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David Bayliss of Panama Source Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Bayliss - Panama Source Real EstateWe moved to Panama from Dallas when our son was in 9th grade, 4 years ...

What is it like to raise children in Panama?

What is it like to raise children in Panama?

We moved here to Panama from Texas when my son was in 9th grade. What people do not realize is that many states (I think 24 of them) offer the state curriculum overseas. So when my son, Trent, was in school with l... Read more

Carl Timothy of Timothy Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carl Timothy - Timothy Real Estate GroupI began my real estate career in Park City, as a director of sales. L...

Can I buy furniture in Puerto Vallarta?

One of the incredible things about Puerto Vallarta is that when you want to decorate your house, we’ve got a number of very good interior designers. You can grab your architectural digest and you can say, &l... Read more

Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Virginia Krohn - Villa Cayo BelizeI am not only the owner of Villa Cayo but I designed, drew the plans a...

Who are the residents of Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan? Who lives in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

The residents of Cayo are mixed. There are Chinese, Mestizos, Rasta, Blacks, expats, Europeans, British, Mennonites, and a lot more. That’s a lot of different types of people in an area with a population of ... Read more

Alberto Alvelais of Alvelais & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alberto Alvelais - Alvelais & AsociadosI was born and raised in Mexico City. While my mother language is Spa...

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

The level of corruption in Mexico is a common question.   I’m not going to say that all policemen in Mexico are really dirty but the general rule unfortunately in this country is t... Read more

Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Daniel Snider - Snider's Realty NicaraguaHi, I am a young entrepreneur and Real Estate agent in the areas o...

What are the best reasons to retire to Nicaragua?

What are the best reasons to retire to Nicaragua?

The number one best reason to move to Nicaragua is safety. It’s the safest country in Central America and one of the safest countries in all of the Americas.  The overall crime rate here is low. I feel ... Read more

David Bayliss of Panama Source Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Bayliss - Panama Source Real EstateWe moved to Panama from Dallas when our son was in 9th grade, 4 years ...

Does Panama television have American or Canadian TV channels?

Does Panama television have American or Canadian TV channels?

Panama has a cable company called Cable Onda, which has several North American channels. On the basic package you should at least have HBO and some American channels. As soon as you take the next package up, you w... Read more

Melanie Lansing of Mexico Insurance Advisors – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melanie Lansing - Mexico Insurance AdvisorsI grew up with a Salvadorean nanny and learned Spanish from a young ag...

What are the best things to do in and around San Miguel de Allende?

What are the best things to do in and around San Miguel de Allende?

The best thing you can do in San Miguel de Allende is to go to the El Jardin (the town square). Free public, cultural events are offered there continuously. The main kiosk turns into a danzón and salsa danc... Read more

Alberto Alvelais of Alvelais & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alberto Alvelais - Alvelais & AsociadosI was born and raised in Mexico City. While my mother language is Spa...

Under what circumstances do I need a visa in Mexico?

Under what circumstances do I need a visa in Mexico?

If you’re American or Canadian, you have free entry on a tourist visa for six months, but you need to request that at the airport or if you drive across.  It is automatically granted to everyone. ... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de AllendeMy experience as what I call a “Mexican Roads” scholar began in th...

Is San Miguel de Allende safe? What's the crime rate in general in San Miguel de Allende?

Is San Miguel de Allende safe?  What's the crime rate in general in San Miguel de Allende?

As a real estate agent and member of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI), of course I do not want to say anything detrimental to property values anywhere in the country. However, as a fello... Read more

Daniel Ortiz of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Daniel Ortiz - Coldwell Banker SMARTI have been serving my clients in the real estate business since grad...

What are the main cities, towns, communities and developments of the San Miguel de Allende area and what is each one like?

What are the main cities, towns, communities and developments of the San Miguel de Allende area and what is each one like?

As differentiated from other tourist spots in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende’s main attraction emanates from the center of town.   San Miguel de Allende is essentially around 20 blo... Read more

Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Virginia Krohn - Villa Cayo BelizeI am not only the owner of Villa Cayo but I designed, drew the plans a...

How are Americans in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan treated? How are expats in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan treated generally?

How are Americans in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan treated? How are expats in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan treated generally?

Expats are treated very well in Cayo with no racial tension anywhere in Belize. In the States if a big black man came up to me I might be afraid but here I don't even notice they are black.  All I see is that... Read more

David Bayliss of Panama Source Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Bayliss - Panama Source Real EstateWe moved to Panama from Dallas when our son was in 9th grade, 4 years ...

How do I move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

How do I move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

People do bring their furniture and lots of other household items to Panama and I’m not saying not to do it. However, part of what people enjoy about moving here is not having as much stuff. We collect stuff... Read more

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Steve Cross of Luxury Homes Ajijic – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Steve Cross - Luxury Homes AjijicLiving and working as a realtor in Ajijic, Mexico near beautiful Lake ...

Our move from Puerto Vallarta to Ajijic, Lake Chapala Mexico.

Our move from Puerto Vallarta to Ajijic, Lake Chapala Mexico.

Originally from Northern Ireland, and after a 10 year stint of working in the cruise industry and traveling extensively, I decided it was time to settle somewhere and find a "grown-up job"!   I... Read more

Mark O'Neill – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark O'NeillSoon to be expat moving to Ajijic, Mexico in May 2016...

How I Unexpectedly Found My Paradise in Ajijic… On a Yellow Brick Road Made of Cobblestones

How I Unexpectedly Found My Paradise in Ajijic… On a Yellow Brick Road Made of Cobblestones

  In the summer of 2015 a lady friend who had fallen in love with Ajijic in the Lake Chapala area years ago and wanted to get back there contacted me. Her vision was to run a bed and breakfast in the vill... Read more

Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Cobb - ECI DevelopmentIn 1998, Mike Cobb created ECI Development to purchase a resort on Amb...

How the Goodhearted and Capable People of Pittsburgh Make a Difference in Nicaragua

How the Goodhearted and Capable People of Pittsburgh Make a Difference in Nicaragua

Editor’s note: Mike Cobb is the CEO of ECI Development, which, among other developments overseas, created Gran Pacifica, a master planned community being built on 2,500 acres along more than 3 miles of beachfront ... 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...

The physical distance means nothing when it comes to love.

The physical distance means nothing when it comes to love.

Whether you live across town or across the country, this is the same as being in a distant land. Our world is huge but still small and new technology makes it smaller still, easier than ever to stay up front and perso... Read more

Robert Adams of Retirement Wave – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Adams - Retirement WaveI've worked globally for non-profit humanitarian agencies, the "foreig...

On the Panama Papers, the World Economy, and the Panamanian People

We were very pleased when Robert Adams offered us the YouTube video below, in which he puts the Panama Papers into context.  Bob is an expert in economic development and has a great perspective.  We invite y... Read more

Marissa Gabrielle Lolk of Jireh Dental Care – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Marissa Gabrielle Lolk - Jireh Dental CareI am a dentist at Jireh Dental Care. At just 17 I decided to move to N...

How I Got Zika Virus in Nicaragua and Lived to Talk About It

How I Got Zika Virus in Nicaragua and Lived to Talk About It

I recently had zika, and I can report that zika is not fun.    At the beginning, my symptoms looked like I had pinkeye, but it was weird because it wasn’t a full pinkeye; it wa... 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...

What It’s Like in My Country of Panamá

What It’s Like in My Country of Panamá

Panamá has the privilege of having some of the best weather in the world, as well as having primary rainforest areas, and the most beautiful nature found anywhere.   The name “Panamá” means “abundance.” Abund... Read more

David Btesh of Pacific Developers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Btesh - Pacific DevelopersI was born and raised in Panama and have lived here continuously other...

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

(The Btesh family is very tied into the business and charitable communities in Panama.  Mr. Btesh serves on the Boards of UniBank and the insurance company Aseguradora Ancon, and he is a partner in Pacific Develo... 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...

In Panama the Benefits of Red Wine vs White Wine on Health

In Panama the Benefits of Red Wine vs White Wine on Health

Red wine drinkers delight in proclaiming the benefits of red wine over white wine. Although some new studies indicate there can be some benefits to drinking white wine, red wine wins out above the sweeter whi... Read more

JIMJFOX – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JIMJFOXRetired Naval Architect, born UK, emigrated New Zealand & Australia; l...

Those B! banks!

Those B! banks!

BANKING-- despite all their assurances that you have set up all the correct procedures and accounts, there WILL be problems. Not in your host country, but 'back home'. These will take the form of excessive fees, limitat... 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...

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

I am married to a foreign-born man. My husband is a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He speaks English, albeit with a bit of a Danish accent, but he does communicate well in English. We both compl... 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...

Day Trip to Boca Chica

Day Trip to Boca Chica

On a windy day in February three of us ladies drove the hour and forty-five minute scenic route to Boca Chica.  Bright as a blue umbrella the sky above us was a vivid blue. Strong winds pushed us d... Read more

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