Not fond of snakes or botflies but my #1 reason not to live in, nor ever visit, the tropics is the stinkin' heat and even more stinkin' humidity. Even here at 37 degrees N and 6200 ft. I'm essentially pissed off from May until October. Give me a good ol' blizzard any day. Suspect I was an Eskimo in all my past lives.
I just happened to come to this post. My plan is to go live on a tropical island. I know that island fairly well (visited it several times for about a month each time).
I am sure those snakes (reason 1) are not there. I never heard of the flies you mention (reason 2) there, only of mosquitos sometimes causing diseases.
My reasons to choose for a tropical climate are: I function better at higher temperatures and when the sun is visible (where I live now it's often very cloudy, winter here means: cold rain); I love tropical fruits (which do not grow where I am now). And I have some more reasons to move to that specific tropical island.
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
Just with any district, there are good spots and there are less-than-good spots. Gee....this sounds like I'm talking about permaculture ----- that old standard answer, "It depends."
I've lived in my location for over a dozen years now. It's in the tropics, but incredibly different from other tropical locations. Lumping all tropic locations together and calling them the same would be analogous to lumping all the different European countries together and claiming that they're all the same. My particular location is not the hot, humid, buggy, wet tropics that people tend to think of.
I prefer my tropical location for several reasons among which is year around food production, healthier and kinder in my body, and easier for me to live a low input/low impact lifestyle.
By the way, we don't have those giant snakes here, but we do have some nasty stinging/biting insects. But I'll take them over blizzards, freezing temperature, and icy ground. Ah....to each their own. 😀
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Last year, my girlfriend went to Belize for a wildlife biology project. Stayed 2 weeks, got a bug bite on her butt that died down shortly. One month after returning, the bite swelled up. Quite a scene at the doctors office when they removed a dead botfly larvae.... Americans!
I get the feeling that if I die freezing in the woods next month, it wont make for quite such a funny story. And isnt that whats important?
"It might have been fun to like, scoop up a little bit of that moose poop that we saw yesterday and... and uh, put that in.... just.... just so we know." - Paul W.
Malaria has always been my reason for not 100% hating winter. And I am not a fan of winter by any means. But I guess in places where they have malaria no-one wanders away and freezes to death so... that's the trade-off I guess. Otherwise the extended growing season and extremely cheap cost of living would be absolutely worth it. I work with some ladies who have had malaria several times. They talk about it like it's the flu, I was pretty shocked. But a flu where if you don't get drugs you are about 20% likely to die or have brain damage
I also like no earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, massive bugs and spiders (ok, dock spiders are pretty scary), venomous snakes, carnivorous reptiles (ok we've got bears), fish that swim up your pee-hole or devour you in a swarm, parasites that give you elephantiasis... the mounds of snow outside actually look a little nicer to me now that I've made this short list
I've got no option but to sell you all for scientific experiments. Or a tiny ad: