The LGBT community is accepted in Panama. As we are more Americanized than any other country in Latin America, Panamanians are more open-minded. Panamanians accept differences the same way that we accepted all typ... Read more
We have a hospital in Bocas Del Toro and we have local doctors who work at the hospital. However, we have very few doctors that have an office that you can go to. There are a couple of dentists and there... Read more
Yes, Placencia is a pretty safe place. Belize, in general, is a pretty safe country. Placencia is not over-populated, which adds to its safety. Also adding to its safety is that Placencia is a peninsula, with ba... Read more
Yes, there are American trained doctors in Panama. For example, right next to where I live here in Panama City, Punta Pacifica Hospital is a very high-end hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital in the U... Read more
You will find healthcare and medical services in every corner in Chapala and Ajijic. This is because the doctors have found their market, so you will find dental and medical services all around, including plastic ... Read more
Personally, I would not take very much. Most things necessary can be purchased there, and I’ve found that too much stuff interferes with life. You may be different, but how much stuff back home do you actually n... Read more
In the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area, a gardener will generally charge about 60 pesos per hour. At the current exchange rate, that is about USD $3 per hour. If they have their own power tools (for example, a l... Read more
Generally speaking, a housekeeper or a maid in the Ajijic / Lake Chapala area will cost around 50 pesos an hour. At the current exchange rate, that's about $2.50 per hour.
In addition to t... Read more
The cost to eat at a restaurant in the Ajijic / Lake Chapala area is generally about 60% less than in the US.
Here are some examples:
An all you can eat Mexican buffet on the lake with white ... Read more
One of the main reasons (but hopefully not the only reason) to move to the Ajijic / Chapala area, is the cost of living. As an expat I met yesterday described it, "Twice the lifestyle at half the cost,&... Read more
There are many people like Barb Goodhart, one of the contributors on this answer, who will find that, given the moving companies she was aware of, it was so expensive to move their household goods to Mexico t... Read more
Moving your household goods to Mexico is not the same as moving from one city to another in the US for several reasons, the most significant of which is that you cross an international border. At that border on the sou... Read more