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Minutes from downtown Fortaleza in Brazil, Praia do Futuro is the city’s finest and most popular beach.
I’m facing the ocean. Moon and city light bounces off the breaking waves and the white sand. To my right, three miles of beach opens up. The street market in the middle of the bustling boardwalk is open and it’s buzzing with commerce.
The healthiest country in the world is France. That might surprise you about a country that places such an emphasis on delicious food, savory meat dishes, creamy sauces, delicate cakes, sweets and pastries, fine wines and barrel-aged brandy.
The first impression is one of noise and bustling activity…a city of steel and concrete. A few days here, though, and you’ll realize the phrase “more than meets the eye” has never rung truer.
First of all, I should disclose my bias. I love Caye Caulker, my home since May 2010. However, I also love visiting San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
Any overseas getaway that enjoys 330 days of sunshine each year will automatically get my attention. But in the Argentine town of Cafayate, that’s just the beginning.
Inflation concerns are hitting emerging market stocks hard. China just raised interest rates for the third time in four months to try to damp rising prices. And Brazil is likely to raise interest rates soon to keep a lid on prices there. In fact, few emerging markets have a firm grip on the inflation problem.
When Robert Cook sold his house and car, quit his job and took off for Panama, his friends and family asked him if he was on drugs.
There isn’t a single business person in Panama who hasn’t heard of Panama Pacifico. One of the world’s largest mixed-development projects, it is poised to become a city within a city.
When this property crossed my desk, I had to drop everything and write to you. It’s impressive. A spacious beachfront condo for just $79,000.
The water is a rich blue. Flat, save for white ribbons where ocean meets rocky outcrops and sandy beach. The peninsula and the mainland rise, creating a bowl of shimmering blue base and steep jungle-clad sides. And then, the flat top provides for stunning views. That’s where we are. Below and behind us is the golf course. This is one of the most spectacular settings for a golf course on earth.
“We fell in love with the view,” says Susan Roussel of her ocean view condo on the beach in Panama. “We wanted to get away from Canada and experience a tropical climate for a while.” With it’s excellent infrastructure, schools, and safety, Panama was the best fit for the Roussels.
The mainstream media has cast the riots in Tunisia and Egypt as purely political. But behind the headlines lies a shocking truth. One that has huge implications for emerging market investors. Just as bad harvests in 1788 triggered the French Revolution, food price inflation lies behind the mass demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and beyond.
A shiny new pick-up truck rolls slowly down the well-kept street, past sidewalks filled with uniformed teenagers chatting, laughing, and dawdling on their way home from private schools. On a manicured lawn, toddlers play under the sprinklers as Mom watches from the porch of their newly repainted home.
“The luminous hour before sunset is special. Every bay is a brilliant turquoise. Villages take on a honeyed glow; vineyards are dusted with gold; mountain crags flare orange. Out to the west, rocky islets change from dusky pink to a deep blood-red,” writes Steenie Harvey in the February issue of International Living magazine.
On my first visit to this Panamanian highland town five years ago, I expected to be wowed by a colonial gem. I was a little underwhelmed when I got to the small main plaza. But I quickly realized that this town is all about the surroundings…and boy are they beyond-words spectacular.
Was that a howl? I look out the window and shiver. Corsica is steeped in superstition. And tonight’s moon is almost full, a hunting moon…
During my travels in Northwestern Argentina, I looked at two planned communities that really caught my attention. The one I’m going to tell you about today is a small project—the most affordable I’ve seen—sited alongside a river, and offering very affordable lots.
The view from the top of Mt. Faber is stunning. Mt. Faber is Singapore’s second-highest peak. Climb up here and you’ll see why investors are bullish on this 275-square-mile island off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
Drift wood lies scattered on the steel gray sand. It’s been here since the last storm brushed past. By now it’s bone dry. One piece…a curiously shaped trunk…cries out to be sat on. I oblige. Perfect yuppie furniture.
The property market in some regions of Brazil is on a tear. In parts of North-East Brazil, for example, I’ve seen the value of some condos increase by 50% in just over two years. Better still, because of the financing here, you can make a small down payment (as little as 1%) to control this condo over the two-year period with an investment of a fraction of the purchase price. This is where I have been investing my money.
A lone surfer, board under arm, races into the oncoming surf. His dog follows, biting surf before retreating to the sand, waiting loyally. My guide turns to me: “About here is where it starts to look like Tahiti.” I haven’t been to Tahiti so I don’t know if that’s accurate. I do know that the coast and terrain has undergone a dramatic transformation as we have travelled south.
Turquoise waters, bountiful lobsters and unspoiled countryside—this is what the island of Sark is known for. Within sight of the French coast of Normandy, it’s popular with French and English tourists alike.
Green tropical forest sweeps down to golden-sand beaches washed by the rich blue Pacific. It’s some of the most outstanding coast I’ve ever seen.
Imagine you could live abroad rent-free…no hotels, no guesthouses…your own home for a week, a month or more. Where would you go?
Teetering above the north-west coast, the villages of the Balagne region in Corsica, France, have a grandstand view of white yachts, silver sands and luminous blue sea. I spent one day of my October trip driving between these settlements.
Fresh air, fish stew, red wine. I’ll sleep. Tonight’s lullaby is the murmur of waves and the tinkle of masts in Macinaggio’s harbor. Earlier I’d walked the village’s Sentier Douane, a seashore footpath once used by customs officers hunting for smugglers. Views are spectacular: the turquoise Mediterranean, a crumbling Genoese watchtower, the tiny trio of Finocchiarola islets.
While tourist numbers grew steadily in Nicaragua over the last three years, property prices didn’t.
Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two-seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000.
Recently, an International Living reader sent an e-mail. She was in a panic. She and her husband are planning to retire overseas and have started the planning process.
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You don’t have to choose a country, sell everything, and then live there forever.
When my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I moved overseas in 2001, we had no idea how much we didn’t know about living abroad. But we learned quickly.
Most New Year’s resolutions have failed by now. Usually, that’s because the goal was unrealistic…or because you didn’t have enough support to make the goal easy and fun to achieve.
It’s like a picture I once saw, a high cliff somewhere on the coast of Ecuador. A cottage is perched on the brow of a jungle shrouded cliff. Far below, a ribbon beach and rows of tiny white breakers.
Nicaragua gets a bad rap wherever you go. But when I crossed the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua recently, I was quickly reminded why Nicaragua should be on your radar.
Like every successful sports team, every successful investor needs to have a game plan. This includes your big picture view of how the markets are shaping up. It also involves identifying winning trends…and even picking particular asset classes, sectors and geographical regions that are set to outperform.
It’s official…the cheapest countries in the world are The Gambia and Iraq. But the tiny African country of The Gambia is best known for malaria and banditry, and however far your dollar may stretch in Iraq it’s not likely you’ll want to spend time there. Top honors in the Cost of Living category of our Quality of Life Index don’t always go to the most idyllic places. And the search for the ideal retirement haven is about finding that perfect balance of cost of living and quality of life.
The hardest thing about owning a home in France is leaving it. From the moment I looked through a viewfinder at the age of eight and saw slides of rolling French landscapes, I’ve been hooked. But it wasn’t until 2004 that my lifelong dream of owning a place in France became reality.
This year, two countries tied first place for the best climate in the world. They’re both English-speaking but only one is safe, with a flat 15% tax rate, excellent health care and ocean views…
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