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Elisha MacKay of InNicaNow.com – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Elisha MacKay - InNicaNow.comI love living here in San Juan del Sur with my husband, Gordon....

What’s it like being a single woman in Nicaragua?

What’s it like being a single woman in Nicaragua?

The local males in Nicaragua like to catcall women, not just foreigners, but even the local women. They have a Machismo culture In Nicaragua.   I have a single woman friend who's bee... Read more

Tom Leonard of Hotel Perico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tom Leonard - Hotel PericoI was born and raised in Southern California and now make Lake Chapala...

What’s the cost to rent an apartment in Mexico?

What’s the cost to rent an apartment in Mexico?

In Chapala and Ajijic, the cost to rent a cheap apartment is US $500 a month. The cost for a nice apartment is about $800 a month. The average cost is $400 to $800. In the Chapala area, for $400 to $500 per month... Read more

Yolanda Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Yolanda MartinezI was born in Mexico, but I spent a lot of time in the US, so I'm bi-l...

What are the passport requirements for moving to Mexico or visiting Mexico?

What are the passport requirements for moving to Mexico or visiting Mexico?

To come to Mexico, you need to have a valid US (or whatever country you’re coming from) passport. If you’re visiting as an American or Canadian citizen, you are allowed to come in as a tourist for 180 ... Read more

Yvon Marier of Travel  Info Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Yvon Marier - Travel Info MexicoI was born and raised in Canada, joined the military when I was 17 as ...

Are there good vets in Mexico? Where are the best vets in Mexico?

Are there good vets in Mexico?  Where are the best vets in Mexico?

There are several very good vets here in Mazatlán. There are vets in almost every corner in Mazatlán. I know at least four or five vets that Gringos in Mazatl&aacut... Read more

Tom Leonard of Hotel Perico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tom Leonard - Hotel PericoI was born and raised in Southern California and now make Lake Chapala...

How safe and protected are my assets in Mexico?

How safe and protected are my assets in Mexico?

My assets in Mexico are fairly safe. I feel secure. Your money is secure with the larger Mexican banks and backed up by the Mexican government. If I owned any property in Mexico, I would feel fairly secure about i... Read more

Yolanda Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Yolanda MartinezI was born in Mexico, but I spent a lot of time in the US, so I'm bi-l...

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

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

In Mexico, to begin with, we don’t use sheetrock and we don’t use wood as much as in North America. We use mostly adobe bricks and we use concrete. So, it’s very difficult for a house to fall dow... Read more

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

How's the economy in Corozal?

How's the economy in Corozal?

I took a person around there today who is staying at the inn. He’d been here a couple of years ago, and he made the observation that the town is a lot neater today than it was two years ago, and it seemed to... Read more

Judy Newell of Perfect Journeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Judy Newell - Perfect JourneysI originally came to San Miguel de Allende to retire, but eventually d...

How much does it cost for a gardener in San Miguel de Allende?

How much does it cost for a gardener in San Miguel de Allende?

I pay our gardener 300 pesos (about US $17) a day, which is the standard daily gardener rate for San Miguel de Allende. He comes once a week and works from 8 AM to 4 PM nonstop. He's very good at maintaining (... Read more

Tom Leonard of Hotel Perico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tom Leonard - Hotel PericoI was born and raised in Southern California and now make Lake Chapala...

If I live in Mexico, do I have to renounce or relinquish my US citizenship?

If I live in Mexico, do I have to renounce or relinquish my US citizenship?

You don't have to renounce or relinquish your US citizenship when you live in Mexico. I have a Mexican permanent visa and I can go in and out of Mexico, but I still have my US citizenship.   ... Read more

Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis - Casa Granada PropertiesHi. I am a native Nicaraguan who speaks English without any problem at...

Where do the expats in Nicaragua meet? Where are the Nicaragua expat communities?

Where do the expats in Nicaragua meet?  Where are the Nicaragua expat communities?

Every city in Nicaragua has its own expat community. For example, León is different than Granada.   Expats in Granada try to do every kind of activity such as set up their own mar... Read more

Tom Leonard of Hotel Perico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tom Leonard - Hotel PericoI was born and raised in Southern California and now make Lake Chapala...

How’s the economy in Mexico?

How’s the economy in Mexico?

The overall economy of Mexico right now is pretty good. I read online that for the first few months of 2017, Mexico had one of the fastest growing economies in the world.    The eco... Read more

Yolanda Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Yolanda MartinezI was born in Mexico, but I spent a lot of time in the US, so I'm bi-l...

What’s the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Mexico?

What’s the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Mexico?

The crime rate against Americans and other expats in Mexico is very low because Mexicans like foreigners coming here. Our main business here is tourism, which drives our economy in Mexico.   ... Read more

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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...

Cordoba to Puebla, Mexico: Soaring Mountains and Lots of Gastronomy

Cordoba to Puebla, Mexico: Soaring Mountains and Lots of Gastronomy

We were looking forward to visiting Puebla again, so as one of our few extravagances while returning to Lake Chapala as quickly as possible, we booked two nights at the hotel in Puebla we had enjoyed so much.  St... 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...

Chetumal to Cordoba, Mexico: More Ease and a New Cooking Style, But Watch Out for the Kids!

Chetumal to Cordoba, Mexico: More Ease and a New Cooking Style, But Watch Out for the Kids!

Here was our situation: It was the middle of the Christmas High Season, when house rental prices are the highest and house rental vacancies are the lowest. (The euphemistic term for this is “Landlord’s Mar... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

How to talk Spanish good... and why. (Como hablar espanol bueno... y por que)

How to talk Spanish good... and why. (Como hablar espanol bueno... y por que)

A disclaimer: I’m a capital G Gringo. I’ve been practicing my English skills for many years, and I’m proud to say that I have my native language down pretty well. In other words, I ain’t no expert in español, so keep ... Read more

Daryl Ries of Panama SpeciaList – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Daryl Ries - Panama SpeciaListI am a native of New York City and have lived and worked in four conti...

Response to “Things are a Changing Here…” about Coronado: The Reality Is, We’re Doing Great! 

Response to “Things are a Changing Here…” about Coronado: The Reality Is, We’re Doing Great! 

The expat story "Things are a changing here…” about the situation in Coronado, Panama, does not present a knowledgeable picture of the area.  It was written with no updated information and worse, d... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

What I learned from our Celador: Succeeding as an expat in five easy lessons.

  1-You’re safer than you think 2-They’re on bikes for a reason 3-Different is neither worse nor better 4-Violence can be counter productive ... Read more

Ben White of Lake Chapala Society – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ben White - Lake Chapala SocietyPresident of the Lake Lake Chapala Society and seven year resident of ...

Ben White of the Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic Reveals How LCS Has been Successfully Serving Expats and Locals Alike for 61 Years, and Their Exciting Plans for the Future

Ben White of the Lake Chapala Society in Ajijic Reveals How LCS Has been Successfully Serving Expats and Locals Alike for 61 Years, and Their Exciting Plans for the Future

Chuck Bolotin: It’s mid-February 2017 and we have the privilege of chatting with Ben White, President of the Board of Directors of Lake Chapala Society (LCS), in Ajijic, Mexico, right here on their beautiful grounds.&... Read more

Greg Custer – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg CusterTravel industry veteran of over 35 years and expert in travel to all r...

Oh Poop!

Oh Poop!

I live lakeside in Chapala. In all of Mexico, it’s the most picturesque, comfortable and enlightening place any Mexico-seeking expat could ever hope to find. It’s also quite common (living in paradise) you get dra... 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...

Mahahual to Chetumal, Mexico: An Otherworldly Lake, a Time Machine, and Great Presents for Everyone

Mahahual to Chetumal, Mexico: An Otherworldly Lake, a Time Machine, and Great Presents for Everyone

Almost on cue, just minutes after my wife Jet was finished with her massage on the beach in Mahahual, the wind picked up, and we and everyone else could notice that the squalls that earlier were further out and more 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...

Akumal to Mahahual, Mexico: Way Better Than a Spa Day

Akumal to Mahahual, Mexico: Way Better Than a Spa Day

When you envision someone in December packing their van in the middle of a driving rain, what pops into your mind?  Do you see a person in swimming trunks and sandals?  Probably not, unless you had the same ... 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...

Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum: From Modern Resort Destinations to Mayan Ruins

Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum: From Modern Resort Destinations to Mayan Ruins

If you want to travel by any vehicle in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum and everything in between), you’ll have to take the main highway.  As in every other place in Mexico we’ve bee... 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...

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

To paraphrase, add to, modernize (and a little bit botch) Robert Burns: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… so it is great to have the Internet for quick research and decision-making.” And that we... Read more

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

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