Steve's generally correct - many a 'paradise' has been discovered - but quite incorrect when you begin looking at specific opportunities. Just today I picked up an email
from friends who have arrived in Luperon in the Dominican Republic
. Land purchasing
there by ex-Pats is very common, land is cheap
, the country's politicians are as crooked as a dog's hind leg but the govt's operational behavior has been very stable for some years (in a whacky Caribbean
sorta way). The DR currency (Peso) is 50 to the U.S. dollar, a nice departure from the plummeting USD values we see here in Europe
. The friend thinks he'd love to buy some land there and its cheap. (BTW Luperon is where Columbus stumbled in with his one remaining ship, only to find the Pinta, as I recall
, which had been spirited away by its captain
and crew from Chris' "fleet", being careened for a good scrub. Wonder what happened to that ol' boy?)
There are other examples, including parts
of the West Coast
, Costa Rico, Belize
and so forth.
However, the real question is...would you really want to live there? After all, you've only got sooo many years - what do you want to do with them?