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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...

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

I love to go to Tango, which is a popular restaurant in Ajijic. It is my favorite place. Their prices are not expensive and the food is good. The appetizer, the main course, wine, and dessert costs about 220 pesos... Read more

Rafael Alvarado of Rafael Alvarado / Attorney / Real Estate Broker – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rafael Alvarado - Rafael Alvarado / Attorney / Real Estate BrokerBorn and raised in Panama City, married and father of three (yes three...

How much is it to build a house in Coronado, Panama?

In order to build a house in Coronado, the first thing you need to do is buy the land. Then find a good (with references) construction company that takes care of all construction matters. My advice is: Don´t try... 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...

Are there earthquakes in Mexico?

Are there earthquakes in Mexico?

Yes, there are earthquakes in Mexico. Normally they are small and most people do not even feel them. But one major earthquake on September 19, 1985 severely damaged Mexico City. In a normal day, Mexico ... Read more

Belize Bobbi of Belize Paradise Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Belize Bobbi - Belize Paradise ToursSeveral years ago I thought it was time to start looking for a warmer ...

What’s the cost to rent an apartment in Belize?

What’s the cost to rent an apartment in Belize?

Depending on where you are from, the word "apartment" can mean something different to everyone. Where I'm from originally in the U.S., apartments are typically 3-story buildings with vinyl/brick exterior... Read more

Jose Broce of Broce-Pinilla & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jose Broce - Broce-Pinilla & AsociadosAlthough I was born in Spain (to two Panamanian lawyers), I grew up in...

How's the dental care in Panama?

Just like the medical care, dental care here in Panama is great, both private and public.   In the private system, the cost for a cleaning can go as low as US $75, but if you want to get... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Boquete, Panama?

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expat community. There are many rivers and brooks in Boquete which makes part of the natural landscape. The widest and longest river is Caldera River which goes thru the east side of Boquete D... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Boquete, Panama?

Greeting Expats community.   The vacation rental homes concept per se does not exist in Panama yet so what you are going to tap in Google is "Properties for rent in Boquete" and you would... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

How's the economy in Boquete, Panama?

Boquete is one region inside the Panama's countryside. Because of this, not every economic activity of Panama is represented in this part of the country but these are the main ones here.  Agriculture. ... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

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

Greetings expats community. The price of a condo or any property varies a lot depending on the size and location you choose and what you are looking for.  The best advice that I can gi... Read more

Joseph Bowersmith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Joseph BowersmithI am a retired 60 year old male married to my wife Belinda. We live in...

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Nicaragua, and how close are they?

I have just recently experienced the healthcare in Jinotega at Hospital Victoria Moto.  It was very basic.  Wards that are just big rooms with beds and that is about all the hospital provides.  Care was... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

What are the construction standards in Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expats community. The best advice that I can give you when you get a quote on a house are: Don't look at the lowest price because there is a reason why are low. ... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

How are the restaurants in Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expats community. Food in Boquete is getting better day by day. Gastronomically, Boquete is a landmark of good quality of food. Many of the ingredients and products of the restaurants are harvested... 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

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What do you do if you don't die?

What do you do if you don't die?

I survived my heart attack.  Some of you may have read my harrowing story on this site about my ambulance ride to Panama City (Why are you shaving my testicles?), which is why I founded The Panama Helpl... Read more

Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ian Usher - House Sitting MagazineI used to live in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of Panama, wh...

Sharing my house with baby birds

Sharing my house with baby birds

This little bird is a baby Panama Flycatcher. Mum and dad moved in above the light fitting in my kitchen in April 2012. I live on a little Caribbean island just off the coast of Panama in the archipelago of Bocas del ... Read more

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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

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 to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

How to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

Some things in life we earn, and others, we don’t.   We use many names to describe the things that happen to us that we don’t earn, including “fate,” “destiny,” “God’s will”, “luck,” and... 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 ...

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

What does it take to build a house in Panama?   This is what I was able to get done in the last 12 months: Paint on the exterior walls. Interior walls erected on the second fl... 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...

How San Miguel de Allende Won— and Broke— My Heart as Best City in the World

How San Miguel de Allende Won— and Broke— My Heart as Best City in the World

Lest you be skeptical of that “Best City in the World” designation in the title, dear readers, let me begin by saying that Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017 bestowed that very designation on San Miguel d... 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...

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

This morning my wife and I made our first official visit to a medical provider here in Medellin Colombia. I had a minor issue that I was sure would dissipate with the ‘tincture of time,’ as health prof... 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

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