Living in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Living in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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March 26, 2018

The Manuel Antonio area on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast has been a long-time favorite of visitors. Just two hours from the capital San Jose on a well-maintained modern highway, Manuel Antonio is the site of the country’s most popular national park. In 2011, Forbes magazine named it one of the world’s best.At 4,000 acres, it’s a relatively small refuge and one of the smallest national parks

Making New Friends in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

Making New Friends in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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March 22, 2018

When the old man waved first, and offered the faintest of smiles, I knew we'd made progress in making Puerto Cayo, Ecuador our home. I begin almost every day with a one-hour walk from our home into town and back. And every day, without fail, I see the same local people, going to the same places in their own morning routine. In the beginning, the Puerto Cayans weren't unfriendly at all. They just didn't seem overly friendly.

The Trick to Buying Affordable Property in Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trick to Buying Affordable Property in Punta del Este, Uruguay

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March 10, 2018

Punta del Este, less than two hours from Uruguay’s elegant capital of Montevideo, has long been the most fashionable beach resort in South America. An apartment sold here a few years back for $7.2 million… but believe it or not, you can still find a nice condo in a coveted Punta del Este neighborhood for less than $150,000. There’s a secret to buying affordably here. And it’s simple.

Rent in Thailand from $400 a Month

Rent in Thailand from $400 a Month

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March 9, 2018

Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular countries for expats. It’s safe, women can travel alone without problems, the cost of living is low, and getting a retirement visa is simple. But buying property is tricky. Which is why so many expats in Asia rent instead of buy. Renting is easy, affordable, and sometimes the only way to live in a country. Plus, if you want to move on and try out a new place, you just pack up and hit the road.

The 3 Best Towns Near Rio, Brazil

The 3 Best Towns Near Rio, Brazil

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December 13, 2017

“Rio de Janeiro.” The name alone conjures up images of broad beaches populated by impossibly beautiful people. But while everyone has heard of Rio, far fewer know that “The Marvelous City” lies in a state of the same name. Rio de Janeiro state, though small in size, is geographically quite diverse. Mountains parallel the coastline, sometimes veering down into the sea. Broad swaths of the original mata Atlântica (Atlantic forest)—one of the most biodiverse areas in the world—still blanket the hillsides. Scores of lakes and lagoons lie within sight of the shimmering South Atlantic. Majestic beaches stretch literally for miles; others lie sheltered in secluded coves, accessible only by boat. Tantalizing palm-studded islands, most uninhabited, await the more adventurous.

Affordable Coastal Living in Málaga: Enjoy a High Quality of Life for Less in One of Spain’s Best-Value Cities

Affordable Coastal Living in Málaga: Enjoy a High Quality of Life for Less in One of Spain’s Best-Value Cities

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December 12, 2017

Located on Spain’s popular Costa del Sol, Málaga is clean and bright, with a pedestrian-only city center and a revamped harbor. The city is brimming with museums, great dining, and plenty of shopping to suit all tastes and budgets. The best of “old” Málaga is well preserved. The city, with its miles of seashore, is cheerful and vibrant, oozing trademark Andalusian charm. Year-round the sun shines and winter temperatures are balmy (days average 63 F in January). Sea breezes blow off the Mediterranean, cooling the hotter summer days. “Málaga remains a very Spanish city, even in the prime tourist areas. Here you can enjoy big-city life with laidback charm,” says InternationalLiving.com editor Glynna Prentice.

Top 5 Amazing & Beautiful Beaches in Cancun

Top 5 Amazing & Beautiful Beaches in Cancun

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November 23, 2017

Powder-soft, white sand beaches. Crystal-clear Caribbean water. Year-round balmy weather and tropical breezes. World-class shopping, recreational pursuits, and modern, reliable infrastructure. These are the features which make Cancún in Mexico a great place to live or visit. Not surprisingly, as the Caribbean’s number...