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Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

Are the doctors in Mexico good?

Are the doctors in Mexico good?

The doctors in Mexico are very good. I haven't been in any little places where doctors do not have ongoing education to keep them up and current with what's going on. Most of my experience has been in Los ... Read more

Nitzia Chifundo of Panama Sol Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Nitzia Chifundo - Panama Sol RealtyI was born in Panama and lived for a couple years in California, and a...

How much is it to build a house in Coronado, Panama?

How much is it to build a house in Coronado, Panama?

If you buy the land, the price to build a house in Coronado, Panama depends on the size of the house, how many bedrooms it has, and the finishings you want. Building a house in Coronado, Panama costs between ... Read more

Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andre Bellon - Bellon Insurance AgentsWe specialize in insurance for English-speaking expats living in the e...

Are there English-speaking doctors in Mexico?

Are there English-speaking doctors in Mexico?

There are lots of English-speaking doctors in Mexico. English is something that’s mostly required, especially in Ajijic and the general Lake Chapala area, because it’s a big community that speaks Engli... Read more

Jay Butler of Asset Protection Services of America – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jay Butler - Asset Protection Services of AmericaJay Butler is the Managing Director of Asset Protection Services of Am...

What are the best places in the world to retire?

What are the best places in the world to retire?

Over the last 10 years, various cities in Australia (Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney) and Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto) have ranked among the best places in the world in which to live or work.  But... Read more

Greg Gunter of Dream Pro Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg Gunter - Dream Pro HomesHi, Readers! I’m an American who moved full-time in 2009 to the UNES...

How are Americans in San Miguel de Allende treated? How are expats in San Miguel de Allende treated generally?

How are Americans in San Miguel de Allende treated? How are expats in San Miguel de Allende treated generally?

Readers, expats, especially American expats, have been welcomed and received a warm welcome since U.S. expat Stirling Dickinson (the man pictured here) moved to San Miguel de Allende in the 1940’s. His effor... Read more

Penny Barrett of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Penny Barrett - Fundacion Bid 4 BouqueteI bought my house in Boquete in 2003 and moved permanently in 2004. In...

How much do restaurants cost in Panama?

Since others have answered this question giving you examples of the nicer places in Panama City I will tell you about the "tipicos" or Panamanian places.   Normally, the Panamanian tipic... Read more

John Vanover – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Vanover

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

Panama has (I believe the exact number is) 24 venomous snakes. These fantastic and wonderful creatures are rarely seen. On occasion the hog-nosed viper will be found in urban areas around storage sheds, rarely used cl... Read more

Jon – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JonAfter 14 years travelling to Costa Rica 6 months a year, I retire Augu...

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Panama?

Are the contributors all real estate agents? There is no way that $2000 is average and expected. Learn Spanish! There are countless opportunities to live comfortably for less. Costa Rica is more expensive than Panama ... Read more

cor viene – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account cor vieneRetired in Panama since 2004...

Does the ocean in Panama have dangerous animals in it?

Does the ocean in Panama have dangerous animals in it?

Dangerous animals in Panama?  After 14 year living here. I can say that the Panamanians are the dangerous animals, when money gets involved. ... Read more

Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Daemen - Aurora GranadaI reside with my fiancee in Diria, Nicaragua. We moved from the US whe...

Is it safe to drink the water in Granada, Nicaragua?

Drinking water from the local tab in Granada is very safe. We have been here since 2015 and have had no issues drinking tab water wherever we go. Safe travels and enjoy your stay.  Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

What is the culture of Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Valladolid  is a cultural GEM!  Located half way between Cancun and Merida, Valladolid is a 450 year old Mayan masterpiece, safe and secure.   Life in Valladolid is "Muy&n... Read more

Kjersten Van Horn of River Ranch Farms Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kjersten Van Horn - River Ranch Farms PanamaI am an expat living in Chiriqui, Panama since 2004. Before moving to ...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Boquete, Panama?

For me one of the joys of living in Latin America is I can afford to have a maid, as house cleaning is not my favorite pastime. In fact, there are many other things I prefer to do with my time than cleaning house!&nbs... Read more

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Cindy Thomas (tombseekers blog) of Amigos de Animales – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cindy Thomas (tombseekers blog) - Amigos de AnimalesNewly retired teacher living permanently in Boquete, Panama. I curren...

Being Bored in Boquete, Panamá

We had dinner with a couple that is doing their recon mission to see if living in Boquete (or Panama) is right for them. Everyone who lives here has done the same. And maybe everyone has asked themselves, "Does Bo... 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...

Yucatan Mexico Real Estate Investment Tips for Retirees

Yucatan Mexico Real Estate Investment Tips for Retirees

An emerging personal finance trend has seen retirees and people in pre-retirement making investments in foreign real estate, especially in emerging markets. The potential benefits are very enticing; these regions are ... Read more

Christian Pickup – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Christian PickupCanadian born and raised, living in Mexico since 2011. I own a small ...

Life in the coffee hills of Veracruz

We moved to Mexico from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in November of 2011.  I had visited Mexico many times before, and spoke some Spanish prior to the move.  My wife is Mexican born, but had lived in Canada ma... 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 RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

Comparing Life in the US with Life in Mexico After Living in Mexico for Two Years

Comparing Life in the US with Life in Mexico After Living in Mexico for Two Years

They were big, open questions— the “elephant in the room,” the large, unavoidable thing I was a bit afraid to confront honestly and directly.   The background is that I was born and rais... Read more

Joseph Bowersmith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Joseph BowersmithI am a retired 60 year old male married to my wife Belinda. We live in...

Nicaragua Civil Unrest or ?

We have been in Nicaragua since 2006 and it has been 11+ years of frustration and work. It has never been boring. The past year has felt different. There was a feeling of increased tension happening that we were begin... 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 RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Who among us hasn’t been cheered during an otherwise down time or learned an important life lesson from a dog? About 20 years ago, when I was having a difficult time in a particularly tense business negotiation, ... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama COFFEE FARM!!

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama  COFFEE  FARM!!

Last month while visiting and exploring Boquete Panama just happened to stumble upon a very interesting investment "Factional"  Coffee Farm turnkey ownership. Just so happened we arrived the day before they ... 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 RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

When in my early twenties, after crossing the border near San Diego with my friends and driving south in Mexico, I noticed lots of houses in which the construction had begun, but was not finished.   ... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

If you’re an expat, you may not want to read this. If you’re considering becoming an expat, you need to read it. Here’s what I’ve taken away, thus far, from my recent heart attack, and a very real brush with death in ... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

The care I received for my cardiac event at Medellin’s Pablo Tobón Uribe hospital was excellent, with world-class attention, state of the art equipment, and highly professional staff. Tobón Uribe is a Joint Commission... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

On Wednesday, January 7th 2018, while walking near my apartment in Medellin, I had a heart attack. I realize it was above and beyond the call of duty for a writer/contributor to go to this length for a story. No need ... Read more

Dr Cedric of The McMillan Dental Clinic ....  We Exceed Expectations! – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dr Cedric - The McMillan Dental Clinic .... We Exceed ExpeI am a retired Dentist trained in The US and the UK. I came to San Mig...

ALL EXPATS LIVING IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ARE NOT WEALTHY

A large percentage of Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende perceive that all expats (Gringos) living in the blissful hamlet of San Miguel de Allende are wealthy.   This is so far from the truth! ... Read more

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