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Barbara Socarraz of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Barbara Socarraz - Real Estate ChiriquiI am a retired Speech Language Pathologist that had spent the last 30 ...

What's the food like in the markets in Panama?

I live in David (the second largest city in Panama and less than an hour from Boquete and Volcan) and I have found the grocery stores to be comparable to those in the states.  Things like cheeses, chips and spice... Read more

Luzma Grande of Ajijic Concierge Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Luzma Grande - Ajijic Concierge ServicesI was born in the beautiful colonial city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, ...

What are the holidays of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What are the holidays of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There are two different kinds of holidays in Chapala and Ajijic. There are religious holidays and there are national holidays. The religious holidays usually last more than a week and you would see lots of firewor... Read more

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If I live in Mexico, do I still have to pay US income tax on money coming from the US?

If I live in Mexico, do I still have to pay US income tax on money coming from the US?

Yes. You must file US tax returns and perhaps owe US taxes no matter where you live in world.   So long as your income exceeds the minimum amount required to file a US tax return, y... Read more

Eric Chazaro of Keller Williams Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eric Chazaro - Keller Williams AllendeI am the Operating Principal at KW Allende and VP and National Board M...

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around San Miguel de Allende?

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around San Miguel de Allende?

Adventure travel is an industry that has developed in the last couple of years here in San Miguel de Allende. There are some amazing horseback riding trails around San Miguel de Allende that will take you to incre... Read more

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...

What currency (money) does Portugal use?

What currency (money) does Portugal use?

The currency being used by Portugal is the euro. If you have dollars and you are coming for a vacation from the US into Portugal, or if you have pounds from the UK or Swedish krona from Sweden, you could buy euros... 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 traditions of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What are the traditions of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Most of the traditions of the Chapala and Ajijic area are celebrated around the Catholic Church holidays, which go back to when the Spaniards first came to Lakeside (the area on Lake Chapala generally between Chapala ... 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...

What's the cost of living in Corozal?

What's the cost of living in Corozal?

The cost of living in Corozal is widely variable. Living shelter in Corozal is relatively inexpensive. Many expats choose to build a house versus renting one.   There is a limited supply of house rentals avai... 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...

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Corozal?

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Corozal?

There have been a couple of incidents of crime recently in Corozal that put a lot of people off. There is some petty theft, but there's always going to be petty theft anywhere you go.   What I see in the ... 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...

Are the doctors in Corozal good?

Are the doctors in Corozal good?

The doctors in Corozal are typically trained in neighboring countries like Guatemala and Mexico. Often, they would have done residency in the United States, but this doesn't apply to all doctors in Corozal. As far... 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...

What's it like to live in Corozal? How’s the lifestyle?

What's it like to live in Corozal? How’s the lifestyle?

The lifestyle in Corozal is very laid back. If you're looking for a lot of excitement, you're not going to find it in Corozal.   As far as American-style or European-style amenities, there aren't ... 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...

What would my neighbors be like in Corozal?

What would my neighbors be like in Corozal?

In Corozal, your neighbors would mostly be Belizeans. You would likely have some gringo neighbors close by or adjacent to you. Consejo Shores is one development that's located towards the Mexican border and just o... 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...

Is there good fishing in and around Corozal?

Is there good fishing in and around Corozal?

There is good fishing in or around Corozal depending on what type of fish you're looking for. There are a couple of rivers that feed into the Corozal Bay.   There's snook and tarpon. In the bay itself... Read more

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This is Beautiful Playa Venao, Panamá...

Beautiful Playa Venao has been my passion for many years,  and this is the area I moved to a long time ago, in 1985. I was lucky to get to know Panama from the "inside out", being exposed... Read more

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Azulejo Tale

We remember as youngsters being told that if you pick up a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and put it back, the parent birds will abandon it. We believed that to be true until this past week when the ... Read more

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How Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

How Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

Would you like to reduce your stress?   Based on the hundreds of expats we've interviewed and the more than one thousand who participated in our studies, if you are like them, there is more t... 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

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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

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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... Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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