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

How are the stores and shops in Corozal? How's the shopping in Corozal?

How are the stores and shops in Corozal? How's the shopping in Corozal?

In general, shopping in Belize is more fun than shopping in the First World. It can be a little annoying sometimes because there may be times when you go back to a store where you found a certain product last week... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

Does Panama have a retirement program?

Does Panama have a retirement program?

Panama has a retirement program for retirees who have been involved in the Panamanian Social Security System. It’s not impossible, but it’s fairly unrealistic for someone from the United States or Euro... Read more

Paul Mayer of Vallarta Food Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Mayer - Vallarta Food ToursI was born in Mexico City, grew up in Caracas, and then Miami. My moth...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Puerto Vallarta?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Puerto Vallarta?

A housekeeper in the Puerto Vallarta area who works for about 6 hours a day usually charges around 250 pesos (US $14) per day. We have two housekeepers at home who both come four times a week in total, which means... Read more

Paulina Almeida of Tao Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paulina Almeida - Tao Real EstateI was born in Mexico City and now work in the stunning development of ...

Is there good bus service in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

Is there good bus service in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

A good bus service in Yucatán is the combi. Combi’s are public transportation that are really safe, cheap, and can hold up to 12 people. With combi’s, there is a chauffeur to drive you back and ... Read more

Paul Mayer of Vallarta Food Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul Mayer - Vallarta Food ToursI was born in Mexico City, grew up in Caracas, and then Miami. My moth...

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Puerto Vallarta, and how close are they?

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Puerto Vallarta, and how close are they?

There are a lot of medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Puerto Vallarta because Puerto Vallarta is a big expat community and medical tourism is on the rise here. There are a lot of expats in Puerto Val... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

Can I buy furniture in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

Can I buy furniture in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

Yes, you can buy furniture in Volcán. Can you buy American-style Ashley-type furniture in Volcán? No, but you can buy the American-style Ashley-type furniture in nearby David, which is approximately ... Read more

Andrew McFarlane of Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andrew McFarlane - Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture)I am a third generation furniture dealer, born in Scotland and raised...

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 Chapala or Ajijic really depends on what you are looking for. You can find a 2 bedroom with roof terrace, garden, garage, and 2 big living rooms for US $400... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

How hard is it to remodel or renovate in Mexico? What do I need to know before I remodel or renovate in Mexico?

How hard is it to remodel or renovate in Mexico? What do I need to know before I remodel or renovate in Mexico?

To remodel a property in Mexico, I would advise you to talk to lots of people and ask them for recommendations. Anywhere in the world, you get what you pay for, so if I get three quotes where one's really low... Read more

David Berger of Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid Bay – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David Berger - Tradewinds Hospitality at Orchid BayJust loving living in Belize!...

How much of my stuff should I move to Belize?

How much of my stuff should I move to Belize?

Here's my answer for how much of your stuff you should take with you when you move to Belize: none. You do not have to bring a lot of things to Belize. You just need clothes. All the stuff that you have in the... Read more

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 much will I pay in real estate or property tax in Mexico?

How much will I pay in real estate or property tax in Mexico?

The home where I live is a big house in Guadalajara, and the property tax that we pay annually is more or less 9,000 pesos ($441). This home is valued at around 4 million pesos (around US $200,000). Real estate or... Read more

Paulina Almeida of Tao Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paulina Almeida - Tao Real EstateI was born in Mexico City and now work in the stunning development of ...

How are the roads in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

How are the roads in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

The roads in the Yucatán are good so there is no need for a four-wheel drive. The highways are amazing to drive on. For example, if you drive from the state of Yucatán to Quintana Roo, the highway is... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

What’s the cost of homeowner's insurance in Mexico?

What’s the cost of homeowner's insurance in Mexico?

In Mexico, there aren’t many homeowners who insure their homes because there are really no fires. I guess we could have earthquakes in Mexico, but people typically self-insure.  Home insurance is an Ame... 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...

The Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

The Road from Puebla to Cordoba, Mexico: Otherworldly Canyons, Meeting Celebrities, and the Cordoba Gift Exchange

Given that our planned drive from Puebla to Orizaba was only a little more than three hours, that our combination Puebla hotel / restaurant / fraccionamiento was so pleasant, and that the restaurant had an al... 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 Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

The Road from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla: Undiminished Anticipation and an Unexpected Oasis

A fine mist began to fall in San Miguel de Allende on a cool November morning as we maneuvered our fully packed, big white van on a familiar cobblestone road in Los Labradores, up to the smiling guards we had com... Read more

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...

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World? It is Tijuana, Mexico

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World?      It is Tijuana, Mexico

You will probably be surprised that Tijuana has the most US expats of any city in the world.   The Tijuana metropolitan area  has more than double the number of US expats compared ... Read more

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...

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

Even if you move to another country, you will find many things that remind you of the United States. You will see Walmart, McDonald’s, Costco, Home Depot, Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Lego, L'Oréal, Nike, and many other ... 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...

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

One of the most important and personal items people consider when thinking about moving abroad is “How is the healthcare?”  While the Best Places in the World to Retire website has a huge quantity of answers... 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...

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

On our road trip through Mexico and on the Best Places in the World to Retire site, we and other contributors to our site are often asked to do a comparison between life in the US and life abroad.  In order to be... Read more

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...

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

The old Spanish Fort San Juan de Ulúa still stands watch over the bustling port of Veracruz, Mexico, but it is no longer filled with many tons of silver and gold. This fort was built in 1565 on the isl... 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 Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

How Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

One of the great advantages of traveling, or better yet, living in a different country, is to see how others live their lives. If we are open to it, we can gain perspective and insight, not only into the human conditi... 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

Building a House in Panama

So, you want to build a house in Panama?   Be patient, be real patient.  Everything will take longer than you are accustomed to.  You will have to make many phone calls.  You will n... 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...

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

We have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands.  Let’s start with what they ... Read more

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...

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas is the name for the popular celebrations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and Panama during the nine days before Christmas (December 16-24... Read more

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...

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

Three years ago UNESCO recognized two of my favorite places as World Heritage Sites.   One was a mountain in Italy and the other an ecosystem in Northern Mexico. Both places have something in com... Read more

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