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One of the prettiest stretches of coast on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the Costa Maya.
As recently as the early 90s, expats were still in the technological dark ages. Remember, we were still writing letters then…our cell phones were almost the size of a shoe box, and cost hundreds of dollars per month to use.
Tomorrow is tax day.
If you are a U.S. citizen, that means you now have the chance to “earn” $750 dollars.
You gaze from your swaying hammock at the clear blue sky and the turquoise waters lapping against the shore. A gentle breeze off the water keeps you cool despite the tropical heat. The scene looks and feels like the Caribbean. But there’s something missing: the salt on your skin and sand in your bathing suit. If you love the beach but hate washing off the salt, Lake Bacalar is worth a visit.
There’s a wonderful 1972 French film called Le Viager. Its comic plot revolves around an unscrupulous French doctor who becomes so convinced one of his patients is about to die that he persuades the supposed invalid to enter into a very particular type of annuity contract.
Thanks to this website, I’ve enjoyed a long list of inexpensive vacations. The first auction I won, back in 2000, was for roundtrip airfare to Puerto Vallarta from Dallas with accommodation in a two-bedroom condo at the luxurious Mayan Palace. My winning bid: $226 per person.
The department of Rocha in the east of Uruguay stretches from South America’s premier resort, Punta del Este to the border with Brazil. The best beaches in Uruguay are here.
Argentina is the greatest place on earth for an investor. Not because its finances are such a success. But because they’re such a failure!
The grizzled barman took up station at his ancient, gleaming-brass espresso machine and started to operate the hand pump to make the aromatic and flavorful brew. I claimed a well-worn, wooden table next to the window in order to watch the morning crowd on their way to work in Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo’s historic center.
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We didn’t know our crimson-rumped toucanet from our Andean cock of the rock, but based on pictures and descriptions, my wife Sharon and I decided to include a bird-watching–hiking destination on our recent Ecuador tour.
If you love the outdoors and crave a small-town mountain life (minus snow and ice, of course), listen up. I’ve got a place for you…
Wander along the cobblestone streets and through the manicured parks in Cuenca, Ecuador and it’s easy to imagine yourself thriving in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A sea of red-tiled roofs pops against the blue sky. Ornate wrought-iron balconies cling to the colorful flat facades. Cuenca is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities in South America, known for its architecture, vibrant markets, and high-spirited festivals.
You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive. But it’s surprising how many people are willing to buy a new home overseas without checking it out in person.
Greetings from Tulum on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The sky is blue. The sand is white. The weather…just perfect.
As I write this, I’m sitting in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on my way to Buenos Aries, Argentina. I’m going to meet with one of Bonner & Partners Family Office’s strategic partners on emerging markets.
What’s the secret to being happy, healthy, wealthy and wise? I won’t go as far as to say that moving to Panama will solve all your problems. But if accessing good quality healthcare is important to you, then the affordable healthcare in Panama will make it easy for you focus on the other aspects of a retirement in paradise.
Back in 1983, International Living first recommended Costa Rica, long before the mainstream started to pay attention to this small country. At that time, Costa Rica ticked all the right boxes as a retirement and second-home destination. It had a lush tropical beauty…a good residency program…a low cost of living…and best of all, it had incredibly affordable property.
The debate on U.S. healthcare took a strange turn recently when Rush Limbaugh announced that if the health legislation became law, he’d move to Costa Rica. He later recanted somewhat, saying that he wouldn’t move to Costa Rica—he would just seek medical care there.
Driving up into the hills, I am suddenly surrounded by orange trees. They are currently laden with hard green fruits. In September, though, there will be an abundance of ripe, fragrant oranges as plump as you please. Then the Orange Fair will draw locals from all the surrounding villages
On Saturday, December 6, 1941, few Americans had any idea that their country was about to be plunged into war.
The following day, Japan’s “Operation Hawaii”—what became known as the Pearl Harbor attack—killed 2,402 Americans and plunged America into war against Japan and Nazi Germany.
Right now, mainstream investors have a similar view of the world as Americans did before that fateful day in December 1941. Although they know a crisis has struck (back then it was the outbreak of war between Germany and Britain; today it is the 2007-2008 stock market crash) they feel safe in the knowledge that everything is “under control”…
I’ve just returned from a seven-day scouting trip to Ecuador’s finest stretch of coast. Here, virgin forest covers dramatic hills. The beaches extend ribbon-like along the seashore—pristine, empty, and beautiful…
Brazil has the most sought-after beachfront properties on the planet right now. For the past two years, it’s been the unrivaled hotspot for investors and second home buyers…
“Off market” deals are where a select group pays less and/or receives preferential terms for a real estate buy.
Sometimes to participate in these deals you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Your lips have to stay sealed. You cannot brag about the deal you got. This June in Toronto I host an “off market” extravaganza. It’s called the International Real Estate Investment Forum.
I see a lot of opportunity in Panama right now for entrepreneurs and small businesses; in fact, I see more opportunity here than in just about every other country in the western hemisphere with few exceptions.
Brazil is booming.
It’s now an investment-grade middle class country. As soon as this growing number of middle class Brazilians can afford to, they visit the beaches around Fortaleza—Brazil’s #1 domestic tourism destination…
Right now, you stand at a crossroads.
You may not realize it, but the financial decisions you make today will affect the rest of your life…
Steve Hartwig lives on an island that’s approximately three miles long. He leads a quiet life, running a small Bed-and-Breakfast. He’ll tell you there isn’t much to do—that is, outside of contemplating the bright blue water and the many species of rare and colorful birds. And that’s just fine with him.
The cool, green valleys around Cotacachi village seem a world away from the bustling streets of Quito, Ecuador. This little mountain town is the perfect place to reflect on the lessons learned and insights gained from our largest… and I believe most valuable… conference to date.
A cool breeze tickles my neck as I take in the view from Gaital Hill. The sky is a gingham pattern of crisp blue and white now that the mists have dissolved in the afternoon sun. The fauna is deeply green and seems to cover everything. At the foot of the hill lies my destination…“the valley.”
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“And now the end is near…”
Truthfully, the end isn’t near at all. While the 2010 International Living Ultimate Event is now officially over, the fun is just beginning…
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I’m not making any assumptions here…really…but let’s just say for a minute that you’re not built like Adonis or blessed with the beauty of Helen of Troy. Yet you’re surrounded by men and women who are…and they’re practically naked…
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Back in the U.S. another winter storm threatens the east coast, stock prices are diving thanks to high unemployment rates, the painful health care debate continues to make us all sick, and Conan O’Brien is in the news…
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Working long, hard, strenuous hours and sacrificing your personal life to attain something you’ve dreamed for and worked for all your life….
Travel writing never feels like work to me. And when you acquire the research skills that go with the job, it boosts your enjoyment of a place tremendously. In fact, research often leads me to local places where few tourists go—and I think that’s much more fun…
Dreaming of olive oil…extra virgin, tangy, and picked by your hands? Every fall in Cianciana, the air is thick with the perfume of freshly pressed Sicilian olive oil.
An overseas adventure. The romance is built-in. The idea that you could escape your world and embrace a new one—a life filled with the things you love, enjoyed in a place you choose. What freedom… Yet, as we know from the e-mails readers send, the “what ifs” can be paralyzing. What if I’m single? What […]
Recent competition between airlines in Ecuador means that airfares to Ecuador are at an all-time low. Aero Galapagos (Aerogal), a new airline that recently received permission to fly to and from Quito, is competing for business with Lan Ecuador, driving prices down and pushing other airlines, such as Copa and Taca, to become more competitive, too.
My friend Paul lives in a mountain community that used to be reserved for the Panamanian elite. I was surprised to find out that his twenty-something son lives there, too. Ever the city girl, I don’t understand. “Doesn’t he get bored? Wouldn’t he rather live in Panama City?” Paul shrugs: “We’re only 30 minutes from […]
It had been more than 19 years since I had been to Belize. Back then it was a two-night stay as I traveled with my husband and four of his buddies. We hired a local to boat us to Ambergris Caye. Arriving late at night, we went directly to a restaurant that had white sandy floors, excellent jerk chicken, and watermelon juice.
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