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.

Enjoy a Great Lifestyle by the Beach in Sitges, Spain

Enjoy a Great Lifestyle by the Beach in Sitges, Spain

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May 13, 2018

Salud! Ching, Ching! These three words are so simple, yet they hold so much meaning. Friendship, happiness, and a lifetime of health—that's what we toast to as we raise our sparkling Catalan cava to the blue sky. A refreshing glass of sparkling wine is just what the doctor ordered to celebrate this sunny day with friends in Sitges.

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

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May 8, 2018

I have a pretty standard morning routine. I’m awakened very early by roosters but stay in bed for a while as the sunrise filters into the bedroom. I start the coffee, open the sliding doors, step out to my deck, and look down into the valley below. I usually see hummingbirds buzzing around my flowers, sometimes a blue-crowned mot-mot. Some mornings one of my neighbors, a farmer, has been up even earlier...