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Idyllic today... Yes.... but I remember Antigua in 1966.... and look at it now... dead reefs... cruise ships galore with 1000's of 'Lobsters' stomping all over... the friendliness has gone wiped out by the '$'.... but WTF... its your world..
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I am already living where I want to retire. Don't plan to leave... ever. Once I stop breathing, they can scatter my ashes in the backyard under the bird feeder.
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Idyllic today... Yes.... but I remember Antigua in 1966.... and look at it now... dead reefs... cruise ships galore with 1000's of 'Lobsters' stomping all over... the friendliness has gone wiped out by the '$'.... but WTF... its your world..
Well, Antigua was a victim of unenlightened progress and greed. The "GO GO" " Build Build" generation, who exploited natural resources and sacrificed the beauty and charm of places in pursuit of personal gain. In the day's before Hurricane Mitch, Guanaja, like many places in the Central American area, was experiencing an "Eco Tourism" renaissance. Places Like Belize, were building "Echo Resorts" and implying regulations as to how and where and why one could develop land, as well as designating land as national park etc. Honduras was very aware of this movement and a lot of the Caribbean coast is in fact Park. Guanaja, sadly suffered greatly in Hurricane Mitch, 90% tree loss, houses, eco dive resorts destroyed. 15 years later, still many of the once popular dive resorts are closed, the reef on the south side only now showing signs of regeneration. When they lost practically all of the eco tourist dollars, wide spread poverty ensued. A cheerful and quaint paradise turned to rubble over night. My Father in law survived by hiding in his cistern for 36 hours, I was in the highlands of Guatemala for Mitch, but that is a different story. So where are we now? Guanaja needs the gringo dollar. Plain and simple. The once prosperous commercial fishing industry no longer supports the population. A calculated, and regulated construction, as well as real estate sales will help with the revival that the Island of Guanaja is in dire need of. Honduras is open for business, it's the governments new slogan. They have lifted many of the import taxes associated with the Bay Islands to Facilitate foreign investment. Institutions are in place to ensure the ecological integrity of the island. You are correct, it is my world, so WTF, why not do it right this time. Guanaja is a beautiful and enchanting island, and I'd like to see eco minded, sailors and cruisers visit and or move back to the island.

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About 10 years an IT worker and his socially inept son took off to live on three acres on an island in Panama. More specifically Boca del Toro, Isla Colon, up near Costa Rica. It showed great promise. Does anyone know if the region panned out?
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you would be well advised to plan and stay [where ever]for several months before you make any long term comittments,ofen what seems like a novelty and exotic life can [could] turn into something else entirely
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For quite a while before I retired, I envisioned an ocean front cottage with a huge fireplace on the coast of Nova Scotia to be great for retirement. Now the cold bothers me, so here I am, and here I stay.
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None of the above .

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For quite a while before I retired, I envisioned an ocean front cottage with a huge fireplace on the coast of Nova Scotia to be great for retirement. Now the cold bothers me, so here I am, and here I stay.
Love NS, love the cold. I have been think about Portland Maine. Nice sailing ground and snow boarding to Sunday river in the winter is just train ride away.

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Re: Where do you want to retire in Caribbean or Central or South America?

Why only those places? Personally I want to retire in NYC (plenty to do, great culture, not trapped in your house if you get infirm or can't drive anymore) and take long sailing trips in various places, working through my bucket list. The Caribbean is beautiful but my sailing dreams more often put me in Turkey, sailing the Sea of Marmara or the Med.
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you would be well advised to plan and stay [where ever]for several months before you make any long term comittments,ofen what seems like a novelty and exotic life can [could] turn into something else entirely
Yep. Reminds me of something I read some years back. Seems that almost 2/3rds of the people who move to Florida end up moving away again within 18 months. Why? They visit during the fall/winter/spring and love the place; they spend one hot, humid, buggy summer here and decide it's not the place for them.
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