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Melissa Darnay of Panama Relocation Concierge – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melissa Darnay - Panama Relocation ConciergeI moved to Panama from Dallas, Texas, after investigating 30 different...

What are the best reasons to retire to Panama?

What are the best reasons to retire to Panama?

There are so many great reasons to retire to Panama. Finding a place to retire is kind of like finding the person you want to marry. It’s not just one reason. It’s a multitude of reasons. Panama is a good ... Read more

Eddy Marin-Ruiz of Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eddy Marin-Ruiz - Mortgage Store NicaraguaI was born in Nicaragua and lived in Managua until post the civil war....

How much does it cost to get TV in Nicaragua?

How much does it cost to get TV in Nicaragua?

The local TV providers in Nicaragua have a bundle package that gives you Internet, TV, and a home phone for about US $20 to $30 depending on how much usage you need for the Internet.  At this price, it would ... Read more

Dora Guerra of Atlantic International Bank – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dora Guerra - Atlantic International BankI love Belize. I grew up between San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Belmopa...

How are the roads in Belize? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Belize?

How are the roads in Belize? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Belize?

At the moment, Belize is undergoing various infrastructure work, road works being the most prominent. Even so, depending on where you want to live, cars with lower ground clearance aren’t recommended. You ca... Read more

Jonathan Stolarz of Grupo Regency – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Stolarz - Grupo RegencyI am originally from Argentina but left in 2000 to Miami, where I stud...

What's the effect of illegal drug traffic in Panama?

What's the effect of illegal drug traffic in Panama?

I never had a problem with illegal drug traffic in my 5-year stay here in Panama. Maybe it’s not like New York where you can go walking at 3 AM on the streets but in general, there is no problem. It depends ... Read more

Melissa Darnay of Panama Relocation Concierge – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melissa Darnay - Panama Relocation ConciergeI moved to Panama from Dallas, Texas, after investigating 30 different...

Are taxis readily available in Coronado, Panama and what do taxis cost in Coronado, Panama?

Are taxis readily available in Coronado, Panama and what do taxis cost in Coronado, Panama?

Taxis in Coronado, Panama are so easy to get. There are a lot of people who do not buy a car when they come to Coronado. They’ve figured out that it’s cheaper to take taxis everywhere.  ... Read more

Bentley Wildman of Consejo Shores – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Bentley Wildman - Consejo ShoresBorn in Canada, I’ve lived most of my life in Belize since I was a k...

How’s the standard of living in Belize?

How’s the standard of living in Belize?

I basically live a North American standard in Belize. I have a 1,600 square foot, concrete house.  I have almost all of the amenities you would want, such as satellite dish and everything else. You don't ... Read more

Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD of Retirement Services International – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD - Retirement Services InternationalI grew up in the former Panama Canal Zone and lived there from the 50...

What are the traditions of Boquete, Chiriqui Province?

What are the traditions of Boquete, Chiriqui Province?

The traditions of Boquete revolve around coffee, flowers, and horses. Boquete is a Hispanic community and the uniqueness of it does come out of those things. As opposed to the rest of Panama, it doesn’t cele... Read more

Eddy Marin-Ruiz of Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eddy Marin-Ruiz - Mortgage Store NicaraguaI was born in Nicaragua and lived in Managua until post the civil war....

If the sales contract for my real estate purchase in Nicaragua is in Spanish and English and if there is a difference in the two contracts, which one controls?

If the sales contract for my real estate purchase in Nicaragua is in Spanish and English and if there is a difference in the two contracts, which one controls?

In Nicaragua, in order for a contract to be enforceable, it should be in Spanish. At the Mortgage Store we translate every single one of our contracts for our clients who do not speak Spanish and always have an at... Read more

Dora Guerra of Atlantic International Bank – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dora Guerra - Atlantic International BankI love Belize. I grew up between San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Belmopa...

What are the sports and games in and around Belize?

What are the sports and games in and around Belize?

The most popular sports played in Belize are: Football (what people from the States would call “soccer”) Basketball Volleyball Cycling Cr... Read more

Jonathan Stolarz of Grupo Regency – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Stolarz - Grupo RegencyI am originally from Argentina but left in 2000 to Miami, where I stud...

Is the electricity reliable in Panama? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Panama?

Is the electricity reliable in Panama? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Panama?

There are blackouts and brownouts in Panama, but they usually only happens during the month of April.  The reason is that the electricity in Panama comes from the water in the dams, and there’s no rain ... Read more

Eddy Marin-Ruiz of Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eddy Marin-Ruiz - Mortgage Store NicaraguaI was born in Nicaragua and lived in Managua until post the civil war....

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Nicaragua, and how close are they?

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Nicaragua, and how close are they?

Vivian Pellas Hospital (or what’s commonly known as “The Metro”) is a hospital in Managua that you could compare to any US hospital. It has great facilities and that is the biggest hospital here ... Read more

Gwido Mar of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gwido Mar - Rainforerst RealtyI live in San Ignacio, in beautiful Belize. I have been doing real es...

Do I need to own a car in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

Do I need to own a car in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

You don't need to own a car in the Cayo District of Belize, but it's convenient, especially if you’re going to live here full time.  The reason is that if you want to go out in the weekends, go ... Read more

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Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lourdes Townshend - Multimodal & Logistic Transports MagazineEven though I come from a family of diplomats and lawyers from Nicarag...

Expenses & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Expenses  & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Several articles have been written through the years regarding the different issues when considering moving to a different country, especially as a retirement option.   (One of the many eateries i... Read more

Mike Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike MartinezI would like to share real knowledge and advice on Nicaragua with the ...

Paradise and wealth protection too.

Paradise and wealth protection too.

     Some of you may be tempted to buy one of those beautiful tropical dream homes overlooking the Pacific along the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.  It's very tempting, I have the same dream.  Bu... Read more

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

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TURKEY

In 2011 I took a short holiday in Bodrum, south-west Turkey, popular with British tourists. Enjoyed it and spent a few days looking at property, helped by several generous locals; we were driven all over to visit... Read more

Lorna Culnane of TRY PANAMA Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna Culnane - TRY PANAMA Real EstateI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Healthy Communication

Healthy Communication

When I got an email from my Doctor, a Whats App from my Consultant/Surgeon and a personal phone call from the Doctor doing the lab results, I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore! (Or England in my case!)   ... 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 RetireEven before I graduated with a degree economics at UC Santa Barbara, I...

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Below is the second article I wrote for Next Avenue, a website whose media partners include PBS, Huffington Post, etc., and run by very talented and accomplished public television people and journalists.  ... Read more

T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account T Rob Brown - Panama HelplineFounder of International Film Festival of Panama, screenwriter, playwr...

Why are you shaving my testicles?

Why are you shaving my testicles?

I felt sweaty, and my left arm was sore - I thought it was because: A) I live in the beach area of Panama, and B) I had scrubbed the sides of our swimming pool yesterday. However, even after sitting in the a... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterMy name is John Acott and I am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean)...

Living safely in Belize

Living safely in Belize

I have just read Tyson's story about how you need to bring chains and dogs and machetes and guns to Belize and I'm just trying to work out which Belize he is referring to.   I have lived in the tw... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterMy name is John Acott and I am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean)...

The CAYO DISTRICT, BELIZE

The CAYO DISTRICT, BELIZE

Having lived in Belize as an ex-pat for almost 30 years, I guess I qualify as a bit of an expert on the country.   The Cayo District, in my opinion, is by far and away the best place to live... Read more

Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Cobb - ECI DevelopmentIn 1998, Mike Cobb created ECI Development to purchase a resort on Amb...

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

These places would seem to the native inhabitants to be neglected lands of unruly bushes and trees with views that were pretty, but where one did not linger while on one’s way to somewhere else. But to Mike Cobb, thes... 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 ...

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Azulejo Tale

We remember as youngsters being told that if you pick up a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and put it back, the parent birds will abandon it. We believed that to be true until this past week when the ... Read more

Walter T. (Tom) Fisher of Corozal Belize Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Walter T. (Tom) Fisher - Corozal Belize PropertiesI'm a U.S. National who has residency status in Belize. I started comi...

We are here, because we aren't all there.

We are here, because we aren't all there.

The diagnosis of our affliction was there for all to see. They should have seen it coming. After our first trip to Belize in 1999, something changed in our lives. We'd been many places in the Caribbean, but there was ... Read more

Candee Tremblay of Better in Belize Eco Village – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Candee Tremblay - Better in Belize Eco VillageGreetings from the foothills of the Maya Mountains in Western Belize! ...

Discover Cayo - Belize's Most Intriguing District!

Discover Cayo - Belize's Most Intriguing District!

The Cayo District in Belize is teeming with untold wonders and out-of-the-box things to do. As the most diversified and interesting area of Belize to visit, you’re sure to stumble across some mighty intriguing local a... Read more

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