With its relaxed Caribbean lifestyle and spectacular beauty, Belize’s Placencia Peninsula has proven irresistible to a growing number of expats. This popular retirement and tourism destination boasts 17 miles of golden-sand beaches on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
“Travel opens up other worlds,” says Chuck High. Having worked for the royal family in Saudi Arabia for 10 years as an occupational therapist, Chuck is no stranger to foreign countries. While working in the Middle East he got to explore Egypt, Nepal, Tibet, France, and many other places.
My wife, Abbe, and I were living the American Dream in Naples, Florida. We had moved there in 2003 from the chilly Northeast for the warmer and sunnier climate. We had a beautiful condo directly on the Gulf of Mexico from where we could watch dolphins swim by.
Recently, when a friend and I were traveling by train in Spain, she used her senior discount card to get a hefty discount off the ticket price. She’s not Spanish; she’s a U.S. tourist.
In the morning, after grinding and brewing a fresh pot of local Panamanian coffee, I set up my laptop on my front porch. From here, I have an unbeatable view of Volcan Baru, Panama's largest mountain, its highest peak rising above the clouds.
Seven years ago, hating the cold and dreary winters in British Columbia, Canada and worrying about the cost of living there when we would soon be living on our pensions, my husband, Gary, and I began researching where our next home would be.
One of the biggest expenses when traveling is your accommodation. This is especially true in popular tourist spots. But my wife Rita and I have discovered a way to save money and at the same time experience the country we’re visiting in a more intimate and exciting way.
Over the summer I moved with my family to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, to a condo near the water just outside the seaside village of Akumal. It’s the perfect location, with several white-sand stretches of shore—with that brilliant blue Caribbean Sea—within a five-minute drive.
Spring-like climate with highs reaching the upper 70s F and lows in the lower 60s F, the town of Volcan lies in a beautiful valley with rolling hills and lush vegetation.
Ecuador is packed full of beauty, and it comes in many different forms. I've walked along golden beaches awash with turquoise waves. I've explored cloud forests under a lush canopy of broad-leaved trees.