Every time I ride the 60-cent bus from my apartment to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, my breath is taken away. The road that leads to Playa Manuel Antonio holds nothing short of breathtaking views.
Growing up in suburban Vancouver, I always wanted to live in a village. The kind of village where houses fit so snugly together that, if you’re on a hillside overlooking the sea, the adjoining staircases and tongue-and-grooved patios and eaves save you from tumbling headlong to the shore.
When living in Manhattan, Kansas (a.k.a. "The Little Apple"), Tim and Cindi Jared decided they needed to evaluate their lives. Tim took an early retirement but Cindi's was still years away. They needed a way to live a better lifestyle together on Tim's Social Security.
It's difficult to imagine having a better life than the one I am enjoying now. I'm living in the colonial city of Cuenca, high in Ecuador's breathtaking Andes, and earning an income as a freelance photographer.
When my husband Michael reached 57, he decided he wanted to retire by the age of 60. While he loved his job, being the sole IT person for an engineering firm with offices in various locations around the country was stressful.
According to the Global Property Guide, average listing prices for properties in Costa Rica have increased just over 6% year-on-year. In the last three years, about 80% of home sales have exceeded $200,000.
I live on a sizeable quinta (a villa or small estate) near Loja—deep in southern Ecuador. Here the weather is so mild, I live in the open air year-round. Being so near the equator means the temperature never gets too cold, while the Andean elevation keeps the air from ever getting unbearably hot.
Passing through the U.S. for a State-side International Living conference recently, I made a stop at a tailor shop to get some emergency repairs done. The tailor turned out to be from Mexico…she’d moved with her mother and daughter to the U.S. some years ago to, as she put it, “get ahead.”
“Winning the lottery without paying for the ticket.” That’s how S.D. Williams, 55, and his wife Bobi, 53, feel about their decision to retire to Panama in 2011.
“Gold Coast” is synonymous with an idyllic beach paradise. Among the few stretches of coastline on the planet that share this nickname is Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast. And deservedly so. For me—and the thousands of expats who call this region home—this is beach living at its best.