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Barry Oliver of Surfing Nahua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Barry Oliver - Surfing NahuaHi, I am Barry Oliver owner of and broker/agent at Surfing Nahua. ...

What are the worst reasons to retire to Nicaragua?

What are the worst reasons to retire to Nicaragua?

One of the worst reasons to retire in Nicaragua is the fact that things are slightly slower at times. There are times when the process works in your favor.  There are also times when the process can work more... Read more

Ivan Castillo of Secure Title  Riviera Maya – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ivan Castillo - Secure Title Riviera MayaI was born in Mexico City and lived for a while in California while a ...

How much will I pay in real estate or property tax in Mexico?

How much will I pay in real estate or property tax in Mexico?

How much you pay in property taxes in Mexico varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the location of the property, and the most important thing is that the property taxes are paid based on the assessed value of th... Read more

Stewart Patton of U.S. Tax Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Stewart Patton - U.S. Tax ServicesHi, I’m Stewart Patton, founder of U.S. Tax Services. I am a U.S. t...

What's the best strategy for asset protection and wealth preservation offshore?

What's the best strategy for asset protection and wealth preservation offshore?

Be very very careful when researching offshore asset protection strategies.  There are sharks in these waters.  Lots of people with absolutely no professional credentials whatsoever have set up shop as self-... Read more

Nelson Vega of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Nelson Vega - PanasuranceI'm 35 years old, born and raised in Panama. Fluent in English. Work a...

What's the closest airport to Coronado, Panama and what are the flights to and from Coronado, Panama?

The new airport in Rio Hato (20 minutes from Coronado, Panama) was inaugurated back in November of 2013. The surrounding area is full of beach resorts and residential projects so I believe that it won't take very ... Read more

Renate Jope of Panama Premium Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Renate Jope - Panama Premium Real EstateI am from Germany, have lived in the interior of the Isthmus of Panam...

Are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community accepted in Panama?

I personally find that gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community are very integrated and accepted all throughout Panama and not treated as taboo.  There are more gay men than lesbians I have found, and the ... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

What are the construction standards in Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expats community. The best advice that I can give you when you get a quote on a house are: Don't look at the lowest price because there is a reason why are low. ... Read more

Rommel H. Troetsch of Axioma EG – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rommel H. Troetsch - Axioma EGAn architect in Boquete that is uses creativity as the most effective ...

How are the restaurants in Boquete, Panama?

Greetings expats community. Food in Boquete is getting better day by day. Gastronomically, Boquete is a landmark of good quality of food. Many of the ingredients and products of the restaurants are harvested... Read more

Francisco Gutierrez of Isaac Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Francisco Gutierrez - Isaac InsuranceWith Insurance, you buy a bundle with 3 equally important components: ...

Will Medicare cover me if I live (even part time) in Mexico?

I think is generally clear that Medicare won´t cover foreign medical expenses, except for the limited specific situations described by other contributors, but if you travel abroad or are considering to ... Read more

Francisco Gutierrez of Isaac Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Francisco Gutierrez - Isaac InsuranceWith Insurance, you buy a bundle with 3 equally important components: ...

What is the cost for health insurance in Mexico and how does it work?

The cost of QUALITY  Medical attention in Mexico, is about 30% of what would cost in the US and Canada. This can look like a simplistic estimate, but its purpose is to give a general idea. Numbers are the name of... Read more

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What's the language most often spoken in Coronado, Panama? Can I get by if I just speak English?

Knowing at least some basic Spanish is a requirement through out Latin America, not just in Panama.   It is just a mere matter of respect and consideration for the people who are the locals and ar... Read more

Francisco Gutierrez of Isaac Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Francisco Gutierrez - Isaac InsuranceWith Insurance, you buy a bundle with 3 equally important components: ...

What’s my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Mexico?

The best strategy for health insurance in Mexico, is the one that is tailored specifically for you.  If you read all the valuable contributions shown so far, you are on the right track. You would know already... Read more

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How much is it to build a house in Panama?

Naturally I've had people ask me how much it costs to build a house in Panama.  That's a loaded question, but I can say that cost of materials is nearly the same as most of the US, but labor is extremely ... 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...

PANAMA, the Country

Panamá, one the smallest countries in the American continent, with just  3.5 million inhabitants nationwide, is one of the greatest countries in terms of importance, history and tradition.   ... 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

Tyson Gardner of Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement Met Rustic Living in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Tyson Gardner - Moving to Belize: When Philadelphia Refinement A transplanted Southerner, Philadelphia is not only my adopted home, I...

Of Myths, the Bard, and Moving Overseas: To Thine Own Self Be True

Of Myths, the Bard, and Moving Overseas: To Thine Own Self Be True

“Bless me, Father.  It has been ten years since my last confession.  Leastwise, that was when I committed the ‘sin’ of my exodus from Philadelphia, PA to the Promised Land of Belize.  You see, Father, t... Read more

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My Part Time Life in Volcan

My Part Time Life in Volcan

  I titled this "My Part Time Life in Volcan" because unfortunately I can only live part of the year in Panama.  I'm still in my working years in the US and I still haven't figured out how to totally... Read more

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 RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

How to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

How to Combine Your Luck of Not Being Born South of the Border with Something Else

Some things in life we earn, and others, we don’t.   We use many names to describe the things that happen to us that we don’t earn, including “fate,” “destiny,” “God’s will”, “luck,” and... 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 ...

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

What does it take to build a house in Panama?   This is what I was able to get done in the last 12 months: Paint on the exterior walls. Interior walls erected on the second fl... Read more

Greg Gunter of Dream Pro Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Greg Gunter - Dream Pro HomesHi, Readers! I’m an American who moved full-time in 2009 to the UNES...

How San Miguel de Allende Won— and Broke— My Heart as Best City in the World

How San Miguel de Allende Won— and Broke— My Heart as Best City in the World

Lest you be skeptical of that “Best City in the World” designation in the title, dear readers, let me begin by saying that Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017 bestowed that very designation on San Miguel d... 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...

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

Life in a fishbowl. How to be the good extranjero, and not the pendejo.

This morning my wife and I made our first official visit to a medical provider here in Medellin Colombia. I had a minor issue that I was sure would dissipate with the ‘tincture of time,’ as health prof... Read more

Kjersten Van Horn of River Ranch Farms Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kjersten Van Horn - River Ranch Farms PanamaI am an expat living in Chiriqui, Panama since 2004. Before moving to ...

Five Complaints and Five Praises About Living in Panama

Five Complaints and Five Praises About Living in Panama

I am normally a positive person who likes to focus on the good and positive in life and living.  However, as we all know, nothing and no one is perfect.  There is no Shangri-La place to live in the world. Wh... Read more

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The ‘Sweet Spot in Life’ Formula—How These Retired Expats Found Theirs and How You Can Find Yours, Too

The ‘Sweet Spot in Life’ Formula—How These Retired Expats Found Theirs and How You Can Find Yours, Too

My wife Jet and I had just left a party in an expat community with mostly retirees when she asked me an obviously rhetorical question. “Did you notice?” Of course, the very broadness of the question made it ... Read more

Kjersten Van Horn of River Ranch Farms Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kjersten Van Horn - River Ranch Farms PanamaI am an expat living in Chiriqui, Panama since 2004. Before moving to ...

“Honey, Don’t Look Back!”—the Founding and Development of River Ranch Farms, Between Boquete and David, in Panama

“Honey, Don’t Look Back!”—the Founding and Development of River Ranch Farms, Between Boquete and David, in Panama

My dear husband and I left the good ol’ USA when we sold our home in California in 1994. He told me: “Honey, don’t look back!” We were young and adventurous so we drove from California to Costa Rica. Since we wer... Read more

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The Top 7 Worst Things About Living in Mexico

The Top 7 Worst Things About Living in Mexico

Like any mature, clear-thinking, rational couple, before coming to live in Mexico, my wife and I did research into what it would be like to live there. Maybe you’re in this research phase now. It’s not easy getti... Read more

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