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General Discussion / Health Insurance
« Last post by lisa g on August 29, 2017, 07:29:40 AM »
Hi!  Reading your everything since I found it!!  My hats off to the many hats you wear!!  So we are blessed and lucky enough to be coming there indefinely this coming 1st qtr of 2018. Not bringing a thing but some island wear and, hmmm, phones?  Oh yes, and our debit card. Spent 10 days on Vieques last December. Costa Rica the year before that. We've picked Puerto Rico!!  So we retire on 12/20/17. My husband, Scott has been paying into TRS so he can continue his major med at 200.00/month. Not that great but wondering if...we are not coming back to the contiguous United States for medical procedures, is simply having what's required or recommended in PR all we need?  we'll rent a car and live like tourists 10 days while looking for a place to rent long term. We want to really consider from Mayaguez - Rincon - Cabo Rojo and points between. But that's the water and view we think will suit us. Assuming within 10 days we will have an address  what should be our first documented legal move to living there by the book, i.e. drivers license, insurance, checking in to some agency somewhere?  So if I may kindly for your time and consideration on this, I'll be sure to be back, haha!  Thnx!!  I just love helping too!!
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General Discussion / Doctors? Husband has brain cancer in remission needs screenings
« Last post by sjsent on August 17, 2017, 02:19:43 AM »
Hi all!
My husband had brain cancer, 2 1/2 years in remission, but he still gets MRI and such every 6 months. We know that there has been an exodus of all sorts of people from Puerto Rico, and we are concerned about availability of medical care.
We would very much like to move to Puerto Rico- both of us speak Spanish, and love the climate, culture, food, etc. Our biggest caveat is the care availability. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Introductions! / Moving to Villalba soon!
« Last post by zolsirc on August 14, 2017, 03:43:38 PM »
Hello everyone! I first wanna take a moment to thank all the contributors to this informative website. Thank you for all the great information and for being so willing and forthcoming with helpful details.

My name is Zol and I've perused the site in the past while toying with the idea of going to PR. Alex, (my person) is originally from PR and made his was to VA during high school. We are both in need of a serious system shock and complete change of life, so we're making the move to Villalba! He has plenty of family on the island and we even have his childhood home to live in while we're there getting situated.

Our timeline is still in the air and moving around a bit, so I'm trying to just go with the flow until the plan is a little more solid. My only concern right now is (of course) the current economic situation and bankruptcy status. From things I've read, its more families with children and executives that are seeing the real struggles as well as the public school system. I don't think these issues would effect my day to day life TOO much, but I am concerned about crime rate and amounts of imports of essentials being effected. I feel like that would have more impact on me and my boyfriend. I hear its only to get worse over the course of the next year ... but of course, Im many many miles away and am only really reading what media has published.

If there is anyone that can shed some light, insight, experience, or really anything on the economy and how its impacting your daily life... It'd be so greatly appreciated!

Thank you for reading!
Zol
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Introductions! / I miss PR. I'm moving to PR!!!
« Last post by Melanie on August 13, 2017, 11:21:15 PM »
Hello folks!
     I finally managed to convince my spouse that we should move to PR. We have two boys (1 and 4 years old) and two Pitbulls. We've been struggling with deciding where to move to because we met in the service,, started dating, had kids, got out of the Army and we are stuck in a place where neither of us have family nor close friends. He's from Arizona and I'm from PR. I have family in NY (but that's too cold for our taste), Florida (I have my brother and sister and beaches, but not the mountains, rivers and lakes free of crocodiles). He has family in New Hampshire (again way too cold for our taste) and Arizona (where most of his family lives, beautiful landscapes, desert fun and the Grand Canyon - my favorite wonder of the States).
     The cut in pay is drastic. He is a diesel mechanic, making $18 an hour and could be better, where as in PR we've seen classifieds with diesel mechanic position starting at $9.25! I'am a Nursing student. Nurses in the States start around $25 an hour, where in PR they start between $13 to $16 an hour (I was told). We are fortunate to own our home. We pay $1,200 anually in Propert tax (and that's cheap for here). In PR I researched and found Property tax as low as $89 a year! The rent is so cheap, etc, but then again the cost of living goes in hand with the wages. We are simple folks. We want country living, in the mountains, away from people, where houses are cheaper and the air is cleaner. We love nature and adventure.
     I'm bilingual, but my spouse is an English speaker. For that reason our kids would be going to a bilingual private school. I'm originally from Guayama, but we are planning to move to Humacao or surrounding area because I will be going to the UPR there. We are going with savings and an open mind that it could take months before he finds a good job. We are fortunate enough to have savings, but that won't last forever and the worst that could happen is that we end up back in the States. So, we are going for it and I'm so damn excited!! I miss mi isla y mis amistades y mi familia. I left in 2006 and I'm ready to go back.  :)
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Local Business / Which is the best place for opening a language school in PR?
« Last post by lizzy7 on August 12, 2017, 09:24:40 PM »
I am a French native speaker and I would like to move to PR and open a language school. Is there anyone to give me some infos :
which status to choose?which type of visa?
Best place to be succesful and live in PR?
I would like to create an affordable language school so every one can benefit from the programs.
Thank you for your suggestions and help
Lysiane
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Places to live in the San Juan Metro / Metro area vs. Dorado
« Last post by HeatherW on July 25, 2017, 09:46:47 PM »
Hi!
My family is moving to the island next month. It is my husband and I with our two kids, ages 2 and 5 months. My husband's office is around the San Juan airport. We are weighing pros and cons of living in an area such as Guaybano where we hear we will have access to more activities, stores, restaurants versus moving to Dorado area (specifically the Sabanera community). Safety is obviously a concern staying at home with two young kids. Commute time for my husband is also a factor, and we have heard from different people that driving from airport to Dorado is a 20 min commute or a 90 min commute. Advice or experiences greatly appreciated. My husband is flying to PR next week to house hunt. Thanks!
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Introductions! / Re: Moving to paradise!!!
« Last post by Furey on June 23, 2017, 06:40:14 AM »
Hi Denise, how did the move go?
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Introductions! / Hola
« Last post by edmundsteele on June 12, 2017, 12:11:20 AM »
Jay, you do a great blog. It is wonderful to read some common sense from someone who understands both cultures. Thank You!

I am determined to learn to speak Spanish! Several sites have recommended that I acquire a Puerto Rican girlfriend to assist with that and although I have spotted several suitable candidates (nicely fitting into their bikinis), my wife of 46 years will not go for that. We have been in Puerto Rico for almost a week and have rented a place on the east coast, hoping the trade winds will provide allergy relief. We look forwards to making new friends and exploring this wonderful island.
Ed 8)
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General Discussion / Should Puerto Rico become a U.S. State? Pros/Cons?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on June 06, 2017, 09:28:05 AM »
So, this Sunday June 11, 2017 There will be a Plebiscite where the registered voters of Puerto Rico can go vote for the status that Puerto Rico has with the USA. The original purpose of it was to vote in efforts to decolonize Puerto Rico from the USA whether by becoming a state or by becoming a sovereign nation. However, the US Congress did not allow the PR government to only have those 2 options and they forced the local government to include a third option which now is to keep the current colonial status.

Pros and Cons? There are many, can we have a respectful discussion?
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General Discussion / Re: Car Insurance Companies - Any recommendations?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on June 06, 2017, 06:57:35 AM »
Wow! That's a great deal! Thanks for the info!!!
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