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Marela Camarena of Alto Boquete Condominios – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Marela Camarena - Alto Boquete CondominiosI was born in the Panamanian province of Chiriquí, which is where Boq...

What's it like to drive in Boquete, Chiriqui Province?

What's it like to drive in Boquete, Chiriqui Province?

Driving in Boquete is simple, safe, and uncomplicated. There is no traffic congestion. There is only one main road. Secondary roads go to neighborhoods. The road from David to Alto Boquete is two-way traffic. Down... Read more

Valerie Friesen of Blue Angel Solutions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Valerie Friesen - Blue Angel SolutionsNative Western Canadian now living happily in Mexico for 7 1/2 years...

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There's a variety of restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, including very inexpensive food trucks off the roadsides.    My typical lunch from the local restaurant Lake Taco is a tw... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

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

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

There are many options for health insurance in Mexico. And the costs vary depending on what you choose.   There are national health insurance companies that cover major medical condition... Read more

David Berger of Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid Bay – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Berger - Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid BayJust loving living in Belize!...

What are the holidays of Corozal?

What are the holidays of Corozal?

There are lots of holidays in Corozal. New Year’s Eve is a very big deal here. They light fireworks at midnight just like in the US. Everybody is outside and celebrating. New Year’s Eve is very special... Read more

Valerie Friesen of Blue Angel Solutions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Valerie Friesen - Blue Angel SolutionsNative Western Canadian now living happily in Mexico for 7 1/2 years...

How are Americans in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated? How are expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated generally?

How are Americans in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated? How are expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated generally?

Americans and expats in general are treated very well in Chapala and Ajijic. From my personal experience and the assessment I get from many of my friends, neighbors, and customers, we love how expats are treated i... Read more

Pepe Acosta of Ventanas Hotel and Residences – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Pepe Acosta - Ventanas Hotel and ResidencesA native of Mexico, I live here in the Los Cabos area with my beautifu...

What's the closest airport to Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What's the closest airport to Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

There is an international airport in San Jose del Cabo, where there are direct flights from other parts of Mexico and the United States such as California and Texas. There are also Canadians who come from that air... Read more

Valerie Friesen of Blue Angel Solutions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Valerie Friesen - Blue Angel SolutionsNative Western Canadian now living happily in Mexico for 7 1/2 years...

How are women and girls treated in Mexico?

How are women and girls treated in Mexico?

As a woman expat in Mexico, I don't notice a huge difference in how I'm treated in Mexico compared to how my Canadian husband treats me, although there is some lingering Mexican ma... Read more

Gordon MacKay of InNicaNow.com – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gordon MacKay - InNicaNow.comMy wife and I have been living in Nicaragua full time since 2011. We o...

What would my neighbors be like in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

What would my neighbors be like in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

If you live in the town proper of San Juan del Sur, you’re likely going to have Nicaraguan neighbors on both sides of you. The street that we lived on before our present home was in a neighborhood called Bar... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

Will Medicare cover me if I live (even part time) in Mexico?

Will Medicare cover me if I live (even part time) in Mexico?

No, Standard Medicare Parts A and B only will not cover you in Mexico, BUT your supplemental or Medicare Advantage Plans, also called C Plan or Replacement Plan, will often cover you, and with the program we have ... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

What’s my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Mexico?

What’s my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Mexico?

We see all kinds of arrangements here, from complete traditional coverage to no coverage at all. The cost for ambulatory health care is so reasonable that most people do not use their insurance for it. Some will a... Read more

Pepe Acosta of Ventanas Hotel and Residences – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Pepe Acosta - Ventanas Hotel and ResidencesA native of Mexico, I live here in the Los Cabos area with my beautifu...

Is there good bus service in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

Is there good bus service in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

We have good bus service in Los Cabos and La Paz. If you are a tourist and you want to travel within Cabo San Lucas, there is a public bus service with Wi-Fi and air conditioning that you can use. If you need to t... Read more

Cathie LoCicero of Travel MedEvac – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie LoCicero - Travel MedEvacI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, have a condo in Cabo San Luca...

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

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Greg Custer – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg CusterTravel industry veteran of over 35 years and expert in travel to all r...

Oh Poop!

Oh Poop!

I live lakeside in Chapala. In all of Mexico, it’s the most picturesque, comfortable and enlightening place any Mexico-seeking expat could ever hope to find. It’s also quite common (living in paradise) you get dra... 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...

Mahahual to Chetumal, Mexico: An Otherworldly Lake, a Time Machine, and Great Presents for Everyone

Mahahual to Chetumal, Mexico: An Otherworldly Lake, a Time Machine, and Great Presents for Everyone

Almost on cue, just minutes after my wife Jet was finished with her massage on the beach in Mahahual, the wind picked up, and we and everyone else could notice that the squalls that earlier were further out and more s... 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...

Akumal to Mahahual, Mexico: Way Better Than a Spa Day

Akumal to Mahahual, Mexico: Way Better Than a Spa Day

When you envision someone in December packing their van in the middle of a driving rain, what pops into your mind?  Do you see a person in swimming trunks and sandals?  Probably not, unless you had the same ... 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...

Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum: From Modern Resort Destinations to Mayan Ruins

Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum: From Modern Resort Destinations to Mayan Ruins

If you want to travel by any vehicle in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum and everything in between), you’ll have to take the main highway.  As in every other place in Mexico we’ve bee... 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...

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

To paraphrase, add to, modernize (and a little bit botch) Robert Burns: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… so it is great to have the Internet for quick research and decision-making.” And that we... Read more

Denis Larsen of Casa Hamaca Guesthouse – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denis Larsen - Casa Hamaca GuesthouseI first visited the Yucatan about 18 years ago as part of a volunteer ...

Denis Larsen in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico: Changing Trajectories, Dispensas, and the Importance of Nail Polish

Denis Larsen in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico: Changing Trajectories, Dispensas, and the Importance of Nail Polish

Editor's note: Denis Larsen has consistently been kind, generous and helpful answering questions from our readers, so it was with great interest that we sat down with Denis April 5, 2017, to find out ex... Read more

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How Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

How Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

Would you like to reduce your stress?   Based on the hundreds of expats we've interviewed and the more than one thousand who participated in our studies, if you are like them, there is more t... 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...

My New Mayan Friend, and the Evolution of Merida, Mexico

My New Mayan Friend, and the Evolution of Merida, Mexico

My new Mayan friend had a beautific smile.  Most likely in her 50s, I met her as she and her family were making and selling sandwiches from the very small porch in front of her home with the half wall she used as... 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...

Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

At each of the stops on our road trip through Mexico, there emerged a personal and unique theme for Jet and me. In Baja California Sur, it was the rugged beauty of the desert juxtaposed against the almost unimaginably... Read more

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Two House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Two House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Now that it’s over, I can tell you about it.   So far, on our road trip through Mexico, we have rented six vacation houses that did work out (pictured here) and two that haven't (not pictured... 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...

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

I came to San Miguel in 2011 to do a presentation to a group of dentists who belong to the local dental association and fell in love with the people (the indigenous Mexicans), so I returned to the USA and decided... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Many expats do not like to drive in Mexico, so I constantly answer questions about public transportation. Tijuana has more expats than anywhere else in Mexico and it is a big city, so understandably, m... Read more

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