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Kyle Pearce – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kyle PearceI'm a digital nomad spliting my time between Canada, Central America a...

Is it safe to drink the water in Panama?

Yes, Panama probably has the best drinking water from the taps in Latin America! Read more

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Can I get a mortgage home loan in Belize?

It works like this. You are new here so the local banks don't know you, so if you got a long time to get residence and set up a relationship you might get a 50% mortgage at 8% interest.  There ... Read more

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

Belize has terrible healthcare. For example there is no chemotherapy in the entire nation, there is one poorly functioning MRI and I donate basic tools like forcepts and hemostats to our clinics because they can't... Read more

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Is Belize Safe?

You can live anyplace and be safe. I have never had a crime against me and I live in Belize. But you should understand Belize is statistically one of the most dangerous nations in the Americas. Belize has little taxes... Read more

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How do I open up a bank account in Panama?

Bla, bla, bla......  No ill feeling towards Panamanian Banks, but they do NOT want your business.  What they have learned from Americans is; "It's not our fault, they made us do it...."  I... 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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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

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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

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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

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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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

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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

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