Retiring in a Snorkeling Destination?
I have been following this great website for years and had a question for the group regarding snorkeling in retirement. I would imagine that some people who visit this website are retired (or have done similar research on the subject) and will be able to provide input.
I am an avid snorkeler and have snorkeled all over the world. My spouse and I will retire in a few years (no kids) and are debating on living on the mainland (west coast) and vacationing to snorkel or just living in a place where we can shore snorkel everyday like Hawaii or maybe St Thomas, USVI (taking the ferry to St. John on occasion).
Hawaii is considerably more expensive to live in than the mainland with housing costs and state income taxes. St. John is way too expensive for housing but St. Thomas may be a possibility. Most other islands in the Caribbean have very high taxes on U.S. citizens. I am not interested in Florida since there is minimal shore snorkeling.
Does anyone live in a location where they can snorkel everyday? What are the positives and negatives? Does it ever get boring snorkeling the same location every day? Do you get island fever and want to go back to the mainland? Is it worth the additional cost to live in the snorkeling location and snorkel everyday vs. living a lower cost lifestyle on the mainland and vacationing on occasion at a snorkeling destination?
I have always had this dream of retiring and snorkeling everyday but now that I have seriously looked into the logistics and costs, I am more on the fence.
Any help/advice would be appreciated.