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...worse, a toyota corolla cost 40k!!! can you imagine paying 40k for a corolla?

@Profiler, I was just browsing through this thread when I came across your post (#298)..

Fyi, latest price (10 August 2013) for a 1.6L corolla in Singapore, with *COE: SGD 125.9K (~USD 99K)
New Toyota Corolla Altis Latest Car Price & Prices Singapore - sgCarMart

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@Profiler, I was just browsing through this thread when I came across your post (#298)..

Fyi, latest price (10 August 2013) for a 1.6L corolla in Singapore, with *COE: SGD 125.9K (~USD 99K)
New Toyota Corolla Altis Latest Car Price & Prices Singapore - sgCarMart

*COE: Certificate of Entitlement - In Singapore, this certificate represents a right to vehicle ownership for 10 years only.

Enjoy this video too: Hollywood Stars Shocked By Singapore Car Prices - YouTube

Yeah but it is not the cost of vehicle - it's cost of license to own the vehicle. If you have one you can buy a new car much cheaper.

Price for cars in Europe are almost double of American too. Gas is more than double. Higher taxes.

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Could you grant me access to the Ecuador thread. It is kind of relevant to me since I will be there for half a year at least.

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Could you grant me access to the Ecuador thread. It is kind of relevant to me since I will be there for half a year at least.

Why not become an Elite Member ?

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Why not become an Elite Member ?

That small fee gives you access not only to the 'Ecuador Thread', but to many other very helpful threads and topics as well...

I was not familiar with the scheme of different subscriptions.

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My recommendations

Hi Mike,

I've done extensive research on this topic and I also have been to quite a number of countries.

If you can speak some Spanish, I highly recommend Uruguay, it really is the best country overall in Central/South America and Caribbean!

If you really have to find a country is these areas that speaks English, my top choice would be Turks & Caicos. Since it's a tiny country, there's a lack of some modern amenities such as big shopping malls, etc. And the fastest internet connection I know over there is 8MB/s, if that's not fast enough for you, you can pretty much forget about living in the Caribbean.

I have tons of info on Turks & Caicos so if you want more details please let me know. I don't speak Spanish and I suck at learning a new language otherwise I'd be typing this message from Uruguay right now. Seriously, I really envy people who can speak Spanish.

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I have tons of info on Turks & Caicos so if you want more details please let me know. I don't speak Spanish and I suck at learning a new language otherwise I'd be typing this message from Uruguay right now. Seriously, I really envy people who can speak Spanish.

I'd love to hear more on all three of those. Uruguay is my #1 South America destination. I'm still undecided on a Caribbean destination.

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Turks Caicos

Mr.You,

Out of all the English-speaking countries in Central/South America and Caribbean, Turks & Caicos (one country) is the one with the lowest crime rate and has fewer encounters with major hurricanes, that's why I it's my top choice in the region. Also, it's relatively easily to get a residence visa, here's a good link describing the requirement:
Immigration and Residency in Turks & Caicos Islands

Here's their official government page on immigration:
Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Board at Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Board

North Providenciales is the most expensive, upscale, and somewhat safer. Properties outside of the main island (Providenciales) is much cheaper, and the investment requirement (in order to obtain a residence visa) there is much lower than the one in main island. Like many Caribbean countries, T&C has lots of mosquitoes, so you need to be prepared for that.

You can learn more about T&C at:
Turks and Caicos Tourism, Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, All Inclusive, Vacation Villa Rentals, Real Estate, Dining Guide, Weather, Excursions, SCUBA Diving, Shopping, Tours etc.

Tourism info:
Turks and Caicos Islands Travel Guide - VirtualTourist
Turks & Caicos - Travel Guide, Info & Bookings ? Lonely Planet

Property info:
Turks and Caicos Real Estate :: Turks and Caicos Property :: Providenciales

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My wife and I have decided to retire in Costa Rica on the pacific side near the tip of the Nicoya Penensula.
We have traveled a lot in Latin America and have visited Costa Rica many times.
Our next visit is for 5 weeks including the month of Nov
We have been looking at property for a couple years but we will most likely live in our decided destination for a few years before buying. We will continue to look at property but the rent is cheap so there is no hurry
Good luck fellow adventurers

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