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06-21-2011, 08:37 PM #11
Damn. When I was there with friends visiting their family it was quite nice. That was 09. Scratch my suggestion.It is not what you did yesterday to affect you today as it is what you do today to influence others tomorrow - Me
06-21-2011, 08:58 PM #12
06-21-2011, 09:08 PM #13
06-21-2011, 10:26 PM #14
+1 on Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Cost of living is low
They speak some english there
infrastructure is there
it is tropical and you can surf, fish, sail, scuba
06-22-2011, 03:39 AM #15
^^ I think that's what i'm going to be researching tomorrow. BVI / USVI are gorgeous but have a very high cost of living - approx. 30% higher than U.S. cities which kind of is moving in the opposite direction.
Costa Rica & Beunos Aries are next up on the research list.
I've heard nightmare stories of trying to find places to rent in BA - apparently if you're not local you get charged like 40% more? Is this pretty common in latin american countries?
06-22-2011, 03:55 AM #16
I'm in no position to comment on South America, as I've never been. But I do have friends who say Buenos Aires is a bit overrated for living. Why not Montevideo or Punta Del Este instead? I hear that everything about Uruguay is FTW. I'm trying to get out there in January. I'll see if I can snap some pics of San Jose and Arenal for you. O/T but I'm digging the website in your avatar.
06-22-2011, 01:33 PM #17
Honestly Costa Rica is also ruined from huge American influx in the past you could take $400 there and live like a king for a week now you can't get a room for 2 days for that much.
Panama is great and the cost of living is pretty decent the infrastructure is there and gov't stability is a little shaky but better than most. we keep 2 high rise condos in Panama City. If your interested let me know we usually have one for rent the first is on the 23rd floor the second is on the 40th both 2500 sq ft.Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.-Sophocles
06-22-2011, 08:16 PM #18
06-23-2011, 05:22 AM #19
As others have previously stated, Cayman is a beautiful place that fulfills all of your requirements besides expense. Beautiful beaches, warm water, exceptional diving, amazing food, and due to its tourism it is very Americanized (CST as well). This also makes it very expensive, although can find cheaper local places to eat/shop that are just as good. There is a bit of surfing on the west side of the island (if you're lucky), but it is nothing like California. Georgetown is packed on days when the cruise ships are in, but that is only Tuesday and Thursday if I remember correctly. Otherwise it's pretty low key.
If you consider Cayman and have any questions, feel free to PM me. We've owned property there for over 15 years and I can answer nearly any question you may have.
06-24-2011, 06:04 AM #20Junior Member
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Roatan is beautiful but this is precisely why I did not recommend it. Last time I visited we docked at the Town Center pier before it was even developed (2008). They had about 1-2 ships calling a week in the slow season, and 3-4 in high season. Now Carnival has built up Mahogany Bay and has ships calling multiple times a week there as well. The island saw a gigantic infrastructure boom with the cruise lines, as well as an economic push. But with that comes a price, from what I've heard the island is overrun with tourists. Much like Cozumel and Nassau. The other thing that worries me about Roatan is the political instability of the country itself. You won't get an authentic experience in Roatan, sorry to say.