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boogerman May 30th, 2008 07:23 AM

Exit Stage South
I'm new here but looking for some options so thought I'd ask around for ideas. I'm done with the big push, too young to retire but no need to work anymore and I've put away a good bit of money and want to relocate south somewhere along the Pacific coast where the breeze is fair and Gringos are welcome. All I have on the "need" list is ocean and friendly people.

So tell me where your dream location to “retire” to is and if you know, can property be bought there by foreigners? I have no issue with getting dual citizenship if that helps.

Davy1961 May 30th, 2008 08:33 AM

I suggest that you switch over to Amazon . com and search for the books on retirement in Costa Rica. Also start reading A.M. Costa Rica as well as Tico Times online.

The state of "done with the big push, too young to retire but no need to work anymore and I've put away a good bit of money" sounds pretty good to me. I'm not sure that things will get better than that...anywhere.

volcanogirl May 30th, 2008 10:39 AM

I was going to suggest Costa Rica as well. The Manuel Antonio area seems to be very popular with Americans.

Jeff_Costa_Rica May 30th, 2008 02:50 PM

Costa Rica comes to mind because of all the Costa Rica fans on this board. There are foregin communities up and down the Pacific coast.

Don't forget Mexico. It's probably the original foreign warm-weather retirement destination for Americans. Numbers are growing in Nicaragua, which still offers the incentives to retirees that Costa Rica did away with 16 years ago. Panama welcomes a lot of retirees too. Gosh, I was just in Uruguay earlier this month, and THEY have asmall but active program for recruiting retirees. I never knew that. The moral of the story is that you don't have to limit yourself to the obvious choices.

boogerman May 30th, 2008 03:49 PM

I like Costa Rica, I'll look into Manuel Antonio. Thanks!

shillmac May 30th, 2008 10:18 PM

Yeah. . ."too young to retire, don't need to work anymore". . .does sound good.

BTW, are you single?! :)
(Not looking for myself you understand)!

Sorry for the humor--couldn't resist. . . .

Buena Suerte!

boogerman May 31st, 2008 02:00 PM

Should add I'm cheap and pretty conservative, once I started "saving" it seems to have had an effect on my spending.But I like to live well, so won't be deprived a few luxeries like a Hammock, and thick grass thats easy on the feet.:)

Yep did the marriage thing, twice, funny they both went south too Ha Ha

Not so funny actually, got caught up in pushing for a goal and neglected what mattered. Or did I read that somewhere.;)

Nicamor Jun 3rd, 2008 09:00 AM

Hi, I recently started a blog called Nicaragua Real Estate Investment. If you have a moment check it out and let me know what you think. Any comments, suggestions, links, or contributions would be really helpful. The address is
Thanks for your time, and happy travels.
James Krieger

SnRSeattle Jun 3rd, 2008 05:19 PM

Lucky you, boogerman. Have you ever heard of the TV show House Hunters International on HGTV? They have shows about moving to different locals, and a lot of them are in warm, tropical climates. It depends on what you want to do there--snorkel/dive, golf, surf, etc. --the different countries seem to have different appeal based on what you want. You could probably check out the shows on the internet. Happy hunting!
Sally in Seattle

boogerman Jun 5th, 2008 09:07 AM

Nicamor, One thing for sure, having that view seen in the picture on your home page would sure go a long ways in fulfilling my dreams of a relocation home! Looks like a lot of good timely information. Thanks for the link.

SnRSeattle, thank you, another member made that suggestion from the lounger. So I've been watching and just saw a new show that’s to be aired Friday on tropical locations.

We are indeed living during a great time in the human experiment!

Femi Jun 10th, 2008 09:48 PM

I like the balanced tone of the blog James. Makes for an interesting read, especially as I've just returned from vacationing in Nicaragua.

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