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Anne-Michelle Wand of United Country Bocas del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Anne-Michelle Wand - United Country Bocas del ToroI am an Expat living in Panama in the Winter and Colorado in the Summe...

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

The town of Bocas Del Toro has nightlife and entertainment. There are multiple bars and restaurants, special events, and music so you can find something to do every night of the week.   ... 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, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How reliable is the water supply in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico? Are there water disruptions?

How reliable is the water supply in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico? Are there water disruptions?

I've heard about water disruptions in La Paz. I've never lived there, but I do learn about these because I read the La Paz Gringos newsletter. In Los Cabos, there have been water disruptions as well. ... Read more

Jason Waller of Playa del Carmen Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jason Waller - Playa del Carmen Real EstateWe got tired of the Winnipeg winters so my wife and I decided to pack ...

What are the construction standards in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

What are the construction standards in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Here in Playa del Carmen, Yucatan, everything is built with concrete block. It’s all pretty basic and simple. It’s concrete block and tile floors.  All interior walls are concrete blocks—eve... Read more

Carl Timothy of Timothy Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carl Timothy - Timothy Real Estate GroupI began my real estate career in Park City, as a director of sales. L...

What is the history of Puerto Vallarta?

What is the history of Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta was just a small little fishing village with a very small community here in Jalisco on the ocean with a beautiful bay when, in 1964, John Houston came down here to film the movie Night of the Iguan... Read more

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 much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in San Miguel de Allende?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in San Miguel de Allende?

A maid or a housekeeper in San Miguel de Allende can work four days a week while some maids work full time. The maid I hired works 25-30 hours a week for four days and costs 700 pesos (around US $35), which is typ... 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's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Boquete, Panama?

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Boquete, Panama?

My Favorite Event in Boquete:     The Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival, A four day event you don’t want to miss!   A short history of the The Boquete Jazz an... 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...

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Miguel de Allende?

Readers, it would take a novel to explain the best things about living and retiring in San Miguel de Allende: the lower cost of living, the abundance of restaurants, a never-ending calendar of cultural activities, the... 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...

What's the language most often spoken in San Miguel de Allende? Can I get by if I just speak English?

What's the language most often spoken in San Miguel de Allende? Can I get by if I just speak English?

Readers, when I first moved here to San Miguel de Allende, I spoke about as much Spanish as you.  "Una cerveza, por favor," was my best phrase, obviously learned on the beaches of Mexico. &... 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...

What are the expats like in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the expats like in San Miguel de Allende?

Hi, Readers,   The old saying goes that retirees move to Florida to die, they move to San Miguel de Allende to live! Expats here are vivacious, explorative, adventurous, curious, fun-loving, ... Read more

Kathya de Chong of Alto Boquete Condominios – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kathya de Chong - Alto Boquete CondominiosSales Manager of Alto Boquete Condominios an Exclusive Residential Com...

What's the language most often spoken in Boquete, Panama? Can I get by if I just speak English?

What's the language most often spoken in Boquete, Panama?  Can I get by if I just speak English?

Boquete is almost a bilingual community.   You will always find help from locals or foreigners to speak Spanish or English.  Panama's official language is Spanish, but Boqu... 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 ...

What's the food like in the markets in Boquete, Panama?

What's the food like in the markets in Boquete, Panama?

  I am a food lover and love to cook. How I have learned shop where I live in Chiriquí, Panama   I have lived in the Boquete area of Panama for 13... 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 ...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Boquete?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Boquete?

Prices of homes, condos and apartments in or near Boquete vary.   ​Boquete has grown considerably since I moved here in 2004 and prices of land and homes have risen considerably.  A... Read more

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COLON, Panamá

COLON, Panamá

Colón, the Second City in the Republic of Panamá     Colón was named after Christopher Columbus.  It is a seaport, located on the north side of Panamá, s... Read more

Robert Reichert of Cuesta del Sol Condominiums – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Reichert - Cuesta del Sol CondominiumsI left Canada in September 2002 to experience a different culture and ...

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Azulejo Tale

We remember as youngsters being told that if you pick up a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and put it back, the parent birds will abandon it. We believed that to be true until this past week when the ... Read more

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Things I now know about driving in Panama!

Things I now know about driving in Panama!

I recently got my car towed by the police! What I found out on that fateful day has been a real eye opener that I have decided to share, as many people, including me, will not be aware of these facts… ... 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

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 ...

“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

Ed Parrish of Dumbbell Properties, LLC – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ed Parrish - Dumbbell Properties, LLCI am a Commercial Real Estate Broker located in Dallas Texas. I have o...

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

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...

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

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...

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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How Living in Mexico Can Give You a Lifestyle Upgrade

How Living in Mexico Can Give You a Lifestyle Upgrade

Picture this: you’ve gone to meet your wife after her facial and pedicure at a local boutique hotel.  Leaving the bright sunshine outside, you open the thick, wooden doors and are welcomed into the cloistered ant... Read more

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