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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...

Is Belize a good place for preppers to have their bugout location? Is Belize a good place for survivalists?

Is Belize a good place for preppers to have their bugout location? Is Belize a good place for survivalists?

Belize is probably a good place for preppers or survivalists.  There are a number of very rural areas where you can certainly go and get lost. However, if you’re looking for anonymity you won’t fi... Read more

Richard Puntis – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Richard PuntisEnjoying expat life in sunny San Juan del Sur as a geologist turned re...

What do I need to know about pet shipping to Nicaragua, pet travel to Nicaragua and pet transport to Nicaragua?

What do I need to know about pet shipping to Nicaragua, pet travel to Nicaragua  and pet transport to Nicaragua?

Bringing your pet with you to Nicaragua is very straight forward. I brought my dog here several times before I moved permanently.   You get a health certificate from your vet at home and... Read more

Zaide Brambila of Ai Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Zaide Brambila - Ai Real Estate GroupI was born in México and speak english. I learned in school. My inte...

What are the best things to do in and around Puerto Vallarta?

What are the best things to do in and around Puerto Vallarta?

The best thing to do in and around Puerto Vallarta is going shopping. Not everybody has to do it but that is something that I love doing in Puerto Vallarta. They have really good stores at the town center. You cou... Read more

Alicia Gomez of Collins Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alicia Gomez - Collins Real Estatei am a native Mexican who speaks fluent English. (I used to live in B...

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

I know some expats who experienced robberies here in Chapala and Ajijic and a couple of them died. I think it happens more in Ajijic than in Chapala because there are more expats in Ajijic. I heard about one guy t... 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...

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The cost for a vacation rental in Chapala and Ajijic varies. If what you are looking for is a house with a pool, a Jacuzzi, and a maid, etc., then you could pay US $100 a day for something like that. You can easil... Read more

Dr. Carlos Alemán of Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica Dental) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dr. Carlos Alemán - Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica DI am a specialist dentist post-graduate from a highly regarded univers...

How are the schools in Nicaragua?

How are the schools in Nicaragua?

There are different types of schools here in Nicaragua. If you go to the local high school, you might not get the best education but you have the option of going to American schools here where the level of educati... Read more

Jennifer Bellerjeau of Cerros Beach Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jennifer Bellerjeau - Cerros Beach ResortLiving in Belize for 11 years, married for 26 years and loving every ...

Is it safe to drink the water in Corozal?

Is it safe to drink the water in Corozal?

If you are a local here or you have been here for a long time your body can adapt to the parasites in the water. I can drink rainwater straight but we find that we don’t really want to give it to visitors th... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTI received my first real estate license in the 1970’s when I was a p...

Can I buy furniture in San Miguel de Allende?

Can I buy furniture in San Miguel de Allende?

The artisans here in San Miguel de Allende are amazing. You can take a picture of something you want and give it to somebody, whether it is a metal worker or a furniture maker or a tile maker. You can have somethi... 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...

How are the restaurants in Corozal?

How are the restaurants in Corozal?

The restaurants in Corozal are pretty basic for the most part. Belizean food is on the menu for sure: rice and beans and stew chicken or pork or beef. You can get burgers. You can get pizza.   ... Read more

Alicia Gomez of Collins Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alicia Gomez - Collins Real Estatei am a native Mexican who speaks fluent English. (I used to live in B...

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Some of the best things about living and retiring in Chapala and Ajijic is the environment, the weather, the warmth of the people around here, the exchange rate (for US expats), and you could have a house here tha... Read more

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

What's it like to live in Panama?

What's it like to live in Panama?

I have enjoyed living in Panama half a year and New York the other half of the year.  I never compare the two places because I never compare any two places for the reason that all places have their pros and c... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTI received my first real estate license in the 1970’s when I was a p...

Can I buy good clothes in San Miguel de Allende?

Can I buy good clothes in San Miguel de Allende?

I don’t think you can buy good clothes anywhere in Mexico. I think the importation duty on fabric is 75%, which is why it is very difficult to find upholstery fabric, fabric for curtains, and it is difficult... 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...

Everything Changes, However Slow it Might Be

Everything Changes, However Slow it Might Be

Welcome to Boquete. This charming town has changed a little and a lot in the last four years. We have watched as the economy has improved for the community. A great deal is based on tourism and the influx of expa... Read more

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

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...

Living in Jocotepec, on the Shores of Lake Chapala: Beauty, Free Enterprise, and Some Cupcakes

Living in Jocotepec, on the Shores of Lake Chapala: Beauty, Free Enterprise, and Some Cupcakes

If you’re like me, with typical middle-class US suburban experiences and sensibilities, when you first arrive at Jocotepec, you are confronted with several things that just don’t seem right.   ... 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 Road from Nayarit, through Puerto Vallarta, to Lake Chapala and a Great, Big House for 60% Less Than a Tiny Hotel Room

The Road from Nayarit, through Puerto Vallarta, to Lake Chapala and a Great, Big House for 60% Less Than a Tiny Hotel Room

When doing a road trip anywhere, and especially in Mexico, the ability to improvise and adapt are traits that come in handy.  Case I point: unfortunately, our much-anticipated plans to visit Puerto Vallarta ... Read more

Lindy Laing – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lindy LaingAfter living in 5 countries around the world, I have chosen Mexico as ...

Why Chacala Beach?

Why Chacala Beach?

So, you think you want to make the move to retire or live and work in a perfect place, with a perfect climate, economical living, amenities close by, possibly Oceanside, with pleasant surroundings. And... Read more

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 on the Physics of Coolness in the Baja California Sur Summers and the Beauty of Domes

Bill Edsell on the Physics of Coolness in the Baja California Sur Summers and the Beauty of Domes

In this interview, Bill Edsell, of La Ventana Resorts, explains to Jet Metier how to keep buildings cool in Baja California Sur   Jet: Here we are, in early July, sitting in the main roo... 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 Six Sisters of Nayarit, Mexico: La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita

The Six Sisters of Nayarit, Mexico: La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita

We wanted very much to visit the towns just to the north and south of Lo de Marcos, in the state of Nayarit. How could we not?  Lo de Marcos was beautiful, exotic and interesting, the people were friendly, th... Read more

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 on the Beauty and Usefulness of Palapas in Baja California

Bill Edsell on the Beauty and Usefulness of Palapas in Baja California

From an interview by Jet Metier with Bill Edsell, of Ventana Bay Resort in July, 2016.   Jet: We're speaking with Bill Edsell, owner of Ventana Bay Resort, in a large, palapa-covered roo... 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...

What it’s Like To Live in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, a Little Seaside Village About an Hour North of Puerto Vallarta

What it’s Like To Live in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, a Little Seaside Village About an Hour North of Puerto Vallarta

We had loved our six weeks in the little coastal village of La Ventana, in Baja California Sur, on the Sea of Cortez.  Now, as our tour continued, we would have the opportunity to experience another little villag... Read more

Mike Vuytowecz of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Vuytowecz - Inside Panama Real EstateI am the founder of Inside Panama Real Estate. We have offices in Pana...

How Michael Vuytowecz Ended Up in Panama, and How His Wife Martha Was Convinced to Even Visit

How Michael Vuytowecz Ended Up in Panama, and How His Wife Martha Was Convinced to Even Visit

From an interview with Michael Vuytowecz in July, 2016...   Chuck: You have led a very interesting life, Michael.  You’ve lived in some great places that would make a lot of people quite jeal... 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...

Where the Jungle Drips into the Pacific: Our First Day in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit

Where the Jungle Drips into the Pacific: Our First Day in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit

In the period of less than half a day, our senses and emotions had experienced quite a workout.  In the morning, we were on a ferry in the Sea of Cortez, headed towards Mazatlan.  In Mazatlan, we were treate... Read more

JIMJFOX – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JIMJFOXRetired Naval Architect, born UK, emigrated New Zealand & Australia; l...

New Zealand- 1980

This and the follow-up are untypical but may interest some who would not consider moving to the 'other side of the World'.   NEW ZEALAND I'd worked for the UK defense department for 1... Read more

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