Building a house in Volcan or Cerro Punta, Panama is like building a house anywhere else I suppose - with a few exceptions. These exceptions will be the same or similar in any other Central American country... Read more
In Coronado, Panama a gardener costs between US $100 and $200 per month. If you have a larger property and you want to delegate more things, you can pay a gardener $200 per month but that is the maximum. Mos... Read more
Yes, there are very good vets in Mexico. I don’t have pets, but I have friends and neighbors who do and they are all very well taken care of by veterinarians here in San Miguel de Allende.
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Belize allows its citizens to own guns. If you come to Belize as an expat, then you must check your gun at the airport and you must apply for a permit. If you move to Belize, you must apply for a permit, then you ... Read more
Evaluating the price of an existing home for sale, I calculate what I estimate it would cost me to build it, figuring I could get the construction done today for around US $60 to $100 per sq. ft. depending on deta... Read more
The cost to rent a home in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area has been moving upwards over the last few years, as demand has increased and supply has not kept up.
As with prices to buy, your price t... Read more
Most people will tell you that “High Season” in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is from October or November through about April, with “Low Season” encompassing the “Rainy Season”, whi... Read more
One of the biggest advantages of living at the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is the existence of Guadalajara less than an hour away. Like many things in the Lake Chapala area, the existence of a 5 million inhabitant... Read more
The restaurants in the Ajijic and overall Lake Chapala area are extremely good and extremely reasonably priced (perhaps 60% less than in the US). And yes, you can get quite a bit more variety than Mexican food.&n... Read more
The answer to can you buy good clothes in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area depends on what kinds of clothes you purchase. First, the good news.
If you buy your clothes at Walmart, we have on... Read more
There is no authoritative census, so these are my guesses.
The Lake Chapala area (including Ajijic) is about 20% - 25% expat, with the rest being Mexicans. The expats are about 40% from the US... Read more
"Standard of living” is a bit hard to define, because the elements of it are different for different people. For example, if you are not happy unless they have the feel and excitement of a large city, ... Read more