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What are the best things to do in and around Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What are the best things to do in and around Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

In late January, whales are enjoying the waters up not far north of La Paz, where there are five hundred adults and two hundred baby whales that come down here from Alaska. The whales are born and they leave with &ldq... Read more

Wayne Robbins of The Placencia – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wayne Robbins - The PlacenciaWayne has a Marketing & Management degree from N.Y.U. And an MBA from ...

Can I get a mortgage home loan in Belize?

Can I get a mortgage home loan in Belize?

Yes, you can get a mortgage home loan in Belize.  However, in my opinion, because of the conservative nature of the banks in Belize, they are still at a stage where the interest rates are a little bit higher than... Read more

Ana Ferraz – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ana FerrazI was born in Portugal, and then moved to England. I moved back to the...

What is the cost for health insurance in Portugal and how does it work?

What is the cost for health insurance in Portugal and how does it work?

A reasonable private health insurance plan in Portugal would cost you between €40 to €60 (US $43.40 to $65.10 or £29 to £44) a month. If you go to a doctor, a regular consultation would cost you ... Read more

Zachary Lunin of Aurora Beachfront Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Zachary Lunin - Aurora Beachfront RealtyI am originally from Boston, Massachusetts and I have been living in N...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Nicaragua?

How much does it cost for a gardener in Nicaragua?

If you hire a gardener full time (6 days a week) in Nicaragua, you would spend around US $200 to $250 per month.    Having a gardener full time is probably not necessary unless you have a giant house wit... Read more

Michael Keller of Novamar Insurance Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Keller - Novamar Insurance MexicoI graduated college in Chicago with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Busi...

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Puerto Vallarta?

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Puerto Vallarta?

The crime rate against Americans and other expats in Puerto Vallarta is always a big topic. For sure, I don't have to worry about going in and watching a movie and someone coming in and shooting up the place; or g... Read more

Luis Rodrigues of Gouveia Pereira, Costa Freitas & Associates, Law Firm, RL – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Luis Rodrigues - Gouveia Pereira, Costa Freitas & AssociatesI joined GPA Law firm in 2006 and became a Partner in 2011, responsibl...

How long can I be in Portugal before I have to apply for a residency visa?

How long can I be in Portugal before I have to apply for a residency visa?

The short stay visa, which is the visa that is typically granted to tourists, allows you to stay in Portugal for a maximum consecutive period of 90 days.  Therefore, in case you wish to prolong your stay you will... Read more

Alfonso Galindo of I Go Yucatan – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alfonso Galindo - I Go YucatanI was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, and since 2008, li...

What are the traditions of Mexico?

What are the traditions of Mexico?

Different regions, states and even cities in Mexico have very different traditions.  This extends from the food to the character of the people, which is why it’s difficult to pinpoint or to generalize all M... Read more

Franklin Syrowatka of Better Homes Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Franklin Syrowatka - Better Homes BelizeI was born and raised in Germany and I believe in the old fashioned vi...

What's it like to live in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan? How’s the lifestyle?

What's it like to live in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan? How’s the lifestyle?

For me, living in Cayo is a great adventure. It is a chance to completely broaden your horizon because living in Cayo will be different no matter where you come from. Since people are very friendly and welcoming, livi... Read more

Zachary Lunin of Aurora Beachfront Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Zachary Lunin - Aurora Beachfront RealtyI am originally from Boston, Massachusetts and I have been living in N...

What's my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Nicaragua?

What's my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Nicaragua?

There are several options for health insurance here in Nicaragua. One option is to keep your insurance in the US and you pay as you go here in Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, It’s costs about US $40 to $60 to see a spe... Read more

Thomas Hellyer of Chapala Home Sales – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Thomas Hellyer - Chapala Home SalesI’m originally from Lake Chelan, a beautiful resort town in Washingt...

How's the golf in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How's the golf in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Locally, there are two golf courses in Chapala and Ajijic. One is in Chula Vista, which is in between the towns of Chapala and Ajijic. It is a no-cart course, hilly with short fairways, but tricky so that is one where... Read more

Ana Ferraz – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ana FerrazI was born in Portugal, and then moved to England. I moved back to the...

How’s the dental care in Portugal?

How’s the dental care in Portugal?

Dental care in Portugal is all privately provided. The public healthcare system doesn’t contribute to dental care. There are numerous dental clinics here and lots of them have foreign dentists. I know some denti... Read more

Santiago Hernandez of Chapala Med – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Santiago Hernandez - Chapala MedDr. Hernandez considers himself a native of Chicago although he was bo...

What is the culture of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What is the culture of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The culture of Chapala and Ajijic is a mix of Mexican and North American culture. It also varies depending on your social circles. The expats tend to stay with the expats, so when you go to their parties or get-togeth... Read more

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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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A Simmering Healthcare Crisis for Expats

A Simmering Healthcare Crisis for Expats

  In Panama healthcare is much more affordable, over- all, than in the USA. Of this, I am fairly certain. On the other hand, there is a serious need for health care reform in the insurance indust... Read more

Jewel Hoff of Tierra de los Suenos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jewel Hoff - Tierra de los SuenosBorn in Europe, raised in Montreal, Canada, migrated to USA in 1976. L...

From Bucket Baths and War Zones to the Cool, Beautiful Mountain Highlands of Nicaragua

From Bucket Baths and War Zones to the Cool, Beautiful Mountain Highlands of Nicaragua

January 2014, I arrived in the early afternoon in Managua airport via United Airlines. After the huge and tedious Houston Airport, the small Nicaraguan airport was a relief.  Customs stamped my passport and I... Read more

Jestine Dawson of AQ Belize Car Rental – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jestine Dawson - AQ Belize Car RentalA native Belizean, I have lived here for my entire 30 years. As the...

Belize—A Life of Freedom and a Place for Everyone

Belize—A Life of Freedom and a Place for Everyone

I have been living in Belize for all of my 30 years, a descendant of many cultures.  My great-grandfather was a Scotsman who moved to Belize and married an African who became my great-grandmother.  Thus was ... 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 Cumbersome Legal System in a Nutshell

Get ready for the delays, the costs, fees and cumbersome legal system of Panama. Here you find it wise to use an attorney for all kinds of transactions. However it isn't just the attorney you deal with, it is bur... 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...

People Get to Know Panama thru Stories

People Get to Know Panama thru Stories

It was in December 2012 when we came to Panama. I had been researching sites, blogs, and magazines online for about two years. It was tedious and often difficult to find the information I wanted. I managed to... Read more

Lorna Culnane – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna CulnaneI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Wonders Right On Our Doorstep!

Wonders Right On Our Doorstep!

We have just had the most amazing weekend without having to go away, pay expensive hotels or drive for hours!   Saturday we took a trip to La Laguna in Las Lajas… we have wanted to go there for ag... Read more

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

Thailand

After a year of retirement in Turkey and 6 months back in Australia, I decided on Thailand and have been here 11 months. My one-year 'Retirement Visa' is up for extension in a month and is a straightforward process [H... 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...

Tuesday Market In Boquete Provides A Sense of Community

Tuesday Market In Boquete Provides A Sense of Community

Tuesday Market in Boquete, Panama is a busy place. Vendors, crafts-people, artist, services, produce, coffee makers, cosmetics, oils, soaps, candles, baskets, bread, meats and more fill every free inch of spa... Read more

Lorna Culnane – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna CulnaneI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Things I now know about driving in Panama! Finale!

Things I now know about driving in Panama! Finale!

Things I now know about driving in Panama! Finale!   If you  had the chance to read the first part in my story, you will know I recently got my car towed by the Police! I have a ful... Read more

Lorna Culnane – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna CulnaneI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

An Expat Christmas In Panama

An Expat Christmas In Panama

This has been our second Christmas living in Panama… and whilst I cannot deny that spending Christmas day on the beach and by a gorgeous pool in glorious sunshine is a huge plus point, for us and many people we&n... Read more

Lorna Culnane – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna CulnaneI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Things I now know about driving in Panama!

Things I now know about driving in Panama!

I recently got my car towed by the police! What I found out on that fateful day has been a real eye opener that I have decided to share, as many people, including me, will not be aware of these facts… ... Read more

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