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Joe Duchene of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Joe Duchene - Gran PacificaI am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and recently made the move to Man...

What are the best things to buy in Nicaragua as opposed to other places?

Nicaragua's artisans are known for their leather items, such as wallets and purses. You can get a lizard skin wallet, completely handmade for maybe $10 or less. Nicaraguan hammocks are also excellently made. They ... Read more

MANUEL GRANADOS  of MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account MANUEL GRANADOS - MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.)I would like to introduce myself. My name is Manuel Granados Miranda, ...

What are the best places in Panama to live and retire?

What are the best places in Panama to live and retire?

The best places for you to live in Panama depend on what you like. I met a couple about 2 weeks ago who said they would rather live here in David because it is warm. They are from Florida so they prefer to live he... Read more

Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jaseth Bassaragh - The Alpha & Omega GroupJamaican born Attorney living in Belize (20 years) and New York. Marri...

How do I become a permanent resident living in Belize?

How do I become a permanent resident living in Belize?

To become a permanent resident of Belize, the entry requirements have to be met, which is you enter with permission under a visitor’s visa for 30 days thereafter. Every month you must get permission upon payment... Read more

Michael A. Martinez of Pacific Blue Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael A. Martinez - Pacific Blue Panama Real EstateMichael A. Martinez started in the real estate business in 1976 workin...

As a foreigner, can I buy real estate in Panama?

As a foreigner, can I buy real estate in Panama?

Absolutely, as a foreigner you can buy real estate in Panama.  The same laws apply to foreigners and residents as well. There is no difference between foreigners and residents when buying real estate. ... Read more

Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Esmerelda Vargas - Schuvar ToursI am a native Nicaraguan, married with 3 children, age 17, 21, and 24....

What's the food and cuisine like in Nicaragua?

What's the food and cuisine like in Nicaragua?

The food in Nicaragua is delicious! The meat here in Nicaragua is very special. Churrasco is the best meat that we have and the meat is very good. If people like meat, Nicaragua is the best place for all types of ... Read more

David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Drummond - Georgetown TrustI have lived and worked in Belize for the past twelve years and curren...

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

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

You don’t need a four-wheel drive in Ambergris Caye. Typically, you don’t see cars on Ambergris Caye; you see golf carts. Most of the golf carts that you will see here on Ambergris Caye are the same go... Read more

Wendy Miller of RE/MAX Property Center South – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wendy Miller - RE/MAX Property Center SouthI'm a realtor from Canada who is living and working in Belize to help ...

How’s the adventure travel and activities in Belize?

Traveling around Belize can be a bit of a challenge but it can be done.  If you choose to go by bus you will be restricted to the bus routes and schedules which don't really travel off the main roads.  F... Read more

Michael A. Martinez of Pacific Blue Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael A. Martinez - Pacific Blue Panama Real EstateMichael A. Martinez started in the real estate business in 1976 workin...

What type of government does Panama have, and is the government in Panama stable?

What type of government does Panama have, and is the government in Panama stable?

Panama just elected a president and the buzz all around is that people are waiting to see what he can do. In the western Azuero, where we live, there are lots of things that we need to have done, and the President... Read more

David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Drummond - Georgetown TrustI have lived and worked in Belize for the past twelve years and curren...

Are taxis readily available in Ambergris Caye, and what do taxis cost in Ambergris Caye?

Are taxis readily available in Ambergris Caye, and what do taxis cost in Ambergris Caye?

Taxis are one of the mainstays of getting around on Ambergris Caye. It costs US $5 to get you from San Pedro (the main town on Ambergris Caye) to 5 minutes in either direction, or about a mile in either direction... 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 are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Francisco, Panama City?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in San Francisco, Panama City?

The best things about living and retiring in the San Francisco area of Panama City, Panama are the proximity to shopping and you are right in the heart of the city so you are very close to all kinds of entertainme... Read more

Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Esmerelda Vargas - Schuvar ToursI am a native Nicaraguan, married with 3 children, age 17, 21, and 24....

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Nicaragua?

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Nicaragua?

Gays and lesbians are accepted, but in Nicaragua there are not a lot of open places where you would see members of the LGBT. In the big cities, I know there are places that cater to the LGBT, but in general, if you ar... Read more

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...

Is there racial tension, acceptance or diversity in Panama?

Is there racial tension, acceptance or diversity in Panama?

Since the construction of the Panamá Canal completed in 1914 to the present time, Panamanians have welcomed all kinds of people, from the West Indies, Europe, China, Africa, and all over the world. ... Read more

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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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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

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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

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

Since my arrival in Panama I have made many business connections, some of whom are in Costa Rica.  It was finally time to make a trip across the border to meet some folks and tackle the dreaded border crossing th... Read more

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Organizing walking/bus tours in David has been interesting, in a good way.  One question that keeps coming up from those new to the area is “What advice do you have for navigating these streets?”  When I... Read more

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...

Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá

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Philip McGuigan of Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading humanitarian organizations in the Chiriqui Province of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Philip McGuigan - Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading I am a retired Partner of McGuireWoods LLP where my practice was focus...

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After three years in Africa, first with Habitat for Humanity and then with the Peace Corps, Willy and Karan Schreiber again joined the Peace Corps and were embedded with the Embera Indigenous Tribe in the Darien Provi... Read more

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Gonzalo de la Guardia is leaving a video legacy for his grandchildren of their Saturday outings together discovering the meaningful places and communities in Panama.  In Jet Metier’s talk with Gonzalo, ... Read more

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Hidden Treasure in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panamá

Panamá History   Sometimes when you read about a country, many times you only find the "tourist" attractions.  But I want to introduce a little bit of history about Panamá that is not mentioned in ... Read more

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Beach Bicycle Cruising in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Here is a picture of my Barbie doll pink Beach Cruzer. She's only 6 months old, but she looks ancient. I've already had to replace a main spring bolt and tube in the front tire, and I haven't yet replaced ... Read more

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