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Old 10-01-2011, 15:27   #736
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As Cliff Dykes mentioned, there are still areas on the east end near Beef Island, away from the tourists at Nanny Key, Road Town and Trellis Bay. I saw several boats anchored in Fat Hogs Bay near the marina mooring field. There is also a new small chandlery there, a few restaurants, laundry, and a new rather large grocery store within walking distance.
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"....good beer for a dollar that seen the inside of a refrigerator....."

that assumes the refrigerator has power and is cold!

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Also the "Conquistador" style society can grate on "western" sensitivities.
What is a "Conquistador" style society?

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Pure Blood, Mixed Blood and Native.... its a heirarchy class structure... usually dominated by the oldest earliest families in a region... bit like England really..
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Sounds like fun with rum in the sun Racing after Conquistadoras.....
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boatman61 summed it up most accurately. It is a stratified society. The old families, the pure blood Spanish; mixed blood; and now a growing number of Haitians who will work for a fraction of what young Dominicans men will work for.
- - But everybody has amble food and a place to live so that in other than the "big cities" crime is rare and basic honesty and friendliness is the rule.
- - However, another rule is if you don't work/earn money you don't eat, so although Baseball is supposed to be the "national sport" I really think it is conning "gringo's" out of their money. You do have to be world-wise and not naive about how the "other" side of the world operates.
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boatman61 summed it up most accurately. It is a stratified society. The old families, the pure blood Spanish; mixed blood; and now a growing number of Haitians who will work for a fraction of what young Dominicans men will work for.
- - But everybody has amble food..... .
Is that walking around and eating? Ambling food? Sorry, that bit of smart-assedness just slipped out. It wasn't me. Please, carry on.
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Oops - good catch! But they do a lot of ambling around looking for gringoes to con.
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Oops - good catch! But they do a lot of ambling around looking for gringoes to con.
Sounds a bit like Thailand

"Caveat Emptor" - Latin for: "Welcome to Thailand"

Methinks some of this should really head over to the SSSSM thread...........
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It would appear that the "Spanish" countries are the least expensive and most likely to have most of the requirements MJ asked for.
But not the dumb girls you need to go to rich countries to find them

BTW, just started to Brazil and Beyond by Annie Hall, not sure when this was written, mid nineties? They were on 25 a week, but went down to 16 a week in Brazil for both of them.
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. . . Methinks some of this should really head over to the SSSSM thread...........
Been there, and the same sort of discussion is there - but those over there still believe in the "fairy godmother" and think your "soulmate" will magically appear before you without any conscious effort or action. Tain't so . . . Finding somebody under 60 y.o. who can prosper in the cruising lifestyle which includes the critical elements of good attitude, flexibility, adaptability, and joys of a basic lifestyle is daunting. Possible, but your best prospecting fields are outside North America and a lot of Europe.
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This thread has been alive a while and I haven't really seen much answer to the $500/mo cruising in a while.

So what is the opinon here after all this. Is it possible to cruise on $500/mo in a way that is not the "back-packing life". For us that are not on the young side of our life is the risk of doing without that this budget means worth it, from an enjoyable experience and risk to health (since I doubt health insurance can be included in the $500/mo)?
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This thread has been alive a while and I haven't really seen much answer to the $500/mo cruising in a while.

So what is the opinon here after all this. Is it possible to cruise on $500/mo in a way that is not the "back-packing life". For us that are not on the young side of our life is the risk of doing without that this budget means worth it, from an enjoyable experience and risk to health (since I doubt health insurance can be included in the $500/mo)?
Are you serious?
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SSSSM ? What is that?
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your best prospecting fields are outside North America and a lot of Europe.
Although I never formally lived in Thailand, I found that being mixed up with a local for many years / extended periods did mean that life can get radically cheaper. Not all the time but overall. Not just access to local deals / prices but also a different approach to what was interesting to do. Pick carefully and you can even get one who is self-supporting and even no large family on your plate If you really luck in could even get one who would be damned handy if 1000 angry Zulus came over the hill

Not sure how that approach would fit in with active cruising - maybe a local in every port

Not to say that I am western woman phobic - but that maybe cos' I've never been divorced from one?


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