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Marissa Gabrielle Lolk of Jireh Dental Care – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Marissa Gabrielle Lolk - Jireh Dental CareI am a dentist at Jireh Dental Care. At just 17 I decided to move to N...

Are there volcanoes in Nicaragua? Are any active?

Are there volcanoes in Nicaragua?  Are any active?

There are a lot of volcanoes in Nicaragua but there are just five major ones. Just recently, we had volcanic activity on three of the volcanoes here.    People here in Nicaragua use... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende Real – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende RealMy experience as what I call a “Mexican Roads” scholar began in th...

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in San Miguel de Allende

What is the cost to buy land or a lot in San Miguel de Allende

What land you could buy in the historic center of town would cost from around US $1,000 to $2,000 per square meter (US $93 to $185 per square foot) - over half a million to double that in US dollars for an eighth ... Read more

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 much does it cost for a gardener in Puerto Vallarta?

How much does it cost for a gardener in Puerto Vallarta?

I pay my gardener 3,000 pesos (about US $174) a month here in Puerto Vallarta.  My gardener comes three times a week and takes care of my swimming pool and all the gardening throughout the yard and the house... Read more

Victoria Moate of Stewart Title Los Cabos / Stewart Title Latin America – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Victoria Moate - Stewart Title Los Cabos / Stewart Title Latin A17 years ago, I created an internet-based real estate and title settle...

What's the dress code in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico? What clothes do they wear in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What's the dress code in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico? What clothes do they wear in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

Relative to the dress code in Los Cabos and La Paz, I’ve seen people in thong bikinis and flip-flops walking down the main street but it is not really that acceptable. Surprisingly, what people do not realiz... Read more

Lori Snow of Condor Tours & Travel, Inc – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lori Snow - Condor Tours & Travel, IncI am born and raised in Panama now living in the US. I have bought an...

What is it like to drive in Panama?

What is it like to drive in Panama?

I like to tell my clients when driving in Panama - the stop signs and red lights are only suggestions and the driving laws are optional.  Stay away from the bridges during rush hour.  Actually stay off the c... Read more

Lori Snow of Condor Tours & Travel, Inc – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lori Snow - Condor Tours & Travel, IncI am born and raised in Panama now living in the US. I have bought an...

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around Panama?

How's the adventure travel and activities in and around Panama?

From canopy adventures, to paddle boarding, tubing, rafting, hiking, spelunking  and wet rappelling - those are all available in Panama. Some of the tours can be found easily right from Panama City, others requir... Read more

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...

As a foreigner or expat, can I buy or own land or other real estate property in Mexico?

As a foreigner or expat, can I buy or own land or other real estate property in Mexico?

Yes, absolutely, a foreigner can own land or other real estate in Mexico. They can have title to their property and own it almost fee-simple.  (“Fee-simple” means that you have title to your prope... Read more

Tara Crellin of Dlaaya – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tara Crellin - DlaayaMy husband and I have lived our lives together with lots of adventure ...

Can I buy furniture in Coronado, Panama?

Can I buy furniture in Coronado, Panama?

Yes, you can buy furniture in Coronado. There are a few furniture places in the surrounding areas. These are mostly outdoor furniture places but within a 45-minute drive from Coronado, there are all the big stores... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende Real – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende RealMy experience as what I call a “Mexican Roads” scholar began in th...

What are the construction standards in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the construction standards in San Miguel de Allende?

If you are in the historic central zone there are very strict requirements about what you can and cannot do. For example, if you want to paint the front of your building, you have a selection of pastel colors to choos... Read more

Victoria Moate of Stewart Title Los Cabos / Stewart Title Latin America – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Victoria Moate - Stewart Title Los Cabos / Stewart Title Latin A17 years ago, I created an internet-based real estate and title settle...

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

In the Los Cabos and La Paz areas, you can go in as a walk-in in a physician’s office and pay about US $10. Prescriptions and over the counter drugs are very inexpensive down here as well. There are a lot of thi... Read more

Lana Nixon of La Ventana Bay Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lana Nixon - La Ventana Bay PropertiesOriginally from Canada, my husband and I are now residents here in the...

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

What does it cost for a vacation rental in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

One way to truly assess the cost of vacation rentals here in the Los Cabos - La Paz area would be to go on the Internet and search for vacation rental by owner and look at the prices.  There are a lot of majo... Read more

Alberto Alvelais of Alvelais & Asociados – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Alberto Alvelais - Alvelais & AsociadosI was born and raised in Mexico City. While my mother language is Spa...

Are there American-trained doctors in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Are there American-trained doctors in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Absolutely, yes, there are American-trained doctors in the Yucatan Peninsula, to the point where we are successfully building and growing the area into a medical tourism destination, even in partnership with local hot... 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...

The physical distance means nothing when it comes to love.

The physical distance means nothing when it comes to love.

Whether you live across town or across the country, this is the same as being in a distant land. Our world is huge but still small and new technology makes it smaller still, easier than ever to stay up front and perso... Read more

Robert Adams of Retirement Wave – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Adams - Retirement WaveI've worked globally for non-profit humanitarian agencies, the "foreig...

On the Panama Papers, the World Economy, and the Panamanian People

We were very pleased when Robert Adams offered us the YouTube video below, in which he puts the Panama Papers into context.  Bob is an expert in economic development and has a great perspective.  We invite y... Read more

Marissa Gabrielle Lolk of Jireh Dental Care – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Marissa Gabrielle Lolk - Jireh Dental CareI am a dentist at Jireh Dental Care. At just 17 I decided to move to N...

How I Got Zika Virus in Nicaragua and Lived to Talk About It

How I Got Zika Virus in Nicaragua and Lived to Talk About It

I recently had zika, and I can report that zika is not fun.    At the beginning, my symptoms looked like I had pinkeye, but it was weird because it wasn’t a full pinkeye; it wa... 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...

What It’s Like in My Country of Panamá

What It’s Like in My Country of Panamá

Panamá has the privilege of having some of the best weather in the world, as well as having primary rainforest areas, and the most beautiful nature found anywhere.   The name “Panamá” means “abundance.” Abund... Read more

David Btesh of Pacific Developers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Btesh - Pacific DevelopersI was born and raised in Panama and have lived here continuously other...

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

Opportunities Ahead— How David Btesh Sees Panama’s Past, Present, and Hopeful Future

(The Btesh family is very tied into the business and charitable communities in Panama.  Mr. Btesh serves on the Boards of UniBank and the insurance company Aseguradora Ancon, and he is a partner in Pacific Develo... Read more

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...

In Panama the Benefits of Red Wine vs White Wine on Health

In Panama the Benefits of Red Wine vs White Wine on Health

Red wine drinkers delight in proclaiming the benefits of red wine over white wine. Although some new studies indicate there can be some benefits to drinking white wine, red wine wins out above the sweeter whi... Read more

JIMJFOX – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JIMJFOXRetired Naval Architect, born UK, emigrated New Zealand & Australia; l...

Those B! banks!

Those B! banks!

BANKING-- despite all their assurances that you have set up all the correct procedures and accounts, there WILL be problems. Not in your host country, but 'back home'. These will take the form of excessive fees, limitat... Read more

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...

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

I am married to a foreign-born man. My husband is a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He speaks English, albeit with a bit of a Danish accent, but he does communicate well in English. We both compl... Read more

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...

Day Trip to Boca Chica

Day Trip to Boca Chica

On a windy day in February three of us ladies drove the hour and forty-five minute scenic route to Boca Chica.  Bright as a blue umbrella the sky above us was a vivid blue. Strong winds pushed us d... Read more

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...

A Simmering Healthcare Crisis for Expats

A Simmering Healthcare Crisis for Expats

  In Panama healthcare is much more affordable, over- all, than in the USA. Of this, I am fairly certain. On the other hand, there is a serious need for health care reform in the insurance indust... Read more

Jewel Hoff of Tierra de los Suenos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jewel Hoff - Tierra de los SuenosBorn in Europe, raised in Montreal, Canada, migrated to USA in 1976. L...

From Bucket Baths and War Zones to the Cool, Beautiful Mountain Highlands of Nicaragua

From Bucket Baths and War Zones to the Cool, Beautiful Mountain Highlands of Nicaragua

January 2014, I arrived in the early afternoon in Managua airport via United Airlines. After the huge and tedious Houston Airport, the small Nicaraguan airport was a relief.  Customs stamped my passport and I... Read more

Jestine Dawson of AQ Belize Car Rental – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jestine Dawson - AQ Belize Car RentalA native Belizean, I have lived here for my entire 30 years. As the...

Belize—A Life of Freedom and a Place for Everyone

Belize—A Life of Freedom and a Place for Everyone

I have been living in Belize for all of my 30 years, a descendant of many cultures.  My great-grandfather was a Scotsman who moved to Belize and married an African who became my great-grandmother.  Thus was ... Read more

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