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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 ...

How much is it to build a house in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

Building a house in Volcan or Cerro Punta, Panama is like building a house anywhere else I suppose - with a few exceptions.  These exceptions will be the same or similar in any other Central American country... 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...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Coronado, Panama?

In Coronado, Panama a gardener costs between US $100 and $200 per month. If you have a larger property and you want to delegate more things, you can pay a gardener $200 per month but that is the maximum.  Mos... 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 good vets in Mexico? Where are the best vets in Mexico?

Are there good vets in Mexico?  Where are the best vets in Mexico?

Yes, there are very good vets in Mexico. I don’t have pets, but I have friends and neighbors who do and they are all very well taken care of by veterinarians here in San Miguel de Allende.   ... Read more

Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Macarena Rose - Rainforerst RealtyWhen I moved to Belize with 2 teenagers and 10 animals, I had question...

What is Belize's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

What is Belize's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

Belize allows its citizens to own guns. If you come to Belize as an expat, then you must check your gun at the airport and you must apply for a permit. If you move to Belize, you must apply for a permit, then you ... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de AllendeMy experience as what I call a “Mexican Roads” scholar began in th...

How much is it to build a house in San Miguel de Allende?

How much is it to build a house in San Miguel de Allende?

Evaluating the price of an existing home for sale, I calculate what I estimate it would cost me to build it, figuring I could get the construction done today for around US $60 to $100 per sq. ft. depending on deta... 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...

What's the cost to rent a home in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost to rent a home in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The cost to rent a home in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area has been moving upwards over the last few years, as demand has increased and supply has not kept up.   As with prices to buy, your price t... 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...

How much rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

How much rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

Most people will tell you that “High Season” in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is from October or November through about April, with “Low Season” encompassing the “Rainy Season”, whi... 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...

What's the closest airport to Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the closest airport to Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

One of the biggest advantages of living at the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is the existence of Guadalajara less than an hour away.  Like many things in the Lake Chapala area, the existence of a 5 million inhabitant... 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...

How are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The restaurants in the Ajijic and overall Lake Chapala area are extremely good and extremely reasonably priced (perhaps 60% less than in the US).  And yes, you can get quite a bit more variety than Mexican food.&n... 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...

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The answer to can you buy good clothes in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area depends on what kinds of clothes you purchase.  First, the good news.   If you buy your clothes at Walmart, we have on... Read more

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Who are the residents of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Who lives in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Who are the residents of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Who lives in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There is no authoritative census, so these are my guesses.   The Lake Chapala area (including Ajijic) is about 20% - 25% expat, with the rest being Mexicans.  The expats are about 40% from the US... 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...

How's the standard of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How's the standard of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

"Standard of living” is a bit hard to define, because the elements of it are different for different people.  For example, if you are not happy unless they have the feel and excitement of a large city, ... Read more

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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...

Tips and Observations About Driving Through Baja California, and the Release of Your “Inner Mexican”

Tips and Observations About Driving Through Baja California, and the Release of Your “Inner Mexican”

Driving… in … Mexico.   These three words are enough to strike fear into any news watching / Internet reading American. We are led to believe that we would either b... 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...

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

These places would seem to the native inhabitants to be neglected lands of unruly bushes and trees with views that were pretty, but where one did not linger while on one’s way to somewhere else. But to Mike Cobb, thes... Read more

Robert Adams of Retirement Wave – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Adams - Retirement WaveI've worked globally for non-profit humanitarian agencies, the "foreig...

The Most Important Thing To Do When You Move To Panama

Presented with permission from Bob Adams of Retirement Wave   Folks often ask me what’s important that I do when I get to Panama.   “Do I need to learn the language?”   “Is there... 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

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 ...

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

Here in Guatemala they call themselves Guatemaltecos (Guatemalteca for women) and not Guatemalans. But both are understood. When I came to live here it was a plan for two years, to put this young indigenous woman thro... 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 ...

HOW I CAME TO BUILD A HOUSE IN GUATEMALA -2-

HOW I CAME TO BUILD A HOUSE IN GUATEMALA -2-

  I DO feel proud of building a house in Guatemala. I'm not going to get into the doing here, but lay the groundwork for WHY I did it. This is one of our views of the house and one of what we see... 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 ...

Retired but not Retiring in a Guatemalan Village - some Background

Retired but not Retiring in a Guatemalan Village - some Background

I grew up in the United States, most recently from Northern California, but now in my 70’s I live in a village in Guatemala, five miles away from Antigua, a popular tourist destination and NOT typical of Guatemala... 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...

Cruisin' the Caribbean: Tips for the Ship

Cruisin' the Caribbean: Tips for the Ship

  For retirees/expats considering a cruise, here are a few tips I garnered from a recent Caribbean island-hopping adventure my wife and I enjoyed.   It was ap... 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...

Comparing Life in the US with Life in Mexico After Living in Mexico for Two Years

Comparing Life in the US with Life in Mexico After Living in Mexico for Two Years

They were big, open questions— the “elephant in the room,” the large, unavoidable thing I was a bit afraid to confront honestly and directly.   The background is that I was born and rais... 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...

Nicaragua Civil Unrest or ?

We have been in Nicaragua since 2006 and it has been 11+ years of frustration and work. It has never been boring. The past year has felt different. There was a feeling of increased tension happening that we were begin... 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...

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Nine Useful Traits My Dogs Taught Me About Moving and Living Abroad

Who among us hasn’t been cheered during an otherwise down time or learned an important life lesson from a dog? About 20 years ago, when I was having a difficult time in a particularly tense business negotiation, ... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama COFFEE FARM!!

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama  COFFEE  FARM!!

Last month while visiting and exploring Boquete Panama just happened to stumble upon a very interesting investment "Factional"  Coffee Farm turnkey ownership. Just so happened we arrived the day before they ... Read more

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