Best Place for Expats in Central America
Where do you think is the best place in Central America for expats to live?
Thanks in advance,
How sharp is your machete?
My wife and I spent years traveling and researching Mexico and Central America for the perfect area to retire. When my wife saw the Antigua area of Guatemala she said "This is it". Although I still want to explore what is over the next hill, we have settled in what to us is as close to paradise as man can get. However, many gringos who move here leave within a year or two. Our tastes change with experience, and what was once quaint becomes a hardship.
My advice would be to go to all the areas that interest you and spend at least a month there. When you find one that seems to fill your needs, rent for at least a year, before making any large financial commitment.
quote:they activelly encourage ex-pats
I must disagree with Roque Mocan - CR immigration is so totally messed up that I could hardly call it "encouragement". I know more than one gringo leaving here for Panama or even South America. Chile comes to mind.
We chose CR because it most closely fit our list of requirements at the time. Good healthcare, stable government, crime rate etc.
I'm not at all sure that we would make the same choice now or indeed that out "list" would even be the same. So there - a non-answer!
It`s true that there are tax breaks available to encourage U.S. citizens to settle in Panama.
To get a retirement visa you only need to show an income of $500 a month plus another $100 for your spouse.
You have political stability and first rate hospitals.Although it has to be said that if you happen tp be in Bocas or Boquete you gonna have to go to Panama City for anything serious.But the hospital in David is good and only a half hour from Boquete.
Heath care ,of course,is a fraction of the U.S. cost.But until you get a visa you`ll have to leave the country after 30 days.Same in CR.
Im such a Costa Rica fan, Apply for "pensionado" its for retirees. As long as you can prove you have a monthly income from the gov. or other, they give you a visa. My family has lived here for 40 years with Pensionado, and Rentista status.
Costa Rica has many advantages, but it is not so cheap. Panama is cheaper but more humid. In Nicaragua you can get a bargain house, but hospitals etc. are better in Costa Rica.
Make a list of what is important for you and what you can spend. There are several informative sites on the web about retiring abroad.
This site has some valuable information about Costa Rica:
Retirement Costa Rica
Casa San Francisco
Where ever you decide do your research first...happy to help in regards to El Salvador.
Are there recommended cities nearby within possibly an hour commute where the weather is a bit milder (I was prepared for the hot, humid weather but had heard there were nearby communities with more moderate weather).
I was also a bit surprised by the high cost of rentals and houses in the city.
IÂ´m torn between residing in a sea coast town or living near the mountains,and also want to live in a community where I can feel connected...volunteer work, etc.
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