24 choose your ideal place
spend. If you have a limited budget,
the best option is to avoid tourist cities and search in the outlying towns.
On the other hand, if you prefer a
luxurious high-rise condominium
with a housekeeper and all possible
amenities, it will be much easier to
live in that style.
3. What accommodations are
You could buy a luxurious four
bedroom Mexican-style home or
rent a small apartment. A beautiful
Central Valley Costa Rican mountain home with three bedrooms for
$120,000 would seem impossible to
North Americans, but commonplace
in South America. If you plan to experience the diversity this country
has to offer, renting might be a better
option. Most rentals are furnished
with everything you need to live
making relocating a breeze. Imagine
a two bedroom rainforest villa totally furnished with everything, which
is walking distance to a pristine Caribbean beach, fresh markets, grocery stores, restaurants, music and
entertainment, all for $700 a month,
including utilities. Instead of searching for accommodations through
the internet, it is advisable to travel
to the location you are considering.
You can frequently get a much better
price in person. Many of the rentals
are not advertised, the owner simply
puts up a sign. It will also give you
the opportunity to spend some time
in your chosen destination to make
sure you are where you want to be.
4. What kind of climate can I expect?
Most parts of Central and South
America and the Caribbean are
mild year round with no summer
or winter temperatures, rather temperatures ranging from around 72 to
89 degrees. There is typically a dry
and wet season with the dry season
starting in December and ending in
5. Will I be able to earn a living?
You are allowed to own a business. Yoga studios, horseback riding,
dive shops and bed and breakfasts
are some of the popular businesses
owned by Americans. In general,
you cannot take local jobs with a few
exceptions. Due to a large demand
for English teachers, many expatriates are working in public and private schools as well as teaching English to business employees.
6. Should I bring a vehicle?
Many people sell or leave their
vehicle behind due to the high cost
of fuel and the low cost of public
transportation in Latin America.
The main forms of transportation
are taxis and buses. Rates will vary
depending on your location, but
are much lower than in the United
States. Surprisingly, buses are quite
modern and comfortable with air
conditioning, reclining seats and