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Veronique McKenzie of CTTBeliZe – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Veronique McKenzie - CTTBeliZeI am a native of France who had moved to the US. While on vacation to...

Where are the best beaches in and around Placencia, Belize?

Where are the best beaches in and around Placencia, Belize?

Placencia has the best beaches in Belize.   At 3 PM every day there is this breeze that brings in some seaweed. You can always find an area where there is no seaweed, of course. ... 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...

What's it like to live in the Panama City, Panama suburb of Fort Clayton / Clayton?

What's it like to live in the Panama City, Panama suburb of Fort Clayton / Clayton?

Clayton is one of the powerhouses of innovation. It is a place where there are a lot of expats and lots of transnational corporations. There are lots of NGOs that do business there. You can find people from a... 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...

Are the doctors in Boquete, Panama good?

Are the doctors in Boquete, Panama good?

The doctors in Boquete are good, especially those that are in private clinics.  In contrast, most of the doctors in public facilities are clerks and interns who are learning and sometimes they can make mistak... Read more

Howard Oldham of Tropic Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Howard Oldham - Tropic Real EstateI am 71 years young and love life. I am also a work-a-holic. Selling h...

How’s the standard of living in Belize?

How’s the standard of living in Belize?

The standard of living in Belize depends on what you want. My wife and I do not go out at night because more crimes happen at night and we have to provide our own security. There's just nothing out there ... 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 crime rate against Americans and other expats in Boquete, Panama?

What's the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Boquete, Panama?

If they don’t go looking for trouble, the crime rate against Americans and other expats in Boquete is low. However, criminals in Boquete may target Americans if the Americans start looking for trouble, for e... Read more

Lissy Lezcano  of Lissy Lezcano Attorney & Mediator – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lissy Lezcano - Lissy Lezcano Attorney & MediatorI´m a Lawyer from Panama City with more than 7 years experience....

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Boquete, Panama?

Are there rivers, lakes and waterfalls in or around Boquete, Panama?

Rio Caldera is the most important river in the town of Boquete. During rainy season, we used to have floods. You can also go swimming, river rafting, and do other river activities in the Rio Caldera. It’s da... Read more

Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rachel Jensen - Grand BaymenMy future took a 180-degree turn after spending two weeks in Nicaragua...

How are the stores and shops in Ambergris Caye? How's the shopping in Ambergris Caye?

How are the stores and shops in Ambergris Caye? How's the shopping in Ambergris Caye?

There are little touristy shops in Ambergris Caye but I don’t know a lot about them because I don’t shop here, since I have all that I need. I am not a big shopper and I try to live simply. I get by wi... Read more

Veronique McKenzie of CTTBeliZe – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Veronique McKenzie - CTTBeliZeI am a native of France who had moved to the US. While on vacation to...

Who are the residents of Placencia, Belize? Who lives in Placencia, Belize?

Who are the residents of Placencia, Belize? Who lives in Placencia, Belize?

Most of the people who live in Placencia are locals.  In the past, they were all fishermen and Placencia was a fishing village. There are also Creole in Placencia. When you go to Seine Bight, you will see Gar... 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 are the roads in Granada, Nicaragua? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Granada, Nicaragua?

How are the roads in Granada, Nicaragua? Do I need a four-wheel drive in Granada, Nicaragua?

The roads in Granada, Nicaragua are very good. You only need a four-wheel drive if you are planning to go to the north or if you are planning to go to the beach. Otherwise, you don’t normally need a four-wheel d... 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...

How's the standard of living in Coronado, Panama?

How's the standard of living in Coronado, Panama?

The standard of living in Coronado is very good. Usually the average house, lot, or apartment in Coronado could go up to US $200,000 to $250,000 and up. The quality of living is great. There is a hospital there. T... Read more

Lissy Lezcano  of Lissy Lezcano Attorney & Mediator – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Lissy Lezcano - Lissy Lezcano Attorney & MediatorI´m a Lawyer from Panama City with more than 7 years experience....

Is there good bus service in Boquete, Panama?

Is there good bus service in Boquete, Panama?

There is good bus service in Boquete but they are slow. There is bus service from Boquete to David (the closest largest town to Boquete, about 40 minutes away by car) and from David to Boquete. The rate is about U... Read more

Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Rachel Jensen - Grand BaymenMy future took a 180-degree turn after spending two weeks in Nicaragua...

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Ambergris Caye?

How's the nightlife and entertainment in and around Ambergris Caye?

I don’t really drink that much because I don’t like being hung over.  However, for other people, there is a huge amount of nightlife in Ambergris Caye. Everyone that I meet who has been to Ambergr... Read more

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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 ...

Azulejo Tale

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

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

A Quick Trip Across The Panama - Costa Rica Border

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

Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Walter - Local Travel ExcursionsI am a native New Yorker who loves the East coast and found myself in ...

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

Navigating the Streets of David, Panama

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

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...

Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá

Province of Chiriquí, Republic of Panamá

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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