Moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico
By Mike Koss
While living in the Caribbean might not sound very appealing for some, to others it sounds like a dream. If you think that living in the Caribbean would be the best thing ever but just don't see it happening, think again. Moving to the Caribbean is easier than you imagine. If you are a citizen of the United States moving to Puerto Rico is a piece of cake.
Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, you will not meet up with unwanted hassles when buying a property. You can search their real estate listings from the comfort of your home through many different Realtor websites. You might have already found your dream house while on one of your many Caribbean vacations. If you do find your dream property on Puerto Rico there a few items to keep in mind when moving.
Since you will be moving to an island, the cost of shipping larger items is going to be quite expensive. If you plan to sell your current home rather than renting it out, you will plenty of furniture that you will be bringing with you. When it comes to shipping these items, keep in mind that sometimes it might be more worthwhile to sell select pieces and buying them again on the island. Shipping a car to the island will usually take about 7 to 14 days. To begin this process you will need to consult your local marines cargo company or an authorized trucking company for their schedules and prices. Once you get your car to Puerto Rico you will have to pay an excise tax on it, so be prepared. While you wait for your car to arrive, check out all the all inclusive beach resorts that dot this tiny island. Other basic items to know is that there are physicians and hospitals in all cities. Puerto Rico uses the U.S. dollar as their currency. The water on Puerto Rico is held to the same EPA standards that apply to the U.S. mainland. The tap water is considered safe to drink. All the other utilities including phone and internet are all what you would expect to find in the United States.
If you can't quite pull of a move to Puerto Rico, then perhaps you could simply splurge on one of those all inclusive travel packages to this unique island paradise.
Living on Puerto Rico would be an awesome experience. So if you can pull off a move to this island, it would be well worth it. You could have your friends down to your place for one of many Caribbean vacations. If you don't have room in your new home you could always put them up in one of the fancy Breezes all inclusive beach resorts instead. There are many all inclusive travel packages at Breezes that they can take advantage of, so you won't have to feel like you left all of your family behind!
Mike graduated college in 2006 with a major in Engineering
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