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Luis Teixeira da Silva of Algarve Senior Living – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Luis Teixeira da Silva - Algarve Senior LivingIn my 25-year career I have been founder and/or CEO of several consult...

How corrupt are the police in Portugal? Do I need to bribe the police in Portugal?

How corrupt are the police in Portugal? Do I need to bribe the police in Portugal?

I am very happy to answer this question because the police in Portugal are not corrupt at all. There is no corruption on that level in Portugal. I would highly recommend that people do not try any Latin American o... Read more

David Keener of Vision Properties Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Keener - Vision Properties BelizeMy wife and I first visited in Placencia in 2001, when we were immedia...

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Placencia, Belize?

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Placencia, Belize?

In general, vacation rentals in Placencia go anywhere from US $100 to significantly more. The range is from a good inventory of low-end hotels, motels, hostels, or eco-resorts that are inexpensive all the way to well-... Read more

Carla Fjeld of Ola Verde SA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carla Fjeld - Ola Verde SABorn in the USA and live in Nicaragua where I founded a socially respo...

What's the cost to rent a home in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

The coast of Nicaragua that stretches north and south from San Juan del Sur presents marvelous rental opportunities and you may want to try renting a few places before investing. The south beaches have a serenity and ... Read more

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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 Chapala lakeside area has many options to choose from for rentals.  They range from nightly to long term.  I will use US dollars when referring to prices. Nightly rentals can be found at hotels... 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...

Is it safe to drink the water in San Miguel de Allende?

Is it safe to drink the water in San Miguel de Allende?

NO! and this is a resounding NO.   The water (tap water) in San Miguel de Allende contains high concentrations of arsenic, fluoride, mercury and other toxic elements.  Teeth and bone become f... Read more

Glenn Koons – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Glenn KoonsLived in Granada for 20 years....

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Granada, Nicaragua?

At this time apartments are available at much lower rates than they were two years ago.  A one-bedroom apartment, walk-in closet, full kitchen with stove, frost-free refrigerator, tankless hot water at all valves... Read more

Maria Huang – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria HuangHave a lot of experience traveling and living in different countries...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Boquete, Panama?

This is my 2nd time to Boquete Panama and there are definitely mosquitoes here during rainy season. I have needed my mesh tent over my bed and use of repellent all day and night. Even the locals are complain... 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...

Are there English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

Are there English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

An English-speaking doctor is only one important factor to consider in terms of access to health care.   Other important things to consider ARE:   1. Finding a doctor that kee... Read more

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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

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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

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Allen Rosen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Allen RosenI am a Canadian lawyer from Toronto, moved to Panama in 2007. My wi...

Meet the Neighborhood Alligator

I’ve been around Panama for about 6 years now, living here and working as a real estate broker. I’ve seen all manner of creatures in all sorts of places — capibaras in the jungle near Colon, coyotes prancing through f... Read more

Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lourdes Townshend - Multimodal & Logistic Transports MagazineEven though I come from a family of diplomats and lawyers from Nicarag...

The National Dress, Dance and Heritage of Panamá

The National Dress, Dance and Heritage of Panamá

The official national dress in Panamá is the pollera. This dress is unique and takes between two to three years to make by hand. Polleras are passed from generation to generation, making them more valuable as the year... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversI hope you enjoy our stories about our road trip through Mexico. We c...

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

A fine mist began to fall in San Miguel de Allende on a cool November morning as we maneuvered our fully packed, big white van on a familiar cobblestone road in Los Labradores, up to the smiling guards we had com... 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 ...

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

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 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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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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