Hi, I am from Spain
and have lived in the Caribean, from BC, Canada
to Lima, Peru
One of my favorite places to live with and without a boat is the Sea of Cortes near the town of San Carlos
(Guaymas). Another excellent place is Panama
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We have been here almost 3 years now and we love it! It is inexpensive, the waters of the San Blas Islands and beautiful and clean and there are no hurricanes or mayor storms to worry about it. HOWEVER, if you buy anything in Panama
you should always have a lawyer and furthermore, as some one berore pointed out, live in the area you are considering to purchase
something. We had a very bad experience when we purchase
a home on 3 acres. When we asked about security
the American owner and his S. African wife who, by the way, were also cruisers, we trusted them when they said there were no problems with security
... they said the had to sell because after 2.5 years his S. African wive was not able to obtain a resident's visa and her US visa would also expire if they did not return to the US soon... we really loved the place and sign a contract
which did not have a single
clause on "security". To make the story short, my wife and I spent there 1 night the following morning we left doue to the lack of security - bandidos with guns
shootings - three days earlier they shot 2 dogs
, mistreated a worker and had a gun on the owners head
while other tear apart the place... the owner gave up and gave them what they wanted... The American and his wife had been assaulted 3 times in the previous 3 months and 1 of those times he was injured with a gun shot.... The police confirmed all that and said the area is too remote
for them to patrol so you have to hire your own bodyguard... !!! The American and his S African wife would not talk to us... either by phone
... only via the lawyers and since we had nothing about security in the contract
our 40,250 plus ...
We still love it here in Panama. There are some bad areas but find most places very secure - even the famous Colon we find safe... the only problem we ever had in Panama was with the American and his S African wife who are also cruisers...!!!
Good luck to you finding your dream place!!!
Felipe y Paulina