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Dominican Republic: Living in Santa Domingo:

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and feel much safer in the DR. As far as SSI you should be fine. My girl rents a 2 bedroom apartment for 200 USD. Don't worry too much about the crime. Make sure you got your Medical taken care as the private clinics or hospital is the way to go.

Panama: Retire Panama:

I am new here and Maybe I can get your two cents as I am in the midst of a major transition in my love and is excited and scared as hell!! Background 52 years old this Jun 29th! I am retiring on October with a small pension from my government job as a Child Abuse Investigator and Manager for Social Services in Alameda County in California. I am single and no longer have any real ties to the San Jose Bay Area. All my family has passed away over the last 10 years. I am Italian and Spanish, I speak a little Spanish but open to embrace the language of my host nation. Masters Degree in Social work and besides social work, I have over 15 years of teaching experience and a local college. I been planning my move to Latin America or the Caribbean for 17 years. In the mean time, I have spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia and some Asian countries like Philippines and Thailand. Lived short times in India and Singapore but my heart has always been over seas rather than staying in the USA. The DR is in my top 3 so far but I wanted to give Panama a chance. Now I am 2 months away from early retirement so it's getting REAL!! LOL I am looking for a place that has the following requirements: Meduim sized city vs a capital city (or in a quit neighborhood if I am in the capital. I am tired of the crowds living in the Bay Area California. Access to fresh and healthy food, a good gym, tropical weather. I have degenerate bone disease in my shoulders and the tropical weather really relieves arthritic pain for me and allows me to have little pain and still be active and workout. Eventually I would like to add value to my host community. Maybe teach English part-time or start a small business or invest in some rental property for passive income. I spent my whole life as an educator and social worker so giving back and being a helper is important to me. Overall, I am simple man, easy to get along with and make friends, looking forward to and really enjoy and value a simple life (We in the west have gotten so far away from what really matters). And time to recover from a career of seeing some of the worst imaginable things happen to children,10 hrs a day everyday over my career. Any advice based on my criteria would be helpful. Blessings and thank you! Michael mchrismsw@gmail.com

Trinidad & Tobago: Real estate:

I am sorry for your experience. On a side note, I lived in Trinidad before and it is the worst value for your money in the Caribbean and Latin America. The homes are overpriced, and ugly for the most part! The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Columbia, Panama, you get a much bigger bang for your dollar and the homes that an average person can afford are amazing and stylish and the beaches are so much better. Check out the DR if you like Caribbean living. I have several Trini friends that are trying to get out and even retire out of Trinidad. It sad because Sweet Trinidad had so much potential at one time in history.

Vietnam: Retire in Veitnam:

Hello, I am retiring early at 52 I been doing research into Vietnam and other Asian countries as a possible destination. I have severe degenerative joint disease in both shoulders so I need more tropical weather to ease the arthritis. By profession I am a social worker and educator so I am looking for a local community (no gated communities for me). Financially, I am far from rich but after settling in will have a budget of about 1300-1800 monthly. SSI doesn't kick in for 10 years; In the mean time, I do have enough saving to buy an apartment and savings to get me through until SSI kicks in. As far as lifestyle, It's important for me to add value to my community (volunteering, small business etc). I like to stay active, workout, enjoy community, go out to dinner, movies, cafe's etc. I will embrace the language of my host community. Any advice would be appreciated. Respectfully, Michael Mchrismsw@gmail.com

Philippines: Retire Philippines??:

I am new here and Maybe I can get your two cents as I am in the midst of a major transition in my love and is excited and scared as hell!! Background 52 years old this Jun 29th! I am retiring on October with a small pension from my government job as a Child Abuse Investigator and Manager for Social Services in Alameda County in California. I am single and no longer have any real ties to the San Jose Bay Area. All my family has passed away over the last 10 years. I am Italian and Spanish, I speak a little Spanish but open to embrace the language of my host nation. Masters Degree in Social work and besides social work, I have over 15 years of teaching experience and a local college. I been dreaming of moving to Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean for 17 years. In the mean time, I have spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia and some Asian countries like Philippines and Thailand. My heart has always been over seas rather than staying in the USA. The DR is in my top 3 so far but I wanted to give Philippines a chance. and enjoy how much slower it is compared to the USA. Now I am 3 months away from early retirement so it's getting REAL!! LOL I am looking for a place that has the following requirements: Meduim sized city vs a capital city. I am tired of the crowds living in the Bay Area California. Access to fresh and healthy food, a good gym, tropical weather. I have degenerate bone disease in my shoulders and the tropical weather really relieves arthritic pain for me and allows me to have little pain and still be active and workout. Affordable housing. I have budgeted about 1500 USD per month for living expenses and about another 300 USD if I need to go over. I still got 1 years to wait before SSI gives me a bump to my pension. Ultimately were and when I land safely, I have budgeted up to 200, 000 USD max for a house or apartment. I am not rich but just a poor civil servant LOL :) Eventually I would like to add value to my host community. Maybe teach English part-time or start a small business or invest in some rental property for passive income. I spent my whole life as an educator and social worker so giving back and adding value to my host community is important to me Overall, I am simple man, easy to get along with and make friends, looking forward to and really enjoy and value a simple life (We in the west have gotten so far away from what really matters). And time to recover from a career of seeing some of the worst imaginable things happen to children,10 hrs a day everyday over my career. Any advice based on my criteria would be helpful. Blessings and thank you! Michael mchrismsw@gmail.com

Mexico: Retire Early:

Hello, I am retiring early at 52 (may consider being transnational and work part time in the USA as an option or not LOL). I been doing research into Mexico as a possible destination. I like PV, also San Miguel De Allende but I am open to other areas, I have severe degenerative joint disease in both shoulders so I need more tropical weather to ease the arthritis. By profession I am a social worker and educator so I am looking for a local community (no gated communities for me). Financially, I am far from rich but after settling in will have a budget of about 1500-1800 monthly. SSI doesn't kick in for 10 years which will give me 1000 bump then, In the mean time, I do have enough saving to buy a home or apartment and savings to get me through until SSI kicks in. As far as lifestyle, It's important for me to add value to my community (volunteering, small business etc). I like to stay active, workout, enjoy community, go out to dinner, movies, cafe's etc. I speak a little Spanish (very little) but I will embrace the language of my host community. Any advice would be appreciated. Respectfully, Michael

Dominican Republic: Safety in DR:

I have 5 year tenure in Santo Domingo. I have never felt unsafe living in the big city. The traffic is horrible and wouldn't ride a motorcycle in SD. I have never been a victim of crime and regularly out after dark stopping by the Barbe Que Chicken stands that are all over the city LOL. But life is not all rosy glasses. While staying with my girlfriend, her apartment building was robbed. I had another friend whose car was stolen. And from what I hear by the locals, don't wear flashy jewelary or you might get robbed (Grab and Run). I personally never had experienced these things but they do happen. I feel safer here than I do in many US cities for what that is worth. For the record, its a beautiful country and you should both be fine.

Dominican Republic: Suggestions for Island Style living in Caribbean?:

I am sorry for your bad experiences, I have been in the DR for 5 years and I still love it. Yes, there is crime but honestly less than in major cities in America. Yes people will take advantage if you let them, but you have your opportunist in the USA also but you just have to say "NO", Hey your not BANK OF AMERICA. Curruption? That is also every where. In the USA people are being poisoned (Flint Michigan) and the government knew about it, we are under constant surveillance (without a warrent), People lost their pensions and life savings but because the government was in bed with the banks they got bailed out. I can go on and on... All I am trying to say is that you can find your slice of paradise in the Dominican Republic, I have made many friends, go to a great gym, enjoy an amazing church, fresh food, a beautiful woman etc. And as far as real estate? I am from Silicon Valley, where the American Dream of owning a home is dead (as with many other areas in the USA) but the Dominican Republic you can buy a beautiful apartment or home for 100,000 or under. and if you want to spend about 200-250 you will be living in your dream home in a very good neighborhood here in Santo Domingo. Where I am from ha ha, you priced out and even in the GHETTO of WEST or EAST Oakland where guns shots and people die everyday you can't break in to the market unless you have at least half a million. The only other thing I can say is be happy, if it's not in the DR, there are beautiful tropical places all over the world, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Veitnam, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Mexico etc The one knock i have on the DR is the medical marijuana is illegal.....or else I can't complain. BTW yes i do have bad days and there are things that irritate me at times but I had those days in the USA also.

Brazil: Retire Brazil??:

I am new here and Maybe I can get your two cents as I am in the midst of a major transition in my love and is excited and scared as hell!! Background 52 years old this Jun 29th! I am retiring on October with a small pension from my government job as a Child Abuse Investigator and Manager for Social Services in Alameda County in California. I am single and no longer have any real ties to the San Jose Bay Area. All my family has passed away over the last 10 years. I am Italian and Spanish, I speak a little Spanish but open to embrace the language of my host nation. Masters Degree in Social work and besides social work, I have over 15 years of teaching experience and a local college. I been planning my move to Latin America or the Caribbean for 17 years. In the mean time, I have spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia and some Asian countries like Philippines and Thailand. Lived short times in India and Singapore but my heart has always been over seas rather than staying in the USA. The DR is in my top 3 so far but I wanted to give Brazil a chance. I been to Bahia only once about 10 years ago and loved the culture, how much slower it is compared to the USA. I also loved the colorful colonial style buildings and had a great experience with the locals. Now I am 4 months away from early retirement so it's getting REAL!! LOL I am looking for a place that has the following requirements: Meduim sized city vs a capital city. I am tired of the crowds living in the Bay Area California. Access to fresh and healthy food, a good gym, tropical weather. I have degenerate bone disease in my shoulders and the tropical weather really relieves arthritic pain for me and allows me to have little pain and still be active and workout. Affordable housing. I have budgeted about 1500 USD per month for living expenses and about another 500 USD if I need to go over. Ultimately were and when I land safely, I have budgeted up to 275, 000 USD max for a house. I am not rich but just a poor civil servant LOL :) Eventually I would like to add value to my host community. Maybe teach English part-time or start a small business or invest in some rental property for passive income. I spent my whole life as an educator and social worker so giving back and being a helper is important to me. Women? There's angels and crazy ones in every culture but what I love about Latin women in general is that the ones I have met ooz with sensuality, are uber affectionate and value men more than western woman in general. I am hopeless romantic so I would like to get married again one day. Overall, I am simple man, easy to get along with and make friends, looking forward to and really enjoy and value a simple life (We in the west have gotten so far away from what really matters). And time to recover from a career of seeing some of the worst imaginable things happen to children,10 hrs a day everyday over my career. Any advice based on my criteria would be helpful. Blessings and thank you! Michael mchrismsw@gmail.com

Philippines: Borrowing money:

When you know better you do better. I been there before, Mr. Good Heart helping people out and then I got smart after educating myself about finances. Money is business not personal so do things properly or not at all. Leave your emotions on the shelf.

Jamaica: Thinking about moving to Jamaica:

"DREAMERS", I had a dream of retiring and moving to Jamaica (grow dreads, I am Italian), smoke weed and write reggae music all day. Seriously, and it wasn't about money LOL But today I am in 2 days of retirement and I look back at that and sad to say its no longer feasible, since I found the Maya Riveria and Dominican Republic. But I still love the reggae sub culture and I am medical marijuana proponent. Jamaica will always have a special place in my heart. And what's so amazing is that this beautiful country has exported its reggae culture to all four corners of the earth, from California to Kigali Africa, East and South Asia. The love is spread everywhere. So no dreads, but I still sing reggae (in the shower). I will be visiting again soon but economically, like Trinidad and Tobago, Jamiaca is not a great buy for the average retiree when you money goes way further in other tropical paradises.

Dominican Republic: livinglife:

If you look hard enough with a local's help you can swing a 200 dollar per month apartment. But if your just getting there it will be more expensive. My fiance rents an apartment in Santo Domingo for 200 usd per month and its a two bedroom and nice. Where I live in California it would cost about 2000 per month for the same thing.

Dominican Republic: Opening co-op restaurant in DR:

Miranda be sure to do your swot analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, opportunities and threats) first if you haven't already. I have not seen too many successful Haitian restaurants in SD, When I was recently there I walked by this Haitian restaurant in the Colonial Zone that was in a very nice area (Calle' Sanchez, One block away from El Conde) and I never saw one person go in there but the Italian restaurant next store was packed every night, I am sure you have done your research and Blessings with your endeavor. I have spent my life as Master's Level Social Worker for the Government in the USA so I get you wanted to add value to the community you work and live in. AWSOME!!!

Dominican Republic: Meet a nice Dominican Lady:

The DR is what you make it, I reside part time in SD. But if you want a good girl they are out there. You would be surprised how many good woman want to take a good man that will love them. The women are beautiful and easy to meet from my experience and that being said, you can have an companion very easily or you can enjoy a bachelors life. It's all there for the taking. I go to church in SD and for me a good church girl whose heart first belongs to GOD is what I prefer. Maybe in the Sosua area this might be an option for you. BTW, thanks for serving our country as a LE. I myself will be retiring in October from a a career as a child abuse investigator and manager. Can't wait till I am back in the DR. Maybe we can get together and I can treat you to an ice cold president'

Dominican Republic: Appreciate info re; can I survive in the D.R on $1000 mo?:

If you live like a local you can do it. I like living like a local but would still need another 500-1000 for my sinful endeavors LOL. Seriously my fiance rents an apartment for 200 USD per month and its a nice 2 bedroom place in San Isidro, Santo Domingo. But there's real money in the DR also. You can easily spend 5K per month. They have all the international corporations, Forever 21, Starbucks, Adidas, Nike, BMW, Mazarati, Honda etc. Santo Domingo can be very high end. But it all depends were you live and what your lifestyle is. You can had an apartment for as little as 40K or 200K depending were you want to be. Overall, I love the DR. And I love living like a local (Maybe because I am social worker). The best meal I had last time was not at the APPLE B or Hard Rock Cafe my Dominican friend dragged me to but at a local stand on the side of the road with grill chicken, some pigeon peas and rice with drinks. Me and my fiance spend about 7 usd for the meal. :)

 

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