Cool Cat, All of the above advise is right on target. You would be wise to heed it. For every one individual who dreams of making a life here, there are probably ten who find it just won'thappen. Too much "paradise" can be too much of a good thing without something meaningful to do with your life. For Indygal she obviously took the time to find out that wouldn't work for her. It also costs far more to live in San Pedro than most people realize. Factor that into a budget if you have an extended wait for a work permit. And chances are, you will. After all you're looking for less stress in your life , right?