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Suyen Vargas of Aurora Vacation Rentals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Suyen Vargas - Aurora Vacation Rentals NicaraguaA native Nicaraguan, I was born in Leon, graduated with a bachelor's d...

What would my neighbors be like in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

What would my neighbors be like in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

San Juan del Sur is a really small town but it is divided because there is a residential area that is not in San Juan, proper about two or three minutes away, by car. You still call that area San Juan nonetheless ... Read more

Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jaseth Bassaragh - The Alpha & Omega GroupJamaican born Attorney living in Belize (20 years) and New York. Marri...

How much do restaurants cost in Belize?

How much do restaurants cost in Belize?

In Belize, if you eat like a local, and you’re going to eat local cuisine, you can get a nice meal for US $5, which is equivalent to $10 Belize.   One of my favorite joints to hit when I a... Read more

JB Seligman of BUENA VISTA REALTY located in BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JB Seligman - BUENA VISTA REALTY located in BOCAS DEL TORO, PI came to Bocas Del Toro Panama 11 years ago. I was looking for new ad...

How much rain does Bocas Del Toro, Panama get? When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Bocas Del Toro, Panama and what is it like?

How much rain does Bocas Del Toro, Panama get?  When is the Rainy Season and the Dry Season in Bocas Del Toro, Panama and what is it like?

We have the dry season and the wet season in Bocas del Toro. Even when its raining, though, it does not stop anybody from doing anything. Tourists on paddle boards and kayaks still continue their activities ... 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....

What's the crime rate in general in Nicaragua?

What's the crime rate in general in Nicaragua?

The crime rate in overall in the country of Nicaragua is lower than other countries in Central America. If you go to the worst neighborhoods in Nicaragua, however, the crime rate will be higher than i... Read more

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

Is there racial tension, acceptance or diversity in Panama?

Is there racial tension, acceptance or diversity in Panama?

There’s a wide acceptance in Panama. Panamanians are a very proud and a very mixed people.  We’re a country that is part Caribbean and part Pacific. We have indigenous people who are descendants f... Read more

Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jaseth Bassaragh - The Alpha & Omega GroupJamaican born Attorney living in Belize (20 years) and New York. Marri...

How much does it cost for a gardener in Belize

How much does it cost for a gardener in Belize

The cost to get a gardener in Belize depends on how organized you are and how extensive us your landscaping. I used to pay US $75 every two weeks to get my lawn mowed, the flowers attended to, replaced, and all that,&... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

Where do the expats in Panama meet? Where are the Panama expat communities?

Where do the expats in Panama meet?  Where are the Panama expat communities?

We are in Coronado, Panama, which is located on the Pacific sides of Panama about an hour or so west of Panama City.  A lot of the expats in Coronado meet at the local bars for happy hour, Wednesdays, Thursda... Read more

Glendy Delcid of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Glendy Delcid - Rainforerst RealtyFriendly and easy going! Always looking forward to meet new people and...

Are there floods and flooding in Belize?

Are there floods and flooding in Belize?

Yes, there is a lot of flooding in Belize, especially in the last 2 to 3 years. People have lost homes and there was a time, about 7 years ago when there was a hurricane, in which the entire southern district and ... Read more

Denise Patrick of Panama Roadrunner Secure Transport – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Denise Patrick - Panama Roadrunner Secure TransportWe moved to Coronado, Panama in May 2011 from Calgary, AB, Canada to e...

How much does it cost to move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

How much does it cost to move my furniture and other stuff to Panama?

We do not suggest that you move your furniture to Panama. We came down here with a combination of 15 suitcases and Rubbermaid bins. Moving furniture is very complicated because you have to get a container and ship... Read more

Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jaseth Bassaragh - The Alpha & Omega GroupJamaican born Attorney living in Belize (20 years) and New York. Marri...

Are there poisonous reptiles, snakes and insects, and dangerous animals in Belize?

Are there poisonous reptiles, snakes and insects, and dangerous animals in Belize?

Yes,there are dangerous animals, reptiles, and insects in Belize. You could be stung by sandflies but those are not hazardous. They are irritating and they cause redness, swelling, and itchiness. In terms of being stu... 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 much does it cost for a gardener in Nicaragua?

How much does it cost for a gardener in Nicaragua?

The cost to get a gardener in Nicaragua is around US $150 a month, if you want them working full time for you or you can hire them just for the day and it is around $10 to $12 per day. If they work for the... Read more

Jaseth Bassaragh of The Alpha & Omega Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jaseth Bassaragh - The Alpha & Omega GroupJamaican born Attorney living in Belize (20 years) and New York. Marri...

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

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

If you are a modest person and you are happy with a sedan, you could bring in a car for US $12,000. There are several car dealerships in Belize, but they are limited to particular car companies, such as Nissan, Toyota... Read more

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Discover Cayo - Belize's Most Intriguing District!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Panamá History   Sometimes when you read about a country, many times you only find the "tourist" attractions.  But I want to introduce a little bit of history about Panamá that is not mentioned in ... Read more

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Here is a picture of my Barbie doll pink Beach Cruzer. She's only 6 months old, but she looks ancient. I've already had to replace a main spring bolt and tube in the front tire, and I haven't yet replaced ... Read more

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A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

A Guided Road Trip From the City to Pedasí, Azuero Peninsula, in the Republic of Panamá

Panamá has recently invested several million dollars in their road infrastructure, making it one of the most modern systems at least in Latin America, connecting the airport to the city via a beautiful highway 20... Read more

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I hear you are Belize bound.  Maybe I can help.  No, packing plates wasn’t what I had in mind.  Sorry.  Be of good cheer, though, that your porcelain will remain safely out of my CLUMSY hands. ... Read more

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