Hello all. I am in the very beginning stages of considering a move to Puerto Rico, from the U.S. mainland. I would love to live near/on the beach and have considered the mainland, but am not interested in wall to wall hotels with loads of people on the beaches, etc. I need to be where I can use Medicare as well, so that limits my choices. I have not been to Puerto Rico except for a one day stop on a cruise, decades and decades ago! Because of some of the tax incentives, and the falling real estate prices, it makes Puerto Rico an attractive option, not to mention the lovely island itself. I have not spent time reading the forums yet which I am sure will be very helpful. Right now I am only in the stage of considering it, and it is already overwhelming!
A little about me.... I am a single female that had to retire early due to disability, so did not work as many years to build up my income. But I am confident that I would have enough money to live there, but I also don't want to make an expensive mistake. And although it is already late in the season, I am hoping that maybe I could find somewhere to rent for a month this winter, to get an idea for areas that would best fit for me. I would like to have input from others as to what areas to consider,and to avoid. Obviously I need to be in safe area, and the beach is a big deal. I would like to be on or near a sandy beach. I want to consider the financial investment as well. I am hoping that PR will have an economic resurgence in the near future, and want to choose an area that may be able to increase in value. Do most people want to be on the East or West Coast, or North or South? I wonder if the chances of hurricane damage is less on the West than the East? That is a consideration when living near water! I have read that Rincon is sort of laid back and I like that vibe. But since I have MS, and am likely never to be a surfer, am wondering if there are better choices for me? I have even considered building something, although that may be way more than I could take on, in so many ways, especially when you have no idea how much it will "really" cost.
I could go on and on with all my questions, concerns, etc, but will try to read a bunch on the forums so I don't ask so many questions that have been asked a million times already! So for now, I just want to join the group, to meet some new people and find out a lot more information to make my dream come true! Thanks!