Rent from $430 a Month in Hua Hin—The Golfer’s Paradise Beach Town

Rent from $430 a Month in Hua Hin—The Golfer’s Paradise Beach Town

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August 31, 2017

Small, frothy waves slowly recede from the light tan sand, while the colorful parachutes of kiteboards fly overhead. A man in a cowboy hat walks his horse along the strand, hoping someone will ask for a ride. I’m sitting in a beach café, drinking fresh coconut water right from the shell for just $2 and taking it all in.

A Laidback, Low-Key Life in a 200 Year-Old Portuguese Cottage

A Laidback, Low-Key Life in a 200 Year-Old Portuguese Cottage

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August 29, 2017

My husband Keith and I sit at our neighborhood café, enjoying a coffee and ice-cold bubbly water. Our Maltese, Carson, appreciatively sniffs the fresh ocean breeze. The cost to spend a couple of hours relaxing and chatting like this—a daily ritual which punctuates the easy lifestyle we lead...

Our Own Private Hotel for Free in Beach-Town Mexico

Our Own Private Hotel for Free in Beach-Town Mexico

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August 28, 2017

The warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just steps from “our” nine-room boutique hotel on the outskirts of  Celestún on the Yucatán peninsula, where we're currently housesitting. Most mornings my husband, Michael, and I have the beautiful white-sand beach and some of the clearest waters in the Yucatán all to ourselves.

Another Year, Another Taste of Bliss in Costa Rica

Another Year, Another Taste of Bliss in Costa Rica

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August 25, 2017

Back in 1997, my wife and I were married in the sunny glass-covered atrium of the Don Carlos Hotel in San José, Costa Rica. The hotel provided a musician who played keyboards and a notary public who handled the paperwork and shared with us the bottle of champagne the hotel included in the wedding package.