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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 do healthcare and medical services cost in Mexico?

How much do healthcare and medical services cost in Mexico?

I can think of a few examples of how much medical services cost in Mexico. A hernia can cost you from 60,000 pesos -120,000 pesos (about US $3,200 to $6,400). Cataracts normally cost anywhere between 60,000 pesos ... Read more

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 currency (money) does Portugal use?

What currency (money) does Portugal use?

The currency being used by Portugal is the euro. If you have dollars and you are coming for a vacation from the US into Portugal, or if you have pounds from the UK or Swedish krona from Sweden, you could buy euros... 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's the economy in Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

How's the economy in Bocas Del Toro, Panama?

The economy in Bocas Del Toro this year is great. In fact, the economy in all of Panama is great. The last update on the economy that I read recorded a 6.5% growth. Tourism is up; everybody's businesses are do... Read more

Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis - Casa Granada PropertiesHi. I am a native Nicaraguan who speaks English without any problem at...

Can I buy furniture in Granada, Nicaragua?

Can I buy furniture in Granada, Nicaragua?

Yes you can buy furniture in Granada, Nicaragua. In fact, Granada is very famous for the mimbrea rocking chair, which is a classic rocking chair that is usually white in color. We have two or three famous shops wh... 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 Americans in Coronado, Panama treated? How are expats in Coronado, Panama treated generally?

The majority of Coronado residents are not expats.  Panamanians, from the city, have long been the residents of Coronado, the first beach community with the Coronado Resort, Golf and Beach Club, in existence... Read more

Lane Simmons of RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lane Simmons - RE/MAX Colonial San Miguel de AllendeMy 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

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Can I buy furniture in Mexico?

I would recommend looking around for local furniture makers.  In my town there are two men who make different styles of traditional straight chairs.  I also love Equipali chairs which are possibly made ... 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...

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 the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area has been moving upwards over the last few years, as demand has increased and supply has not kept up.   As with prices to buy, your price t... 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 rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

How much rain does Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what is it like?

Most people will tell you that “High Season” in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is from October or November through about April, with “Low Season” encompassing the “Rainy Season”, whi... 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...

What's the closest airport to Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the closest airport to Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico and what are the flights to and from Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

One of the biggest advantages of living at the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is the existence of Guadalajara less than an hour away.  Like many things in the Lake Chapala area, the existence of a 5 million inhabitant... 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 are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

How are the restaurants in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The restaurants in the Ajijic and overall Lake Chapala area are extremely good and extremely reasonably priced (perhaps 60% less than in the US).  And yes, you can get quite a bit more variety than Mexican food.&n... 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...

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Can I buy good clothes in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The answer to can you buy good clothes in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area depends on what kinds of clothes you purchase.  First, the good news.   If you buy your clothes at Walmart, we have on... 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 RetireEven before I graduated with a degree economics at UC Santa Barbara, I...

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Below is the second article I wrote for Next Avenue, a website whose media partners include PBS, Huffington Post, etc., and run by very talented and accomplished public television people and journalists.  ... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Mexico MoversI hope you enjoy our stories about our road trip through Mexico. We c...

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

From Merida to Valladolid to Akumal, Mexico: Interesting Friends, How to Pronounce 'G' in Spanish, and Pre-Planned Inspiration

To paraphrase, add to, modernize (and a little bit botch) Robert Burns: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… so it is great to have the Internet for quick research and decision-making.” And t... Read more

Cindy Thomas (tombseekers blog) of Amigos de Animales – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Cindy Thomas (tombseekers blog) - Amigos de AnimalesNewly retired teacher living permanently in Boquete, Panama. I curren...

Being Bored in Boquete, Panamá

We had dinner with a couple that is doing their recon mission to see if living in Boquete (or Panama) is right for them. Everyone who lives here has done the same. And maybe everyone has asked themselves, "Does Bo... 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

It is really difficult to get to know the people around you when you don’t speak the same language. You can be speaking the same native language and not understanding each other. Words have meaning, but ... 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

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 BUILD A HOUSE IN GUATEMALA -2-

HOW I CAME TO BUILD A HOUSE IN GUATEMALA -2-

  I DO feel proud of building a house in Guatemala. I'm not going to get into the doing here, but lay the groundwork for WHY I did it. This is one of our views of the house and one of what we see... 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 ...

Retired but not Retiring in a Guatemalan Village - some Background

Retired but not Retiring in a Guatemalan Village - some Background

I grew up in the United States, most recently from Northern California, but now in my 70’s I live in a village in Guatemala, five miles away from Antigua, a popular tourist destination and NOT typical of Guatemala... Read more

By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account By EdgingtonMy wife and I are expats from the U.S. living in Medellin Colombia. We...

Cruisin' the Caribbean: Tips for the Ship

Cruisin' the Caribbean: Tips for the Ship

  For retirees/expats considering a cruise, here are a few tips I garnered from a recent Caribbean island-hopping adventure my wife and I enjoyed.   It was ap... Read more

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