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How are women and girls treated in Portugal?

How are women and girls treated in Portugal?

Portugal has come a very, very long way in the past 40 years (this seems a long time, but in fact from then to now it is so different).   Women are well respected here and as there are s... Read more

Maria Mazarro of Kika's Botique – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria Mazarro - Kika's BotiqueWoman from Madrid. Inspired but different places and colors of nature....

How reliable is the water supply in San Miguel de Allende? Are there water disruptions?

How reliable is the water supply in San Miguel de Allende? Are there water disruptions?

The water supply in San Miguel de Allende is very reliable. I have lived in San Miguel for almost 5 years now and we have never had any problems with the water supply. I have a well in my house now but before we had t... Read more

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What’s the crime rate against Americans, British, and other expats in Portugal?

What’s the crime rate against Americans, British, and other expats in Portugal?

I have been living in the Lisbon area countryside since 1983, the first ten years as a single woman living alone, and up to now have never felt unsafe. What exists in this area is mostly petty crimes of opportunity, e... Read more

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How much does it cost for a gardener in Portugal

How much does it cost for a gardener in Portugal

We have a one acre property in the countryside 30 minutes from Lisbon. We pay our local gardening team 10 Euros per person per hour (about US $11).  Usually two of them come for two to three hours once a mon... Read more

Gretel Chazaro of Rancho Los Labradores – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gretel Chazaro - Rancho Los LabradoresI work in Rancho Labradores, a county gated residential community with...

What's the cost of living in San Miguel de Allende?

What's the cost of living in San Miguel de Allende?

There is everything for everyone in San Miguel de Allende. If you want to go to a cheap restaurant where you want to spend US $5 for a full meal, you can do that. If you want to spend $100 at a fancy restaurant, y... Read more

Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Virginia Krohn - Villa Cayo BelizeI am not only the owner of Villa Cayo but I designed, drew the plans a...

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a Belize passport?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a Belize passport?

One of the advantages of having a Belize passport would be that you do not have to pay departure tax.  You have to be a Belize Citizen to get a Belize Passport and it takes a period of time to accomplish.&nbs... Read more

Maria Mazarro of Kika's Botique – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria Mazarro - Kika's BotiqueWoman from Madrid. Inspired but different places and colors of nature....

Are the doctors in San Miguel de Allende good?

Are the doctors in San Miguel de Allende good?

My boyfriend is a Mexican citizen and he just applied for free healthcare, the one for Social Security because he is an employee, and on that basis, we haves one healthcare for everybody.   ... Read more

Maria Mazarro of Kika's Botique – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria Mazarro - Kika's BotiqueWoman from Madrid. Inspired but different places and colors of nature....

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Miguel de Allende?

One of the best things about living in San Miguel de Allende is the weather. It is fantastic. Another thing is that you could walk everywhere in town in San Miguel. The rent is very cheap here, too. I like the tra... Read more

Kelly Pisarzewski – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kelly PisarzewskiLover of all things Mexican (and Italian!) Food Fiestas Beaches Mo...

What's the food like in the markets in San Miguel de Allende?

What's the food like in the markets in San Miguel de Allende?

The Tuesday Tianguis is THE place in San Miguel de Allende to shop for anything you may desire. Pots and pans, food, fresh made cheeses, fresh honey, fresh made food, dried herbs, many oddball things that you may not ... Read more

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

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

I've been living in a neighborhood called Riveras del Pilar, right smack dab between Chapala and the more renowned village of Ajijic. Like anywhere, the area you pick to reside in will determine things like view, dens... Read more

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How long can I be in Belize before I have to apply for a residency visa?

How long can I be in Belize before I have to apply for a residency visa?

You can be in Belize for 6 months as a tourist but by that time you should have already started the process for your residency. When you come to Belize as a tourist, you have to have your passport stamped once a m... Read more

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How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Puerto Vallarta?

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Puerto Vallarta?

My wife and I have health insurance. It’s an American company but it’s much cheaper than what we had in the States. I’m paying about US $1,300 a year for myself with a $5,000 deductible. I’... Read more

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Tips and Observations About Living in Baja California for Six Weeks in a Little Mexican Town

Tips and Observations About Living in Baja California for Six Weeks in a Little Mexican Town

Here is some flavor of what it’s like to live in a small village in Baja California Sur for six weeks and some tips that could save you lots of aggravation.   It’s Just Like…   ... Read more

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THAILAND- second edition

Since my last post I had to return to Australia to sort out finances and final arrangements, after 13 months in Chiang Rai.    Lesson 1- When you are fully committed to a permanent move, sett... Read more

Christian Pickup – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Christian PickupCanadian born and raised, living in Mexico since 2011. I own a small ...

Life in the coffee hills of Veracruz

We moved to Mexico from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in November of 2011.  I had visited Mexico many times before, and spoke some Spanish prior to the move.  My wife is Mexican born, but had lived in Canada ma... Read more

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How the Rotary Club, Cold Beer, Beauty and Opportunity in Belize Combined to Lure Mark Leonard to a Tropical Paradise

How the Rotary Club, Cold Beer, Beauty and Opportunity in Belize Combined to Lure Mark Leonard to a Tropical Paradise

Excerpts of an interview with Mark Leonard, June 29, 2016   Chuck: Thank you for joining us, Mark.  Your posts have always been so genuine and colorful.  Please tell our readers how you happened to ... Read more

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Observations About Baja Mexicans and Baja Mexican Food

Observations About Baja Mexicans and Baja Mexican Food

One of the objectives of our trip is to experience firsthand what it would be like to live in different environments abroad, irrespective of what we thought we knew beforehand.  We dubbed it the “Try Everything S... Read more

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The Most Magnificent Beaches of La Paz, Baja California Sur and Surroundings

The Most Magnificent Beaches of La Paz, Baja California Sur and Surroundings

Within the creation of any great work of art, you can usually see certain elements of that great work in several previous works, but none of those previous works have all the elements at one time.  It is the same... Read more

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Our Life in the Little Town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Just North of Puerto Vallarta

Our Life in the Little Town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Just North of Puerto Vallarta

We have just recently retired and plan to spend winters in our condo in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. We bought the condo 3 years ago and have spent school holidays (I am a retired school teacher) setting up our co... Read more

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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

Greg Custer – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg CusterTravel industry veteran of over 35 years and expert in travel to all r...

Death and Life in Mexico

Death and Life in Mexico

This is not a story about how Mexico celebrates its Día de los Muertos ritual, or how Americans come here to retire... then forget to die.  The other day I came across the black-and-white deta... Read more

JIMJFOX – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JIMJFOXRetired Naval Architect, born UK, emigrated New Zealand & Australia; l...

Paul McBride on 'smart money'

He nailed it- though one need not be an economist or financial 'expert' to see the blindingly obvious.    Free market principles are unfeasible in practice. Adam Smith in the 1770's made the ... Read more

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Arriving in Our Little Village in La Ventana Bay, Just Southeast of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

Arriving in Our Little Village in La Ventana Bay, Just Southeast of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

As you progress south on Highway 1 in Baja, you know you’re starting to enter La Paz because, just like in any other part of the world I’ve visited, as you enter a more densely populated area, the road adds lanes on y... Read more

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Is an Expat Living Abroad a True American?

Is an Expat Living Abroad a True American?

Are you still entitled to consider yourself an American if you choose to live abroad?   As Vice President of Business Development for Best Places in the World to Retire, I have been told... Read more

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