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Mirhanna Sandoya of Lucero Homes, Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mirhanna Sandoya - Lucero Homes, Golf & Country ClubI was born in David, Chiriqui in Panama. Lived in Vermont, USA for 2 y...

What are the best things to do in and around Panama?

What are the best things to do in and around Panama?

For me, the best thing to do in Panama is traveling around the country because there are so many different things that you can do in Panama. You can go to the Caribbean coast and see the white sand and blue water ... Read more

Georgina Chanapi  of Lucero Homes, Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Georgina Chanapi - Lucero Homes, Golf & Country ClubI was born in the Province of Veraguas located in the centre-west of P...

How much does food cost in Boquete, Panama?

How much does food cost in Boquete, Panama?

Food in Boquete is cheaper compared with other areas of Panama because we have agricultural areas here. People produce their own vegetables here in Boquete. It is cheap if you ha... 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 should I be most concerned about regarding retiring abroad?

In a word, the thing you should be most concerned about regarding retiring or moving abroad is EXPECTATIONS. If you avoid having them you'll be pleasantly surprised by so many things and less annoyed by other... 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...

Are the doctors in Panama good?

I find that, in general, in Latin America, you receive the most wonderful beside manner, and Panama is no exception.  The doctors in Panama are amazing.  They are just such loving, caring people.  You k... Read more

Boris Mannsfeld of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Boris Mannsfeld - Boris Mannsfeld & AssociatesBoris has an international economics degree from UCLA and an MBA from ...

How do I become a citizen of Belize?

After your first year in Belize, as long as you haven’t left the country for more than 14 days, you can apply for citizenship by way of naturalization.  Then, after five years (six years total), you can obt... 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 is the cost to buy land or a lot in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico

Like any place in the world with which I’m acquainted, the cost for land is largely a function of location.  You’ll pay more around golf courses, places with incredible views, the better fraccionamient... 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...

Is there good bus service in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is there good bus service in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There is not only good bus service in the Lake Chapala and Ajijic area, but there is great bus service throughout the entire Lakeside area.  (Lakeside is defined by locals as the area between Jocotepec on the w... 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 furniture in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Can I buy furniture in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Your couch and chair buying options in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area are quite limited.  With the exception of one or two very interesting specialty stores that have great imported tables and more exotic and high... 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...

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There isn’t really any SCUBA or snorkeling anywhere near Lake Chapala and Ajijic.  There’s the lake, of course, but it is far too murky for any SCUBA or snorkeling.   The closest diving or... 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 hiking and camping in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How's the hiking and camping in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

I can’t comment on the camping in and around Lake Chapala and Ajijic, because if there is any, I’m not aware of it.  I can tell you, however, about the hiking.   It’s great. &nbs... Read more

Parrish Kondra of Caban Condos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Parrish Kondra - Caban CondosCanadian Property Developer in Yucatan, Mexico...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

I highly recommend Yucatan state for investment and retirement. The Merida area offers an excellent overall quality of life in a laid back setting. The area is filled with so much history and culture without ... 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 language most often spoken in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Can I get by if I just speak English?

What's the language most often spoken in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Can I get by if I just speak English?

There is no doubt that you can live quite comfortably in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area and not speak more than a few words of Spanish; expats do it all the time.  Most doctors speak English, and you can always fi... Read more

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Keila Mulero  of Savvy Link – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Keila Mulero - Savvy LinkI was born in Puerto Rico, currently permanent resident of Panama, Rep...

US Citizen and Permanent Resident in PANAMA!

Hi I moved to Panama a year ago and I love it. I have lived in Puerto Rico, Peru, Miami, Atlanta and Indiana and Panama is by far the best choice for retirement. You must remember, and a lot of people often forget... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

On Wednesday, January 7th 2018, while walking near my apartment in Medellin, I had a heart attack. I realize it was above and beyond the call of duty for a writer/contributor to go to this length for a story. No need ... Read more

Lissy Lezcano  of Lissy Lezcano Attorney & Mediator – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lissy Lezcano - Lissy Lezcano Attorney & MediatorI´m a Lawyer from Panama City with more than 7 years experience....

Boquete, Panamá, Today

Boquete, Panamá, Today

Hi Friends   My name is Lissy and I want to share with you my trip to Boquete today.  I went to Big Daddy’s Grill and had the best shrimp taco ever, and the day was ... 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

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...

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

When in my early twenties, after crossing the border near San Diego with my friends and driving south in Mexico, I noticed lots of houses in which the construction had begun, but was not finished.   ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

If you’re an expat, you may not want to read this. If you’re considering becoming an expat, you need to read it. Here’s what I’ve taken away, thus far, from my recent heart attack, and a very real brush with death in ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

The care I received for my cardiac event at Medellin’s Pablo Tobón Uribe hospital was excellent, with world-class attention, state of the art equipment, and highly professional staff. Tobón Uribe is a Joint Commission... 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...

ALL EXPATS LIVING IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ARE NOT WEALTHY

A large percentage of Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende perceive that all expats (Gringos) living in the blissful hamlet of San Miguel de Allende are wealthy.   This is so far from the truth! ... Read more

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