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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...

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

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

The cost of health insurance in Mexico is determined by how old you are, what sex you are, if you have any pre-existing conditions, and where you live. Off the top of my head, I can't give a rate because the c... Read more

Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Macarena Rose - Rainforerst RealtyWhen I moved to Belize with 2 teenagers and 10 animals, I had question...

Do I need to own a car in Belize?

Often times people want to know if you need to own a vehicle in Belize because we have the public bus system, water taxis that take you to the islands and planes that go all throughout the country. (You can grab ... 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 ...

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank, brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?

Should I keep my US bank , brokerage, investment, IRA, or retirement account if I move to Panama?   This, like many other questions posed on this site and others, has many answers, none right or w... 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 do I move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

How do I move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

There is a great deal for expats moving to Panama. If you are a permanent resident / pensionado and want to move the contents of your household, you are allowed one container free of tariffs and you get a discount... Read more

Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Macarena Rose - Rainforerst RealtyWhen I moved to Belize with 2 teenagers and 10 animals, I had question...

What is the history of Belize?

What is the history of Belize?

The history of Belize is so amazingly, incredibly diverse, and I have been blessed to learn much of it from one of our magnificent historians here, Hector Silva. Hector is actually one of the founding members of t... Read more

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What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in San Miguel de Allende?

Yes there are crimes in San Miguel, just as there are in the US. HOWEVER, crimes in Mexico are NOT investigated or handled in the same manner as they are in the US.  I know a close family friend who has been... 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

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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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A Parrot, Spice and the National Guard in Bocas del Toro, Panamá

A Parrot, Spice and the National Guard in Bocas del Toro, Panamá

  I first walked across the border from Costa Rica to Panama in Sixaola with (my now ex) wife. We had some money in our pockets, were vegetarians and vegetarian chefs and wanted to open – you guessed it –... Read more

Jackie Lange of Panama Relocation Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jackie Lange - Panama Relocation ToursI’m Jackie, owner of Panama Relocation Tours SA in Panama. My hus...

How Former Texan Jackie Lange Found Her Paradise in Boquete and Unintentionally Started a Business, All at the Same Time

How Former Texan Jackie Lange Found Her Paradise in Boquete and Unintentionally Started a Business, All at the Same Time

As told to Best Places:   Hi, I’m Jackie Lange. I have lived in Boquete, Panama for almost 6 years now. I moved after deciding I was just sick and tired of the heat in Texas.  One summer... 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

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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

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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

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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

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