on any of the Northern Mariana Islands without special visa requirements. You now have the opportunity to retire  in a South Seas Paradise without paying large foreign residence fees!!

If you would like more information on retiring or vacationing in the Northern Marianas, please contact me and I will immediately reply. In addition, if you have a message to leave my viewers,  please post your personal comments on my website blog.

 

This lush tropical Micronesian paradise of 14 islands strung in the western Pacific offers the perfect getaway for visitors from both East and West.  Called “America’s best kept secret,” here you can truly escape to a place of magnificent beaches and crystal clear aqua waters, rich history, year round outdoor activities, world class diving and golfing, international shopping, a wide range of ethnic restaurants and a cacophony of international and indigenous cultures adding their unique flavors to this tropical paradise.

This site highlights the best of what the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota have to offer the discerning traveller.  Experience the unhurried, friendly lifestyle and warm, island hospitality that are as unforgettable as our magical Micronesian sunsets. View our many convenient organized tours, or venturing out on your own, you can unlock the secrets of paradise.

Early History

The original inhabitants of the islands were Micronesians. Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to reach the islands in 1521. He named them Islas de Ladrones “Islands of Thieves.” Spain took possession of the islands in 1565, colonizing them and giving them their present name after Spanish Queen regent Mariana in 1688. Spain sold the islands to Germany in 1899 after losing the Spanish-American War. In 1914, during World War I, Japan seized the Northern Marianas and later secured them as a mandate under the League of Nations.

Recent History

During World War II, the United States invaded the islands, eventually gaining control of them. After the war, a U.S. military government was established there. In 1947 the islands became part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. In 1976 the islands moved toward becoming a commonwealth of the United States, and its residents adopted their own constitution the following year. The Northern Marianas officially became a U.S. commonwealth in 1986, when the trusteeship was dissolved.

People

The islands are diverse, with Asians–mainly Filipino and Chinese–making up the bulk of the population. There are smaller groups of Chamorros and Carolinians. Chamorro, Carolinian and English are official languages. The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism.

Economy

Aside from U.S. government aid, tourism is the major source of income for the islands and employs about half of the workforce. Other significant economic activities include subsistence farming and clothing production.

Government

The Northern Marianas are self-governed, and its residents elect a local governor, lieutenant governor and legislature. The bicameral legislature consists of a Senate with nine members who are popularly elected to four-year nonconsecutive terms and a House of Representatives with 20 members who are popularly elected to two-year terms. The islands have one non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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