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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 are the stores and shops in Coronado, Panama? How's the shopping in Coronado, Panama?

Almost everything you need to buy is available here in Coronado, Panama, so, for most things, you don't have to leave the area to go shopping.  If you need furniture or lighting, however, you can go to We... Read more

Jonathan Lohr of Ceiba Realty Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Lohr - Ceiba Realty Ltd.Belize, meant to be an overnight stay for my parents on a road trip to...

What are the construction standards in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

What are the construction standards in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

There are two main types of construction types in the Cayo District and San Ignacio, Belize. There is the hardwood homes or pine timber homes, or you have the cement block homes.   In real estate we have a te... 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...

Is San Miguel de Allende safe? What's the crime rate in general in San Miguel de Allende?

Is San Miguel de Allende safe?  What's the crime rate in general in San Miguel de Allende?

As a real estate agent and member of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI), of course I do not want to say anything detrimental to property values anywhere in the country. However, as a fello... Read more

Robert Reichert of Cuesta del Sol Condominiums – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Reichert - Cuesta del Sol CondominiumsI left Canada in September 2002 to experience a different culture and ...

What is the history of Panama?

What is the history of Panama?

To answer this question "What is the history of Panama?" would take pages of text and the complete answer can be found in many web sites on the Internet. What I would like to do is concentrate on on... 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...

Will Medicare cover me if I live (even part time) in Mexico?

Will Medicare cover me if I live (even part time) in Mexico?

No, Medicare (Part A or B) will not cover you in Mexico even if you are here temporarily. The only time Medicare would cover you in Mexico is if you are on the border and the hospital in Mexico is closer than the ... 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

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...

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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Alfonso Galindo of I Go Yucatan – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alfonso Galindo - I Go YucatanI was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, and since 2008, li...

Yucatan Mexico Real Estate Investment Tips for Retirees

Yucatan Mexico Real Estate Investment Tips for Retirees

An emerging personal finance trend has seen retirees and people in pre-retirement making investments in foreign real estate, especially in emerging markets. The potential benefits are very enticing; these regions are ... 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

Shai Gold of International-Triage Medical Networks – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Shai Gold - International-Triage Medical NetworksMy goal is to assist the reader access high-quality medical treatment,...

I Am Proud To Offer Affordable Medical Treatment In Panama

Three years ago, I selected Panama as a regional base for my business. I am very pleased with the results and can state, unequivocally, that I accomplished the principle goal.   Moreover, I have been blessed ... 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... 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

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

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