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Where does the dollar go the furthest?

Hi,

Looking for ideas from cruisers. I'm still amassing the kitty but I got to wondering. What destinations have you found where the US dollar goes the furthest in terms of boat parts, maintenance, provisions, and on-shore entertainment?

Unless the economy skyrockets in the next 5 years I will be one of those $500 a month cruisers.

Only requirements are warm temperatures, good snorkeling, and not completely off the beaten path (I need some social interaction). I know there are many variables that come into play but I'm just looking to get some ideas as I plan.

Thanks,
Mike
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

I'm going to offer the unpopular answer and say: within the US. The Florida Keys, perhaps.
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

Based on your criteria, I would highly recommend South East Asia.
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

+1 on the US for being a cheap place to live/cruise, especially if you need boat parts. If you're looking for an expensive place to live/cruise, let me suggest Brazil ....

Mexico is quite reasonable and close to home (for you).
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

Ensenada report- compared to socal
Groceries, 1/2
Restaurants, 1/3 for cheap food, you can also pay US prices for fancy. When the three of us eat out it's usually between $6.00-$15.00 total.
Slip, 1/3 - 1/2
Medicine, less than 10%
Dentistry, 1/6
Pizza, 1/2
Car rental, double
Clothing, 1/2-3/4 unless you want name brands, then go to Ca.
Boat parts, go to San Diego
Consumables like oil, antifreeze, etc., a little less.
Manufactured goods like welders, air compressors, tools, X 1.25 or go to San Diego
Fuel, about 2/3 but it varies depending on where in the US you're buying. Diesel is about $2.50 now. I paid $5.45 in Newport.
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Hi,

Looking for ideas from cruisers. I'm still amassing the kitty but I got to wondering. What destinations have you found where the US dollar goes the furthest in terms of boat parts, maintenance, provisions, and on-shore entertainment?

Unless the economy skyrockets in the next 5 years I will be one of those $500 a month cruisers.

Only requirements are warm temperatures, good snorkeling, and not completely off the beaten path (I need some social interaction). I know there are many variables that come into play but I'm just looking to get some ideas as I plan.

Thanks,
Mike
As far as cost of living goes, cruising in SE Asia has been the cheapest for us.
Boatwork is cheapest in the Philippines. Excellent woodwork and teak stuff in Thailand. Malaysia has 90 visa on arrival, no port, customs or immigration fees. Duty free ports abound for cheap booze. Diesel is 2.35 usd a gallon. 35 bucks will get you a mountain of food, good for a week. 500 bucks a month goes a long way here....Many boats for sale here for a song....

As far as onshore entertainment goes, Phuket, Thailand is a favorite for the single handers.
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

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As far as cost of living goes, cruising in SE Asia has been the cheapest for us.
Boatwork is cheapest in the Philippines. Excellent woodwork and teak stuff in Thailand. Malaysia has 90 visa on arrival, no port, customs or immigration fees. Duty free ports abound for cheap booze. Diesel is 2.35 usd a gallon. 35 bucks will get you a mountain of food, good for a week. 500 bucks a month goes a long way here....Many boats for sale here for a song....

As far as onshore entertainment goes, Phuket, Thailand is a favorite for the single handers.
I have not cruised S.E. Asia in my own sailboat, but I have spent a considerable amount of time there, about a 4 to 6 weeks every winter for 7 yrs.

That being said, the other thing to consider is affordable and available health care. Thailand has both and many places in S.E. Asia are a short flight from some great hospitals via BKK and there is reasonable emergency care along much of the coast.
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

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As far as cost of living goes, cruising in SE Asia has been the cheapest for us.
Boatwork is cheapest in the Philippines. Excellent woodwork and teak stuff in Thailand. Malaysia has 90 visa on arrival, no port, customs or immigration fees. Duty free ports abound for cheap booze. Diesel is 2.35 usd a gallon. 35 bucks will get you a mountain of food, good for a week. 500 bucks a month goes a long way here....Many boats for sale here for a song....

As far as onshore entertainment goes, Phuket, Thailand is a favorite for the single handers.
Why Phuket for singlehanders?
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Re: Where does the dollar go the furthest?

Isla Mujeres Mexico has a nice anchorage, good storm port, nice night life, cheap groceries, and is well liked by people with 2 hands as well as 1.
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