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Is Belize a good place for preppers to have their bugout location? Is Belize a good place for survivalists?

It doesn’t get better for preppers or survivalists than it does in Belize; there are lots of animals here, lots of trees in the dense rainforest and lot... Read more

Shannon Davies of El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Shannon Davies - El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel ServicesI was born and raised in Belmopan, but have lived in other parts of Be...

Can I get a good caregiver in Belize and what is the cost of a good caregiver in Belize?

A lot of nurses in Belize are generally not well-paid and so there are some nurses who do caregiving on the side.    ... Read more

Shannon Davies of El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Shannon Davies - El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel ServicesI was born and raised in Belmopan, but have lived in other parts of Be...

What's the best way to go about renting a house or apartment in Nicaragua?

The best way to go about renting a house or apartment in Nicaragua is to contact a real estate agency. You can talk to them and explain exactly what your needs are and what you’re looking for. They can find... Read more

Gabriel Sánchez of PRONicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gabriel Sánchez - PRONicaraguaI am the Market Intelligence and Communications Director for PRONicara...

What are the expats like in Panama?

The expats in Panama tend to merge with the Panamanian communities. Expats in Panama do not have any different behavior than anyone else. They are just normal people enjoying Panama. Their skin... Read more

Isha Edwards of Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BLUE PLAYA VENAO / BELLAMAR – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Isha Edwards - Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BOriginally from Mexico City, I have been living in Panama for almost 1...

How are Americans in the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area treated? How are expats in the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area treated generally?

Expats are treated like kings in Pedasi.  Even though some Panamanians do speak English, some of them do not, but they really like tourists. Panamanians are always eager to help tourists with anything. ... Read more

Isha Edwards of Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BLUE PLAYA VENAO / BELLAMAR – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Isha Edwards - Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BOriginally from Mexico City, I have been living in Panama for almost 1...

Can I see beautiful flowers, plants and trees in or around the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area?

Can I see beautiful flowers, plants and trees in or around the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area?

You will see beautiful plants and flowers in Pedasi, but they are not like the ones in Europe where you will see lots of little pretty flowers. In Pedasi, you will see lots of trees with fruits such as lemon, coco... Read more

Isha Edwards of Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BLUE PLAYA VENAO / BELLAMAR – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Isha Edwards - Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BOriginally from Mexico City, I have been living in Panama for almost 1...

Who are the residents of the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area? Who lives in Pedasi, Azuero, Panama?

Who are the residents of the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area?  Who lives in Pedasi, Azuero, Panama?

Most of the people who live in Pedasi are locals who were born there and have been there for their whole lives. Most of them are older people. I did not see a lot of kids when I went to Pedasi. There is on... Read more

Isha Edwards of Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BLUE PLAYA VENAO / BELLAMAR – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Isha Edwards - Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BOriginally from Mexico City, I have been living in Panama for almost 1...

How corrupt are the police in Nicaragua? Do I need to bribe the police in Nicaragua?

How corrupt are the police in Nicaragua? Do I need to bribe the police in Nicaragua?

I wouldn’t say that corruption is a major issue in Nicaragua and I wouldn’t also say that there is no corruption. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the entire Western hemisphere and where th... Read more

Gabriel Sánchez of PRONicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gabriel Sánchez - PRONicaraguaI am the Market Intelligence and Communications Director for PRONicara...

Are there poisonous reptiles, snakes and insects, and dangerous animals in Belize?

Are there poisonous reptiles, snakes and insects, and dangerous animals in Belize?

There are a couple of poisonous snakes here in Belize, but they don't mess with you if you don't mess with them.  I have been in the rainforest many times in my life and I can count the number of tim... Read more

Shannon Davies of El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Shannon Davies - El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel ServicesI was born and raised in Belmopan, but have lived in other parts of Be...

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Ambergris Caye?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Ambergris Caye?

The best thing about retiring in Ambergris Caye is waking up every day to the roar of the sea crashing over the barrier reef that protects the island. Typically, we have a blue sky and you know that, if it is going to... Read more

David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Drummond - Georgetown TrustI have lived and worked in Belize for the past twelve years and curren...

How’s the dental care in Belize?

How’s the dental care in Belize?

My Cuban dentist in Belize is fantastic. When was in the States, I paid around US $1,000 for a crown, which was just my deductible from my insurance plan.   A while ago, I came here to Belize and cracked my c... Read more

David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Drummond - Georgetown TrustI have lived and worked in Belize for the past twelve years and curren...

Are there American-trained doctors in Ambergris Caye?

Most of the doctors that I have met here in Ambergris Caye were trained in Cuba. They are very good doctors and with great medical programs. I am not saying that there are no American doctors here. For example, my chi... Read more

David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Drummond - Georgetown TrustI have lived and worked in Belize for the past twelve years and curren...

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Beach Bicycle Cruising in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Beach Bicycle Cruising in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Here is a picture of my Barbie doll pink Beach Cruzer. She's only 6 months old, but she looks ancient. I've already had to replace a main spring bolt and tube in the front tire, and I haven't yet replaced ... Read more

Reliance Merritt – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Reliance MerrittMy name is Reliance. I'm a single, mature woman living in Ambergris Ca...

Manuel Baruco at the Intersection of the World in Panama

Manuel Baruco at the Intersection of the World in Panama

At the edge of the Atlantic, which a persuasive current has aided the migration of Europeans to cleave the Isthmus of Panama for the Canal, and now mid- stream central to the modern jet route along the north/south lat... Read more

Manuel Baruco of Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BLUE PLAYA VENAO / BELLAMAR – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Manuel Baruco - Dekel Development / ANDROMEDA OCEAN ESTATES / BDedicated, results oriented professional, with over 5 years of experie...

Of Myths, the Bard, and Moving Overseas: To Thine Own Self Be True

Of Myths, the Bard, and Moving Overseas: To Thine Own Self Be True

“Bless me, Father.  It has been ten years since my last confession.  Leastwise, that was when I committed the ‘sin’ of my exodus from Philadelphia, PA to the Promised Land of Belize.  You see, Father, t... Read more

Tyson Gardner of Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement Met Rustic Living in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tyson Gardner - Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement A transplanted Southerner, Philadelphia is not only my adopted home, I...

A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

Panamá has recently invested several million dollars in their road infrastructure, making it one of the most modern systems at least in Latin America, connecting the airport to the city via a beautiful highway 20... Read more

Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lourdes Townshend - Multimodal & Logistic Transports MagazineEven though I come from a family of diplomats and lawyers from Nicarag...

Living Safely In Belize

Living Safely In Belize

I hear you are Belize bound.  Maybe I can help.  No, packing plates wasn’t what I had in mind.  Sorry.  Be of good cheer, though, that your porcelain will remain safely out of my CLUMSY hands. ... Read more

Tyson Gardner of Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement Met Rustic Living in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tyson Gardner - Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement A transplanted Southerner, Philadelphia is not only my adopted home, I...

The Poetry and History of Patrizia Pinzon’s Casco Viejo

The Poetry and History of Patrizia Pinzon’s Casco Viejo

Patritzia Pinzon lives in the fabled city of Casco Viejo, the oldest quarter of Panama, where formerly neglected buildings are restored to their historic grandeur, and where Patrizia's active participati... Read more

Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Patrizia Pinzon - Arco PropertiesPassionate about Casco Viejo, history, urban gardening. Realtor and "C...

The Birth of a Classic: The First Flash Mob Line Dance In San Ignacio, Belize

The Birth of a Classic: The First Flash Mob Line Dance In San Ignacio, Belize

So how did this all start?   So there we were.  Bored, in the jungle, and getting jungle fever.  We were looking to socialize over beers, snacks, and music, all while working out an... Read more

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San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio, Belize

A bridge.  Some hills.  A river.  Interesting?  Taken individually, maybe not so much.  But wait!  If you can find all three together, then you almost have a match made in heaven.  I... Read more

Tyson Gardner of Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement Met Rustic Living in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tyson Gardner - Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement A transplanted Southerner, Philadelphia is not only my adopted home, I...

Overcoming the 5 Big Obstacles to Retiring Abroad

Overcoming the 5 Big Obstacles to Retiring Abroad

After a year and a half of reading over 4,700 answers and 200 stories posted by the expat experts who contribute to Best Places, I've learned a thing or two.   Below is an article I... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places In The World To Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places In The World To RetireEven before I graduated with a degree economics at UC Santa Barbara, I...

Phil McGuigan and Other Heroes in Panama and Beyond

Phil McGuigan and Other Heroes in Panama and Beyond

Phil McGuigan has some stories to tell. In this interview, he recounts to Jet Metier about his ties to the man who eradicated malaria in the Canal Zone and about the time he wrestled the richest man in ... Read more

Philip McGuigan of Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading humanitarian organizations in the Chiriqui Province of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Philip McGuigan - Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading I am a retired Partner of McGuireWoods LLP where my practice was focus...

Buying Real Estate In Panama

Buying Real Estate In Panama

Wow! You have just finished reading a local paper and you have seen 14 different 'Realtors' advertised!    How do you know which one to choose? Do you go for the one with the... Read more

Lorna Culnane of TRY PANAMA Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna Culnane - TRY PANAMA Real EstateI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Health Matters and the Change Has Been Good

Health Matters and the Change Has Been Good

It was two years ago, December 9, 2012 when we landed in Panama City. As excited as I was, the fact that I had bronchitis dampened that feeling a lot. Day two found us looking for yet another round of antibiotics. I b... Read more

Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Linda JensenAlmost every morning my husband and sit on our patio and comment about...

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