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Bob Jones of Finca Cazador – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Bob Jones - Finca CazadorRetired expat looking for individuals who "get it" to join us in livin...

Is Panama a good place for preppers to have their bugout location? Is Panama a good place for survivalists?

Is Panama a good place for preppers to have their bugout location?  Is Panama a good place for survivalists?

I would say yes, Panama is a good place for preppers to have their bugout location.  Why? Abundant water Low energy bills (if located at the right altitude) Good soil (if it has... Read more

Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Darrell BushnellBeen here since 2006. Usual story of traveling overseas a great deal t...

What are the worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire?

What are the worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire?

No matter what place I say is among the worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire, there will be a group of expats would rise up against me and state something different.   Certainly ... 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 CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

What's the cost to rent a home in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

What's the cost to rent a home in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

You can rent a basic two- or three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the Cayo District for US $500 a month. Of course, I’ve got houses that rent up to US $1,500.  These are larger houses, in a better locat... Read more

Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Duncan McGowan - Punta Pacifica RealtyPanama immediately captivated me when I first arrived in 1998. It was...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in the Panama City, Panama area of San Francisco?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in the Panama City, Panama area of San Francisco?

A live-in maid in the San Francisco section of Panama City would earn about $350 a month, based on a 6-day workweek, and they do a good job.   If your housekeeper is live-in, you feed th... Read more

Saira Mahabir of Century 21 Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Saira Mahabir - Century 21 BelizeI was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Belize 25 years ago. ...

What electrical current or voltage is used in Belize? Will my electrical appliances work in Belize?

What electrical current or voltage is used in Belize? Will my electrical appliances work in Belize?

The electrical voltage in Belize is 110v, so it is the same as in the US. We also have 220v but you have to put in a special wiring for 220v.   In my house, I have a couple of outlets fo... Read more

Kevin Painter of Azura – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kevin Painter - Azura43 years in the construction trade in England, America, Panama. I s...

How's the economy in Coronado, Panama?

How's the economy in Coronado, Panama?

The economy in Coronado, Panama is great. All the businesses that I've seen here; the restaurants, the shops that are opening, etc. are doing well because of the influx mainly of people from the US.  We h... Read more

Roger Imerman – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Roger ImermanI'm a retired US engineer, living in Panama since 2005....

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Panama?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Panama?

What's missing from these very good answers is to not overpay help. Labor rates are set by the Ministry of Labor for each type of work in each area of the country. This rate is determined by surveying the rates pa... 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 CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

There are no earthquakes in Belize. We’ve gotten a few rumbles, but nothing more.   A few years ago we got regular flooding in the Belize River Valley, in San Ignacio even, but the... Read more

Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Duncan McGowan - Punta Pacifica RealtyPanama immediately captivated me when I first arrived in 1998. It was...

Are there English-speaking doctors in the Panama City, Panama area of San Francisco?

Are there English-speaking doctors in the Panama City, Panama area of San Francisco?

Yes, there are English-speaking doctors in the San Francisco area of Panama City. I would go as far as to guess that 90% to 95% of the doctors in Panama City speak English.   This is not... Read more

Kevin Painter of Azura – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Kevin Painter - Azura43 years in the construction trade in England, America, Panama. I s...

What's the politics like in Panama?

What's the politics like in Panama?

We had right-wing government headed by the former President Martinelli.  Now, the new government I would say more to the left.   Panama changes its government every time without fai... Read more

Saira Mahabir of Century 21 Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Saira Mahabir - Century 21 BelizeI was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Belize 25 years ago. ...

What’s the effect of illegal drug traffic in Belize?

What’s the effect of illegal drug traffic in Belize?

We do have illegal drug trafficking in Belize and we cannot deny that. I Our armed forces are really working hard to try to minimize drug trafficking in this country. Unfortunately, it still happens. The armed for... 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 CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

What's the cost to rent an apartment in Cayo, Belize, including San Ignacio and Belmopan?

We have a couple of two bedroom, two bathroom apartments for rent in Belmopan for US $800, furnished. There’s a high demand in Belmopan because it is the capital of Belize.  There are a lot of the embas... Read more

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Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Linda JensenAlmost every morning my husband and sit on our patio and comment about...

Los Olas Beach, Surf, Sand and Sun

Los Olas Beach, Surf, Sand and Sun

Only a little over and hour drive from Boquete there is a beautiful beach with something for everyone. Los Olas is also known as Playa La Barqueta. Here you will find dark volcanic sands, public access ... Read more

Paul McBride of Inside Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Paul McBride - Inside Panama Real EstateThe natural beauty, the well developed infrastructure and the genuine ...

What is the price (or value) of freedom?

What is the price (or value) of freedom?

I first came to Panama City in the fall of 1997.   Even then the city was vibrant, bustling and full of life. The towering skyscrapers that now dominate Avenida Balboa were a distant vision and the high end ... 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...

Macarena Rose: The Oprah of San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize

Macarena Rose: The Oprah of San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize

What happens when you mix two years of shamanic work, 12 peacocks, zero chickens, 42 animals on two acres, five cats, five dogs, two biological children, six adopted children, a 10 day fact finding tour, a move wi... 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...

Expenses & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Expenses  & Quality of Life When Moving Abroad

Several articles have been written through the years regarding the different issues when considering moving to a different country, especially as a retirement option.   (One of the many eateries i... Read more

Mike Martinez – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Mike MartinezI would like to share real knowledge and advice on Nicaragua with the ...

Paradise and wealth protection too.

Paradise and wealth protection too.

     Some of you may be tempted to buy one of those beautiful tropical dream homes overlooking the Pacific along the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.  It's very tempting, I have the same dream.  Bu... Read more

JIMJFOX – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account JIMJFOXRetired Naval Architect, born UK, emigrated New Zealand & Australia; l...

TURKEY

TURKEY

In 2011 I took a short holiday in Bodrum, south-west Turkey, popular with British tourists. Enjoyed it and spent a few days looking at property, helped by several generous locals; we were driven all over to visit... Read more

Lorna Culnane of TRY PANAMA Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lorna Culnane - TRY PANAMA Real EstateI moved to Panama early 2014 with my Husband and 11 year old son. I a...

Healthy Communication

Healthy Communication

When I got an email from my Doctor, a Whats App from my Consultant/Surgeon and a personal phone call from the Doctor doing the lab results, I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore! (Or England in my case!)   ... 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 RetireEven before I graduated with a degree economics at UC Santa Barbara, I...

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Retire Overseas?

Below is the second article I wrote for Next Avenue, a website whose media partners include PBS, Huffington Post, etc., and run by very talented and accomplished public television people and journalists.  ... Read more

T Rob Brown of Panama Helpline – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account T Rob Brown - Panama HelplineFounder of International Film Festival of Panama, screenwriter, playwr...

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 CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

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 CenterI am a 67-year old Englishman (and Belizean) living in Santa Elena, Ca...

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

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