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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...

Can I still receive my U.S. Social Security payments in Panama, and if so, how?

Can I still receive my U.S. Social Security payments in Panama, and if so, how?

You can still receive your Social Security "retirement" benefits if you move to Panama.  But beware that some Social Security disability benefits will stop if you move overseas.    ... Read more

Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andre Bellon - Bellon Insurance AgentsWe specialize in insurance for English-speaking expats living in the e...

Are there American-trained doctors in Mexico?

Are there American-trained doctors in Mexico?

There aren’t many American-trained doctors in Mexico because there are several Mexican doctors who are really, really, very well-trained. In fact, good Mexican doctors go to the States and serve over there, ... Read more

Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis - Casa Granada PropertiesHi. I am a native Nicaraguan who speaks English without any problem at...

How are the rules of etiquette or customs different in Nicaragua?

The customs can be different from one place to another in Nicaragua. To do business in Managua can be different from how you do business in Granada.  Here in Granada, we still believe that things should be done e... 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 ...

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank , brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?   This, like many other questions posed on this site and others, has many answers, none right or w... 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...

Are there English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

Are there English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

An English-speaking doctor is only one important factor to consider in terms of access to health care.   Other important things to consider ARE:   1. Finding a doctor that kee... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTAwarded #1 Producing Agent in Mexico for all Coldwell Banker Offices. ...

How much does food cost in San Miguel de Allende?

The price of food in San Miguel de Allende is so much less expensive than in the US.   One of the first things that I noticed when I moved here almost 10 years ago was how good everything tasted.&... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTAwarded #1 Producing Agent in Mexico for all Coldwell Banker Offices. ...

What's the cost of living in San Miguel de Allende?

The cost of living in San Miguel varies as it does in any town/city.   If you want to live within walking distance of the jardin (the very epicenter) it is going to be more pricey, of course. ... Read more

Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Daemen - Aurora GranadaI reside with my fiancee in Diria, Nicaragua. We moved from the US whe...

How much is it to build a house in Managua, Nicaragua?

In the current market of 2019, housing market is such that it might be wise to purchase a home versus building since the home values have had a significant drop due to political unrest of 2018. Rental market is tenant... Read more

Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Daemen - Aurora GranadaI reside with my fiancee in Diria, Nicaragua. We moved from the US whe...

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

Due to the political unrest that started in 2018, the housing market has seen a drop in value from 30 to 50 percent. We are starting to see a steady but slow growth in real estate purchase from SJDS to Granada and Leo... Read more

Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Daemen - Aurora GranadaI reside with my fiancee in Diria, Nicaragua. We moved from the US whe...

Are there American-trained doctors in Granada, Nicaragua?

There are a few well trained Dentists in town of Granada, we also have some great Dr. like Dr. Blanco who is Cuban that provides excellent medical care at a fraction of US medical care. We have gone several times to D... Read more

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Are there any English-speaking churches in Mexico?

In Mexico City, there are two Catholic parishes that offer mass in English on Sundays.  One is at St. Patrick's Parish near the American School and the ABC Hospital.  However, the mass that has more peop... Read more

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What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes there are crimes in San Miguel, just as there are in the US. HOWEVER, crimes in Mexico are NOT investigated or handled in the same manner as they are in the US.  I know a close family friend who has been... Read more

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Anne Gordon de Barrigón of Whale Watching Panama/Emberá Village Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Anne Gordon de Barrigón - Whale Watching Panama/Emberá Village TouI am an American who came to Panama in 2004, as an animal trainer work...

The Secret Love Life of Dolphins and Whales

The Secret Love Life of Dolphins and Whales

In Part Two of their interview, Anne Gordon de Barrigón of Panama Whale Watching Panama/ Emberá Village Tours reveals to Jet Metier the highly tactile and social qualities of dolphins and whales, and when it ... 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...

How Cultural Differences Impact Life for Newcomers in Mexico

How Cultural Differences Impact Life for Newcomers in Mexico

Many people who come to Mexico for the first time arrive with preconceived notions. Unconscious cultural filters dictate newcomers´ perceptions of how things are going to work in their new country.  This is espec... Read more

Mark Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Leonard - Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and DevelopmeReal Estate Broker licensed for Thirty Years. Still maintaining a Brok...

How the Rotary Club, Cold Beer, Beauty and Opportunity in Belize Combined to Lure Mark Leonard to a Tropical Paradise

How the Rotary Club, Cold Beer, Beauty and Opportunity in Belize Combined to Lure Mark Leonard to a Tropical Paradise

Excerpts of an interview with Mark Leonard, June 29, 2016   Chuck: Thank you for joining us, Mark.  Your posts have always been so genuine and colorful.  Please tell our readers how you happened to ... 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 ...

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

  Here are two contrasting characters who have crossed our path in the neighborhood. One is well-known for being homeless and without possessions, the other well-known for being the first woman from Centr... 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 ...

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

The first neighbor we met was Moises. He looked to me like a gangster at first glance, and I believe he wants the people around here to think so as well. He usually wears pointed-toe cowboy boots and a black leather j... 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 ...

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

        The streets of Antigua are all stones.  Some say cobblestones, but these are not well cobbled.  The city is a World Heritage Site, so it m... 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...

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

Two of the best things about living at the Lake Chapala area have to do with aviation: 1. Through what I can only assume is dumb luck, Guadalajara International Airport was placed at the south side of that ... 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 ...

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

    My Mother-in-Law, Dona Maria   It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can ... 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...

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

Like an aspiring knight in a medieval fairytale who had been told to bring back the egg of a fire-breathing dragon or a nascent American Indian brave who had been given the task of producing a specific feather from a ... 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 ...

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

    Zaqueo hired a third friend of his from his home area named Chicalo. He was to be an “ayudante,” or assistant as they are called when they don’t have a specific trade. Chicalo ha... Read more

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Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

"Why would anybody want to build a house in a foreign country?"   That’s what I asked my friend who was buying land here in Guatemala. She was looking for a partner, and I thought she was a bit cr... 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 ...

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

"What is Hobbitenango?"   Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango... Read more

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