Living in Atenas, Costa Rica

Living in Atenas, Costa Rica

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May 18, 2017

Turns out one of the best places to find small-town America… is in Costa Rica. I’m talking about Atenas, a village of 5,000 in the Central Valley region in the interior of the country. Expats that have made their home here—mostly retirees—say the warm and friendly locals and a very welcoming expat community remind them of where they grew up.

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

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April 20, 2017

Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two-seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000. And for just another $800, the guy even delivered it to my driveway in Vermont. It was the perfect car for going on a Sunday drive…when it wasn’t raining or snowing that is, and when there was no salt on the road.

Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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April 19, 2017

Playa del Carmen lies about midway between the all-inclusive resort hub of Cancún and the up-and-coming, low-key, and still somewhat bohemian destination of Tulúm. It’s a happy medium between those two extremes and a favorite for those seeking to live an active retirement in an atmosphere that is sophisticated, yet laidback at the same time.

3 Reasons Penang Could be Perfect for you…and 1 Reason it Might Not

3 Reasons Penang Could be Perfect for you…and 1 Reason it Might Not

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March 31, 2017

Penang ticked all the boxes for me when I was researching a place to live overseas. This cosmopolitan island in Malaysia provides me with all the things I wanted from my new home, including a lower cost of living and friendly locals and expats.

A Fun Day Out in Cancún’s Parque de las Palapas

A Fun Day Out in Cancún’s Parque de las Palapas

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March 29, 2017

The deep influences of centuries of Spanish occupation are clearly visible almost everywhere in Mexico, from small villages and large cities. The spectacular architecture and beautiful stonework, along with the layout of villages and cities, provide a distinctive and historic European feel throughout much of Mexico.

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

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March 14, 2017

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.