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Old 05-07-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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If you are worried about safety, you should not be moving to a central or south american country. And why would you willingly move to a country with 20% unemployment and in the socialist republic of european nations?

If you want to go to a spanish speaking country, just move to Miami.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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The only one you won't run into headaches with work visas and such is Puerto Rico.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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People are exaggerating the safety issue. Costa Rica is pretty safe.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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I've always heard Costa Rica as well. Do you think you might need a non-extradition country or would any Spanish country do?
LOL this made me laugh!
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: DF
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I've always heard Costa Rica as well. Do you think you might need a non-extradition country or would any Spanish country do?
LOL! Cuba would be the only non-extradition country. Even the Central American countries happily fly over criminals that the U.S. wants. Well... Andorra is also a spanish speaking (albeit Spanish and French speaking) country with no extradition treaties with the u.s.

Mexican Spanish is great (I myself speak it) and most Mexicans speak correct standard Spanish... but we have tons of words that are of indigenous origin, and our language is peppered with loads of double entendres. Still fun. Good luck.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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Chile
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:16 PM
 
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Most Central American countries do have problems with petty crime, especially if you move there as obviously wealthier foreigner. Go look at advertisements for houses on craigslist, even the more stable and prosperous countries like Costa Rica and Panama you'll notice bars on all the windows. Hell in Panama City I've seen bars on the windows up to the 4th floor on tall apartment buildings, apparently some Panamanian burglars can really climb.

That said most countries, just like the US, have safe places and dangerous places. Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras probably have a lot more murders per capita than someplace like Panama, but who in their right mind would go live in Colon in Panama and not be worried about personal safety?

If you want to work your decision should obviously be based on whether you can find work and how hard it is to legally obtain a work visa. Unless you've saved up a stash to live cheaply, you gotta work.

That said, for an option to move to with beautiful weather look up Boquete Panama. It's a relatively easy transition as there is a large expat community, the larger city of David (with airport) isn't far, and it's a relatively safe, stable environment. Or if you want to play beach bum try Bocas Del Toro.

You can also have your English, think Belize. Belize City is a little bit iffy but there are some beautiful islands like Caye Caulker and some inland towns like San Ignacio that attract expats.
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I'm thinking about eventually relocating--somewhere where it's warm year-round, preferably =D I know some Spanish currently, but I would love to be fluent in the language. I'm currently an Anthropology major, I adapt easily, and I need to find a relatively safe, warm, Spanish-speaking country with a stable economy.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
-Rachel C.
You don't have to move out of the country for that, Try the Texas border or Florida (especially Miami).
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:39 AM
 
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Mexico away from the border. Mexico is pretty cool and the Spanish there sounds good.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Unless you are prepared to make financial guarantees, you should be thinking about countries that have fairly relaxed visa and entry formalities. Colombia is pretty easy. Chile you get stamped in for 6 months, and it is easy to cross the border into Argentina and re-enter. Paraguay just stamps you in and apparently forgets about you. Bolivia is a pain in the butt, you have to bribe people to stay more than a month or two. Central America is easy to get out of the country and back, but is probably more dangerous than South America.

I loved Paraguay, it is a very relaxed country to live in, and has a comfortable economy, you won't be surrounded by poverty, and there are very few official hassles. The first language of Paraguay is Guarani, but everyone can speak Spanish as a second language.

Malamute is correct, Mexico (away from the border) might be the safest country in Latin America, and very friendly and welcoming, with a good infrastructure where things work. The cost of living can be rather expensive in larger cities, but quite cheap off the beaten track.
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