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Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Virginia Krohn - Villa Cayo BelizeI am not only the owner of Villa Cayo but I designed, drew the plans a...

What is Belize’s economic system? More free market, capitalistic, socialist, etc.?

What is Belize’s economic system? More free market, capitalistic, socialist, etc.?

Belize’s economic system is more free market and capitalistic. The economic system is very similar to the US.      (US Ambassador  to Belize, Carlos Moreno... Read more

Gretel Chazaro of Rancho Los Labradores – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gretel Chazaro - Rancho Los LabradoresI work in Rancho Labradores, a county gated residential community with...

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around San Miguel de Allende?

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around San Miguel de Allende?

Yes there is a presa (a dam) in San Miguel de Allende. One presa is a big one and the other is a bit smaller and they are both used to supply water to San Miguel. Some people go swimming in the reservoir, however ... Read more

Richard Tingen of Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Richard Tingen - Coldwell Banker Chapala RealtyMy parents retired in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1964. I visited them i...

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much do restaurants cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

We are very fortunate that we have a lot of variety in restaurants in this area, and if you paid more than $20 for a good steak dinner for two and a couple of glasses of wine, it would probably be a little expensi... Read more

Richard Tingen of Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Richard Tingen - Coldwell Banker Chapala RealtyMy parents retired in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1964. I visited them i...

How much rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

How much rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

The rainy season here in Chapala and Ajijic starts on the 13th of June, which is San Antonio Day. It sounds funny but quite often, it actually does rain on the 13th of June.  The rainy season extends to the 1... Read more

Mirna Segura of Ajijic Rentals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mirna Segura - Ajijic RentalsBorn and raised in Mexico but having lived in the States for three yea...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Housekeepers in Chapala and Ajijic charge between 45 to 55 pesos an hour ($2.50 to $3 an hour). How long they stay in your house depends on you but in general, housekeepers spend about 4 hours to clean a medium-si... Read more

Mirna Segura of Ajijic Rentals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mirna Segura - Ajijic RentalsBorn and raised in Mexico but having lived in the States for three yea...

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

You can find an apartment in Chapala for US $300 per month. For that amount, you could get a one-bedroom, medium-sized apartment, with a kitchenette, a living room area, and it would be walking distance to the pla... Read more

Michael Kavanaugh of Continental Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Kavanaugh - Continental RealtyMichael was born in Michigan and spent his teenage years in Los Angele...

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico

The cost to buy a lot in the Chapala – Ajijic area depends on location, location, location. A lot in the village will cost $260 a square meter (about $260,000 for a quarter acre).    ... Read more

Richard Tingen of Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Richard Tingen - Coldwell Banker Chapala RealtyMy parents retired in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1964. I visited them i...

Are there American-trained doctors in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Are there American-trained doctors in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

We have American trained retired doctors in Chapala and Ajijic who aren’t necessarily practicing and there are a couple of American trained chiropractors in the area who are very, very popular. We have ... Read more

Mike Vuytowecz of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Vuytowecz - Inside Panama Real EstateI am the founder of Inside Panama Real Estate. We have offices in Pana...

What should I know before buying a home in a new housing development in Panama?

What should I know before buying a home in a new housing development in Panama?

Before buying a new home or even a used home anywhere in Panama, it’s a good idea to travel around a bit like I did. Panama is very diverse and only a 30 or 40 minute drive could bring you to a completely di... Read more

Mirna Segura of Ajijic Rentals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mirna Segura - Ajijic RentalsBorn and raised in Mexico but having lived in the States for three yea...

What are the construction standards in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What are the construction standards in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The construction standard in Chapala and Ajijic varies a lot because people use different architects and these architects have different ideas. You can still find colonial Mexican houses here. At the same time, yo... Read more

Michael Kavanaugh of Continental Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Kavanaugh - Continental RealtyMichael was born in Michigan and spent his teenage years in Los Angele...

How much is it to build a house in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much is it to build a house in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

In the Lake Chapala – Ajijic area, you will spend somewhere between 6,000 to 12,000 pesos a square meter ($30 to $61 per square foot) to build a house, depending on the quality of the construction and the fi... 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...

What are the construction standards in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What are the construction standards in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

The government in the area has very strict codes about soil testing, structural integrity and so on. What I find overall in Mexico is that they set the bar very high for everything. But in reality, what do they ac... Read more

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What it’s Like To Live in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, a Little Seaside Village About an Hour North of Puerto Vallarta

What it’s Like To Live in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, a Little Seaside Village About an Hour North of Puerto Vallarta

We had loved our six weeks in the little coastal village of La Ventana, in Baja California Sur, on the Sea of Cortez.  Now, as our tour continued, we would have the opportunity to experience another little villag... Read more

Mike Vuytowecz of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Vuytowecz - Inside Panama Real EstateI am the founder of Inside Panama Real Estate. We have offices in Pana...

How Michael Vuytowecz Ended Up in Panama, and How His Wife Martha Was Convinced to Even Visit

How Michael Vuytowecz Ended Up in Panama, and How His Wife Martha Was Convinced to Even Visit

From an interview with Michael Vuytowecz in July, 2016...   Chuck: You have led a very interesting life, Michael.  You’ve lived in some great places that would make a lot of people quite jeal... 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...

Where the Jungle Drips into the Pacific: Our First Day in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit

Where the Jungle Drips into the Pacific: Our First Day in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit

In the period of less than half a day, our senses and emotions had experienced quite a workout.  In the morning, we were on a ferry in the Sea of Cortez, headed towards Mazatlan.  In Mazatlan, we were treate... Read more

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

New Zealand- 1980

This and the follow-up are untypical but may interest some who would not consider moving to the 'other side of the World'.   NEW ZEALAND I'd worked for the UK defense department for 1... 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, of Ventana Bay Resort in Baja California Sur Gives a History: From the Luck of Odd Shaped Lots to Why the Community is So Great

Bill Edsell, of Ventana Bay Resort in Baja California Sur Gives a History: From the Luck of Odd Shaped Lots to Why the Community is So Great

From an interview in July, 2016 by Chuck Bolotin, Best Places' VP. Business Development: Chuck: Bill, you are a real legend and pioneer here in the La Ventana area, which we should let everyone know is a little s... 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...

The Drive from Mazatlan to Lo de Marcos, Nayarit: Confusion, No Shortage of Dried Shrimp, and Then the Prize in a Disneyland-like Jungle

The Drive from Mazatlan to Lo de Marcos, Nayarit: Confusion, No Shortage of Dried Shrimp, and Then the Prize in a Disneyland-like Jungle

So there we were, in our van, after taking the Baja Ferry from La Paz and disembarking at the port at Mazatlán.   Given that we had just spent more than six weeks in the Baja California desert, ev... 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

Armando Contreras of Galvan Real Estate and Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Armando Contreras - Galvan Real Estate and ServicesAfter graduation from the University of Colima in 2006 with a degree i...

The Beach Town of Lo de Marcos, Armando Contreras’ Special Place in Narayit

The Beach Town of Lo de Marcos, Armando Contreras’ Special Place in Narayit

From an interview with Armando Contreras, July 7, 2016   Jet: Your real estate office and home are in the little, beachside town of Lo de Marcos, in Nayarit, about an hour north of Puert... 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 Squished Dogs, Some Quick Kennel Assembly, and a Cruise Through the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan

Two Squished Dogs, Some Quick Kennel Assembly, and a Cruise Through the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan

Even though we thoroughly enjoyed our six-plus weeks in Baja (my wife, Jet Metier, wanted to buy some land there immediately), it was time for us to move on to experience new things.  The desert and relative... 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...

Tips and Observations About Living in Baja California for Six Weeks in a Little Mexican Town

Tips and Observations About Living in Baja California for Six Weeks in a Little Mexican Town

Here is some flavor of what it’s like to live in a small village in Baja California Sur for six weeks and some tips that could save you lots of aggravation.   It’s Just Like…   ... Read more

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

THAILAND- second edition

Since my last post I had to return to Australia to sort out finances and final arrangements, after 13 months in Chiang Rai.    Lesson 1- When you are fully committed to a permanent move, sett... Read more

Christian Pickup – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Christian PickupCanadian born and raised, living in Mexico since 2011. I own a small ...

Life in the coffee hills of Veracruz

We moved to Mexico from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in November of 2011.  I had visited Mexico many times before, and spoke some Spanish prior to the move.  My wife is Mexican born, but had lived in Canada ma... Read more

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