Is Ecuador Safe?

Is Ecuador Safe?

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June 21, 2018

Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...

Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

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June 11, 2018

A great beach can be one of the deciding factors when considering a move overseas. But, what constitutes a great beach is different for everybody. Some people are looking for quiet natural beauty, where the only sound is the breaking waves and the only other visitors are seagulls. Somewhere away from the crowded tourist spots Read more...: Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

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June 8, 2018

Belize is well-known for its famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For decades adventurous scuba divers and anglers have vacationed in Belize, in pursuit of their favorite marine sports. But this tiny country also has some fine beaches. But they aren't always obvious to the first-time tourist...

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

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June 8, 2018

My husband and I are starting to consider seriously retiring in either of Costa Rica or Panama in the next couple of years. We need a country with easily accessible and excellent healthcare, plus one to which our Canadian pensions are easily portable. Our combined retirement income would amount to approximately $2100.00 net per month. Read more...: Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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June 4, 2018

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

The Only 3 Spanish Phrases You Need…

The Only 3 Spanish Phrases You Need…

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May 29, 2018

I tried once to compliment a friend on her car and told her in perfect Spanish, "Me gusta su coche." She asked me to repeat myself a few times and with gesturing I was able to get the point across. But she still looked at me like I was crazy. What I didn’t know was that "Me gusta su coche" means "I like your cart" in Costa Rica, not "I like your car." I had just insulted her by comparing her car to a grocery cart.