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Carl Timothy of Timothy Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carl Timothy - Timothy Real Estate GroupI began my real estate career in Park City, as a director of sales. L...

How are the stores and shops in Puerto Vallarta? How's the shopping in Puerto Vallarta?

How are the stores and shops in Puerto Vallarta? How's the shopping in Puerto Vallarta?

The shopping in Puerto Vallarta is great. We’ve got everything from very glamorous super department stores. We have a brand new shopping area that’s coming into Puerto Vallarta that’s called La I... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

How's the ecotourism in and around Panama?

People often ask how is the ecotourism in and around Panama?   I answer, well - it's improving, but it has a ways to go to become a destination.  I prefer it to be a little more natural a... Read more

Chris Frochaux of Chris Frochaux - Siuma Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chris Frochaux - Chris Frochaux - Siuma RealtyI started out as an attorney in Switzerland and worked for the Swiss B...

What is Panama's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

In Panama, only legal residents may own and/or carry guns, as opposed to visitors and tourists. Therefore a foreigner can apply for gun ownership once he or she has satisfied immigration requirements and obtained lega... 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...

What are the best things to do in and around San Miguel de Allende?

What are the best things to do in and around San Miguel de Allende?

San Miguel de Allende is indeed a hamlet and offers a compendium of things that one can participate in. The Gringo population though "Youth Challenged" (AKA, Seniors) can keep themselves very busy here... Read more

Janice Gallagher of Granada Property Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Janice Gallagher - Granada Property ServicesMy husband, John-Marc, and I moved from the United States to Central A...

What's it like to live in Granada, Nicaragua?

What's it like to live in Granada, Nicaragua?

Granada, Nicaragua is very safe.  It’s a little bit noisy because there are, for example, four churches on one road, so you can hear bells a lot.   You also get the noise from taxis and the road i... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

To drive in Panama, do I need Panamanian automobile insurance?

You DO need insurance to drive a vehicle in Panama.   In fact, if you rent a car in Panama, you will REALLY pay for insurance!  You'll find that if you price a rental car online - it... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Well, yes  there are mosquitos in the Yucatan areas, mainly in the early morning and again at dusk. Most hotel properties spray so it's not too bad. It's ALWAYS recommended to protect ... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

Now here's a real sleeper of an outdoor Adventure. Isla Contoy is a National Marine Park located offshore northwest of Cancun. Its a nature and bird lovers Paradise. It only allows 300 people per day to ... Read more

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What’s my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Mexico?

Mexico delivers health care through 3 systems:   IMSS Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social – a social security benefit funded by the government, employer, & employee. It is ava... Read more

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Is there good bus service in Mexico?

Mexico offers outstanding high quality long-distance bus service at very reasonable prices with multiple options ranging from economical to luxury travel. Read more

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

Although crime rates against both Mexican nationals and foreigners in Mexico vary significantly depending upon location in Mexico, overall deliberate crime targeting U.S. folks is very low according to government and ... Read more

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What is Mexico's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

Mexico strictly regulates gun ownership but with the proper permit firearms can be purchased and held within the home for personal protection. Caliber, chamber/magazine capacity, and barrel length are restricted. More... Read more

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Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Linda JensenAlmost every morning my husband and sit on our patio and comment about...

Scenic Back Road Trip to Janson Coffee Farm In Volcan

Scenic Back Road  Trip to Janson Coffee Farm In Volcan

This was a special day for my friends from Alabama. They had wanted to go visit the Janson Coffee Farm for the last two years. This was a great day for slow drive to Volcan. It was a cool, rainy, gray day but the... 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 Six Sisters of Nayarit, Mexico: La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita

The Six Sisters of Nayarit, Mexico: La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita

We wanted very much to visit the towns just to the north and south of Lo de Marcos, in the state of Nayarit. How could we not?  Lo de Marcos was beautiful, exotic and interesting, the people were friendly, th... Read more

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Unexpected Tango Lessons At The Magnolia Inn In Casco Viejo

Unexpected Tango Lessons At The Magnolia Inn In Casco Viejo

We were walking around Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama, looking for who knows what, having fun exploring, until, absorbed in our adventure, we became lost.  I dug in my heels, refused to go any further and ins... Read more

Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy  of Cancun Whale Shark Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roddrigo Sidney Whalesharkdaddy - Cancun Whale Shark ToursI retired to Mexico in 2001 and bought a beautiful beach house on Isla...

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama COFFEE FARM!!

Found & Capitalized on a Great Retirement Investment in Boquete Panama  COFFEE  FARM!!

Last month while visiting and exploring Boquete Panama just happened to stumble upon a very interesting investment "Factional"  Coffee Farm turnkey ownership. Just so happened we arrived the day before they ... 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 Made Me a Better Person

How Living Abroad Made Me a Better Person

When in my early twenties, after crossing the border near San Diego with my friends and driving south in Mexico, I noticed lots of houses in which the construction had begun, but was not finished.   ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 3

If you’re an expat, you may not want to read this. If you’re considering becoming an expat, you need to read it. Here’s what I’ve taken away, thus far, from my recent heart attack, and a very real brush with death in ... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 2

The care I received for my cardiac event at Medellin’s Pablo Tobón Uribe hospital was excellent, with world-class attention, state of the art equipment, and highly professional staff. Tobón Uribe is a Joint Commission... 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...

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

Colombian Cardiac Adventure, Part 1

On Wednesday, January 7th 2018, while walking near my apartment in Medellin, I had a heart attack. I realize it was above and beyond the call of duty for a writer/contributor to go to this length for a story. No need ... 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...

ALL EXPATS LIVING IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ARE NOT WEALTHY

A large percentage of Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende perceive that all expats (Gringos) living in the blissful hamlet of San Miguel de Allende are wealthy.   This is so far from the truth! ... 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...

The Greatest Gift!

The Greatest Gift!

She was walking hand in hand with her husband that cold winter's day. I was so impressed to see such an old couple holding hands. When I asked her how long have they been married, she offered me a toothl... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

My Part Time Life in Volcan

My Part Time Life in Volcan

  I titled this "My Part Time Life in Volcan" because unfortunately I can only live part of the year in Panama.  I'm still in my working years in the US and I still haven't figured out how to totally... Read more

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How to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

How to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

Some things in life we earn, and others, we don’t.   We use many names to describe the things that happen to us that we don’t earn, including “fate,” “destiny,” “God’s will”, “luck,” and... Read more

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