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Help us Celibate our 10 year anniversary in Catemaco Veracruz!

 I came down to live full time going on 12 years ago but did not start the conversion to Casitas and apartments for until I got some feel of the area.  My wife, who is from Catemaco, have a great property that sits along the Rio Grande de Catemaco and just a 10 minute walk […]

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Retiring off the beaten path in Mexico

 I have lived, full time, in Mexico for 12 years and as the title goes….my area is off the beaten path. In this regard I mean there are not thousands or even hundreds of ex Pats living in my area.  After I get a better feel how this site works I will describe and explain […]

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Retiring In Chiang Mai, Thailand On $1,000 Per Month

Retiring In Chiang Mai, Thailand On $1,000 Per Month

I have lived in Chiang Mai for the past eight years and will probably live here the rest of my life.  My reason for residing here is quite simply: finance, cultural enrichment, physical beauty, and the need to communicate in English. The requirements for obtaining a retirement visa are: one must be at least 50 […]

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Can you spot the human? Photo By Michael Manville

The Flamingo and the Islands of Evolution

I landed in Quito, Ecuador, with no established itinerary, no hotel reservations, and only a vague idea of why I was going there.  Spontaneous travel is one of my favorite exercises. Upon arrival there was a very long line up at immigration.  At the rate we were moving, I wouldn’t escape the airport until after […]

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Penonome – “Best Value” Panama Lifestyle

Penonome – “Best Value” Panama Lifestyle

When I first came to Panama nearly 10 years ago, I was drawn by the friendly people, the laid-back lifestyle, the variety of activities and exciting destinations to explore.   Since then, many of Panama’s most attractive areas for lifestyle have become much more expensive, with housing and land prices rivaling or even exceeding the prices […]

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My First Retirement Adventure Trip: Pedasi, Panama

My First Retirement Adventure Trip: Pedasi, Panama

I have been performing considerable research into retirement destinations for my wife and me as our retirement date quickly approaches. Our goal is to retire in four years to an affordable, safe, sunny, beach in an exotic location where we can become part of the local community and experience rich, local culture. My research, aided […]

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The Reality Of Life In Granada, Nicaragua

The Reality Of Life In Granada, Nicaragua

I’ve lived in Granada, Nicaragua for the last 9 years so it really feels like home.  But, it’s certainly not for everyone.  Nicaragua, after all, is a very poor country and does not have all the amenities we foreigners are used to.  Countries like Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and most of South America are much, […]

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Retire In Manta, Ecuador – Paradise or Sacrifice?

Retire In Manta, Ecuador – Paradise or Sacrifice?

One of the challenges with living on Ecuador’s coast is finding any semblance of first world infrastructure. In a minute we’ll tell you about one of the few exceptions, but first, a little background… Most of Ecuador’s coastal villages are charming but rustic.  In most small towns and villages, you won’t find things like hot […]

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Cost Of Living In Cuenca, Ecuador

Cost Of Living In Cuenca, Ecuador

Real cost of living in Cuenca. We have lived here for two and a half years and here I share with you some of my favorite past times and also cost of living.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina is the site of frequent political demonstrations.

Political Risk For Expats In Latin America

Question: In your opinion, what are the long term political conditions in relation to expats in the countries of: Panama, Ecuador, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico? Answer: Any of these countries could experience political volatility should the economic conditions suddenly turn sour.  All of them fall into the ‘medium to low risk’ in terms of […]

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Home sweet home for $100 per month

Would You Rent This House In Panama For $100/Month?

A friend of mine rents a house in Las Tablas, Panama for $100 per month.  The house is about 10 minutes to the nearest beach and 5 minutes to the town center.  Las Tablas, a mid-sized town near the coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, has apparently been named a “top place to retire” by one […]

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Nothing like fresh Tuna!  Isla Iguana, Panama
Photo By Michael Manville

Paradise Is Not Convenient – A Taste Of Living In Panama

The dinner party was lively enough. An Australian couple, an American couple and their kids, an American man and his Austrian wife, myself and a handful of other pals… we had all gathered for dinner and drinks at a beach-side villa near Pedasi, Panama. We started with freshly caught tuna, diced into thick slabs of […]

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Retire On Ecuador’s Hawaiian Coast

As this slide show clearly shows, the area within one hour south of Manta resembles parts of Hawaii’s coastline… Except for the fact that beach property, food, and living costs are perhaps one-tenth the price in Ecuador compared with Hawaii.  This could make for an interesting retirement destination….

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Glamor Meets Grit In Buenos Aires, Argentina

Glamor Meets Grit In Buenos Aires, Argentina

With over 13 million inhabitants, Buenos Aires cannot be compared with the likes of Quito or Panama City. Buenos Aires feels more like an odd blend of Paris and Rome, with a touch of Madrid thrown in. Yet Buenos Aires or “B.A.” for short, possesses its own distinct characteristics that sets it apart from any […]

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