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Jeff Smith of DocTours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jeff Smith - DocToursA former nurse inspector for the State of California, a former organiz...

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Relative to the cost of living in Chapala and the Ajijic area, this is only anecdotal, as budgeting bugs me. Just in general, I've not found anything costing more than half of it what it costs in the States. ... Read more

Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Cobb - ECI DevelopmentIn 1998, Mike Cobb created ECI Development to purchase a resort on Amb...

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Managua, Nicaragua, and how close are they?

The best hospital in Managua is the Metropolitano.   It was the 13th hospital in all of Latin America to receive the JCI accreditation.   My daughter had surgery there and I go for general chec... 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...

How's the hiking and camping in and around Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

How's the hiking and camping in and around Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

The hiking in the Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama in my opinion is some of the best in Panama.  The Volcan Baru is 3,475 meters (11,400 feet) above sea level; the highest point in Panama... Read more

Wee-Yiong Fung of Prestige Panama Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wee-Yiong Fung - Prestige Panama RealtyHola! I was born and raised in Chiriqui, Panama. My father is Chine...

Is Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama safe?

Is Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama safe?

It is very safe in Volcán and Cerro Punta because it's a very small town and everybody knows everybody. The outsiders in Volcán and Cerro Punta can easily be recognized but the people in Volc&aac... Read more

Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Patrizia Pinzon - Arco PropertiesPassionate about Casco Viejo, history, urban gardening. Realtor and "C...

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo, Panama City?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo, Panama City?

Casco Viejo is a little bit like Woody Allen. You either absolutely love him or you absolutely hate him. There’s nothing in between. I have never met somebody that says, “I kind of love” or, &ldq... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

Where are the best beaches in and around Granada, Nicaragua?

Where are the best beaches in and around Granada, Nicaragua?

Right in front of the "malecón" (walkway), which is located down the road of the main street of Granada, Nicaragua is a port where there is a pretty good beachfront that has restaurants and places... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

What are the traditions of Granada, Nicaragua?

What are the traditions of Granada, Nicaragua?

Nicaragua has a rich culture. You could walk a couple of kilometers and be shocked at the different cultural beliefs and activities that each town has.    Granada is mainly Catholic. Within the Catholic ... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

What are the expats like in Granada, Nicaragua?

What are the expats like in Granada, Nicaragua?

Expats in Granada, Nicaragua are mainly older people who come here to try to get a house, get their lives in order, or find a hobby. You see them coming to the bank to do regular transactions, while others make so... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

What's the dress code in Nicaragua? What clothes do they wear in Nicaragua?

What's the dress code in Nicaragua? What clothes do they wear in Nicaragua?

The dress code in Granada, Nicaragua is pretty open. Nicaragua is a tropical country so you expect people to be wearing a lot of shorts and t-shirts or short-sleeved shirts. The basic dress code is either jeans with a... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

Are there American-trained doctors in Granada, Nicaragua?

Are there American-trained doctors in Granada, Nicaragua?

There are Nicaraguan doctors who studied in the US and practice their profession in Nicaragua. There are also US retired doctors who come to Nicaragua and practice again. There are a lot of doctors who studied abr... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

How much do restaurants cost in Granada, Nicaragua?

How much do restaurants cost in Granada, Nicaragua?

You can eat in Granada, Nicaragua for a fairly cheap price. Most people will go to restaurants, but restaurants would charge US $10 to $15 per plate. There are other alternatives, which foreigners generally do not go ... Read more

Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Miguel MoranI was born and raised in Nicaragua, but have spent some time abroad. ...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Nicaragua?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Nicaragua?

Full time housekeepers in Granada, Nicaragua are paid the minimum wage, which is 6,300 to 6,400 córdobas (about US $208 to $212) per month at this point. There's a regulation on this. The minimum wage goes ... Read more

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Bill Edsell of Ventana Bay Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Bill Edsell - Ventana Bay ResortOriginally from Canada, I moved to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, in 1983 to op...

Bill Edsell of Ventana Bay Resort on the Best House Orientation, Solar, Septic and Water in Baja California Sur

Bill Edsell of Ventana Bay Resort on the Best House Orientation, Solar, Septic and Water in Baja California Sur

From an interview in early July, 2016 by Jet Metier with Bill Edsell, pioneer, innovator, and proprietor of the Ventana Bay Resort.   Jet: I there any innovation that you’ve learned over... Read more

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The Poetry and History of Patrizia Pinzon’s Casco Viejo

The Poetry and History of Patrizia Pinzon’s Casco Viejo

Patritzia Pinzon lives in the fabled city of Casco Viejo, the oldest quarter of Panama, where formerly neglected buildings are restored to their historic grandeur, and where Patrizia's active participati... Read more

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Living Safely In Belize

I hear you are Belize bound.  Maybe I can help.  No, packing plates wasn’t what I had in mind.  Sorry.  Be of good cheer, though, that your porcelain will remain safely out of my CLUMSY hands. ... 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...

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

This morning my wife and I made our first official visit to a medical provider here in Medellin Colombia. I had a minor issue that I was sure would dissipate with the ‘tincture of time,’ as health prof... 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 ...

Five Complaints and Five Praises About Living in Panama

Five Complaints and Five Praises About Living in Panama

I am normally a positive person who likes to focus on the good and positive in life and living.  However, as we all know, nothing and no one is perfect.  There is no Shangri-La place to live in the world. Wh... 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...

The ‘Sweet Spot in Life’ Formula—How These Retired Expats Found Theirs and How You Can Find Yours, Too

The ‘Sweet Spot in Life’ Formula—How These Retired Expats Found Theirs and How You Can Find Yours, Too

My wife Jet and I had just left a party in an expat community with mostly retirees when she asked me an obviously rhetorical question. “Did you notice?” Of course, the very broadness of the question made it ... Read more

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“Honey, Don’t Look Back!”—the Founding and Development of River Ranch Farms, Between Boquete and David, in Panama

“Honey, Don’t Look Back!”—the Founding and Development of River Ranch Farms, Between Boquete and David, in Panama

My dear husband and I left the good ol’ USA when we sold our home in California in 1994. He told me: “Honey, don’t look back!” We were young and adventurous so we drove from California to Costa Rica. Since we wer... Read more

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The Top 7 Worst Things About Living in Mexico

The Top 7 Worst Things About Living in Mexico

Like any mature, clear-thinking, rational couple, before coming to live in Mexico, my wife and I did research into what it would be like to live there. Maybe you’re in this research phase now. It’s not easy getti... Read more

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Building in Belize

Building in Belize

After we bought our property in Belize we were getting excited about building something where we could go and hang out   Initially it started as a cabin with enough room for us and the occasional ... Read more

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There is no 'U' in Colombia-- The rudiments of obtaining a residency visa in Colombia

There is no 'U' in Colombia-- The rudiments of obtaining a residency visa in Colombia

As much as I disdain essays that begin with the phrase, ‘your experience may be different,’ I have no choice here. Your experience obtaining a residency visa in Colombia may indeed be different. Here’s the latest info... Read more

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Paying taxes in Colombia

Paying taxes in Colombia

  Taxation in Colombia:   If you’re considering a move to Colombia, here’s part of what you’ll need to know about taxation. First, a disclaimer. I’m not an expert, and th... Read more

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Now That Our Road Trip is Over, I Can Tell You What It Was Really Like to Live in Mexico for a Year

Now That Our Road Trip is Over, I Can Tell You What It Was Really Like to Live in Mexico for a Year

Maybe my wife and I lead lives a lot like yours.   Or at least we did, until about a year ago.  That’s when we sold our comfortable home in Arizona, sold, gave away or put into storage about 90% of our “... Read more

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