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

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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.
It is very different (good and bad) than many stateside places, that is true. I think the culture shock for many is too much for them to overcome. It is also true that it takes time and effort to blend in. Once you are "in", this is a very rewarding place to be...
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I hope you are frequently using OPBs then. I find them more fun, no maintenance costs and no depreciation.
Sailing other peoples boat has its merit, but it is not for everyone. On the plus side, you get all your travel expense paid for and Per Diem pay. However, ther risk is much higher than sailing your own boat.

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

Just got back to the States from Grand Cayman Island.

Cayman is nice and friendly. The land is a bit boringly flat but the diving is the best. It is in the middle of nowhere and no place to sail around.

It is not a (my) place for retirement. It is too expensive.
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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.
Aaron, can you brief us about Honduras immigration? How long can you keep the boat and/or stay there if you don't own property? Are they lax or strict? Did you apply for residency or it comes with the property? Do people in general welcome foreigners?
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Re: Where do you want to retire in Caribbean or Central or South America?

Right here! Mount Desert Island, Maine!

Getting old SUCKS! I am retired and I would miss the variety and access I have living here on the Maine coast. NYC, Boston, DC and Portland are all world class destinations. As a senior I can get public transportation to any of them cheaper than I can drive. Sailing to them is a joy. To the Maritimes, too. I must spend a season in the PNW. With 7 adult children I get enough variety just visiting my grand kids. I have to spend October in Italy to get acquainted with the latest arrival. I did get to spend a week with her in DC, the week she was born, before her dad got posted to Rome. Glad they timed the her birth for the cherry blossoms. Ha! Her older sister, now 4, took us to Singapore for a month. After Italy its back to Arkansas for a Thanksgiving arrival. Two kids still in Maine. The calendar is full before I can make any long range plans and that is before we factor in siblings and friends. Maintaining easy access to all of them is the plan. I have a December arrival I haven't held yet!

I designed and built my house and love it. We abut a National Park, have a trout stream in the back yard, can walk to the yacht club in 5 minutes. There are 60 miles of car free carriage roads to ride our bikes on, trails to hike and X-C ski on right out the back door. The "summer people" go away in September and this place rents high at the drop of a hat. Our second home in southern Maine is waiting when we rent this one. We have a mooring there, too.

I would like to spend some winter months in some of the places posted here. Chartering works. I have lived in the tropics. Lovely but I never felt I would like it full time. Sold the FL house three years ago. I could see taking the boat to the keys for an occasional winter. There just aren't enough of them left to suit me!

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

I can see the lure of tropical paradises but I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet already, The Adirondacks. Moving as an immigrant to a place of questionable government where I'd always really be a foreigner does not have any appeal whatsoever. My visits to tropical paradises will be by boat and for limited durations. Everyone complains about America (including me) except for the fact that it's still better than most anywhere else. There are many horror stories about expats losing their shirts in banana republics. Sorry.
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Re: Where do you want to retire in Caribbean or Central or South America?

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Aaron, can you brief us about Honduras immigration? How long can you keep the boat and/or stay there if you don't own property? Are they lax or strict? Did you apply for residency or it comes with the property? Do people in general welcome foreigners?
I just returned to the states yesterday, and as my boat sit's there in Honduras I am deciding on weather or not to sail it to Guatemala, Rio Dulce or pay for an extension on my 90 day cruising permit. I am looking into the prospect of permantly registering my boat in Honduras and am waiting on some detailed info. I'll let you know. I do know it is easier to get things done now, compared to 10 years ago. And the Bay Islands have had certain ammount of import tax lifted to facilitate local buisinesses and foriegn investment. As for the property, my wifes family bought the land 20 years ago, and built the structures before they applied for residancy, which they know have. In general, yes, foreigners are welcome.
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Just got back to the States from Grand Cayman Island.

Cayman is nice and friendly. The land is a bit boringly flat but the diving is the best. It is in the middle of nowhere and no place to sail around.

It is not a (my) place for retirement. It is too expensive.
I haven't been there recently, but I was there working for about a week back in the early nineties. The prices in the tourist areas were killing us and we went driving into the hinterlands and found much more reasonable prices.
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