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Jonathan Peters of Ventanas de San Miguel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Peters - Ventanas de San MiguelI am an Georgia native who has lived in Mexico for almost twelve years...

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?

Expats are treated very well in San Miguel de Allende. The consensus would be that expats have brought more benefit to San Miguel than disadvantages. Just like anywhere you should be conscious that you're a gu... Read more

Ron Hunter of Finca Cazador – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron Hunter - Finca CazadorEx biology teacher and gear-head decided to make the move to Panama ab...

Is it safe to drink the water in Panama?

Is it safe to drink the water in Panama?

I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico where I wouldn’t drink most of the water. In Panama, I’d drink water anywhere with no exceptions. When I go to Panama City or to David, I can just drink the wat... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

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

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

There’s a surfing spot on the Pacific Coast, about 3-4 hours from Chapala.  Have heard from people that there are some really great places for surfing north of Manzanillo, and north of Puerto Vallarta. ... Read more

Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sheryl Novak - SOLutions Mexico Furniture StoreSheryl Novak is the President of SOLutions Mexico. She started the co...

Do I need to own a car in Puerto Vallarta?

Do I need to own a car in Puerto Vallarta?

You don’t need to own a car in Puerto Vallarta because the transit system here is fantastic. There are three levels of transport here in Puerto Vallarta: the taxi, which will get you there quickly and will c... 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 construction standards in Corozal?

What are the construction standards in Corozal?

In Corozal, there’s everything from no standard to very high standard in construction. It’s very difficult to get an estimate of the cost to build something without knowing what they’re going to ... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

What's the best way to get around in Boquete, Panama?

What's the best way to get around in Boquete, Panama?

The best way to get around in Boquete is by cab. Boquete is becoming so popular, and during the high season, traffic can become congested. You would want to stay away from traffic down the main street in Boquete f... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

How reliable is the water supply in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Are there water disruptions?

How reliable is the water supply in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Are there water disruptions?

Chapala and Ajijic get their water supply from wells. They distribute the water via SIMAPA (Administration of the State and the Economic and Social Policy of the Community), which is a government entity. There can... Read more

Andrew McFarlane of Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andrew McFarlane - Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture)I am a third generation furniture dealer, born in Scotland and raised...

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

I don’t know if there are diving or snorkeling activities in Chapala and Ajijic. I don’t think that the water in Lake Chapala lends itself to those water activities.  There are parts of our lake w... Read more

Ron Surles – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron SurlesRetired in Mazatlan 12 years...

What’s the cost of the Internet in Mexico?

What’s the cost of the Internet in Mexico?

In Mazatlán our internet is via satellite and is $550 pesos or USD $27.  Our TV is Shaw out of Canada thru a shared box from a friend here and we pay $50.00.   We need no landline as w... Read more

Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sheryl Novak - SOLutions Mexico Furniture StoreSheryl Novak is the President of SOLutions Mexico. She started the co...

What are the expats like in Puerto Vallarta?

What are the expats like in Puerto Vallarta?

When the expats come to Bucerías (a community in the general Puerto Vallarta area), they just have a lot of fun. They talk about being here when they’re not here, and when they’re here, they&rsq... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

What is the culture of Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

What is the culture of Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

The culture of Volcán is a mix between the typical Panamanian culture that you’ll see throughout the country and the Ngäbe culture. You see a heavy influx of the Ngäbe here in Volcán ... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Depending on age, and if in good health, insurance in Mexico costs approximately US $2,000 a year. Although I’m under the federal healthcare system, IMSS - if a minor problem, I will often use private medica... Read more

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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...

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

A fine mist began to fall in San Miguel de Allende on a cool November morning as we maneuvered our fully packed, big white van on a familiar cobblestone road in Los Labradores, up to the smiling guards we had com... 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...

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World? It is Tijuana, Mexico

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World?      It is Tijuana, Mexico

You will probably be surprised that Tijuana has the most US expats of any city in the world.   The Tijuana metropolitan area  has more than double the number of US expats compared ... 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...

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

Even if you move to another country, you will find many things that remind you of the United States. You will see Walmart, McDonald’s, Costco, Home Depot, Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Lego, L'Oréal, Nike, and many other ... 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 Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

One of the most important and personal items people consider when thinking about moving abroad is “How is the healthcare?”  While the Best Places in the World to Retire website has a huge quantity of answers... 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...

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

On our road trip through Mexico and on the Best Places in the World to Retire site, we and other contributors to our site are often asked to do a comparison between life in the US and life abroad.  In order to be... 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...

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

The old Spanish Fort San Juan de Ulúa still stands watch over the bustling port of Veracruz, Mexico, but it is no longer filled with many tons of silver and gold. This fort was built in 1565 on the isl... 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 Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

How Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

One of the great advantages of traveling, or better yet, living in a different country, is to see how others live their lives. If we are open to it, we can gain perspective and insight, not only into the human conditi... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

Building a House in Panama

Building a House in Panama

So, you want to build a house in Panama?   Be patient, be real patient.  Everything will take longer than you are accustomed to.  You will have to make many phone calls.  You will n... 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...

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

We have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands.  Let’s start with what they ... 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...

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas is the name for the popular celebrations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and Panama during the nine days before Christmas (December 16-24... 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...

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

Three years ago UNESCO recognized two of my favorite places as World Heritage Sites.   One was a mountain in Italy and the other an ecosystem in Northern Mexico. Both places have something in com... 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...

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

When starting from where we stayed in our planned community in the agricultural countryside (“campo”), we would drive into the center (centro) of San Miguel de Allende in one of two ways, depending on whether we wante... Read more

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