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Dennis Jackman – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dennis JackmanLiving in Belize for 20+ years. If you would like honest and informati...

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

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

In Corozal, there are no natural disasters. Corozal is pretty much spared from everything. Corozal has less rain than any other place in Belize, so except for the roads being crappy, Corozal is a good place to ret... Read more

Magy Carmona of MAKEITCA$H – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Magy Carmona - MAKEITCA$HI was born in the bustling City of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Aroun...

What are the holidays of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What are the holidays of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There are holidays in Chapala and Ajijic every week, so we have many festivities around. Mexican towns are always looking for something to celebrate with fireworks. Fireworks and roosters are included in our datab... Read more

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. I lived in Vermont, USA for 2...

How much does it cost to go to the movies in Panama?

How much does it cost to go to the movies in Panama?

We do not have movie theaters in Boquete, but we have 2 movie theaters that are currently open in David, and there is one that is being built in this very big mall, but I don’t think it’s going to be d... Read more

Wesley Gleason of Agave Sotheby's International Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wesley Gleason - Agave Sotheby's International RealtyAfter living in San Francisco and New York, I moved to San Miguel de A...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in San Miguel de Allende?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in San Miguel de Allende?

The price of a home in San Miguel de Allende is a big range. In San Miguel de Allende, you can get a little condo for US $100,000, you can get a really nice mansion for US $9 million, and you have everything in be... 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...

Does the ocean in Mexico have dangerous animals in it?

Does the ocean in Mexico have dangerous animals in it?

Don't let occasional news reports and articles disturb you.  The oceans surrounding Mexico are considered safe. You will hear of some problems of course, because with 9,330 km (5,793 miles) of coastline, ... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

How much do restaurants cost in Coronado, Panama?

How much do restaurants cost in Coronado, Panama?

There are several new restaurants in Coronado so now there is a wide variety to choose from.  Expect about $20 per person for a meal in most of the local restaurants.  There are some hidden gems (Fu restaura... Read more

Gabriel Varela, MD of Gabriel Varela - Neurosurgeon – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gabriel Varela, MD - Gabriel Varela - NeurosurgeonI graduated from the medical school, University of Guadalajara; as a n...

How are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There are very many very, very good restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic.    During my residence in our surgical practice, I lived in Mexico City, which is world-renowned for its food... Read more

Grant D'Eall – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Grant D'EallIndependent Business person living/working in Belize, Central America....

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Corozal?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Corozal?

The best things about living in Corozal would certainly be the weather, the family orientation of the people who are from here and live here, the laid back pace of life, and people who are generally unaffected by ... Read more

Dr. Carlos Alemán of Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica Dental) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dr. Carlos Alemán - Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica DI am a specialist dentist post-graduate from a highly regarded univers...

What are the sports and games in and around Nicaragua?

What are the sports and games in and around Nicaragua?

The main sport that developed historically in Nicaragua is baseball. A lot of people and even little boys play baseball here.   Baseball in Nicaragua was influenced by the US. We have tw... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Panama?

Is there diving, SCUBA or snorkeling in and around Panama?

We often take guests to snorkel or dive in Portobelo, where you get on a boat and go to a nearly private beach to snorkel or out on a boat to scuba.  We combine the day with a bit of siteseeing.   ... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

What's it like to drive in Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo, Panama City?

What's it like to drive in Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo, Panama City?

Casco Viejo is a unique area dating back 400 years with narrow, one way streets and very little parking.  There are a couple of parking lots in the are.  It is best to park and walk.  The area is only 3... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

Are there exotic birds in and around Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo , Panama City? Where can I go bird watching in and around Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo , Panama City?

Are there exotic birds in and around Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo , Panama City?  Where can I go bird watching in and around Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo , Panama City?

Panama is a popular place for birdwatching.  Ancon Hill, Gamboa Rain forest, Campana National park and El Valle all offer birdwatchers a great variety.   For those who are less inclined ... Read more

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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...

My travels in Mexico --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

My travels in Mexico   --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

The first Christian worship service in Mexico was in  1519 in La Antigua, Veracruz. Four years later the first chapel in the Americas was built by Hernán Cortés and is named the Chapel of the Ro... 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...

Driving from Ajijic and Arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Cornfields, Transcendence, and a Nice, Planned Housing Development

Driving from Ajijic and Arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Cornfields, Transcendence, and a Nice, Planned Housing Development

As we left the tropical splendor of the Ajijic area and drove generally east, it didn’t take long to be surrounded by farmland. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees reminiscent of Northern California chaparral l... Read more

Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ian Usher - House Sitting MagazineI used to live in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of Panama, wh...

Three simple steps to a life of freedom

Three simple steps to a life of freedom

In early 2014 my partner Vanessa and I sold almost everything we owned. Vanessa sold her house in the UK, and I sold my small island home in Panama. NOTE: You can read more about this in my previous "Best Places... Read more

Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ian Usher - House Sitting MagazineI used to live in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of Panama, wh...

Why we move abroad

Why we move abroad

Are you unhappy with your life? Miserable at work? Don't like the area you live in? Or maybe you are yearning for adventure, excitement and new challenges? The reasons for dec... 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...

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!   It seems that everything I do gives me opportunities for new friendships. Even on my first trip to Mexico, as a high school student, I made friends. I would... 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...

A Perfect Day in Paradise

A Perfect Day in Paradise

A Perfect Day in Paradise   The sun is barely peeking over the horizon as I grab a cup of coffee and step into my yard. There are a few clouds and as the sun catches them they light ... Read more

Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Linda JensenAlmost every morning my husband and sit on our patio and comment about...

It Feels Right in Panama

It Feels Right in Panama

A group of ladies met for brunch this morning. There were eight or nine of us. Topics varied as we enjoyed coffee or tea with breakfast treats of quiches, bread, fresh fruit, even some excellent brownies. We... 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...

Ajijic, and the Livin’ is Easy

Ajijic, and the Livin’ is Easy

If you’re like me, you’ve got a song in your head pretty much all the time.   Sometimes, you know why it’s there, and sometimes, you don’t.   Sometimes, you don’t even know where you heard the song... Read more

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

Apology- sort of!

Editor's note: Written in response to Is an Expat Living Abroad a True American?   1. In my view, being an American is more than the happy accident of how the geography of your birth bestowed upon... 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 Ajijic & Lake Chapala is Like the Aunt You Always Wanted

How Ajijic & Lake Chapala is Like the Aunt You Always Wanted

Wouldn’t it have been nice if, when you were growing up, you had an aunt who was always there when you needed her, who understood you, who always seemed to know what you needed and gave it to you, but who didn’t a... Read more

Bill Edsell of Ventana Bay Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Bill Edsell - Ventana Bay ResortOriginally from Canada, I moved to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, in 1983 to op...

Bill Edsell on the History of Gran Sueños and the Beach at Bahia de Los Sueños

Bill Edsell on the History of Gran Sueños and the Beach at Bahia de Los Sueños

From an interview by Jet Metier of Bill Edsell, Baja California Sur pioneer, in Jul, 2016.  In this interview, Bill talks about the odd history of a local beach and a great place to explore from the sea. ... 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...

Our First Few Days in Ajijic: “Not Too Much”

Our First Few Days in Ajijic: “Not Too Much”

Not even Goldilocks would have a problem with Ajijic.  It’s “just right” and in the middle: not too cold, and not too hot.  Ajijic is not too crowded, but with enough residents to have services: there’s ... Read more

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