Happy New Year!!

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I would like to thank all of my followers, you are what makes us feel like we are helping people understand that life in El Salvador is not bad and a real opportunity for people to visit, invest and/ or retire. This is a great country and getting better all the time. I cannot tell you how much I love this beautiful country and it’s people and their culture. If you are tired of the of the values that are being lost and/or you can’t survive on your retirement in the United States, I think you should look at El Salvador, you can have a life here and not have to work until you die. I know it is hard to just jump up and move but it is one HELL of an adventure and if you can live a better life, WHY THE HELL NOT??

Will, I was at my own New Years Party and drank a few to many beers. I hope you will forgive me, but I am at least a real and truthful person.

I would just like to wish all people a very Happy New Year and God Bless the world!!

4 comments on “Happy New Year!!

  1. Hello Hugh! So glad I found your blog. I am looking into moving to El Sal this year. Its for my business and have always wanted to live in central America . I have traveled and worked in the apparel industry for over 15years so I know the culture well 🙂 and love the latin American people!!!. My main factory is in Santa Ana and I am looking for a house in La Libertad area. LOVE the ocean!! I will bring my 2 dogs and a little nervous but excited! Would love to get your inside tips!

    • Margaret, I am very glad to hear you like our blog and also glad you thinking about a move to El Salvador. Let me know when you arrive I would like to visit your factory and post about it on our blog site if you don’t mind. We love the ocean also and we live about 10 miles from the nearest beach and about 45 min from the beaches of Metalio. Libertad is a couple of hours from our home in Cara Sucia. I would be very happy to help you out with any information you need, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Again thank you for reading and commenting on our blog.

      Hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Hi Hugh! I’ve just joined this Block Site so am still not totally sure how it works! However, I’ve enjoyed reading your Blocks. I’m very interested in learning more about El Salvador as I am a 61 year old retired Teacher from the West Coast of Canada and am planning on moving to El Salvador in the near future. I want to buy a Beachfront Home down there in the Sunny and warmth! I’ve looked into some Realestate sites and for just over $100,000. US I can get a nice little place down there! Does that sound about right to you?
    Your house looks great! Looks like you put alot of work into that! When building from scratch, what do you figure it costs per square foot to build?
    I am very envious of you! I can’t wait to move down there! It sounds like you love it and have made the transition with ease! I have driven through El Salvador on a # of occassions heading for Costa Rica, but have finally realized that El Salvador is the real prize!
    I would love it if you could give me as much info on visas, buying a home, and anything else I might need to know before making the move! Things like: do you have to leave the country to re-new your visa every 90 days even if you own property down there? What’s involved in a non Salvadoran buying a home?
    Anyway I just wanted to make contact with you. I will continue following your Blog and hopefully learn more about Life down there!
    -Paul.

    • Paul,
      Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you, I have had a touch of the flu.
      I am very glad that you are planning a move to El Salvador, I love it here.
      I will try to answer some of your questions, I think that you should also check out your
      embassy here, they can tell you what you will need to become a resident. Please see below I pulled this off the internet site.

      Address

      Canadian Embassy Office in San Salvador, El Salvador
      Centro Financiero Gigante
      63 Avenida Sur y Alameda Roosevelt, Local 6, Nivel II
      San Salvador
      El Salvador

      Telephone

      (+503) 2279-4655

      Telefax

      (+503) 2279-0765

      E-mail

      ssal@international.gc.ca

      Website

      http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/el_salvador-salvador/

      Office Hours

      08.30-12.00

      Head of Mission

      Mr Pierre Giroux, Ambassador
      You will want to apply for your resident card as soon as you get here, that way you can get a temp resident card fairly quick which will allow you to open a bank account and receive your retirement checks. It took me almost a year to get my permanent resident which you will need to get a drivers permit, but you can drive on your Canadian permit until you get a permanent resident card.I used a lawyer in San Salvador but you can do it on your own. If you apply for your resident card you do not have to worry about renewing your visa every three months but if you don’t you just have to go get the stamp you don’ have to leave the country.
      As for real estate, make sure you have a good agent otherwise you can end up paying a lot of money you don’t have to. There are people here like everywhere else in the world that will try to take advantage of you. Please be careful, I would use a lawyer, see if your embassy has a list of lawyers if not check the U.S. Embassy site here they have a list of lawyers, doctors and others you might need. I might add that it is a wonderful experience to build your own home from the ground up. You would have to buy your land and go from there, if you decide to do this please let me know I can give you more information.
      One more thing, PLEASE be sure to check with your embassy or lawyer on what paperwork you will need to bring to apply for your resident card, a lot of my paperwork had to be what they call
      “Apostille” from the country of origin, also all types of documents must be issued within the last sixty (60) days otherwise they are consider invalid.I hope this gets you started, let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

      Hope to hear from you soon.

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