The Manana Syndrome (Soon Come in Jamaica) - I know it well. Another potential paradise is Vietnam
. They are very similar in some respects to the Carib - one big difference is punctuality. If you order your cable tv, the guy will go home with you and hook it up right now. The people are generally very friendly. The downside is that it is a long way from home and the air is quite polluted.
Doug, you are man after my own heart, having the balls to actually make the move. Keep up posted on your experiences.