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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...

What's the cost of living in Algarve?

What's the cost of living in Algarve?

People have the perception that the Algarve is more expensive than the rest of Portugal because it’s by far and away the most popular destination for foreign residents and tourists in Portugal. Although Alga... Read more

Tiffany Swift of Rentals In Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tiffany Swift - Rentals In BelizeI am a native Belizean, living and working in San Ignacio, Cayo, Beliz...

How's the hiking and camping in and around Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

How's the hiking and camping in and around Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

The hiking is good in the Cayo District because we have higher elevations here. We have mountains and it's cooler. If you go to the mountains, we have the ruins as well that you could go and climb. There are also ... Read more

Anne-Michelle Wand of United Country Bocas del Toro – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Anne-Michelle Wand - United Country Bocas del ToroI am an Expat living in Panama in the Winter and Colorado in the Summe...

How are the stores and shops in Bocas Del Toro, Panama? How's the shopping in Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

There are three hardware stores in Bocas Del Toro. If you need paint, screws or you need light bulbs, you can go to any of these hardware stores and they have pretty much what you need. It is not always the q... 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...

How much of my stuff should I move to Mexico?

How much of my stuff should I move to Mexico?

How much of your personal household items you move to Mexico is a very personal and at times, almost a philosophical decision.   At one extreme, there are people will tell you to sell pretty much ever... Read more

Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Daryl Ries - Keller Williams Panama, associateI am a native of New York City and have lived and worked in four conti...

How are the schools in Panama?

While I cannot speak to the quality of the schools in all of Panama, I can speak to the quality of schools where I live, in Coronado, Panama.  There are excellent schools within a 30-minute radius in the dist... Read more

Don Miguel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Don MiguelAt 52 I managed to free myself of the clutter and began living the dre...

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

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

In Baja California skilled manual labor (that which does not require supervision or continued guidance) will cost 500 pesos for a 10 hour day.  Tipping is not customary but providing bottled water or a snack is gr... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How much is car insurance in Mexico?

How much is car insurance in Mexico?

I’m an insurance professional & have passed all the requirements & exams to be licensed in CA, WA, AZ, & the entire country of Mexico. In the past, Mexican law did not require you to carry liabi... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

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

Los Cabos is an expensive area and I have 2800 sq feet and pay 500 pesos for 5-6 hours, 3 times a week.  I change up her schedule every week trying to avoid having her on a fixed schedule to avoid labor issues..&... Read more

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What's the overall cost of living in Managua, Nicaragua?

My wife and I live in a small town close to Masaya. We budget $1000 USD a month for everything, including gas ,housekeeper 3 days a week, and restaurants. Everything depends on how a person wants to live. ... Read more

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How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Managua, Nicaragua?

Having a part-time housekeeper in Masaya Nicaragua costs me $10 a day for part-time.   She comes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We provide her with breakfast and lunch.   ... Read more

Ivy Del Pozzo of Coldwell Banker SMART – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivy Del Pozzo - Coldwell Banker SMARTI received my first real estate license in the 1970’s when I was a p...

Is it safe to drink the water in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes, it is safe as long as you drink bottled water delivered by national companies with local presence like Bonafont and Epura or local providers like Agua Inmaculada and Marnier. Al... Read more

Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cathie Smith LoCicero - Cathie Smith InsuranceI'm a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, I lived in Cabo from 1984 to...

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Mexico?

We have all talked about how affordable health care is here in Mexico, and even Richard who paid ten thousand for his pacemaker made a good point. However, none of us want to think about catastrophic accidents or illne... Read more

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Armando Contreras of Galvan Real Estate and Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Armando Contreras - Galvan Real Estate and ServicesAfter graduation from the University of Colima in 2006 with a degree i...

The Beach Town of Lo de Marcos, Armando Contreras’ Special Place in Narayit

The Beach Town of Lo de Marcos, Armando Contreras’ Special Place in Narayit

From an interview with Armando Contreras, July 7, 2016   Jet: Your real estate office and home are in the little, beach side town of Lo de Marcos, in Nayarit, about an hour north of Puer... Read more

Kent Payne of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kent Payne - Gran PacificaMy wife, Denise Buckner-Payne, and I moved to Nicaragua permanently ab...

Fishing in the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

Fishing in the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

Anglers take note:   Big fish in a big river!! The week before Christmas five of us guys decided we'd take a road trip and head to the south part of the country and do some fishing.  Several of us ha... 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 ...

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

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

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 ...

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

HOW I CAME TO MARRY A YOUNG GUATEMALTECO - Part 3

Here in Guatemala they call themselves Guatemaltecos (Guatemalteca for women) and not Guatemalans. But both are understood. When I came to live here it was a plan for two years, to put this young indigenous woman thro... Read more

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