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

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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
Yeah, I did it backwards. I moved to Central America and Western Caribbean for 8 years, then I moved back to the states to for a little while to see if I liked it. I didn't.
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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
Impulse or emotional buy is never a good thing. This includes buying a boat.
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Sawingknots sounds like the voice of experience here. Is there a tale behind this piece of advice?
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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.
I know NYC like the palm of my hand. But if I want to live in the City, I would take the Canadian Cities any time, like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. But I don't mind the cold, in fact I like it.
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Sawingknots sounds like the voice of experience here. Is there a tale behind this piece of advice?
When arriving on St Thomas we had housing lined up for the first six months. During that time we researched the housing market and learned the lay of the land. Had we arrived in a hurry to buy we would have made some huge mistakes. Coming from Colorado I thought I wanted to be on the top of a hill. The north side is cooler and more lush. Putting those two ideas together I thought I'd found the perfect place until I discovered something the locals call the mold line. At a certain elevation, mold grows like crazy inside and out!!! That is just one example of a pitful avoided.

People move here all the time and think it's going to be paradise. For a variety of reasons they discover they don't like it and decide to leave. That provides for excellent garage sale opportunities!!!! Countless people sell of give away everything and move to discover they've made a huge financial error. That also goes for many who have come down and made poor choices on boats that they weren't capable of maintaining and now can't sell for a fraction of what they've paid.

Look before you leap! Actually look twice or three times before you leap is probably even better advice.
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Look before you leap! Actually look twice or three times before you leap is probably even better advice.
Haha... I still have not buy my boat. Am I taking too long to leap???
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Haha... I still have not buy my boat. Am I taking too long to leap???
I hope you are frequently using OPBs then. I find them more fun, no maintenance costs and no depreciation.
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All excellent cities. I'm particularly fond of Toronto and Montreal. I like the cold too, but I don't know if I can take Canadian winters again. My blood has definitely thinned since moving south.

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I know NYC like the palm of my hand. But if I want to live in the City, I would take the Canadian Cities any time, like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. But I don't mind the cold, in fact I like it.
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When arriving on St Thomas we had housing lined up for the first six months. During that time we researched the housing market and learned the lay of the land. Had we arrived in a hurry to buy we would have made some huge mistakes. Coming from Colorado I thought I wanted to be on the top of a hill. The north side is cooler and more lush. Putting those two ideas together I thought I'd found the perfect place until I discovered something the locals call the mold line. At a certain elevation, mold grows like crazy inside and out!!! That is just one example of a pitful avoided.

People move here all the time and think it's going to be paradise. For a variety of reasons they discover they don't like it and decide to leave. That provides for excellent garage sale opportunities!!!! Countless people sell of give away everything and move to discover they've made a huge financial error. That also goes for many who have come down and made poor choices on boats that they weren't capable of maintaining and now can't sell for a fraction of what they've paid.

Look before you leap! Actually look twice or three times before you leap is probably even better advice.
The agency I used to work for used to keeps an office in St. Thomas (as well as most of the rest of the world). I had only been working there a few months when an internal advertisement came out for the St. Thomas office.

I asked one of the old guys, who had just come in from being station in Puerto Rico, how long it would be before I could hope to get assingned there.

He said, "If you want it, I'll make a call and you'll be there next month."

That office had and has one of the highest turnover rates in that agency. Everyone who signs up thinks they are going to paradise, but doesn't bother to research the realities of the place. I've had a couple of friends get assigned there, and they both came back as quick as they could.

It's not cheap, and it's got a lot of crime, and if you're not from there, it takes a long time to blend in.
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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?
It was just written up as the best place to visit or live as a cruiser in a recent article in a cruising mag.

Someone is putting in a world class marina.
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