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Kathya de Chong of Alto Boquete Condominios – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kathya de Chong - Alto Boquete CondominiosSales Manager of Alto Boquete Condominios an Exclusive Residential Com...

What's the Panama Pensionado Program and how does it work for property taxes?

What's the Panama Pensionado Program and how does it work for property taxes?

There is an exemption for property taxes on new construction n Panama for up to the first twenty years, regardless of whether or not the owner of the property has a Pensionado Visa or not.  The amount of the ... Read more

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...

What are the outdoor activities in and around Coronado, Panama?

The best outdoor activity in Coronado, Panama is definitely having happy hours on the rooftop! We have a lot of good happy hours. There is a hotel here in Coronado that has a great rooftop patio with a sushi ... Read more

Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Cobb - ECI DevelopmentIn 1998, Mike Cobb created ECI Development to purchase a resort on Amb...

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Nicaragua?

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua passed legislation decriminalizing gay and lesbian sexual acts and orientation in 2008. ... 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...

What are the expats like in Panama?

What are the expats like in Panama?

Sadly, many Americans in particular come to Panama with the mantle of the “Ugly American”. Many come with North American expectations and not too much flexibility. If you don’t learn to adjust to... Read more

Ross of Abroad We Go – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ross - Abroad We GoI have been an intrepid traveler for the last 35 years, organizing and...

What are the worst places in the world to retire?

What are the worst places in the world to retire?

People might not love this answer, but I think that, for me, the United States would be the worst place in the world to retire. I love the United States, but if I retire there, that’s not retirement. I woul... Read more

Paul Clark of East Cape Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Clark - East Cape HomesCanadian expat...

Is Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico safe? What's the crime rate in general in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

Is Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico safe?  What's the crime rate in general in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

Living in Cabo Pulmo is very safe. (Cabo Pulmo is located 28 miles east of the Los Cabos Airport (SJD). Just north of Cabo Pulmo is where our house is located.)  We’ve never locked our front door and our ke... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

Is there good bus service in Puerto Vallarta?

Is there good bus service in Puerto Vallarta?

Buses in Puerto Vallarta go everywhere, even in places where I didn't think a bus could go. They go through some of the smallest subdivisions and back areas because people live there and they need to get home. The... Read more

Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis - Casa Granada PropertiesHi. I am a native Nicaraguan who speaks English without any problem at...

What should I know before buying a home in a new housing development in Nicaragua?

What should I know before buying a home in a new housing development in Nicaragua?

Before buying a home in a new housing development in Nicaragua, you need to know how many housing developments the company has built as well as the reputation and history of the company. You must pay attention to ... Read more

Paul Clark of East Cape Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Clark - East Cape HomesCanadian expat...

What's the cost of living in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What's the cost of living in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

On a monthly basis, the cost of living in Los Cabos for a middle class family who would normally eat at home and shop at a local store would be $2,000 - $2,500 a month without housing. If you shop at Costco as opposed... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

Are taxis readily available in Puerto Vallarta, and what do taxis cost in Puerto Vallarta?

Are taxis readily available in Puerto Vallarta, and what do taxis cost in Puerto Vallarta?

Taxis are everywhere in Puerto Vallarta. I would occasionally use taxis when I'm getting my car fixed or when going to the airport or bus station. Puerto Vallarta is not a big town so you don't have large dist... Read more

Peter F Gordon, MD of Lake Medical Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Peter F Gordon, MD - Lake Medical GroupDr. Gordon is a seventh generation physician, certified by the America...

What are the construction standards in Mexico?

What are the construction standards in Mexico?

I've built office buildings and apartments in Guadalajara. I've seen people who come to Mexico and expect a house like they would have in the States or Canada.    Make sure that you really get we... Read more

Paul Clark of East Cape Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Clark - East Cape HomesCanadian expat...

How much do restaurants cost in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

How much do restaurants cost in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

I’ve gone to a couple of restaurants in San José del Cabo. Generally, a meal for two will cost 400-500 pesos (US $23-29) in San José del Cabo. This would be a lunch with tacos or an enchilada, ... Read more

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David Btesh of Pacific Developers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Btesh - Pacific DevelopersI was born and raised in Panama and have lived here continuously other...

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

(The Btesh family is very tied into the business and charitable communities in Panama.  Mr. Btesh serves on the Boards of UniBank and the insurance company Aseguradora Ancon, and he is a partner in Pacific Develo... Read more

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Organizing walking/bus tours in David has been interesting, in a good way.  One question that keeps coming up from those new to the area is “What advice do you have for navigating these streets?”  When I... Read more

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...

How To Become an International Pet Smuggler

I moved to Panama from Toronto in July, 2007, but the airline I flew on would not take my dog Roscoe -- something about the summer heat being too much for animals in the cargo hold. So I ended up having to ship Ro... 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...

Building in Belize

Building in Belize

After we bought our property in Belize we were getting excited about building something where we could go and hang out   Initially it started as a cabin with enough room for us and the occasional ... 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...

There is no 'U' in Colombia-- The rudiments of obtaining a residency visa in Colombia

There is no 'U' in Colombia-- The rudiments of obtaining a residency visa in Colombia

As much as I disdain essays that begin with the phrase, ‘your experience may be different,’ I have no choice here. Your experience obtaining a residency visa in Colombia may indeed be different. Here’s the latest info... 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...

Paying taxes in Colombia

Paying taxes in Colombia

  Taxation in Colombia:   If you’re considering a move to Colombia, here’s part of what you’ll need to know about taxation. First, a disclaimer. I’m not an expert, and th... 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...

Now That Our Road Trip is Over, I Can Tell You What It Was Really Like to Live in Mexico for a Year

Now That Our Road Trip is Over, I Can Tell You What It Was Really Like to Live in Mexico for a Year

Maybe my wife and I lead lives a lot like yours.   Or at least we did, until about a year ago.  That’s when we sold our comfortable home in Arizona, sold, gave away or put into storage about 90% of our “... 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 in Mexico Can Give You a Lifestyle Upgrade

How Living in Mexico Can Give You a Lifestyle Upgrade

Picture this: you’ve gone to meet your wife after her facial and pedicure at a local boutique hotel.  Leaving the bright sunshine outside, you open the thick, wooden doors and are welcomed into the cloistered ant... 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...

Lessons Learned From 5 Months as a Nomad-- His takeaways after selling everything at 58 and hitting the road

Lessons Learned From 5 Months as a Nomad-- His takeaways after selling everything at 58 and hitting the road

(We thank the wonderful people and our good friends at Nextavenue.org, where this article was originally published December 6, 2016)   As boomers, quite a few of us had th... 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...

Becoming a Globetrotting Nomad at 58: Would You Pull the Rope?

Becoming a Globetrotting Nomad at 58: Would You Pull the Rope?

(We thank the wonderful people and our good friends at Nextavenue.org, where this article was originally published July 28, 2016.)   I was at a lecture a few years ago where the speaker casua... 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...

Taking Sam Clemens' advice

Taking Sam Clemens' advice

Travel is: “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” So said Mark Twain in his 1869 travelogue titled 'Innocents Abroad.' So I'd say one thing I'm most proud of at becoming an expat is taking old Sam Cleme... Read more

T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account T Rob Brown - Panama HelplineFounder of International Film Festival of Panama, screenwriter, playwr...

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

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