A procession of formally dressed figures walks by, painted skeleton faces adorned with colored patterns and, sometimes, glittering sequins surrounding the eyes.
When Joe and Kim Wonder were building their home on a quiet stretch of coast on Roatán island’s less developed eastern side…they came across pieces of history.
We walk a lot, in our new home of San Miguel de Allende. The narrow streets of the centro make navigating this highlands town in central Mexico by car, tough. And, since we can walk everywhere we want to go anyway, my wife, Liz, and our family just take to our feet.
“Here is a great perspective of a day in our life…yesterday we walked down to centro, where we both had the most amazing hour-long couples massage,” says David Smolyn, 51, who, along with partner Randy Hodgson, 58, splits his time between Puerto Vallarta, and Toronto.
Enjoying a creamy café con leche (white coffee) on a busy pedestrian street, I watch the world go by. Well-dressed business people, smartphones in hand, walk purposefully. School kids joke with each other as they head to class. Older couples walk hand in hand...
It’s easy to think of the countries of Latin America as being pretty much the same. Thanks to a shared history as part of Spain’s empire until the 19th century, many of the countries of Latin America (excluding Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana), share a common language...
Sitting at the far southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos, Mexico is one of the country's top beach destinations. With top-notch boating, world-class sport fishing (especially for billfish), championship golf courses, excellent restaurants, and warm weather year-round to enjoy it all, it's no wonder it's so popular.
On my recent trip to David, Panama’s third largest city, I heard a common refrain from expats there. Whenever the topic of Boquete, a small mountain town about 30 minutes up the mountain, came up they’d say: “It’s too cold. Too small. And there are too many gringos.”
Sure, there are plenty of luxury and jet-set destinations in the Caribbean. Islands where bohemian chic, trust funds, and luxury shopping and dining combine to form the ultimate getaway for the ultra-wealthy. But there’s another side to the Caribbean as well—the more traditional side. Where life is lived much as it has been for decades, if not centuries, and with low prices to match.
If you need a manicured lawn, 18-hole golf course, large fancy supermarket, or luxury condo to be happy…you can find that in Costa Rica. But you’ll have to give the country’s southern Caribbean coast a miss.