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Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rachel Jensen - Grand BaymenMy future took a 180-degree turn after spending two weeks in Nicaragua...

What’s the dress code in Belize? What clothes do they wear in Belize?

Belize is a casual country, but there are some places to dress up; it just depends on where you are going.  I wear different clothes to work, like light pants, sundresses, skirts, and cool, comfort... Read more

Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Daryl Ries - Keller Williams Panama, associateI am a native of New York City and have lived and worked in four conti...

How's the Internet in Panama?

How's the Internet in Panama?

As far as most people are concerned you cannot be anywhere where there is no Wi-Fi.  When I went to Havana it was shocking to see that very few even had cellphones, but that is changing. The world in which we... Read more

Flip Nicholson of Fenix Real estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Flip Nicholson - Fenix Real estateLIved in Mexico for over 17 years and have extensive experience in con...

How much does it cost to maintain a car in Mexico?

How much does it cost to maintain a car in Mexico?

To determine how much it costs to maintain a car in Mexico, I’d have to divide it into parts and labor. For example, I buy the oil and oil filter at AutoZone (we have an AutoZone here, and it’s just li... 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...

Should I rent a home or apartment before buying to see if I like Mexico?

Should I rent a home or apartment before buying to see if I like Mexico?

You should absolutely rent a home or apartment before you purchase in Mexico.   When I owned my company in the United States, I was involved extensively in relocation. We helped thousands of fam... Read more

Gwido Mar of Grupo Mar Realty Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gwido Mar - Grupo Mar Realty Ltd.My name is Gwido Hector Mar, a young Belizean entrepreneur who has bee...

Do I need to own a car in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

Do I need to own a car in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

You don't need to own a car in the Cayo District of Belize, but it's convenient, especially if you’re going to live here full time.  The reason is that if you want to go out in the weekends, go ... Read more

Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Daemen - Aurora GranadaI reside with my fiancee in Diria, Nicaragua. We moved from the US whe...

Is it safe to drink the water in Granada, Nicaragua?

Drinking water from the local tab in Granada is very safe. We have been here since 2015 and have had no issues drinking tab water wherever we go. Safe travels and enjoy your stay.  Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

What is the culture of Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Valladolid  is a cultural GEM!  Located half way between Cancun and Merida, Valladolid is a 450 year old Mayan masterpiece, safe and secure.   Life in Valladolid is "Muy&n... 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 much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Boquete, Panama?

For me one of the joys of living in Latin America is I can afford to have a maid, as house cleaning is not my favorite pastime. In fact, there are many other things I prefer to do with my time than cleaning house!&nbs... 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 much does it cost for a gardener in Boquete, Panama?

How much does it cost for a gardener  in Boquete, Panama?

I enjoy gardening in my greenhouse and around my property, but I have too  big of a property to maintain myself.   Gardeners are a big help and I have a really good one that has been with my ... 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?

The Boquete Music and Arts Festival 2018 was a BIG HIT! (Formerly the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival)   If you read my previous answer to this question posted November, 2017 you will... Read more

Centeya of Radisson Blu Ajijic – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Centeya - Radisson Blu AjijicBorn and raised in Lake Chapala, I am 100% fluent in English & Spanish...

How’s the ecotourism in Mexico?

How’s the ecotourism in Mexico?

It was a bit of a culture shock for me to move back to Mexico from San Francisco. In San Francisco, if you don’t segregate your trash, you get fined. Here in Chapala, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don&... Read more

Centeya of Radisson Blu Ajijic – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Centeya - Radisson Blu AjijicBorn and raised in Lake Chapala, I am 100% fluent in English & Spanish...

How's the horseback riding in Mexico?

How's the horseback riding in Mexico?

You can absolutely go horseback riding in Mexico. If you own a piece of land in Riberas del Pilar and Ajijic and build your own stalls, you can keep a horse. If you buy a house with a quarter of an acre land, you ... Read more

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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...

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

I am married to a foreign-born man. My husband is a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He speaks English, albeit with a bit of a Danish accent, but he does communicate well in English. We both compl... Read more

GISELLE SOCARRAZ of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account GISELLE SOCARRAZ - Real Estate ChiriquiCUBAN BORN, AMERICAN BRED, PANAMANIAN BAPTISED. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF...

Runaway Giselle

My name is Giselle and I have been a runaway for 12 years.   Well...at least according to some of my stateside friends.   It all started innocently enough (as most adventures are want t... 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

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...

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Who among us hasn’t been cheered during an otherwise down time or learned an important life lesson from a dog? About 20 years ago, when I was having a difficult time in a particularly tense business negotiation, ... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama COFFEE FARM!!

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama  COFFEE  FARM!!

Last month while visiting and exploring Boquete Panama just happened to stumble upon a very interesting investment "Factional"  Coffee Farm turnkey ownership. Just so happened we arrived the day before they ... 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 Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

When in my early twenties, after crossing the border near San Diego with my friends and driving south in Mexico, I noticed lots of houses in which the construction had begun, but was not finished.   ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

If you’re an expat, you may not want to read this. If you’re considering becoming an expat, you need to read it. Here’s what I’ve taken away, thus far, from my recent heart attack, and a very real brush with death in ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

The care I received for my cardiac event at Medellin’s Pablo Tobón Uribe hospital was excellent, with world-class attention, state of the art equipment, and highly professional staff. Tobón Uribe is a Joint Commission... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

On Wednesday, January 7th 2018, while walking near my apartment in Medellin, I had a heart attack. I realize it was above and beyond the call of duty for a writer/contributor to go to this length for a story. No need ... 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...

ALL EXPATS LIVING IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ARE NOT WEALTHY

A large percentage of Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende perceive that all expats (Gringos) living in the blissful hamlet of San Miguel de Allende are wealthy.   This is so far from the truth! ... 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...

The Greatest Gift!

The Greatest Gift!

She was walking hand in hand with her husband that cold winter's day. I was so impressed to see such an old couple holding hands. When I asked her how long have they been married, she offered me a toothl... 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 ...

My Part Time Life in Volcan

My Part Time Life in Volcan

  I titled this "My Part Time Life in Volcan" because unfortunately I can only live part of the year in Panama.  I'm still in my working years in the US and I still haven't figured out how to totally... Read more

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