We returned not long ago from a trip to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It's not the beach (although the lake does have a few small "beaches" and the real beach is within a reasonable drive distance), but beautiful lake area surrounded by 3 volcanoes. Google image search "Lake Atitlan".
I don't know the immigration rules, but there were quite a number of expats from US and Canada living down there who made it at least sound like it was pretty straight forward to live/work there.
Costs of living are reasonable there, the climate around the lake is pretty moderate year round due to it's altitude. Not too hot, not too cold. Lot's of temps in the 70s and 80s.
One small village on the lake - San Marcos - is considered the holistic 'center' of the lake, where many expats have setup shop or mini retreats focused on meditation, yoga, etc. Additional info there:
While tourism in Guatemala is still growing, there's a decent number of tourists who visit the lake each year (most of the places in San Marcos, cater to tourists). You could get by w/o it initially, but eventually you'd want to pick up some spanish.
If you're doing a good bit of virtual coaching 'real time' (meaning on the phone or real time chatting, etc), another advantage of staying in the western hemisphere is that you're still in similar time zones to any of your clients that are located in US/Canada (versus having to be available at odd hours to have a call with your clients).
If you need to return to Canada for anything, Guatemala is a short direct flight from Atlanta or Miami and other US cities (perhaps Canada as well), so easy and relatively cheap to get home.
Anyway, just another bit of input there. Someplace, given your profession, you might find interesting to visit some day regardless.
Good luck with your venture and potential move! If I can answer any additional questions, just let me know.
Thank you Micheal & Eric. I appreciate your sharings!
Eric, guess what? I have been to Lago Atitlan :) I actually lived & worked there as a volunteer during the summer of 2004!
I know San Marcos and consider it a good place to live a spiritual entrepreneurial journey. You are right, the climate is moderate & it is a mountainous region.
My heart is sincerely set on the ocean lifestyle...
Micheal, I will keep you posted on my journey. I would be honoured if my journey can inspire others someday!
To Your Infinite Creativity & Abundance!
Some of the options that come to my mind when you say S E Asia are the coastal parts of Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka & Vietnam etc. Wouldnt recommend India since setting up a business still requires multiple clearances & some patience (if you are game, Goa is a paradise)
I have been to all 3, personally I have met people who run their small businesses in these places.
Specific cities if you talk of, then Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Nha Trang in Vietnam & Bentota in Sri Lanka. All these are not big commercial beaches (although Nha Trang comes close) but smaller cities with crowded as well as solitude offering beaches (giving you time for clients as well as ideation..:)
Rest you will only get to know how it all is when you set sail..!
Thank you Vivek!
I appreciate your advice for India & your specific reccommended cities :)