Two and a half years ago, we did what you want to do. It's greeeat.
We go down about every 4 months with the plan to retire there in about 9 months.
Please e-mail me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to answer any questions you might have regarding Placencia village, the people, business, costs, etc.
Hope to hear from you and that your dream comes true.