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Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Duncan McGowan - Punta Pacifica RealtyPanama immediately captivated me when I first arrived in 1998. It was...

If I buy a house in Panama, do I need to hire an attorney?

If I buy a house in Panama, do I need to hire an attorney?

Yes, it is 100% certain that if you buy real estate in Panama, you need to hire an attorney, for the same reason that I would hire an attorney if I bought property anywhere in the world.   It’s always b... Read more

John Burgos of Belize Tourism Industry Association – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Burgos - Belize Tourism Industry AssociationA proud graduate of the University of Belize with a Bachelor’s Degre...

What are the main cities, towns, communities and developments of the Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan area and what is each one like?

What are the main cities, towns, communities and developments of the Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan area and what is each one like?

San Ignacio sits in the middle of other two towns: Benque Viejo Town and the Santa Elena Town. Santa Elena and San Ignacio are divided by the Macal River, which flows right ... Read more

Saira Mahabir of Century 21 Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Saira Mahabir - Century 21 BelizeI was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Belize 25 years ago. ...

Does Belize have any special retirement program or retirement benefits?

Does Belize have any special retirement program or retirement benefits?

The retirement program in Belize is one of the best.  It is called the Qualified Retirement Person Incentive.    There reason why it has the term “qualified” is bec... Read more

Alberto Socarraz of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alberto Socarraz - Real Estate ChiriquiI moved to Panama in 2003 from the US. Originally I lived in Bocas de...

Is the electricity reliable in Boquete, Panama? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Boquete, Panama?

Is the electricity reliable in Boquete, Panama?  Are there blackouts or brownouts in Boquete, Panama?

We do have electrical power outages here in Boquete but I wouldn't say they are blackouts. The majority of the time it is a power flicker. It will come on and off maybe for 5 to 10 minutes. The majority of the... Read more

Paul Kersbergen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul KersbergenI love Panama, that's why we wanted to make a positive change and star...

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Panama?

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Panama?

Short answer: in daily life Panama is generally safe for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Superficially, everyone seems to get along.   Long answer: Being gay and talking about acceptan... Read more

Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Darrell BushnellBeen here since 2006. Usual story of traveling overseas a great deal t...

How many Americans, Canadians, and other expats live in Nicaragua?

How many Americans, Canadians, and other expats live in Nicaragua?

The US embassy will say there are 5,000 to 8,000 expats living in Nicaragua, but we think there are about four thousand.    We have a lot of people who are not here permanently.&nbs... Read more

Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Duncan McGowan - Punta Pacifica RealtyPanama immediately captivated me when I first arrived in 1998. It was...

What is Panama's economic system? More free market, capitalistic, socialist, etc.?

What is Panama's economic system? More free market, capitalistic, socialist, etc.?

Panama’s economic system is more of a free-market system, like the US. It’s basically identical to a US market—the opportunities exist here, you can come down here, and open up your business. You can... Read more

Santiago Gomez of International Services Ltd – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Santiago Gomez - International Services LtdI’m currently living in Belize City with my family. I am an active c...

How’s the economy in Belize?

How’s the economy in Belize?

The economy in Belize depends on the US economy because there are lots of tourists from the US who come to Belize.  When the US people have problems, we also have problems and maybe bigger problems.  Wha... Read more

Alberto Socarraz of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alberto Socarraz - Real Estate ChiriquiI moved to Panama in 2003 from the US. Originally I lived in Bocas de...

What would my neighbors be like in Boquete, Panama?

What would my neighbors be like in Boquete, Panama?

Boquete is a melting pot. There are several expat communities within Boquete as well as several local communities, too.   What your neighbors would be like depends on your cup of tea.&nb... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

What are the expats like in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

What are the expats like in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

The expats in Cayo are very easy going. You have to have a certain mentality to come and live in Belize; it’s different.   Very, very few don’t fit in with the locals. Locals are very ... Read more

Wendy Miller of RE/MAX Property Center South – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wendy Miller - RE/MAX Property Center SouthI'm a realtor from Canada who is living and working in Belize to help ...

Can I buy good clothes in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

Can I buy good clothes in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

The Market in Santa Elena / Cayo and Belmopan are two of the largest markets we have in Belize, with a wide range of products to offer to customers at a very affordable price. They even have vendors selling clothes, a... Read more

Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Darrell BushnellBeen here since 2006. Usual story of traveling overseas a great deal t...

How's the standard of living in Granada, Nicaragua?

How's the standard of living in Granada, Nicaragua?

Given for the same income and if you’re living off social security or something similar your country of origin offered, you would live much, much better in Granada. We’re certainly living much, much be... Read more

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Paul McBride of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul McBride - Inside Panama Real EstateThe natural beauty, the well developed infrastructure and the genuine ...

Where’s the smart money going these days?

For anyone paying attention to the financial markets of late, it should be clear that we’re heading into some troubled waters.  Stock market volatility has been unusually high with wild point swings to the up... 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...

Then Comes the Dawn

Then Comes the Dawn

It is the same sun after all. Places seem familiar when you arrive in Panama City. You recognize the clean modern airport at Panama City as being so much like the airports in the United States. As you leave ... 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...

Los Olas Beach, Surf, Sand and Sun

Los Olas Beach, Surf, Sand and Sun

Only a little over and hour drive from Boquete there is a beautiful beach with something for everyone. Los Olas is also known as Playa La Barqueta. Here you will find dark volcanic sands, public access ... Read more

Paul McBride of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul McBride - Inside Panama Real EstateThe natural beauty, the well developed infrastructure and the genuine ...

What is the price (or value) of freedom?

What is the price (or value) of freedom?

I first came to Panama City in the fall of 1997.   Even then the city was vibrant, bustling and full of life. The towering skyscrapers that now dominate Avenida Balboa were a distant vision and the high end ... Read more

Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Macarena Rose - Rainforerst RealtyWhen I moved to Belize with 2 teenagers and 10 animals, I had question...

Macarena Rose: The Oprah of San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize

Macarena Rose: The Oprah of San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize

What happens when you mix two years of shamanic work, 12 peacocks, zero chickens, 42 animals on two acres, five cats, five dogs, two biological children, six adopted children, a 10 day fact finding tour, a move wi... 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...

Expenses & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Expenses  & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Several articles have been written through the years regarding the different issues when considering moving to a different country, especially as a retirement option.   (One of the many eateries i... Read more

Mike Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike MartinezI would like to share real knowledge and advice on Nicaragua with the ...

Paradise and wealth protection too.

Paradise and wealth protection too.

     Some of you may be tempted to buy one of those beautiful tropical dream homes overlooking the Pacific along the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.  It's very tempting, I have the same dream.  Bu... Read more

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

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In 2011 I took a short holiday in Bodrum, south-west Turkey, popular with British tourists. Enjoyed it and spent a few days looking at property, helped by several generous locals; we were driven all over to visit... Read more

Lorna Culnane of TRY PANAMA Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna Culnane - TRY PANAMA Real EstateI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Healthy Communication

Healthy Communication

When I got an email from my Doctor, a Whats App from my Consultant/Surgeon and a personal phone call from the Doctor doing the lab results, I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore! (Or England in my case!)   ... 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 RetireEven before I graduated with a degree economics at UC Santa Barbara, I...

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Below is the second article I wrote for Next Avenue, a website whose media partners include PBS, Huffington Post, etc., and run by very talented and accomplished public television people and journalists.  ... Read more

T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account T Rob Brown - Panama HelplineFounder of International Film Festival of Panama, screenwriter, playwr...

Why are you shaving my testicles?

Why are you shaving my testicles?

I felt sweaty, and my left arm was sore - I thought it was because: A) I live in the beach area of Panama, and B) I had scrubbed the sides of our swimming pool yesterday. However, even after sitting in the a... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

Living safely in Belize

Living safely in Belize

I have just read Tyson's story about how you need to bring chains and dogs and machetes and guns to Belize and I'm just trying to work out which Belize he is referring to.   I have lived in the tw... Read more

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