Renting in Costa Rica From $400 a Month

Renting in Costa Rica From $400 a Month

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November 23, 2018

Costa Rica is one of the most popular and well-known vacation, second-home, and retirement destinations for North Americans. Though a small country, Costa Rica’s regions offer a wide variety of climate, lifestyle, and landscape. And renting in Costa Rica is a great way to experience day-to-day life while looking for your own place under the tropical sun. Much of Costa Rica’s lush tropical forests and sun-splashed shoreline has been designated as national parkland or reserve. Costa Rica is rapidly approaching carbon-neutral status in energy production and emissions, and its health care system is one of the most affordable and highly rated in the world.

Living the High Life in Kuala Lumpur

Living the High Life in Kuala Lumpur

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November 23, 2018

“We were only planning to move to Kuala Lumpur for a year,” Sharla Thomason says. “But after six months, we loved it so much we decided to stay and sold our home in Houston.” That was a year-and-a-half ago, and Sharla, 72, and her husband Jim, 75, couldn’t be happier with their decision to move to this glittering jewel of a city in Malaysia. “We’ve never looked back,” says Jim...

Another Easy Day in Laidback Panama

Another Easy Day in Laidback Panama

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November 19, 2018

I am sitting enjoying the last of the rainy season with my cup of freshly ground Panama coffee looking out at all the greenery surrounding me. Looking back over the last six years in Panama, it has been a wild ride. Things have ebbed and flowed but I now feel like a local. I know the backroads around the city, know where to find bargains, and which restaurants are the best...

Insights About Ambergris Caye, Belize, From a 20-Year Expat

Insights About Ambergris Caye, Belize, From a 20-Year Expat

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November 18, 2018

Eileen Jamison has spent 20 years living on Ambergris Caye in Belize. She is from a small city in northwest Pennsylvania where she worked as a pharmacy technician and inventory manager. She and her husband, Dan, loved to travel and shared a dream of living on an island. They visited islands from the Eastern Caribbean to the Pacific, then looked to Belize in the Western Caribbean.

Beach Bars and Sunset Cruises: A Typical Week in Placencia, Belize

Beach Bars and Sunset Cruises: A Typical Week in Placencia, Belize

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November 16, 2018

I have been living in Belize for about five years now. I made my home base in Placencia, a laidback community in the southern part of Belize. And I chose this spot for good reason. Placencia is known as the prettiest village in the country. It’s beautifully situated on a 16-mile peninsula that is mostly very skinny—in some places you can see the sparkling Caribbean on both sides of the one road into town...

Cordes-sur-Ciel: A Walk in the Clouds of French Wine Country

Cordes-sur-Ciel: A Walk in the Clouds of French Wine Country

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November 15, 2018

The village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the south of France has a name that means “Rocky Heights in the Sky.” It earns that name from how it appears in spring and fall. At these times of year, a seasonal mist fills the valley below the village, giving it the impression of floating on a blanket of soft cotton...