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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 are the construction standards in Coronado, Panama?

What are the construction standards in Coronado, Panama?

The construction standards in Coronado, Panama, as a whole, are not good. There is very little training being done here properly for any of the trades. I have been here for 8 years now and have been building for 7 yea... Read more

Melissa Darnay of Panama Relocation Concierge – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melissa Darnay - Panama Relocation ConciergeI moved to Panama from Dallas, Texas, after investigating 30 different...

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Panama, and how close are they?

How good are the medical centers, hospitals and health clinics in Panama, and how close are they?

The medical centers in and near Panama City are exceptional. The further you get from a large city or town in the country of Panama, the further it will be to the nearest medical facility. That’s the same anywhe... Read more

Larry France of Chabil Mar – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Larry France - Chabil MarI am part owner and Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar Resort in Placenci...

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Placencia, Belize?

Are there natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, fire or hurricanes in Placencia, Belize?

Prior to me making the decision to buy in Belize, I did a lot of research on the occurrence of hurricanes and I learned that there weren’t that many hurricanes of any significant nature t... Read more

Eddy Marin-Ruiz of Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eddy Marin-Ruiz - Mortgage Store NicaraguaI was born in Nicaragua and lived in Managua until post the civil war....

What's my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Nicaragua?

What's my best strategy for health insurance for retiring in Nicaragua?

There are several US health insurance providers here in Nicaragua. My family’s health care is TriCare, which is something that I got overseas.    It is a viable option for retirees to have insuranc... Read more

Dora Guerra of Atlantic International Bank – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Dora Guerra - Atlantic International BankI love Belize. I grew up between San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Belmopa...

Is there religious freedom and religious tolerance in Belize?

Is there religious freedom and religious tolerance in Belize?

Belize is a very diverse country, and while we are small (about 330,000 people in the entire country), our people not only belong to, but respect all different religions. Catholics, Evangelicals, Baptists, Jehovah&rsq... Read more

Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD of Retirement Services International – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD - Retirement Services InternationalI grew up in the former Panama Canal Zone and lived there from the 50...

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Boquete, Panama?

How bad are the mosquitoes and other bugs and insects in Boquete, Panama?

I have not seen any mosquitoes in Boquete because the place is cool enough that mosquitoes are not happy to live there.   In May, there is a June bug hatch and they are all over the place.   Many of ... Read more

Wee-Yiong Fung of Prestige Panama Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Wee-Yiong Fung - Prestige Panama RealtyHola! I was born and raised in Chiriqui, Panama. My father is Chine...

What's the best way to get around in Boquete, Panama?

The best way to go around Boquete itself is by walking because everything is close enough. If we compare it to New York City, 3 blocks in New York would pretty much be the whole town in Boquete.   But if you ... Read more

Melissa Darnay of Panama Relocation Concierge – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Melissa Darnay - Panama Relocation ConciergeI moved to Panama from Dallas, Texas, after investigating 30 different...

What's the food like in the markets in Panama?

What's the food like in the markets in Panama?

The food in the markets in Panama is amazing. Anything that’s grown in Panama is going to be very fresh because of the diverse microclimates. You’re going to get anything from berries like blackberries... Read more

Larry France of Chabil Mar – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Larry France - Chabil MarI am part owner and Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar Resort in Placenci...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Placencia, Belize?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in Placencia, Belize?

There's going to be a huge range of price for a home in Placencia.  If you would like an individual house, you can probably find one that is not right on the beach.  The peninsula is narrow, so almost an... Read more

Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD of Retirement Services International – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD - Retirement Services InternationalI grew up in the former Panama Canal Zone and lived there from the 50...

Can I buy furniture in Boquete, Panama?

Can I buy furniture in Boquete, Panama?

There are a couple of places where you can buy furniture in Boquete. I was looking for furniture makers and I haven’t found a wood shop yet. I know that they are around; I just haven’t run into it yet... Read more

Eddy Marin-Ruiz of Mortgage Store Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Eddy Marin-Ruiz - Mortgage Store NicaraguaI was born in Nicaragua and lived in Managua until post the civil war....

What are Rights of Possession in Nicaragua and why is this so important for me to know?

What are Rights of Possession in Nicaragua and why is this so important for me to know?

The rights of possession in Nicaragua are absolute fee simple. You can own property outright. There may be some minimal rights that the government retains for access, which is about the same as in the US. Overall... Read more

David De Franco Levi of Business Broker / Doing Business in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account David De Franco Levi - Business Broker / Doing Business in PanamaHaving been born in Venezuela, raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and n...

Are there American-trained doctors in the Panama City, Panama area of Marbella?

Are there American-trained doctors in the Panama City, Panama area of Marbella?

There is hospital here in Marbella called Centro Medico Paitilla and there are American-trained doctors there. The doctors in Paitilla are good and they are the same doctors that work in Punta Pacifica Hospital. W... 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...

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...

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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 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 ...

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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

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