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For fans of the sport, there are few adventures that match the fun, challenge, and beauty of kitesurfing Brazil.
Low costs for food and lodging and six months of dependable wind a year make kitesurfing in Brazil a no-brainer for pro and amateur alike.
If you’ve never heard of the Garifuna, Punta Rock, or Maria Sharp Hot Sauce, then Dangriga holds some great surprises for you.
Wondering where all those overseas Canadians who head south when the snow flies spend their winters?
Think sunshine, sand, and surf, and you’ll soon zero in.
Canadian expats have been living part- and full-time throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Penisula for decades.
What’s the draw?
First, warm weather. When the snow is flying up north, average temps in Yucatan are in the high 20s Celsius.
Wedged between Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Belize has no strategic importance to anyone. Maybe that’s why it has such a peaceful history.
When I was a cruise ship crew member, I saw it all. Some passengers would complain about the food (only after finishing four courses) or about “finding” dead bugs (one went on a butterfly farm tour, then smuggled some rare “stowaways” onboard). Often they were just angling for a free cruise.
Ecuador’s Northern Andes is where you’ll find one of the world’s best-value places—and in your November issue of the IL Magazine Suzan Haskins explores lifestyle and property options here.
Suzan and her husband Dan recently spent two months in Cotacachi…in the condo they bought a year ago for $46,000. They love this little town.
Canadians in Mexico enjoy the best of both worlds.
If you’re a Canadian in Mexico, you already know the powerful draw of Mexico’s miles of sandy beaches and dozens of cozy mountain villages, especially during the Canadian winter.
Rancho Santana in southwest Nicaragua is my home. I left the rat race in California and moved here four years ago with my wife and our two young daughters. We can walk from our house to the beach. What a front yard! I still pinch myself as I look out at the ocean while enjoying my morning coffee.
Colonia is one of Uruguay’s real treasures. In fact, I would rank Colonia at the top of Uruguay’s list for a year-round, quality lifestyle at an affordable price. Located on the banks of Rio de la Plata (just across from Buenos Aires), it’s a friendly riverside town that draws people from the world over.
Most of us envision Cuba as a sun-kissed land surrounded by warm, turquoise waters with miles of virgin beaches and swaying palm trees…where sugar cane fields give way to rolling hills and foreboding mountains shelter bearded rebels.
Weather, golf, beach and accessibility are the major drivers of Europe’s internal tourism and second home market. In fact, for both Spain and Portugal, golf is a bigger driver than beach. I understand this. I visit Portugal’s Algarve most years but I have never stepped foot on one of her beaches. I come here like many millions to golf.
Last week, 310 International Living readers took decisive action. For many of them, it will change their lives. Lying ahead will be a richer, more-rewarding lifestyle…better financial security…and a higher standard of living at a fraction of the cost that they’d planned on spending in their retirement years. But that’s not all. Many learned of—and […]
Las Vegas is down on its luck these days. Tourism is off, hotels are operating at reduced capacity, and there’s plenty of elbowroom at the craps tables.
But some of us are feeling pretty lucky. No, we didn’t win big in the casinos. But we struck it rich in another way. We’ve obtained some heavy-duty insider information that, if used right, will pay off. Big time.
Dead silence. That’s about the last thing you want to happen at a high-energy conference when one of your best speakers finishes his presentation. Especially when you’re ready to go to on a high-energy coffee break.
In this case, though, silence was golden.
In 2001 at age 49, I took early retirement from his job as an engineer with a power company. I had a modest income and moderate savings. I liked his job and what he was doing. As I said, “I had no dissatisfaction with my life.” But he had a revelation about how he could […]
When you think of the Caribbean, you might typically think of places like the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, or the Turks and Caicos. And when you think of the price of property on these islands, most of us will come to the same conclusion—that it’s unaffordable. After all, a condo might cost you as […]
As you know I am bullish on the real estate market in Fortaleza, Brazil. Fortaleza was Brazil’s #1 domestic tourism destination last year. Visitor numbers were up by 16% in the early part of this year. There is a hotel and short-term rental shortage. Soccer’s world cup is coming in 2014. Over $5 billion will […]
Yesterday I told you about a country that has much going for it: Thousands of miles of gorgeous coastline with warm, tropical offshore waters…top-notch (and free) health care. A crime-free society and a population that is among the best-educated, most athletic, and most culturally talented in the world. Read the full description here.
What country just may be the ideal tourist attraction…with a varied terrain that includes rugged mountains, bucolic farmland, and 3,570 miles of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches…some with uninterrupted sandy shores of more than 13 miles?
In the 1990s and the first half of this decade there was a roaring party going on in the UK’s cities and large towns. It was called “buy to let”. This basically means rentals. The term was misleading. For the last few years of the boom (at least), letting didn’t come into it. Here’s how […]
Creatures of darkness, trolls have it tough during Iceland’s Midnight Sun summers. Evidence of their plight is everywhere. Along the southern coast, the view from Vik’s extraordinary jet-black beach is of a sea stack called Reyninsdrangar. Although it resembles a jumble of basalt needles, don’t be fooled. No ordinary rock formation, it’s really two trolls […]
With the water a balmy 88 degrees Fahrenheit, Icelanders swim all year. Of course, the air temperature is a bit different. Even in June, it often only reaches 53 degrees. No matter. Up to my neck in a geothermal hot pot, I’m feeling toasty. Around me are local businessmen, teenagers, mums, kids and retirees. Reykjavik’s […]
Look for the church of Santo Domingo and you’ll find the artisan markets Dear International Living Reader, If you’re looking for a way to defray your travel costs…or even start a handicrafts import-export business…San Cristóbal de las Casas should be high on your list. Few cities in Mexico have as wide a range of local, […]
Kobbe Beach, Panama Live from IL’s Live and Invest in Panama Seminar “So give me the downside…what’s the ugly underbelly here you’re not telling us about?” I’m Suzan Haskins and this is the last note you’ll receive from me from our 2009 International Living Live and Invest in Panama Seminar at the gorgeous Playa Bonita […]
Lots of folks were standing, but no one was walking out during today’s session of the International Living Live and Invest in Panama Seminar. It’s a sold-out event. And everyone here is more than excited about today’s opportunities in Panama, as I told you yesterday. I’m Suzan Haskins, reporting from the seminar at the beautiful […]
Kobbe Beach, Panama Live from IL’s Live and Invest in Panama Seminar There’s a constant droning in my ears. It can’t be stopped. Can’t be relieved. Yesterday, on the way into the city from Tocumen Airport, it was so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. Not only that, I was on visual overload. I almost […]
Not long ago, an e-mail plea for “move overseas” help came from a reader. “We love the International Living information, but the bottom line is that we are ‘scared stiff’ of giving it a go. We’re not sophisticated, not wealthy, not bilingual, and have never traveled abroad.” She continued: “Everything we read in International Living […]
Dear International Living Reader, I recently returned from my sixth scouting trip to Fortaleza, Brazil, in the past 12 months. It was the wettest time of year when I was there–a time that attracts the lowest number of tourists; a time when the hotels should be empty. I expected to see more maintenance staff than […]
You can rent in the colonial city of Cuenca for $300 a month Dear International Living Reader, When affordable quality of life is the number one priority, more International Living readers move to Ecuador than anyplace else. That’s hardly surprising. Ecuador would be worth considering at any price. Readers Lee and Peggy Carper enjoy a […]
Dear International Living Reader, Imagine that you’re an accomplished cookbook writer. Someone asks you for the single best cookbook on the market. You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and effort on your newest one. And it’s gotten rave reviews. You happen to think that it’s the best one around. So you say so. In […]
Property bargains abound in the Midi-Pyrénées Dear International Living Reader, Gastronomic pleasures such as foie gras, Armagnac and Quercy lamb…medieval myth and history…tranquility. Sunflowers, wisteria, and nightingales. For me, this is rural southern France at its finest—but without the poseurs and high-prices of Provence. Although the Midi-Pyrénées is spectacularly lovely, property bargains abound. There have […]
From the moment you step onboard a canal boat, you are forced to slow down. There is simply no way to stay wound-up when you spend a week traveling at 5 miles per hour along the canals of Europe. Days are spent dawdling between locks, sampling local food, and wandering to nearby churches and castles.
Last Thursday, Bob Bauman, International Living’s legal counsel, wrote a sobering article about what could well be the end of global banking privacy as we know it. (See Foreign banks to become IRS spies using Qualified Intermediary program?) As Bob explains, Americans–both at home and abroad–are being blocked from holding bank or investment accounts in […]
“Buenos días, guapa” (morning, lovely one) calls Juanito at Bar Pinotxo in the Boqueria food market. This is where I’ve had a breakfast of fresh clam omelet and a glass of cava every Saturday morning since I moved to Barcelona, Spain, eight years ago. The colorful La Rambla may be the city’s most exotic urban […]
Nostradamus studied here. The English and French battled over it during the 100 Years War. On a lazy loop of the Lot River, Cahors is my favorite city in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The capital of pre-revolution Quercy and now of the Lot departement, its winding back streets plunge you into the ancient France of crusaders […]
A billion-dollar gentrification project is going to transform a forgotten port town in Costa Rica into a major Caribbean hot spot. If you get in on the right side of this massive cash injection, you could make a lot of money. A billion is a lot to spend on a scheme like this. But Limon […]
There is no better way of exploring the “real France” than by lulling about on a canal, floating at a swan’s glide into tiny villages, tasting the wine, and sampling the local recipes. Tie up to the bank and chat with a local or have dinner in a small café that no one outside of […]
Since I moved to Belize last year, friends often ask: “What type of entertainment is there in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye?” That’s when I tell them about a favorite Belizean pastime–Fiestas! On a small island like Ambergris Caye, socializing is the name of the game. So, any noteworthy event justifies a fiesta. We recently attended […]
A country’s political landscape can change pretty rapidly. The recent turmoil in Honduras is a good example. When governments and policies shift, everybody has an opinion about who is right and who is wrong…resident expats included. It’s helpful to remember that in most cases, we expats are guests in our adopted countries. We may have…we […]
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