Every morning, as I roll over and open my eyes, I'm greeted by the turquoise blues and subtle greens of the Caribbean Sea only a few yards away. I wake up slowly to the smell of the salty, sea air and the sounds of the surf rolling onto the shore.
There are a lot of reasons why I love Boquete, my Panamanian mountain town. One is the climate. I chose to live in a mountainous area and need neither heat nor air conditioning, saving me approximately $6,000 per year on the cost of these services back in the U.S.
In 2006, my husband, Bryan, and I decided we wanted a different lifestyle in a different locale. Italy had long been a favorite holiday spot and with each visit we imagined what it would be like to live there.
We’re sitting on top of a massive boulder, watching the once blue cloudless sky turn pink. The behemoth stone has been polished by the wind and sea over the centuries, and it’s a perfect place for a sunset picnic.
On Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations. And it’s popular with expats too. It’s called Manuel Antonio, and its white-sand beaches, wildlife-filled jungle, and dramatic scenery of mountains looming over the blue ocean is the stuff of postcards.
I love living in David, the capital of the Chiriquí province, so much so that I have never considered moving anywhere else. David has a population of 164,000, making it feel like a small city with nice friendly locals that’s easy to get around, but also with all the amenities of a larger city.
Beautiful Arequipa… This 500-year-old city is steeped in magnificent colonial architecture, built from glistening white volcanic rock and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days every year.
My wife Diane and I are far from wealthy. Yet, as I was paying my bills online recently, I glanced out the window of my condo at the beautiful colors of the Caribbean Sea only a few steps away.
Whether you are looking for a full-time retirement haven or want to escape the winter up north, Mexico has a lot to offer in the way of weather, culture, and cost of living.
“I’ve just gotten residence in Ecuador. That means I don’t have to file my U.S. taxes anymore, doesn’t it?” This is the type of question I hear regularly. There are many misconceptions about Americans living overseas, a common one being that once you move overseas, you are no longer required to file a tax return.