Names: Gary and MaryBeth Vanlankvelt Ages: 68 and 65 From: Wisconsin, U.S. Snowbirding in: Isla Mujeres, Mexico When the frigid winds and wet, heavy snows of winter threaten the northern state of Wisconsin, Gary and MaryBeth Vanlankvelt head south… All the way south to the small, tropical island of Isla Mujeres, off Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Read more...: Snowbirding: Swapping Winter in Wisconsin for Vibrant Isla
When Marilyn Northagen Poirier gets a craving for seafood, she doesn’t put it on the grocery list.She can count on Marvin, a local fisherman, to come by her house on Roatán’s Calabash Bight (bight being “bay” in the local parlance) early as he’s heading out to sea to take her order.
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.
“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.”
Located about three hours northwest of San José, Costa Rica's capital, the Arenal region has been drawing eco-minded travelers in search of opportunities in wildlife watching, jungle hiking, water sports, and other activities for decades. But in recent years it's become much more than a tourist destination, attracting an increasing number of expats interested in making permanent homes here. The area is dominated by the 33-square-mile Lake Arenal. Also, looming above the landscape at the east end of the lake, is the 5,479-foot Volcan Arenal, a cone-shaped volcano that is active but not dangerous