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. Fortunately, the majority of Belize's beaches are public and accessible. The 60-foot strip of beachfront adjoining the Caribbean Sea is usually public property.
Back in 2013, my husband Mark and I were living in Chicago, working 80 to 90 hours a week behind a desk. At the time, we each had our own businesses and we were completely run off our feet just trying to get by.
The seafront widens into an expansive, soft-sand beach lined with lime green, yellow, orange, and plum-colored kiosks. They tempt you with margaritas, beers, and sweet treats. Occasionally a golf cart drives by, but most people get around on bicycles, or on foot.
Panama’s highland towns are in demand, and it’s no wonder. Nestled amidst rainforest-covered hills, they offer beautiful scenery and clean, fresh air. Much of Panama’s food is produced in the highlands and many appreciate the benefits of being close to their food source.
Set in Central Mexico, the Colonial Highlands region has been drawing retirees and other expats for decades. One town in particular has been a favorite, San Miguel de Allende, which is about four hour’s drive northwest of Mexico City.
When people hear that I live in Ecuador, they often assume that I've given up many of the comforts I had back home. I've actually been asked if I can watch television, if I have internet service in my house, or even if there are international airports here.
You might think that spending winters on the Mediterranean sounds like a dream. That’s what “they” want you to believe. But the truth is, winters on the Med are the stuff nightmares are made from. Don’t believe me?
Imagine a cluster of white-sand islets unmarred by big development…warm, clear water in shades of translucent green and bright turquoise…and green palms swaying in the ocean breeze. There are no hawkers shouting and pressing you to buy their wares.
Monday blues are a thing of the past in my new home on Roatán. In fact, in winter, when all the snowbirds return, we have a social gathering we call "Mondays Don't Suck" at a stunning, secluded beach on the island.
It's another blue-skied morning in paradise. The kids are off to school and my husband just left for work. I take my laptop outside and sit on the porch behind our house to answer some emails while I enjoy the morning sun.