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Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversBest Mexico Movers moves your household goods from the US or Canada to...

Is Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico safe? What's the crime rate in general in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico safe?  What's the crime rate in general in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

There is no more more important question about living in a place than "Is it safe?"  If you don't feel safe, nothing else really matters.   Also, safety is a personal, "feeling"... 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 does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Mexico?

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

A housekeeper in Mexico can charge about 150 - 200 pesos ($8 - $10) for 5-6 hours of work per day, or 1,000 - 1,500 pesos ($50 – $75) per week if she comes in every day. If the housekeeper lives with you, it... Read more

Abdiel U. Bustamante of SIUMA REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Abdiel U. Bustamante - SIUMA REALTYGreetings, I am California native who grew up along the coastal areas ...

What are the expats like in Panama?

The expats in Panama are usually friendly and outgoing people and willing to help newcomers.  Most come from the United States and Canada and are between 35 to 65.   The vast majority of expats come to P... Read more

Chris Frochaux of Chris Frochaux - SERVMOR REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chris Frochaux - Chris Frochaux - SERVMOR 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

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 ...

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank , brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?   This, like many other questions posed on this site and others, has many answers, none right or w... Read more

Warren Jorgenson – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Warren JorgensonMy wife are both retired firefighters from Minnesota. Lived in El Cent...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Los Cabos - La Paz, Mexico?

I am wondering how many of you have changed the way you are treating your house cleaner (maid) now that the new labor law has reclassified them as EMPLOYEES?  Did you create a labor contract with them?  Are ... Read more

Ray Davis – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ray DavisI have lived in Panama over 10 years...

What are the construction standards in Panama?

I find it humorous that most of the comments here are from people with a vested interest in either building or selling real estate here in Panama and while they are telling you about the materials used they fail to tel... Read more

Noe Camacho of VidaLife Cancun Church – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Noe Camacho - VidaLife Cancun ChurchMy name is Noé Camacho, I am the lead pastor of Iglesia VidaLife Canc...

Are there any English-speaking churches in Mexico?

If you visit Cancun or the Riviera Maya, please come and visit us at VidaLife Cancun Church, We are located in downtown Cancun, minutes away from the Cancun Hotel Zone. Our services are fully bilingual ... Read more

Glenn Koons – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Glenn KoonsLived in Granada for 20 years....

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Granada, Nicaragua?

At this time apartments are available at much lower rates than they were two years ago.  A one-bedroom apartment, walk-in closet, full kitchen with stove, frost-free refrigerator, tankless hot water at all valves... Read more

Maria Huang – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Maria HuangHave a lot of experience traveling and living in different countries...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Boquete, Panama?

This is my 2nd time to Boquete Panama and there are definitely mosquitoes here during rainy season. I have needed my mesh tent over my bed and use of repellent all day and night. Even the locals are complain... 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 English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

Are there English-speaking doctors in San Miguel de Allende?

An English-speaking doctor is only one important factor to consider in terms of access to health care.   Other important things to consider ARE:   1. Finding a doctor that kee... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTAwarded #1 Producing Agent in Mexico for all Coldwell Banker Offices. ...

How much does food cost in San Miguel de Allende?

The price of food in San Miguel de Allende is so much less expensive than in the US.   One of the first things that I noticed when I moved here almost 10 years ago was how good everything tasted.&... Read more

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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...

A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

Panamá has recently invested several million dollars in their road infrastructure, making it one of the most modern systems at least in Latin America, connecting the airport to the city via a beautiful highway 20... Read more

Penny Barrett of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Penny Barrett - Fundacion Bid 4 BouqueteI bought my house in Boquete in 2003 and moved permanently in 2004. In...

Penny Barrett, Boquete’s Liaison Extraordinaire

Penny Barrett, Boquete’s Liaison Extraordinaire

In every stage of her life, it seems that Michigan’s own, Penny Barrett, always seems to be the intermediary between parties, the go-between that facilitates and makes better communications between intereste... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

How Former Texan Jackie Lange Found Her Paradise in Boquete and Unintentionally Started a Business, All at the Same Time

How Former Texan Jackie Lange Found Her Paradise in Boquete and Unintentionally Started a Business, All at the Same Time

As told to Best Places:   Hi, I’m Jackie Lange. I have lived in Boquete, Panama for almost 6 years now. I moved after deciding I was just sick and tired of the heat in Texas.  One summer... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

Cave Man and the Woman who Climbed Everest

  Here are two contrasting characters who have crossed our path in the neighborhood. One is well-known for being homeless and without possessions, the other well-known for being the first woman from Centr... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?

The first neighbor we met was Moises. He looked to me like a gangster at first glance, and I believe he wants the people around here to think so as well. He usually wears pointed-toe cowboy boots and a black leather j... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

My Friend Deet, 81 years old still rides her bicycle

        The streets of Antigua are all stones.  Some say cobblestones, but these are not well cobbled.  The city is a World Heritage Site, so it m... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversBest Mexico Movers moves your household goods from the US or Canada to...

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

The Easiest Way to Round Out Your Wardrobe and Cookware Collection While Living at Lake Chapala in Mexico

Two of the best things about living at the Lake Chapala area have to do with aviation: 1. Through what I can only assume is dumb luck, Guadalajara International Airport was placed at the south side of that ... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

Having In-Laws of another Culture and Country

    My Mother-in-Law, Dona Maria   It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can ... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversBest Mexico Movers moves your household goods from the US or Canada to...

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

The Quest for the Elusive Mung Beans -- A Visit to Abastos from Ajijic / Lake Chapala

Like an aspiring knight in a medieval fairytale who had been told to bring back the egg of a fire-breathing dragon or a nascent American Indian brave who had been given the task of producing a specific feather from a ... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5b

    Zaqueo hired a third friend of his from his home area named Chicalo. He was to be an “ayudante,” or assistant as they are called when they don’t have a specific trade. Chicalo ha... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

Designing + Building a House in Guatemala - Part 5a

"Why would anybody want to build a house in a foreign country?"   That’s what I asked my friend who was buying land here in Guatemala. She was looking for a partner, and I thought she was a bit cr... Read more

Kari Lyn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kari LynI retired from assisting surgeons as soon as I was eligible because I ...

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

The Road to “Hobbitenango” - Part 4

"What is Hobbitenango?"   Many of my stories involve a place up the hill near us called Hobbitenango, and before I write about building my house here, I must explain what Hobbitenango is. “Tenango... Read more

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