El Salvador Retirement
Replies: 45 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 12:09 PM Last Post By: pmanning
Jun 24, 2012 8:39 PM
El Salvador RetirementI'm still in the research phase, hoping to retire in my mid-50's in a few years. Small pension, about $1100 a month. I've looked at just about everywhere in Latin America, most recently reading a lot of forums on Nicaragua. Had never considered El Salvador, thought it too hot and dangerous. Read a few posts here and bought some guides and dug around the Internet. Can't get past the fact that I can live in a nice small town like La Palma or maybe near Santa Ana and yet can be at an international airport quickly or spend the day at a great beach. El Salvador seems to have a lot going for it. I'm working on the Spanish but far from fluent. Can a middle aged American do ok in El Salvador or is it a pipe dream? I'm determined to live somewhere nice but affordable with a pleasant climate. I really don't need to have a lot of amenities, just good Internet, satellite tv, and take in a movie in a bigger city once in awhile. I'd prefer a small town but one that has plenty going on in a region where there are other places to explore too. The Pueblos Blanco of Nicaragua are close but a little too warm to live in fulltime for me. Northern Nicaraguan small towns seem a little slow and/or isolated. In Guatemala Lake Atitlan area looks great but a little far from the city and Antigua is too expensive. I like Oaxaca but it's bigger than I'd like and on my budget the travel to and from would be tough. Costa Rica and Panama are too expensive for me, Belize too. Looks like my best bet is to live in El Salvador or northern Nicaragua and I really like La Palma. I'd appreciate some advice if you are familiar with El Salvador, thanks!
Jun 25, 2012 10:42 AM
1I think the best thing is take a look yourself.
Maybe a bit more money would be better (depending on your needs).
El Salvador is NOT the cheapest country, but I know of people that came first as tourist to, for example, the Decameron, and now have decided to live here, or have a permanent house here for vacations, or come here to live for months at a time.
El Salvador has everything on hand: beaches, mountains, lakes; and the people are very friendly. There are not many ex-pats though, but there are foreigners working for foreign companies. El Salvador is also a good spring board to visit Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, as it is centrally located. Many El Salvadoreans go to these countries for holidays or even weekends.
Jun 25, 2012 12:31 PM
2$1100 is plenty, I have been here, near La Libertad, a year and a half living on around $600/mo which includes food, electricity, internet, satellite, pool maintenance, a caretaker, maid & car expenses.
House & car very cheap paid for & no taxes where I live.
Getting residency a bit of a PIA but that's mainly due to Canada being extremely s l o w in supplying documents.
Most everything one needs in town but city shopping centers only 40 minutes away, airport 30 minutes, super cheap bus transportation to everywhere so car not needed. Shuttle to Antigua $25 for the 5 hr trip.
Highly recommend El Salvador!
Jun 25, 2012 1:39 PM
3That's good to hear. I'll have more options when Social Security starts but don't see myself living in luxury. Now it's a matter of getting down there for a look. If you could name 3 places in El Salvador to look at first for living fulltime what would they be? A combo of mild climate, safe, and affordable with good Internet and cheap lunches would be great. La Palma or within easy distance of Santa Ana sounds good.
Jun 25, 2012 6:10 PM
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Jun 26, 2012 8:14 PM
8Thanks for the ideas guys. Over on the NicaLiving forum they're saying Claro is offering 4G now in Nicaragua. I'm hoping the technology progresses so that by the time I get there the Internet is solid. Read awhile back that a company in Miami is offering a Wi-Max 4G service in a number of Costa Rican cities.
Jun 27, 2012 11:05 AM
Jun 27, 2012 2:48 PM
10Dear El Salvador Seeker,
Hello, I have never lived in El Salvador but I have lived in South America for 17 years. I had some of the same thoughts you expressed. Because you need what many want to get away from like TV, internet, working electric, shopping, air ports, you most likely will want to stay in the greater cities, or you must. If you are the type of person that can rent a humble dwelling or bedroom, or studio, why not consider living part time in all the locations you described!! Go to the areas according to tempeture , festivals, surf, high alt & low. You get my meaning. With the money you have, you can live in all the areas there part time. Divide it up in three month zones? My wife and I have been living for about 500 a month and we live in about 7 countries, but not all year long in one country. Just a thought. We are leaving the states by next jan or Feb. for good, and will live in El Salvador for some time, but the time is not determined, hope to see ya.
Jun 27, 2012 5:34 PM
Jun 27, 2012 6:15 PM
12Hi Michael, I've given some thought to doing that, there are quite a few places I'd like to see. I might do the backpacker/hostel thing for awhile, but ultimately would like to settle down for awhile. I've transferred with my job all over the States, would like to kick back and mostly enjoy one area. Will be seeing family once a year, and making border runs too. Should do the trick!
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