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Benny1951
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12/26/2013 18:11    
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I am a 63 year old Canadian female, wishing to move to a safe and warm country, but have little money. I am thinking of either Belize or Nicaragua. Would love to hear back from other older singles. Thank you, Linda

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12/26/2013 22:40    
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belize is very expensive take a look at el salvador very cheap and dont believe all the negative crap there are loads of ex pats there and its a great place to retire to

honduraschris
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12/27/2013 00:43    
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Linda,

Look outside the box. There are MANY foreigners living in La Ceiba Honduras in quiet beachfront neighborhoods. The Internet days no. But, Why not speak with foreigners living here?!? Way cheaper than you spoke. $13.00 USD maids per day (by law). PM me for details on everything here or just Google

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12/27/2013 03:51    
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I think Belize will be the safer as there are no volcanos and Nicaragua has many of them.

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From: El Salvador
12/31/2013 20:05    
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Belize is a low lying country in path of hurricanes from June to November, flooding, very nice place to live English is spoken and retirement residency is easy to get if you have a pension, but Belize, next to Costa Rica is most expensive country in Central America, especially food, much of which is imported and taxed, Granada, Nicaragua has a very large and very helpful in most cases, Ex Pat community, far from the "Volcano" (sometimes I wonder, do they live here?) and Nicaragua is least expensive Central American country to live in, join the Nicaragua Ex Pat Group on Facebook as well as two other Nicaragua Ex Pat Groups there, really good advice is given. Take a trip there and Belize as well first and look around for yourself, no amount of advices online can give you the wisdom of seeing for yourself. I live in another Central American country considered 'dangerous' by some and have no problems!! People, locals are friendly and you will find Ex Pats loke helping other Ex Pats, best say you are on a tight budget keeps the Real Estate Salespeople away!

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From: El Salvador
12/31/2013 20:11    
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Good post IJJ63! Ex Pats and the friendly Locals mix well here, there are no "Ex Pat only" gated communities! Suchitito www.gaesuchitoto.com/ and El Tunco Beach www.wtf-elsalvador.com/ (our site!) are nice places to live in ES, for retirement residency a single person needs to prove an income of USD $1,000, Month from home country. Check ES out as well as other CA countries, to see is to believe and a friendly El Salvador Ex Pat Group on Facebook. I have a Pan Central American Group in FB for both Travelers, Volunteers and Ex Pats PM me for contact info.

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1/1/2014 16:32    
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I did a year last year in nicaragua and in july i left,im in peru now and its costing me the same here with much better options in peru,lots more foreigners i see in peru....i did 2 years in philippines,nor as safe and crowded bad... I visited belize, and its expensive but yes nice and fresh ,.i explored every country from mexico to panama and guatemala can be as cheap as honduras and nicaragua....lots of people are eventually changeing over to peru and ecuador region because its still cheap in many places with many climate options from amazon to desert and hot desert to cold desert or mild tropical forest or at least much vegetation....i like peru food diversity far beyond central america,with better prices or quality,central america is so hot that fresh foods dont last in the market....peru markets stay fresh longer,not as hot....serve bigger portion with more variety of edibles in one plate....rice and beans in central america is limited to few kinds of beans..peru is more type if beans i can count on all fingers and toes plus two fingers borrowed from the john here...variety of potatos in the hundreds,and grains vary more than is common in USA by my experience,,,fruit is abundant and we have cold climate fruits apples in variety,peaches,grapes...and all the same fruit options al tropical as central america......if you are gonna live cheap,you get what you pay fot and that is cheap style and manners.....i decided the variety in peru adds a tremendous value to me being cheap where food is life and climate is the skin i crawl in....its as cheap in peru with more value by variety than central america,and that stays true for those coming to live here and not just experience it from a narrow inflated price tourist track/trap...sure the airfare is few hundred more,but.....it was worth it for me and i hate the mosqutp fumigation all over nicaragua,it is bad and gets in the food and water supply,always constant mass fumigation as was outlawed in USA in the 1950s....i live now in cool semi desert area of peru with no mosquito issues and no fumigation...every hot non desert in latin america including central,is subject to this fumigation practice against dengue fever...i hope more people dont die in future from aftermath of it than die from the dengue they are poisioning the place for

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I did a year last year in nicaragua and in july i left,im in peru now and its costing me the same here with much better options in peru,lots more foreigners i see in peru....i did 2 years in philippines,nor as safe and crowded bad... I visited belize, and its expensive but yes nice and fresh ,.i explored every country from mexico to panama and guatemala can be as cheap as honduras and nicaragua....lots of people are eventually changeing over to peru and ecuador region because its still cheap in many places with many climate options from amazon to desert and hot desert to cold desert or mild tropical forest or at least much vegetation....i like peru food diversity far beyond central america,with better prices or quality,central america is so hot that fresh foods dont last in the market....peru markets stay fresh longer,not as hot....serve bigger portion with more variety of edibles in one plate....rice and beans in central america is limited to few kinds of beans..peru is more type if beans i can count on all fingers and toes plus two fingers borrowed from the john here...variety of potatos in the hundreds,and grains vary more than is common in USA by my experience,,,fruit is abundant and we have cold climate fruits apples in variety,peaches,grapes...and all the same fruit options al tropical as central america......if you are gonna live cheap,you get what you pay fot and that is cheap style and manners.....i decided the variety in peru adds a tremendous value to me being cheap where food is life and climate is the skin i crawl in....its as cheap in peru with more value by variety than central america,and that stays true for those coming to live here and not just experience it from a narrow inflated price tourist track/trap...sure the airfare is few hundred more,but.....it was worth it for me and i hate the mosqutp fumigation all over nicaragua,it is bad and gets in the food and water supply,always constant mass fumigation as was outlawed in USA in the 1950s....i live now in cool semi desert area of peru with no mosquito issues and no fumigation...every hot non desert in latin america including central,is subject to this fumigation practice against dengue fever...i hope more people dont die in future from aftermath of it than die from the dengue they are poisioning the place for

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1/1/2014 19:01    
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Thank you so much for such good information. I really appreciate all of your comments.

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1/3/2014 13:42    
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Belize is expensive and Nicaragua is not very safe. I just moved to Salinas Ecuador and living costs are very reasonable here. Rents go from a low end of $350 (hard to find but I know people who pay this) on up depending on what you want. Local restaurants cost about $2-3 for a meal. The gringo restaurants are more like $8-10.

The weather here is very pleasant (upper 70's almost every day) and it is not humid. People are friendly and there is a good expat community for support.

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