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Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

How are Americans in Mexico treated? How are expats in Mexico treated generally?

How are Americans in Mexico treated? How are expats in Mexico treated generally?

Mexico is traditionally warm and hospitable. Visitors and expats from all nations are warmly welcomed by most of the people. Of course, as in most things in life, there are some exceptions but they are rare. ... Read more

Jonathan Lohr of Ceiba Realty Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Lohr - Ceiba Realty Ltd.Belize, meant to be an overnight stay for my parents on a road trip to...

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan, and how close are they?

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan, and how close are they?

We have two major hospitals in San Ignacio, Belize. We have the public hospital, which is a government run institution and then we have the private hospital, which is a Seventh Day Adventist hospital, La Loma Luz... Read more

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...

Are there islands in Portugal? If so, where, and what are they like?

Are there islands in Portugal? If so, where, and what are they like?

The obvious answer to this one is, of course, that the reason that Portugal has one of the largest maritime zones in the world is that its outer fringes are bordered by the archipelago of Madeira, comprised of Madeira... Read more

Magy Carmona of Magy Carmona at Lake Chapala Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Magy Carmona - Magy Carmona at Lake Chapala RealtyI was born in the bustling City of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Aroun...

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

You will find healthcare and medical services in every corner in Chapala and Ajijic. This is because the doctors have found their market, so you will find dental and medical services all around, including plastic ... 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 rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around San Miguel de Allende?

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around San Miguel de Allende?

We have a public reservoir or presa in San Miguel de Allende. Some people go out there to boat or kayak, but it really isn’t a place where there is a lot of boating or fishing. There are no docks, landing ar... 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 best way to choose a real estate agent in Nicaragua?

What is the best way to choose a real estate agent in Nicaragua? A great question. Nicaragua is a country that currently has no MLS system, so most agents/companies use an open market approach to listings. So you will... Read more

Rainelda Mata-Kelly of Law Offices Rainelda Mata-Kelly – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rainelda Mata-Kelly - Law Offices Rainelda Mata-KellyPanamanian born, raised and trained lawyer, have practiced law for mor...

What's the dress code in Panama? What clothes do they wear in Panama?

What's the dress code in Panama? What clothes do they wear in Panama?

If you are planning to conduct business in Panama or visit any public offices, it is very important that you wear at least business casual clothes.   Although most people equate Panama to beaches, rainforest ... 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?

The cost to buy a home or build one are very different questions and what you need to consider is what exactly are you looking for, the lifestyle you desire and interaction with the local expat community or Nica commu... 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 do restaurants cost in Granada, Nicaragua?

What the cost of restaurants are in Granada depends where you go to eat. If you go to the entertainment center also known as the Calzada, expect to pay tourists prices, which if you compare to the rest of the foo... 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 English-speaking doctors in Granada, Nicaragua?

Last weekend, my fiancee had an issue with her teeth and was able to see an English dentist Saturday afternoon even though he only works Saturday morning.  The dental office was not 100% clean but the servic... Read more

Valerie Bennett – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Valerie BennettHello to all, Panama is my home and very happy that we made the mo...

Is Boquete, Panama safe?

Yes - to get right to the point, There are exceptions of course but that comes with the same as living anywhere. Employ reputable people, take security precautions that you probably do wherever you came from (ass... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

What's the best way to get around in Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expat community. The easiest way to get around Boquete is with a Boquete resident because nobody knows Boquete like us.  If your curiosity is for the transportation that you will use... Read more

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Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!

Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!   It seems that everything I do gives me opportunities for new friendships. Even on my first trip to Mexico, as a high school student, I made friends. I would... 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...

Experiences Crossing the US-Mexican Border at Mexicali (or is it Calexico?)

Experiences Crossing the US-Mexican Border at Mexicali (or is it Calexico?)

Whoever chaired the city naming committee for the Calexico – Mexicali area was too clever by half.  Calexico (a mash-up of “California” and “Mexico”) is on the US side, while Mexicali (a reverse mash-up) is on th... 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...

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

This morning my wife and I made our first official visit to a medical provider here in Medellin Colombia. I had a minor issue that I was sure would dissipate with the ‘tincture of time,’ as health prof... 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

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 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

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 ...

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

What does it take to build a house in Panama?   This is what I was able to get done in the last 12 months: Paint on the exterior walls. Interior walls erected on the second fl... Read more

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