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David Truly of Dr. David Truly Ph. D. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Truly - Dr. David Truly Ph. D.I settled in the Lake Chapala area with my family in 2010 to further m...

What’s it like to raise children in Mexico?

What’s it like to raise children in Mexico?

Personally, my wife and I made the decision that we wanted our kids to be bilingual and bi-cultural. We’ve raised them in a primary school in Ajijic and we are generally pretty happy with that decision. ... Read more

Iona Chamberlin of Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Iona Chamberlin - Hacienda San Pedro NohpatMoved to the Yucatan sixteen years ago from Canada ....

How much does it cost to get TV in Mexico?

How much does it cost to get TV in Mexico?

If you get local Mexican TV with some English channels, it’s going to cost $40 a month. If you bring your TV from Canada, you’ll have to pay CA $150 a month, or US $100 a month. You can import your TV... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

How's the ecotourism in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How's the ecotourism in and around Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There are tons of ecotourism activities in Chapala and Ajijic. For hiking, there are many places that are right at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains, so hiking is an awesome thing to do in this area. Out... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

When I move to Panama, should I use a regular phone line, a cell phone, Skype, Magicjack, or something else?

When I move to Panama, should I use a regular phone line, a cell phone, Skype, Magicjack, or something else?

For a short visit use WHATSAPP -- it is a free download.  You will be able to call, text and send voice messages internationally for free - including Panama.  Make sure your friends and family also have What... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

What's the cost of homeowner's insurance in Panama?

What's the cost of homeowner's insurance in Panama?

I own a small house just outside of Boquete - my homeowner's insurance is $165 a year.  Sure beats the $1,500 a year I paid in Texas!   (Home in Boquete, Panama, pictured.) ... Read more

David Berger of Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid Bay – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Berger - Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid BayJust loving living in Belize!...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Corozal?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Corozal?

It’s hard to measure the price of a home, condo or apartment in Corozal because there are so many different standards of living here. A lot of people live pretty primitively. A lot of people don’t have hot... 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's the hiking and camping in and around Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

How's the hiking and camping in and around Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

I’ve never hiked or camped here in my experience in Panama, but people do camp here in Volcán. Hiking is huge in Volcán. We have hiking trails in Volcán that go up to the Cerro Punta, wh... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

You can’t buy designer clothes in Chapala and Ajijic. I usually go to Guadalajara for clothes shopping. That’s not to say I don't buy clothes here in Chapala. If I walk by a store and I see a shirt... Read more

Ariadna Delsol of COLONIAL REAL ESTATE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ariadna Delsol - COLONIAL REAL ESTATEI am a native born Mexican who has lived in four countries: Mexico, Au...

How's the economy in San Miguel de Allende?

How's the economy in San Miguel de Allende?

The economy in San Miguel de Allende is definitely growing because more and more houses are being built here and more and more people are moving to San Miguel and opening up businesses. There are now more restaura... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

How good are the vets in Panama? Where are the best vets in Panama?

How good are the vets in Panama?  Where are the best vets in Panama?

Vets in Panama are like vets anywhere...  some are better than others.  Some vets speak English and some do not.  A typical vet visit is $7 in their office.  For a home visit (yes, there are vets w... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

How much does it cost to move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

From the United States, you'll spend about $15,000 to $20,000 to ship a 40 foot container to Panama.  A 20 foot container will be about $10,000.  It will be a little more from Canada.   ... Read more

Jonathan Peters of Ventanas de San Miguel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Peters - Ventanas de San MiguelI am an Georgia native who has lived in Mexico for almost twelve years...

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?

Expats are treated very well in San Miguel de Allende. The consensus would be that expats have brought more benefit to San Miguel than disadvantages. Just like anywhere you should be conscious that you're a gu... Read more

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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

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...

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

One of the most important and personal items people consider when thinking about moving abroad is “How is the healthcare?”  While the Best Places in the World to Retire website has a huge quantity of answers... 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 Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

On our road trip through Mexico and on the Best Places in the World to Retire site, we and other contributors to our site are often asked to do a comparison between life in the US and life abroad.  In order to 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...

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

The old Spanish Fort San Juan de Ulúa still stands watch over the bustling port of Veracruz, Mexico, but it is no longer filled with many tons of silver and gold. This fort was built in 1565 on the isl... 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 Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

How Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

One of the great advantages of traveling, or better yet, living in a different country, is to see how others live their lives. If we are open to it, we can gain perspective and insight, not only into the human conditi... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

Building a House in Panama

Building a House in Panama

So, you want to build a house in Panama?   Be patient, be real patient.  Everything will take longer than you are accustomed to.  You will have to make many phone calls.  You will n... 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...

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

We have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands.  Let’s start with what they ... 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...

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas is the name for the popular celebrations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and Panama during the nine days before Christmas (December 16-24... 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...

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

Three years ago UNESCO recognized two of my favorite places as World Heritage Sites.   One was a mountain in Italy and the other an ecosystem in Northern Mexico. Both places have something in com... 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...

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

When starting from where we stayed in our planned community in the agricultural countryside (“campo”), we would drive into the center (centro) of San Miguel de Allende in one of two ways, depending on whether we wante... Read more

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