Is Ecuador Safe?

Is Ecuador Safe?

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June 21, 2018

Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...

“Can I still collect my U.S. Social Security income if I reside in Belize?”

“Can I still collect my U.S. Social Security income if I reside in Belize?”

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June 15, 2018

I would like to know if my U.S. Social security income is still collectible if I reside in Belize. My plan is to live mostly in Belize and also spend some time in the U.S. I've heard a lot about Ambergris Caye...

“Can you provide Information on health insurance in Mexico for those retiring there after age 65?”

“Can you provide Information on health insurance in Mexico for those retiring there after age 65?”

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June 11, 2018

I am 67 and my husband is 73 and we are thinking of retiring to Mexico. Someone told me we would be ineligible for private insurance in Mexico at our age. And, that public insurance would only allow me to see providers in public clinics...

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

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June 8, 2018

My husband and I are starting to consider seriously retiring in either of Costa Rica or Panama in the next couple of years. We need a country with easily accessible and excellent healthcare, plus one to which our Canadian pensions are easily portable. Our combined retirement income would amount to approximately $2100.00 net per month. Read more...: Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

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June 5, 2018

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica? It’s always the best time. Seriously. Depending on what you’re seeking and where you’re from, it affects your thinking on this subject. For example, almost all North Americans think to come to the beaches of Costa Rica during the dry season. But Europeans favor the mountains during rainy and dry seasons.

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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June 4, 2018

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live