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Don Nelson of TaxMeLess – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Don Nelson - TaxMeLessDon is a US Tax Attorney ( and retired CPA ) with over 35 years exp...

If I live in Mexico, do I still have to pay US income tax on money coming from the US?

If I live in Mexico, do I still have to pay US income tax on money coming from the US?

Yes. You must file US tax returns and perhaps owe US taxes no matter where you live in world.   So long as your income exceeds the minimum amount required to file a US tax return, y... Read more

Iona Chamberlin of Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Iona Chamberlin - Hacienda San Pedro NohpatMoved to the Yucatan sixteen years ago from Canada ....

Are there exotic birds in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.? Where can I go bird watching in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

Are there exotic birds in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.? Where can I go bird watching in and around Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc.?

If you like bird-watching, the Yucatan would be a good place. Merida has a bird watching festival every year, and there are many different species of birds that are both indigenous and migratory.   ... Read more

Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sheryl Novak - SOLutions Mexico Furniture StoreSheryl Novak is the President of SOLutions Mexico. She started the co...

How much of my stuff should I move to Mexico?

How much of my stuff should I move to Mexico?

Another thing to consider when deciding how much of your stuff to move to Mexico is the hassle.  You will need to do a detailed list of all items you are bringing in to the country.  Where are you going... 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 many Americans and Canadians and other expats live in Corozal?

How many Americans and Canadians and other expats live in Corozal?

Corozal’s total population is about 14,000 people, and I’ve been told that Corozal is the largest expat community in all of Belize. In fact, there are more expats in Corozal than even in San Pedro (on ... Read more

Ariadna Delsol of COLONIAL REAL ESTATE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ariadna Delsol - COLONIAL REAL ESTATEI am a native born Mexican who has lived in four countries: Mexico, Au...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in San Miguel de Allende?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in San Miguel de Allende?

The cost to get a gardener in San Miguel de Allende varies but usually people hire them to come three times per week or twice a week and they get paid around 250 pesos (US $12.50) per day.   ... Read more

Andy James – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andy JamesI was born and raised in Canada. Most recently, I lived in the Cari...

What's it like to live in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc? How’s the lifestyle?

What's it like to live in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc? How’s the lifestyle?

In Yucatan, the lifestyle is more relaxed, there’s less of a rush, and it’s more outdoors, but that’s not to say you’re hiking up and down mountains like you would in British Columbia or so... Read more

Mirhanna Sandoya of Lucero Homes Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mirhanna Sandoya - Lucero Homes Golf & Country ClubI was born in David, Chiriqui in Panama. I lived in Vermont, USA for 2...

What are the best things to do in and around Panama?

What are the best things to do in and around Panama?

For me, the best thing to do in Panama is traveling around the country because there are so many different things that you can do in Panama. You can go to the Caribbean coast and see the white sand and blue water ... Read more

Iona Chamberlin of Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Iona Chamberlin - Hacienda San Pedro NohpatMoved to the Yucatan sixteen years ago from Canada ....

What are the expats like in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

What are the expats like in Yucatan: Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, etc?

Most of the expats in state of Yucatan are actually really great people. I haven’t met too many people whom I haven’t really liked or didn’t want to associate with. Most people who move here are ... Read more

Flip Nicholson of Fenix Real estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Flip Nicholson - Fenix Real estateLIved in Mexico for over 17 years and have extensive experience in con...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

In two weeks, for 6 days a week, my gardener makes 750 pesos (US $35). The maid works for 4 - 5 hours every day, 5 days a week, and makes 700 pesos ($33) a week.    When I first mov... 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!...

Are there English-speaking doctors in Corozal?

Are there English-speaking doctors in Corozal?

There are many English-speaking doctors in Corozal. Here in Corozal, there are US-trained physicians and there are Mexican-trained physicians, who provide healthcare as good as in the US.   ... Read more

Flip Nicholson of Fenix Real estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Flip Nicholson - Fenix Real estateLIved in Mexico for over 17 years and have extensive experience in con...

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic is less than anywhere else that I know of without sacrificing lifestyle. For example, I could live in a remote place in the world and not have a flushing toilet, the kind o... Read more

Nancy Howze of CDR Bienes Raices San Miguel, SC – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Nancy Howze - CDR Bienes Raices San Miguel, SCOne of the best Real Estate Agents in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico....

How reliable is the water supply in San Miguel de Allende? Are there water disruptions?

How reliable is the water supply in San Miguel de Allende? Are there water disruptions?

There aren’t any water disruptions in the water supply in San Miguel de Allende that I’m aware of. The way San Miguel de Allende is set up is that there are huge cisterns that are located in places all... 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...

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

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...

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

When starting from where we stayed in our planned community in the agricultural countryside (“compo”), we would drive into the center (centro) of San Miguel de Allende in one of two ways, depending on whether we wante... 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...

My travels in Mexico --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

My travels in Mexico   --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

The first Christian worship service in Mexico was in  1519 in La Antigua, Veracruz. Four years later the first chapel in the Americas was built by Hernán Cortés and is named the Chapel of the Ro... 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...

Driving from Ajijic and Arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Cornfields, Transcendence, and a Nice, Planned Housing Development

Driving from Ajijic and Arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Cornfields, Transcendence, and a Nice, Planned Housing Development

As we left the tropical splendor of the Ajijic area and drove generally east, it didn’t take long to be surrounded by farmland. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees reminiscent of Northern California chaparral l... Read more

Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ian Usher - House Sitting MagazineI used to live in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of Panama, wh...

Three simple steps to a life of freedom

Three simple steps to a life of freedom

In early 2014 my partner Vanessa and I sold almost everything we owned. Vanessa sold her house in the UK, and I sold my small island home in Panama. NOTE: You can read more about this in my previous "Best Places... Read more

Ian Usher of House Sitting Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ian Usher - House Sitting MagazineI used to live in Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of Panama, wh...

Why we move abroad

Why we move abroad

Are you unhappy with your life? Miserable at work? Don't like the area you live in? Or maybe you are yearning for adventure, excitement and new challenges? The reasons for dec... 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...

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

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