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Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andre Bellon - Bellon Insurance AgentsWe specialize in insurance for English-speaking expats living in the e...

How's the medical and dental tourism in Mexico?

How's the medical and dental tourism in Mexico?

Patients from the United States, Canada, or Europe often come to Mexico just to get medical and dental procedures done here. The dental services in Mexico could cost 20% of what they would cost in the United State... Read more

Jet Metier of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jet Metier - Best Places in the World to RetireI hope you enjoy my stories and interviews on the site, and my graphic...

What are typical Panamanian desserts and dessert recipes?

What are typical Panamanian desserts and dessert recipes?

A Desperado for Raspado, Panamanian or Tucsonan   Reading Chris Frochaux’s piece on raspado, the traditional Panamanian dessert, made me hungry for a “shave ice treat (that&r... Read more

Kjersten Van Horn of River Ranch Farms Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kjersten Van Horn - River Ranch Farms PanamaI am an expat living in Chiriqui, Panama since 2004. Before moving to ...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Boquete, Panama?

How much does it cost for a gardener  in Boquete, Panama?

I enjoy gardening in my greenhouse and around my property, but I have too  big of a property to maintain myself.   Gardeners are a big help and I have a really good one that has been with my ... Read more

Anne-Michelle Wand of United Country Bocas del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Anne-Michelle Wand - United Country Bocas del ToroI am an Expat living in Panama in the Winter and Colorado in the Summe...

What is the history of Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

What is the history of Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

I can give you a general overview of the history of Bocas Del Toro. In the beginning, all the workers who lived here worked on the banana plantation for Chiquita Banana, which was United Fruit back then... Read more

Jonathan Butcher of NICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Butcher - NICAI am the Director of Sustainable Projects for the organization Nicarag...

Are there poisonous reptiles, snakes and insects, and dangerous animals in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is home to many exotic animals; however, which animal you may be close to depends on where you want to live. I live on the Pacific Coast which is very dry and seems to be home to many animals that would live... Read more

Brian Giles – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Brian Giles

What's the overall cost of living in Managua, Nicaragua?

My wife and I live in a small town close to Masaya. We budget $1000 USD a month for everything, including gas ,housekeeper 3 days a week, and restaurants. Everything depends on how a person wants to live. ... Read more

Brian Giles – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Brian Giles

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Managua, Nicaragua?

Having a part-time housekeeper in Masaya Nicaragua costs me $10 a day for part-time.   She comes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We provide her with breakfast and lunch.   ... 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...

Is it safe to drink the water in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes, it is safe as long as you drink bottled water delivered by national companies with local presence like Bonafont and Epura or local providers like Agua Inmaculada and Marnier. Al... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Mexico?

We have all talked about how affordable health care is here in Mexico, and even Richard who paid ten thousand for his pacemaker made a good point. However, none of us want to think about catastrophic accidents or illn... Read more

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Can I buy furniture in Mexico?

I would recommend looking around for local furniture makers.  In my town there are two men who make different styles of traditional straight chairs.  I also love Equipali chairs which are possibly made ... Read more

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What's the cost to rent a home in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost to rent a home in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

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

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...

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?

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

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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...

This is Beautiful Playa Venao, Panamá...

This is Beautiful Playa Venao, Panamá...

Beautiful Playa Venao has been my passion for many years,  and this is the area I moved to a long time ago, in 1985. I was lucky to get to know Panama from the "inside out", being exposed... Read more

Sieg Pedde of Helix Courier Limited – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sieg Pedde - Helix Courier LimitedI am a Canadian businessman. I am interested in international divers...

General Impressions of Panama

General Impressions of Panama

Many people have this idea that Panama is a backward place with grinding poverty, poor infrastructure, political instability and lots of risk for investors. In fact, while there is poverty there in relative terms, the... Read more

Ricardo Campos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ricardo CamposI enjoy many hobbies, including fishing, camping, gourmet cooking and ...

Living in Pedasi, Panamá

Living in Pedasi, Panamá

Another sunny and breezy day.  It´s late in the day and I´m just now ready for lunch, waiting for my grilled tuna sandwich with a tall glass of fresh squeezed pineapple juice! After all, this is the famous “T... 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

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 ...

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

Here in Guatemala they call themselves Guatemaltecos (Guatemalteca for women) and not Guatemalans. But both are understood. When I came to live here it was a plan for two years, to put this young indigenous woman thro... Read more

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