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Mark Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Leonard - Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Developme

How much does it cost to maintain a car in Belize?

How much does it cost to maintain a car in Belize?

I pay US $150 a year for insurance on my Dodge truck, which is a big truck.    Once you get residency in Belize, your driver’s license is about $50 a year.  &n... Read more

Georgina Chanapi  of Lucero Homes Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Georgina Chanapi - Lucero Homes Golf & Country ClubI was born in the Province of Veraguas located in the centre-west of ...

How much does food cost in Boquete, Panama?

How much does food cost in Boquete, Panama?

Food in Boquete is cheaper compared with other areas of Panama because we have agricultural areas here. People produce their own vegetables here in Boquete. It is cheap if you ha... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterMy name is John Acott and I am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean)...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Belize

How much does it cost for a gardener in Belize

You would pay a gardener in Belize about US $15 - $20 per day, which is what I pay my gardener to come once a week here in the Cayo District.  (It would cost more on Am... Read more

Jessica Eiley of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jessica Eiley - Grand BaymenI am a native of Ambergris Caye and lived here all my life. Even thou...

What are the holidays of Ambergris Caye?

What are the holidays of Ambergris Caye?

A “holiday” in Ambergris Caye is when you get a day off of work. “Celebrations” are days when, as a community, we celebrate something that we did. We have... Read more

Mark Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mark Leonard - Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Developme

What is Belize's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

What is Belize's gun ownership policy and gun laws?

In Belize, nobody really has firearms other than some people who aren’t’ supposed to have them, the police and the Defense Forces.    If you carry money because you work... Read more

Wendy Miller of RE/MAX Property Center South – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wendy Miller - RE/MAX Property Center SouthI'm a realtor from Canada who is living and working in Belize to help ...

How’s the weather in Belize? What’s the average temperature in Belize?

How’s the weather in Belize? What’s the average temperature in Belize?

Belize is a wonderful tropical country with blue skies and wonderful sunlight during the dry season and fresh cold raindrops during the rainy season. The dry season (November-January)  is usually a bit&... Read more

Michael A. Martinez of Panama Real Estate Information – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Michael A. Martinez - Panama Real Estate InformationMichael A. Martinez started in the real estate business in 1976 workin...

To drive in Panama, do I need a Panamanian driver's license?

To drive in Panama, do I need a Panamanian driver's license?

Before, when you got to Panama, you received a 90-day visa. The international law in Panama states that if you have a driver’s license from a foreign country, you are allowed to drive on your nati... Read more

Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Esmerelda Vargas - Schuvar ToursI am a native Nicaraguan, married with 3 children, age 17, 21, and 24....

How are the homes in Nicaragua different than in the US or Canada?

How are the homes in Nicaragua different than in the US or Canada?

The homes in Nicaragua do not have centralized air-conditioning and heaters, but there are also big homes here that are like the ones in the US.    What you will not find here in Ni... Read more

Karen Wilkinson of Corozal Belize Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Wilkinson - Corozal Belize PropertiesOriginally from Michigan, I hold a degree in special education. Event...

Is Belize cheap?

Is Belize cheap?

In my opinion, everything in Belize is cheap except for electricity. I have not paid an electric bill in the US for 8 years, but I believe that the cost in the US over the last 8 yea... Read more

Georgina Chanapi  of Lucero Homes Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Georgina Chanapi - Lucero Homes Golf & Country ClubI was born in the Province of Veraguas located in the centre-west of ...

How many Americans, Canadians, and other expats live in Boquete, Panama?

How many Americans, Canadians, and other expats live in Boquete, Panama?

There are many expats in Boquete. It is easy to tell because when you go to town, the people speak more English than Spanish. You will feel more comfortable speaking in English than in Spa... Read more

Jessica Eiley of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jessica Eiley - Grand BaymenI am a native of Ambergris Caye and lived here all my life. Even thou...

Who are the residents of Ambergris Caye? Who lives in Ambergris Caye?

Who are the residents of Ambergris Caye? Who lives in Ambergris Caye?

In Ambergris Caye, you have locals and you have people who come to work here and become locals. San Pedro (the main town of Ambergris Caye has become not only a tourist spot but also an opportu... Read more

Wendy Miller of RE/MAX Property Center South – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wendy Miller - RE/MAX Property Center SouthI'm a realtor from Canada who is living and working in Belize to help ...

What's the food and cuisine like in Belize?

What's the food and cuisine like in Belize?

This little jewel of the Caribbean isn't that small when it comes to cuisine. Belize's menu is a wonderful combination of Mexican, American, African, Mayan, Spanish, Indian, Chinese and Creole dishes. ... Read more

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Why are you shaving my testicles?

Why are you shaving my testicles?

I felt sweaty, and my left arm was sore - I thought it was because: A) I live in the beach area of Panama, and B) I had scrubbed the sides of our swimming pool yesterday. However, even after sitting in the a... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterMy name is John Acott and I am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean)...

Living safely in Belize

Living safely in Belize

I have just read Tyson's story about how you need to bring chains and dogs and machetes and guns to Belize and I'm just trying to work out which Belize he is referring to.   I have lived in the tw... Read more

John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Acott - RE/MAX Belize Property CenterMy name is John Acott and I am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean)...

The CAYO DISTRICT, BELIZE

The CAYO DISTRICT, BELIZE

Having lived in Belize as an ex-pat for almost 30 years, I guess I qualify as a bit of an expert on the country.   The Cayo District, in my opinion, is by far and away the best place to live... Read more

Mike Cobb of ECI Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike Cobb - ECI DevelopmentIn 1998, Mike Cobb created ECI Development to purchase a resort on Amb...

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

Mike Cobb: The Hardest Working Man in Central America, Creating Communities that Evoke Familiar Melodies

These places would seem to the native inhabitants to be neglected lands of unruly bushes and trees with views that were pretty, but where one did not linger while on one’s way to somewhere else. But to Mike Cobb, thes... Read more

Robert Reichert of Cuesta del Sol Condominiums – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Robert Reichert - Cuesta del Sol CondominiumsI left Canada in September 2002 to experience a different culture and ...

Azulejo Tale

Azulejo Tale

We remember as youngsters being told that if you pick up a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and put it back, the parent birds will abandon it. We believed that to be true until this past week when the ... Read more

Walter T. (Tom) Fisher of Corozal Belize Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Walter T. (Tom) Fisher - Corozal Belize PropertiesI'm a U.S. National who has residency status in Belize. I started comi...

We are here, because we aren't all there.

We are here, because we aren't all there.

The diagnosis of our affliction was there for all to see. They should have seen it coming. After our first trip to Belize in 1999, something changed in our lives. We'd been many places in the Caribbean, but there was ... Read more

Candee Tremblay of Better in Belize Eco Village – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Candee Tremblay - Better in Belize Eco VillageGreetings from the foothills of the Maya Mountains in Western Belize! ...

Discover Cayo - Belize's Most Intriguing District!

Discover Cayo - Belize's Most Intriguing District!

The Cayo District in Belize is teeming with untold wonders and out-of-the-box things to do. As the most diversified and interesting area of Belize to visit, you’re sure to stumble across some mighty intriguing local a... Read more

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

Since my arrival in Panama I have made many business connections, some of whom are in Costa Rica.  It was finally time to make a trip across the border to meet some folks and tackle the dreaded border crossing th... Read more

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Organizing walking/bus tours in David has been interesting, in a good way.  One question that keeps coming up from those new to the area is “What advice do you have for navigating these streets?”  When I... Read more

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...

Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá

Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá

Panamá has beautiful natural resource areas, especially its outstanding beaches and mountains, which invite visitors to enjoy and relax.  This is not to mention the great opportunities for exploring Panamá’s rain... Read more

Philip McGuigan of Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading humanitarian organizations in the Chiriqui Province of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Philip McGuigan - Chiriqui United, an Association of the leading I am a retired Partner of McGuireWoods LLP where my practice was focus...

Willy and Karan TwoLives / Chapter I-Panama

Willy and Karan TwoLives / Chapter I-Panama

After three years in Africa, first with Habitat for Humanity and then with the Peace Corps, Willy and Karan Schreiber again joined the Peace Corps and were embedded with the Embera Indigenous Tribe in the Darien Provi... Read more

Gonzalo de la Guardia of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gonzalo de la Guardia - PanasuranceI was born and grew up in Panama City. Studied Business Administratio...

Panama’s Gonzalo de la Guardia: From Origins to Legacy

Panama’s Gonzalo de la Guardia: From Origins to Legacy

Gonzalo de la Guardia is leaving a video legacy for his grandchildren of their Saturday outings together discovering the meaningful places and communities in Panama.  In Jet Metier’s talk with Gonzalo, ... Read more

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