Retiring to C.A. not too far from beach area
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2013 8:27 AM Last Post By: dollyd
Aug 15, 2013 8:13 AM
Thank you for starting this interesting thread. I just wanted to pipe in and say that as beautiful as Little Corn Island is, remember that it is pretty small. You can walk it in half a day. It is also very isolated so you can't just hop a bus and go somewhere. It might be fine for a writer or artist for 2 or 3 months but I think that I would go batty for an extended period.
I am sixty now and from my years of travel mostly in Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean, I pretty much have come to the conclusion that no one place on earth will sustain me for life.
Number one, I would never purchase property when rents are so cheap. I have met many folks who have built their dream homes only to dream they were unshackled from them as I am. I am sure that you, yourself have reached the same conclusion.
Number two, CA can be great most of the year but come September, October and November, I am glad to be here in Connecticut. (May June, July and August are spectacular here.)
Number three, I find that I need an anchor, a home base to lick my wounds and relish the beautiful land of my birth. True, I hate the downward spiral of capitalism gone mad, all the bullshit and commercialism but everything is paid for now so I can sustain myself at a comfortable if minimal level.
Keep in mind that as you get older you will need to be in reach of more affordable health care whatever that may mean to you.
So, I have come to the conclusion that I will travel to Central American during the winter months, extend my trips as I am able and look for those spots where I feel the most comfortable for maybe 3 or 4 months at a time. I think that I may have found a few that fit my lifestyle and budget.
Good luck in your quest! Greg
Aug 15, 2013 10:00 AM
16Good points Greggo...
Hey Phil I heard the Phils I are nice, but what do you do when those dam typhoons hit :(
Yea I lived in Shanghai and Beijing, now at 19,000,000 people, way too crowded...and I live in downtown Chicago...lol
I always liked Laos...though land locked, the north is gorgeous and a flight to BKK and the islands is just 1 hour and $150...
Aug 15, 2013 10:01 AM
Aug 16, 2013 5:24 AM
18T, The typhoons mostly impact Luzon...something to do with the weather pattern....when it hit the other day, all we got was a shower...I don't know everything about the P.I.s...but I can and will answer all the questions that I'm able to...I have met quite a few people here over the last few months...expats are good sources of info....some have lived here for 20 yrs....and have been to many islands...me, i'm still learning...lol...the people are generally friendly...but there are a few scams going on...lol
Aug 18, 2013 7:47 AM
19Here on Big Corn you can rent a small house for between 300 and 400 US per month. You can fish or buy your fish from locals. It is more expensive then parts of the main land but $800 should take care of you no problem. Everyone here is close to the beach, it's and island. Unless you want to surf, the swimming and snorkeling here is all Caribbean and the beaches are nice and empty. Just a thought.
Aug 18, 2013 9:08 AM
Aug 21, 2013 7:29 PM
21I've been living on $900 a month in Managua for the past 4 months without a lot of inconvenience. I don't live in a really nice place (we pay 220$ a month) but in a safe neighborhood. No car or bike (yet) but cabs & buses are cheap. We travel every weekend and we try and go out a few times a week for dinners, movies, dancing etc. Honestly, it's a cheap place if you don't mind sacrificing some luxuries.
Getting things like air conditioning, dishwashers and laundry will increase your rent exponentially. I see places like that here for 400$ and up, but not sure about other places in Nica.
Just looking on Craigslist you can see some monthly rates which are affordable with your budget but I'd definitely shop around when you're here. Food here is really cheap, especially when you buy from the markets. Even the supermarkets are not affordable with your budget, you'll just have to tweet some of you eating habits. Any exported products are on par or more than what you'd pay at home. Say good bye to Nutella and pesto basil!
I think you'll want to come down here on a scouting trip before anything else. A lonelyplanet forum can only offer so much insight. There are plenty of expats here and they all love to tell their story and offer advice. Good luck
Aug 22, 2013 3:48 AM
Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM
23I've gone to a few places in Managua that play all sorts of music. Haven't done any salsa though unfortunately. El caramanchel is probably the place I've been to the most. It has a mixed crowd of ages and expats / Nicaraguans.
I'm here on a work contract so I didn't really pick Nicaragua and I certainly wouldn't pick Managua as a place to live. I just wanted to get international work experience and learn a language while getting paid.
When looking for advice on Nicaragua I've check out http://www.nicaliving.com/.
It's a great site with a lot of information on daily living in Nicaragua. A lot of the members are expats themselves and could answer any question that you may have involving moving here.
Good luck Phil!
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