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planning a trip
we are planning on heading down around november or december of this year, for 1 month. this will be our major scouting trip, and we would like to take a good look at both coasts and try to get a feel for where we would want to try living. (i say 'try' because we are thinking realistically)
we like the idea of living on the coast, but a good place 30 min isn't out of the question. an English-speaking population would be good - we're learning Spanish now, but having other English-speakers would be better than being in the middle of nowhere with less-than-fluent Spanish. we will also need reliable, high speed internet for work.
some things that we would like:
*being able to walk or bike, for outdoor activities and basic shopping (ie food & soap)
*children for our kids to play with
*a more alternative crowd (we homeschool, eat organic)
*while big cities have cool things like book stores & culture, we don't want to live in one
*we're ok with heat - we want to live some place tropical
from what we've read so far, from forums, online groups, books and emailing other ex-pats, we have a stronger interest in the caribbean side as it seems slower, more ethnically varied and cheaper. but it does seem that there are more options with regards to living around expats on the other coast, which is more developed. i thought maybe spending 2 weeks on each coast would be the way to go. any thoughts regarding this or suggestions on places to stay and get a feel? perhaps renting a place with a kitchen & cooking would be a good thing, as an attempt to just do our normal things and see how we do.
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