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Luis Teixeira da Silva of Algarve Senior Living – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Luis Teixeira da Silva - Algarve Senior LivingIn my 25-year career I have been founder and/or CEO of several consult...

What are the best things to do in and around Algarve?

What are the best things to do in and around Algarve?

Golf is definitely one of the best things to do in Algarve. Sun and sand is great in Algarve so spending time on the beach is another best thing to do here. Water sports and other related activities such as sailin... Read more

Lisa McCorkle Guerrero of DIAMANTÉ – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lisa McCorkle Guerrero - DIAMANTÉBeing the daughter of Celi McCorkle, who opened the first hotel in San...

What are the construction standards in Ambergris Caye?

What are the construction standards in Ambergris Caye?

The construction standards on Ambergris Caye are very high. I’m a developer and I can only speak for myself with 100% accuracy, but I know other contractors as well, and their construction standards are very hig... Read more

Frank Martínez of DISCOVER Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Frank Martínez - DISCOVER Real EstateI have spent the last 20 years helping and serving about 3,500 familie...

How easy would it be for me to find a job in Nicaragua?

How easy would it be for me to find a job in Nicaragua?

How easy it would be for you to find a job in Nicaragua depends on how old you are. About 50% of the population of native Nicaraguans is around 17 or 18 years old. Because of this large percentage of young people, the... Read more

Eliecer Vera  of EQUUS VILLAGE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eliecer Vera - EQUUS VILLAGEMy Name is Eliecer Vera Owner of Equus village...

How much does it cost for a gardener in the Pedasi, Azuero, Panama area?

The cost for a gardener in Pedasi is around US $15 to $25 for an 8 hour work day.   Read more

Gabriela Urcuyo of Aurora Vacation Rentals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gabriela Urcuyo - Aurora Vacation Rentals NicaraguaGrew up in the states but am 100% Nicaraguan....

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

The nightlife in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua is every day of the week. Entertainment could start at a local restaurant and end at the local disco with a great salsa or whatever is new in the music industry. You w... Read more

Maria Huang – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria HuangHave a lot of experience traveling and living in different countries...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Boquete, Panama?

This is my 2nd time to Boquete Panama and there are definitely mosquitoes here during rainy season. I have needed my mesh tent over my bed and use of repellent all day and night. Even the locals are complain... 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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Renate Jope of Panama Premium Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Renate Jope - Panama Premium Real EstateI am from Germany, have lived in the interior of the Isthmus of Panam...

Racing Through The Panama Canal In A Dugout Canoe

Racing Through The Panama Canal In A Dugout Canoe

  It was literally with a splash (more on that below) that Jet Metier interviewed one of Best Places in the World to Retire’s earliest contributors, Renate Jope, about her life in Panama, intending to tal... Read more

Sharon Schwartz  of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sharon Schwartz - Fundacion Bid 4 BouqueteHi Sharon here, I moved to Boquete, Panama a year ago from the mid-At...

60 Shades of Green; How Boquete, Panama Seduced Me

60 Shades of Green; How Boquete, Panama Seduced Me

60 Shades of Green; How Boquete Seduced Me Maybe I was ready to be “taken” when I arrived in Panama to study Spanish ....but I sure didn’t think I’d be living there within the year.  After being “... 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...

Picturesque Town In Panamá

This is a small town that you do not find in the regular tourism books or maps. It´s the town of CERMEÑO, located left, and about 15 minutes of Capira. If you´re looking for a quiet place to visit, surrounded by trees... 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

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 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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