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Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rachel Jensen - Grand BaymenMy future took a 180-degree turn after spending two weeks in Nicaragua...

Where are the best beaches in Belize?

Where are the best beaches in Belize?

The most sought-after beach location on Ambergris Caye is, unsurprisingly, SECRET BEACH!  Secret Beach is a 2-4 foot deep beach for as far as you can walk with crystal clear blue salt waters. Th... Read more

Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rachel Jensen - Grand BaymenMy future took a 180-degree turn after spending two weeks in Nicaragua...

Is there diving, Scuba or snorkeling in Belize?

Is there diving, Scuba or snorkeling in Belize?

Yes, absolutely there is Scuba and snorkeling in Belize!   Belize is known for offering world-class diving (Jacques Cousteau named The Blue Hole one of his "Top 10 in the World"),&nbs... Read more

Stephen Honeybill of Crimson Orchid Inn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Stephen Honeybill - Crimson Orchid InnI am a semi-retired Expat now living in Belize as a Resident of 5 year...

Where's the best sightseeing in and around Corozal?

Where's the best sightseeing in and around Corozal?

In Corozal, the best sightseeing is in Corozal Bay, a wonderful sight where you can sit down in a restaurant right by the water, get good food, and enjoy the wind in your face.   The who... Read more

Paul Mayer of Vallarta Food Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Mayer - Vallarta Food ToursI was born in Mexico City, grew up in Caracas, and then Miami. My moth...

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Puerto Vallarta?

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Puerto Vallarta?

We’re in a hurricane area in Puerto Vallarta. Two hurricanes have hit Puerto Vallarta in the last 100 years. The last hurricane that hit Puerto Vallarta a couple of years ago was supposedly the strongest hur... Read more

Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Eager - Eager & AsociadosMy family and I moved from Canada to the Lake Chapala area in 1975. U...

How are Americans in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated? How are expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated generally?

How are Americans in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated? How are expats in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico treated generally?

​Expats in Chapala and Ajijic are treated superbly well. As an example, when I parked on the highway today and backed up in front of a guy who sells coffee, I saw from my back windows stickers of the American and ... Read more

Bruce Fraser – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Bruce FraserI live at Lakeside in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area....

Are the doctors in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico good?

Are the doctors in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico good?

On average, I would say doctors in Chapala and Ajijic are good. There is a high proportion of doctors to the population and a lot of specialties that you normally wouldn't find in a small t... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

Mosquitoes are almost non-existent here in Volcán. We have a pond and a river on our property and I can’t remember ever seeing a mosquito here. That’s not to say that Volcán is bug-free. ... Read more

Greg Gunter of Dream Pro Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg Gunter - Dream Pro HomesHi, Readers! I’m an American who moved full-time in 2009 to the UNES...

How are Americans in San Miguel de Allende treated? How are expats in San Miguel de Allende treated generally?

How are Americans in San Miguel de Allende treated? How are expats in San Miguel de Allende treated generally?

Readers, expats, especially American expats, have been welcomed and received a warm welcome since U.S. expat Stirling Dickinson (the man pictured here) moved to San Miguel de Allende in the 1940’s. His effor... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

What's it like to move to Panama?

What's it like to move to Panama?

The answer to the question of what it’s like to move to Panama is going to be different for each person you ask. For me and for my family, it was a very emotional thing to move to Panama. We didn’t hav... Read more

Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Eager - Eager & AsociadosMy family and I moved from Canada to the Lake Chapala area in 1975. U...

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

The cost to buy land in Chapala and Ajijic varies a lot. I’m doing a study on the price of land in Chapala and Ajijic right now, and we’ll be giving classes to realtors on how to evaluate properties.&n... Read more

Barry Oliver of Surfing Nahua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Barry Oliver - Surfing NahuaHi, I am Barry Oliver owner of and broker/agent at Surfing Nahua. ...

How's the surf and surfing in and around Nicaragua?

How's the surf and surfing in and around Nicaragua?

I want to say there aren’t any surfing spots in Nicaragua because I like to keep it as low-key as possible, but Nicaragua has some of the best surf spots in the world. You can see that by a lot of the pros w... Read more

Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Eager - Eager & AsociadosMy family and I moved from Canada to the Lake Chapala area in 1975. U...

How much is it to build a house in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much is it to build a house in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The cost to build a house in the Chapala and Ajijic area ranges from 8,000 pesos – 12,000 pesos per square meter (US $39 - US $59 per square foot) without the lot, depending on the quality of construction yo... Read more

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Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

At each of the stops on our road trip through Mexico, there emerged a personal and unique theme for Jet and me. In Baja California Sur, it was the rugged beauty of the desert juxtaposed against the almost unimaginably... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

Two House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Two House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Now that it’s over, I can tell you about it.   So far, on our road trip through Mexico, we have rented six vacation houses that did work out (pictured here) and two that haven't (not pictured... 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...

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

I came to San Miguel in 2011 to do a presentation to a group of dentists who belong to the local dental association and fell in love with the people (the indigenous Mexicans), so I returned to the USA and decided... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Many expats do not like to drive in Mexico, so I constantly answer questions about public transportation. Tijuana has more expats than anywhere else in Mexico and it is a big city, so understandably, m... Read more

MIke Johnson – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account MIke Johnson52 y/o nearing retirement. On a mission this week to visit Playa Coro...

Things are a changing here...

Things are a changing here...

In choosing a destination to retire in the near future, I wanted to check out Playa Coronado, Panama.  All the information I could find said this would be a great place for Expats.     W... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

How Not Doing Chores Living Abroad Added 36 Additional Years of Free Time to Our Lives

How Not Doing Chores Living Abroad Added 36 Additional Years of Free Time to Our Lives

Writer's forward: Why people in places such as Mexico, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua are willing to work for expats for less than if they were located in the US or Canada is the subject of another article.  S... 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...

An Interview With Michael Eager About the Unlikely Events that Led His Family to Come to Ajijic in the First Place and Then to Become a Central Part of Ajijic History

An Interview With Michael Eager About the Unlikely Events that Led His Family to Come to Ajijic in the First Place and Then to Become a Central Part of Ajijic History

Editor’s note: We had the privilege in early March, 2017 to talk with Michael Eager.  The Eager family is a bit of an institution in the Ajijic area, where Michael’s brother Mark owns a real estate sales comp... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

Potholes, Detours and Other Driving Challenges Southeast of Cordoba, Mexico: Just Follow the Pigs, Keep Calm, and Have Faith

Potholes, Detours and Other Driving Challenges Southeast of Cordoba, Mexico: Just Follow the Pigs, Keep Calm, and Have Faith

It all started so innocently.   It was mid-November, overcast, 72 degrees, with just a hint of rain in the air. On the highway a few hours after leaving Cordoba and headed southeast to our planned... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

The Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

The Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

Given that our planned drive from Puebla to Orizaba was only a little more than three hours, that our combination Puebla hotel / restaurant / fraccionamiento was so pleasant, and that the restaurant had an al... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

A fine mist began to fall in San Miguel de Allende on a cool November morning as we maneuvered our fully packed, big white van on a familiar cobblestone road in Los Labradores, up to the smiling guards we had com... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World? It is Tijuana, Mexico

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World?      It is Tijuana, Mexico

You will probably be surprised that Tijuana has the most US expats of any city in the world.   The Tijuana metropolitan area  has more than double the number of US expats compared ... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

Even if you move to another country, you will find many things that remind you of the United States. You will see Walmart, McDonald’s, Costco, Home Depot, Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Lego, L'Oréal, Nike, and many other ... Read more

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