where is the best place to retire in latin America?
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re: where is the best place to retire in latin America?
Posted by Kafka on 11/18 at 8:57 pm to Dandy Lion
How big a deal is it trying to live in some of these places if you don't speak Spanish?


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Posted by AutoYes_Clown on 11/18 at 8:58 pm to Dandy Lion
Forget Latin America... look at southeast Asia. My first boss retired to Vietnam (city unknown). He built a mansion in a predominately English speaking part of a city for $200k USD. He was 67 and married a 28 yr old Viet model. He literally lives in a paradise like a king on relatively very little money. He travels to Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore very often, which are close.

I could live that life.



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Posted by Kafka on 11/18 at 9:01 pm to AutoYes_Clown
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He built a mansion in a predominately English speaking part of a city for $200k USD


there are English speaking parts of Vietnam?



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Posted by Jake88 on 11/18 at 9:31 pm to kywildcatfanone
What's to keep someone from rolling in and just taking what you have? As an outsider, why would the law side with you? What ghts will you truly be afforded? The friends I've had from Central America said it's a fairly corrupt place.


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Posted by Dandy Lion on 11/18 at 9:34 pm to Kafka
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How big a deal is it trying to live in some of these places if you don't speak Spanish?
Personally, I think it´s a big deal. Costa Rica has pretty much set themselves up around the Yanqui, but, as I said earlier, it´s becoming less attractive, very quickly.

The others, you need to be able to babble the perfunctory necessities.



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Posted by Dandy Lion on 11/18 at 9:37 pm to Jake88
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What's to keep someone from rolling in and just taking what you have? As an outsider, why would the law side with you? What ghts will you truly be afforded? The friends I've had from Central America said it's a fairly corrupt place.
Most gringos should have a padrino, or two. You´re going to need to get to know the local gringo friendly attorney, judge, etc. You´ll live like some bastard with diplomatic immunity. Really. You could probably kill someone and be DUI, and nothing will come of it.



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Posted by Jake88 on 11/18 at 9:42 pm to Dandy Lion
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You´re going to need to get to know the local gringo friendly attorney, judge, etc.


How much does that cost?



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Posted by Dandy Lion on 11/18 at 9:52 pm to Jake88
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How much does that cost?
I´m not sure. When I was in these types of places, I was there on behalf of big, publicly traded Spanish companies (nothing due), and another time, consulting for an American company, but, I quickly made friends with an English attorney married to the daughter of the biggest family in the area.

I'd imagine 500 bucks would be a good start. I stress start.


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Posted by Escobar600 on 11/18 at 9:54 pm to Jake88
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What's to keep someone from rolling in and just taking what you have? As an outsider, why would the law side with you? What ghts will you truly be afforded? The friends I've had from Central America said it's a fairly corrupt place.


Why a lot of the wealthy try to leave Colombia. A lot of crime. Shootings are common, robberies (cellphones are big targets now). If you have a nice new truck or Benz, you might as well bulletproof it. You can basically do what you want and pay assassins to take people out for virtually nothing. That doesn't even begin to describe a gringo trying to do business down there. They'll rob you blind and give you a smile while doing it.

At the airport in Barranquilla the customs agents were basically taking shite from every passenger. They told one woman to give them her new DVDs, one for each of their friends. They also charged people exorbitant fines for no reason at all. This never happened to me in about 20 trips there, but they can do what they want when they want.

I remember being in a taxi in Panama. The driver made an illegal turn and there were about 8 undercover cops standing on the corner. They pulled him over and we sat there for 90 minutes as they kept trying to get him to pay them off. No ticket or anything, they just wanted cash.

As for the guy asking about speaking Spanish, it would be foolish to live in Latin America and not speak it.


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Posted by lsu480 on 11/18 at 9:55 pm to prplhze2000
I don't know but I wanna go!!!


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Posted by Geauxtigrs04 on 11/18 at 9:59 pm to lsu480
one of my co-workers just moved to Costa Rica and he loves it.. says it's cheap as hell, and they speak English...


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Posted by prplhze2000 on 11/18 at 10:02 pm to Dandy Lion
what is wrong with costa rica? I know a few who bought property down there. Said it was nice, crime was not a problem, and there were a few Americans down there. Changed? Government changed? What happened?


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Posted by nevilletiger79 on 11/18 at 10:48 pm to prplhze2000
Aruba or costa rica


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Posted by Swoopin on 11/18 at 10:50 pm to prplhze2000
Belize speaks English.

Not sure if it's "Latin" or if its more African though.



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