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Thread: San Juan for a year?

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    fins85258 is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: May 2005 Scottsdale, AZ Posts: 3,468
    I may have an oppotunity to go to San Juan and work for a year building a project for Uncle Sam and I need some input on cost of living. I don't need anything fancy just a nice little place in a safe neighborhood. I'll be living on perdium of about $3000/ month since my pay will be going home to the states to run the household.

    So is it doable or am I going to starve in a rat hole?
    "Life is Short, But you're Dead a Looooooooooooong Time"

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    JC is offline
    SBH Member Joined: Feb 2011 San Juan, PR Posts: 30
    How many people moving with you? Have you negotiated transportation or car or do you have to get it yourself out of the $3,000 budget?

    You can get a decent apartment (studio or 1 bedroom) for rent with furniture in the Condado or Isla Verde areas (I prefer Condado) for $1,000 to $1,500 a month. Utilities usually are not included but some include water. Electricity $125.00, water $35.00, basic cable tv $45.00 with premium channels and hd $90.00.

    Cars are expensive because they include in the price anywhere from 20% to 35% tax depending on the model, brand and luxuries, etc. Usually they have the same list price as in the USA but they add the tax to the list price.

    I would say that groceries are more expensive compared to the US (about 10% to 15%).

    If you have any other questions, I'll be around.

    *I'm a long time lurker of the forum since we decided to have our November 2011 Honeymoon at SBH and decided to register to help fins.

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    bto is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: Apr 2003 Saint Louis Posts: 3,460
    How nice of you, JC!

    Welcome to the more lurking!

    I'm sure fins will appreciate your help.

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    fins85258 is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: May 2005 Scottsdale, AZ Posts: 3,468

    Thanks for the input and welcome to the forum or as I like to call it "the ship wreck". A lot of great people here to get to know and like you, quite helpful. I would be the only person traveling but I can see I need to do a lot of research to figure out the viability of this.

    Thanks again, Gregg
    "Life is Short, But you're Dead a Looooooooooooong Time"

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    lmj is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: Jun 2004 DC Metro area Posts: 881
    I have a friend who is in San Juan for a year+ with her husband, who works for the VA. I'd be happy to put you in touch with her, she probably has a very good handle on current costs for moving there for a year. PM me if you'd like her email info.
    All the best,
    "But there's this one particular harbor, so far and yet so near..."


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