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Sarah Booth of Panama Holiday Homes &  Buyer's Consultant with My Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sarah Booth - Panama Holiday Homes & Buyer's Consultant I am a spirited Canadian, living in Panama for over 8 years now, where...

How are the stores and shops in Coronado, Panama? How's the shopping in Coronado, Panama?

Almost everything you need to buy is available here in Coronado, Panama, so, for most things, you don't have to leave the area to go shopping.  If you need furniture or lighting, however, you can go to We... Read more

Michael Eager of La Nueva Posada Hotel & Restaurant – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Eager - La Nueva Posada Hotel & RestaurantMy parents came to Ajijic from Toronto in the 1970s and started The Po...

What are the worst reasons to retire to Mexico?

What are the worst reasons to retire to Mexico?

One of the worst reasons to retire to Mexico is to come here when you are on the run from the law, debts, or something else. Over the years, I've run into a lot of unsavory characters.    A lot of pe... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de AllendeMy experience as what I call a “Mexican Roads” scholar began in th...

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in San Miguel de Allende

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in San Miguel de Allende

What land you could buy in the historic center of town would cost from around US $1,000 to $2,000 per square meter (US $93 to $185 per square foot) - over half a million to double that in US dollars for an eighth ... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversBest Mexico Movers moves your household goods from the US or Canada to...

Is there good bus service in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is there good bus service in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There is not only good bus service in the Lake Chapala and Ajijic area, but there is great bus service throughout the entire Lakeside area.  (Lakeside is defined by locals as the area between Jocotepec on the w... Read more

Melanie Lansing of Mexico Insurance Advisors – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melanie Lansing - Mexico Insurance AdvisorsI grew up with a Salvadorean nanny and learned Spanish from a young ag...

What is the culture of San Miguel de Allende?

What is the culture of San Miguel de Allende?

We have a very cosmopolitan culture in San Miguel de Allende. We have a broad mix of Mexicans who are natives to the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. There are a lot of Mexican nationals from Mexico ... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTAwarded #1 Producing Agent in Mexico for all Coldwell Banker Offices. ...

How much does food cost in San Miguel de Allende?

The price of food in San Miguel de Allende is so much less expensive than in the US.   One of the first things that I noticed when I moved here almost 10 years ago was how good everything tasted.&... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTAwarded #1 Producing Agent in Mexico for all Coldwell Banker Offices. ...

What's the cost of living in San Miguel de Allende?

The cost of living in San Miguel varies as it does in any town/city.   If you want to live within walking distance of the jardin (the very epicenter) it is going to be more pricey, of course. ... 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...

How much is it to build a house in Managua, Nicaragua?

In the current market of 2019, housing market is such that it might be wise to purchase a home versus building since the home values have had a significant drop due to political unrest of 2018. Rental market is tenant... 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...

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

Due to the political unrest that started in 2018, the housing market has seen a drop in value from 30 to 50 percent. We are starting to see a steady but slow growth in real estate purchase from SJDS to Granada and Leo... 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...

Are there American-trained doctors in Granada, Nicaragua?

There are a few well trained Dentists in town of Granada, we also have some great Dr. like Dr. Blanco who is Cuban that provides excellent medical care at a fraction of US medical care. We have gone several times to D... Read more

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Are there any English-speaking churches in Mexico?

In Mexico City, there are two Catholic parishes that offer mass in English on Sundays.  One is at St. Patrick's Parish near the American School and the ABC Hospital.  However, the mass that has more peop... Read more

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What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes there are crimes in San Miguel, just as there are in the US. HOWEVER, crimes in Mexico are NOT investigated or handled in the same manner as they are in the US.  I know a close family friend who has been... Read more

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The Manglar Lodge; Remote But Familiar, Very Chic And Done With Ease in Panama

The Manglar Lodge; Remote But Familiar, Very Chic And Done With Ease in Panama

It is called the Manglar Lodge because there are three kinds of mangrove trees found on the property, which you see on the long wooded road to there, the road that never quite leads you to a view of the Pacific, but r... 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...

Sunshine Morning Invites the Camera to Come Outdoors

Sunshine Morning Invites the Camera to Come Outdoors

We enjoy our coffee on the patio in Boquete, Panama, most mornings. This recent Sunday the weather was spectacular. We filled our coffee thermos and hastily dressed for a ride around Boquete while there was time befor... Read more

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Advice to Anyone Moving to Panama

Here is some advice for people moving here from other countries:   The path is always easier here if you get to know people. Knowledgeable locals can give valuable advice on how best to ... Read more

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Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

  Here are two contrasting characters who have crossed our path in the neighborhood. One is well-known for being homeless and without possessions, the other well-known for being the first woman from Centr... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

The first neighbor we met was Moises. He looked to me like a gangster at first glance, and I believe he wants the people around here to think so as well. He usually wears pointed-toe cowboy boots and a black leather j... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

        The streets of Antigua are all stones.  Some say cobblestones, but these are not well cobbled.  The city is a World Heritage Site, so it m... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversBest Mexico Movers moves your household goods from the US or Canada to...

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

Two of the best things about living at the Lake Chapala area have to do with aviation: 1. Through what I can only assume is dumb luck, Guadalajara International Airport was placed at the south side of that ... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

    My Mother-in-Law, Dona Maria   It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can ... Read more

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The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

Like an aspiring knight in a medieval fairytale who had been told to bring back the egg of a fire-breathing dragon or a nascent American Indian brave who had been given the task of producing a specific feather from a ... Read more

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Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

    Zaqueo hired a third friend of his from his home area named Chicalo. He was to be an “ayudante,” or assistant as they are called when they don’t have a specific trade. Chicalo ha... Read more

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Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

"Why would anybody want to build a house in a foreign country?"   That’s what I asked my friend who was buying land here in Guatemala. She was looking for a partner, and I thought she was a bit cr... Read more

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The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

"What is Hobbitenango?"   Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango... Read more

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