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Old 01-21-2017, 03:45 PM
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Anybody live or have lived there? I'm more inclined to be situated in rural areas and it seems like there may be still be some quaint little beach villages. How is the fishing, offshore, inshore, backcountry?
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Old 01-21-2017, 05:12 PM
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Other being bankrupt and crime ridden its first class
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Old 01-21-2017, 05:13 PM
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Other being bankrupt and crime ridden its first class
You've spent time there?
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Lived there a long time ago, like any where check it out before you make the jump. Beautiful Island great weather .
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Old 01-21-2017, 05:30 PM
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As good of weather as there is in the world.
People have an entreprenurial spirit. Own a gas grill and a cooler and you've got a restaurant on the side of the road. Own a cooler, and you're selling water at red lights.
So much unemployment that thieves are everywhere. Burglar bars and security doors are on every house. They even have burglar bars on open carports.
Some raise their kids Spanish speaking. Some raise them English speaking. Some don't speak either very well.
It's a shame that 2.5 million Puerto Ricans have moved to Orlando and NYC, as there are not enough jobs there to pay'em.

Who knows what the territory's future holds. The government is smack ass broke.
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I'd move in a heart beat but I wouldn't raise my kids there. I've been all over the island and anywhere outside of San Juan seems to be the best imo. I got the feeling that the locals resent mainlanders in Vieques. I would recommend renting long term until you figure out where you want to be permanently

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There's a reason that half of Puerto Rico lives in Kissimmee and I'm sure it not because its such a great place to live.
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:32 PM
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OP, dunno why you'd wannna live in a third world country???
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You've spent time there?
Since when is relevant experience necessary to proffer an "informed" opinion on THT?!?!
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Why the f-uch would you want to live in a third world country?
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I worked for JetBlue and could fly there standby free. Went a few times, great fun, zero chance I'd live there.
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Never lived there, but spent a few 3 week visits working pharmaceutical industries. Have a friend there and my cousin lived there for a few years. I love the food and the island overall is pretty cool. There are some dangers but probably no big deal if you keep your wits about you. They have a large low class and a small upper class and not much of a middle class. Most people are friendly. Not too offend (and I probably will!!) but the joke is "Puerto Rico would be a beautiful island if it wasn't for the Puerto Ricans! Seriously though, the thing that upset me the most is people dumping bags of trash on many of the remote beaches! Not washed up trash, but trash the residents put there! It is a really nice place though and fishing and diving is very good.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
OP, dunno why you'd wannna live in a third world country???
I've never been there and was curious about it since it's technically still the US. Seems like there may be some old world charm outside of the San Juan shitholes. I figured some members of the THT brain trust would have information
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It is not a third world country (not really sure how you guys are defining that), and like many other places there are good and bad areas. I agree should rent long term and see if is a good fit for you/family. Definitely suggest outside of San Juan area, although fun area, not a place to live (at least for me).
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Pull it up on google earth or iPhone map at night.

The light pollution (read: population density) is off the charts. There are definitely some quaint fishing type villages but there are a LOT of people too.

In theory I like the idea of living in a US territory very close to the mainland but still with an island vibe. It wouldn't work in my circumstances but sure, I'd live there. And the "third world country" comment are from people that think cruise ship vacations are a great way To experience different cultures, Ignore them.

As with any move, rent for at least a year before purchasing.
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I spent a week in Rincon several years ago. Rented a townhouse owned by a THT member.

What a difference once you get out of the population centers. Rincon is a mix of locals and mainlanders. Many are there for the surfing. Really liked it. Very laid back, good food, great beaches, friendly people.
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Things in PR are also expensive, if I understand it right everything that is imported needs to be off loaded in the States and then reloaded into another ship before it goes to PR, adding 20% on to the cost.
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I lived in El Condado for two years. It was a lot of fun. Im not sure how my experience in '98 would help you because things change so much.

I would consider living in or near Fajardo. It's close to st thomas, St. John's and Tortola by boat.
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Why the f-uch would you want to live in a third world country?
Third world island country is my retirement plan! Why would you not?
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I lived in San Juan back in 1981. Even then we had bars over windows and doors.
Heard it is worse now, if possible.
The Puerto Rican's are fleeing to the US mainland in droves.
I would not live there, or go there on vacation.
That being said, some of the smaller towns may be ok, but if Iwas going to move in that direction, St. John would be the first choice.
St. Thomas and St. Croix are also crime infested like Puerto Rico.
I lived a year in St. T and 2 years in St. C in the 80s and got robbed a couple of times. The cops did nothing.
A friends wife was raped down there, a neighbor was killed by a Rastafarian high on drugs and another friend's dog was killed while the bad guys broke in to steal his TV.
Good weather, good diving and sailing but bad natives..
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