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Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Eager - Eager & AsociadosMy family and I moved from Canada to the Lake Chapala area in 1975. U...

What is the culture of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What is the culture of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There’s a lot of history and culture in Chapala and Ajijic. Mexico surrounds itself with a few things that are important: their history, their family, their country, and their culture- all of which Mexicans ... Read more

Ron Morgan of Ron Morgan Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron Morgan - Ron Morgan PropertiesA Texas native, I was brought up in Midland and began my studies at Te...

What's the dress code in Puerto Vallarta? What clothes do they wear in Puerto Vallarta?

What's the dress code in Puerto Vallarta? What clothes do they wear in Puerto Vallarta?

There is no dress code in Puerto Vallarta. We wear shorts to work and you won't need winter clothes. I've been to Christmas parties where people were wearing dressy clothes down to jeans and simple polo sh... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTI received my first real estate license in the 1970’s when I was a p...

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

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

There are a number of ways to deal with your phone needs in Mexico.  I have a real estate business here so I have a US number that I purchased via Skype.  As I live here full time I have an unlocked cell pho... Read more

Stephen Honeybill of Crimson Orchid Inn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Stephen Honeybill - Crimson Orchid InnI am a semi-retired Expat now living in Belize as a Resident of 5 year...

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Corozal?

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Corozal?

The nightlife in Corozal can be selectively good. It takes people to have a party for the nightlife to really work. Here at Orchid Bay, we bring in live bands on average once or twice a month in season, and we get... Read more

Ron Morgan of Ron Morgan Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron Morgan - Ron Morgan PropertiesA Texas native, I was brought up in Midland and began my studies at Te...

What are the expats like in Puerto Vallarta?

What are the expats like in Puerto Vallarta?

Expats in Puerto Vallarta blend into the society very well. There are no real issues despite having people from different walks of life. A huge amount of the income of Puerto Vallarta is brought in by wealthy expa... Read more

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What is the typical Panama church like? What is the religion of Panama?

What is the typical Panama church like?  What is the religion of Panama?

My wife and I attend a small Church of God here in Pedasi. We are at present the only "gringos" there, yet they take the time to interpret the pastor's message for us, as there is almost always someone i... 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...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Panama?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Panama?

There’s a dichotomy of price points of a home, condo or apartment in Volcán, and the determining factor is if you want to buy a Panamanian-style or an American-style home, both of which are available... Read more

Roberto Millan of Roberto Millan Design and Construction – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roberto Millan - Roberto Millan Design and ConstructionResidential design and construction in the Lakeside area and Guadalaja...

How’s the biking in Mexico?

How’s the biking in Mexico?

The bike riding community in Mexico is growing and now there are a lot of bike clubs, especially in Guadalajara. Bike riding has grown in popularity in Chapala and Ajijic as well. I see cyclists from Guadalajara w... Read more

Ron Morgan of Ron Morgan Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron Morgan - Ron Morgan PropertiesA Texas native, I was brought up in Midland and began my studies at Te...

Is the electricity reliable in Puerto Vallarta? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Puerto Vallarta?

Is the electricity reliable in Puerto Vallarta? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta has reliable electricity. CFE is the electric company. Puerto Vallarta rarely has any kind of brownouts or blackouts. I don't remember the last time there was one. That is a thing of perhaps 20... Read more

Gordon MacKay of InNicaNow.com – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gordon MacKay - InNicaNow.comMy wife and I have been living in Nicaragua full time since 2011. We o...

How much does food cost in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

How much does food cost in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

A dozen bananas in San Juan del Sur costs 15 córdobas ($0.50,) a pineapple costs $1, and watermelons cost just over a dollar each.  Eggs cost about 4 córdobas ($0.13,) while a boneless, skinless... Read more

Ron Morgan of Ron Morgan Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ron Morgan - Ron Morgan PropertiesA Texas native, I was brought up in Midland and began my studies at Te...

Is Puerto Vallarta safe? What's the crime rate in general in Puerto Vallarta?

Is Puerto Vallarta safe?  What's the crime rate in general in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is safer than any city in the United States with a population of 200,000 or more people. I came from Midland, Texas, which has a population of around 100,000 people. Midland probably has double the... Read more

Mark Eager of Eager & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Eager - Eager & AsociadosMy family and I moved from Canada to the Lake Chapala area in 1975. U...

What is the history of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What is the history of Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The Spaniards came to Mexico and tried to take over our little area here. They were held off on Mezcala Island by a group of Mexicans who banded together and fought the Spaniards. The Spaniards finally gave up, backed... Read more

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Denis Larsen of Casa Hamaca Guesthouse – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denis Larsen - Casa Hamaca GuesthouseI first visited the Yucatan about 18 years ago as part of a volunteer ...

Denis Larsen in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico: Changing Trajectories, Dispensas, and the Importance of Nail Polish

Denis Larsen in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico: Changing Trajectories, Dispensas, and the Importance of Nail Polish

Editor's note: Denis Larsen has consistently been kind, generous and helpful answering questions from our readers, so it was with great interest that we sat down with Denis April 5, 2017, to find out ex... 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 Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

How Living Abroad Can Reduce Your Stress

Would you like to reduce your stress?   Based on the hundreds of expats we've interviewed and the more than one thousand who participated in our studies, if you are like them, there is more t... 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 New Mayan Friend, and the Evolution of Merida, Mexico

My New Mayan Friend, and the Evolution of Merida, Mexico

My new Mayan friend had a beautific smile.  Most likely in her 50s, I met her as she and her family were making and selling sandwiches from the very small porch in front of her home with the half wall she used as... 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...

Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

Merida, Yucatan, from a 400-Year-Old Veranda to a Mystical Cenote

At each of the stops on our road trip through Mexico, there emerged a personal and unique theme for Jet and me. In Baja California Sur, it was the rugged beauty of the desert juxtaposed against the almost unimaginably... 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 House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Two House Rentals Gone Wrong, and a Guardian Angel

Now that it’s over, I can tell you about it.   So far, on our road trip through Mexico, we have rented six vacation houses that did work out (pictured here) and two that haven't (not pictured... Read more

Dr Cedric of The McMillan Dental Clinic ....  We Exceed Expectations! – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dr Cedric - The McMillan Dental Clinic .... We Exceed ExpeI am a retired Dentist trained in The US and the UK. I came to San Mig...

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

Helping The Most Most Vulnerable Among Us

I came to San Miguel in 2011 to do a presentation to a group of dentists who belong to the local dental association and fell in love with the people (the indigenous Mexicans), so I returned to the USA and decided... 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...

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Public Transportation in Tijuana

Many expats do not like to drive in Mexico, so I constantly answer questions about public transportation. Tijuana has more expats than anywhere else in Mexico and it is a big city, so understandably, m... Read more

MIke Johnson – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account MIke Johnson52 y/o nearing retirement. On a mission this week to visit Playa Coro...

Things are a changing here...

Things are a changing here...

In choosing a destination to retire in the near future, I wanted to check out Playa Coronado, Panama.  All the information I could find said this would be a great place for Expats.     W... 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 Not Doing Chores Living Abroad Added 36 Additional Years of Free Time to Our Lives

How Not Doing Chores Living Abroad Added 36 Additional Years of Free Time to Our Lives

Writer's forward: Why people in places such as Mexico, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua are willing to work for expats for less than if they were located in the US or Canada is the subject of another article.  S... Read more

Michael Eager of La Nueva Posada Hotel & Restaurant – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael Eager - La Nueva Posada Hotel & RestaurantMy parents came to Ajijic from Toronto in the 1970s and started The Po...

An Interview With Michael Eager About the Unlikely Events that Led His Family to Come to Ajijic in the First Place and Then to Become a Central Part of Ajijic History

An Interview With Michael Eager About the Unlikely Events that Led His Family to Come to Ajijic in the First Place and Then to Become a Central Part of Ajijic History

Editor’s note: We had the privilege in early March, 2017 to talk with Michael Eager.  The Eager family is a bit of an institution in the Ajijic area, where Michael’s brother Mark owns a real estate sales comp... 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...

Potholes, Detours and Other Driving Challenges Southeast of Cordoba, Mexico: Just Follow the Pigs, Keep Calm, and Have Faith

Potholes, Detours and Other Driving Challenges Southeast of Cordoba, Mexico: Just Follow the Pigs, Keep Calm, and Have Faith

It all started so innocently.   It was mid-November, overcast, 72 degrees, with just a hint of rain in the air. On the highway a few hours after leaving Cordoba and headed southeast to our planned... 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 Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

The Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

Given that our planned drive from Puebla to Orizaba was only a little more than three hours, that our combination Puebla hotel / restaurant / fraccionamiento was so pleasant, and that the restaurant had an al... Read more

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