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...

In the Heart of France’s Wine Country, Burgundy, You’ll Find All This…

In the Heart of France’s Wine Country, Burgundy, You’ll Find All This…

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April 30, 2018

It's always a bit of a bummer when a vacation comes to an end, even if you live in Paris. I felt this way recently driving back north after spending one fabulous week with my family in sunny Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

Three Little-Known Havens in Italy, France and Spain

Three Little-Known Havens in Italy, France and Spain

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April 17, 2018

If you're in love with classic Europe and its history, romance and culture, take heart: Spain, Italy and France aren’t only for the vacationer who saves for months just to visit. Each one of these three countries has numerous small towns and villages that lie under the radar—places with enticingly affordable properties to rent or buy

Looking for Culture, Comfort and Low-Cost Living? Try Guatemala

Looking for Culture, Comfort and Low-Cost Living? Try Guatemala

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April 16, 2018

It's largely thanks to these folks that Guatemala has such a rich and unique culture. And it's this culture that entices many of the expats who have made their homes here. "I love how different it is, and I want it to stay that way, too," says Jean Johnson who lives in the colonial city of Antigua. "It's like traveling into some epic or bygone landscape," says Portland-native John Kin, of traveling around the highlands.

The Secret Beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Secret Beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize

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April 9, 2018

Those of us who live on Ambergris Caye in Belize head to the north island for our beach escape days... We frequent the hidden gems few tourists find–even though it's fairly easy to reach them. Just hop on a Coastal Express water taxi. The boat trip itself is a thrill...and you'll get an entirely different view of the island from the water. Water taxis run about every two hours.

Five Benefits of Moving to Ecuador’s Highlands

Five Benefits of Moving to Ecuador’s Highlands

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April 8, 2018

There are a growing number of people who have realized that retirement dreams can come true by moving abroad. Ecuador is one of the countries seeing an uptick in retired expats—many of whom have settled in the mountains of this equatorial nation. Here are five reasons why moving to Ecuador’s highlands could be right for you.

Living in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Living in Alajuela, Costa Rica

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April 4, 2018

Alajuela, just 13 miles or so from Costa Rica’s capital, San José, is in many ways the country’s second city. It is second in size, with a population of 50,000. And it is also the home to La Liga, one half a bitter soccer (here known as futbol) rivalry with San José’s team, Saprissa. The country’s main international airport is in Alajuela. And it’s the birthplace of national hero Juan Santamaria.

I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

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April 2, 2018

I'm writing this postcard from a veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea on a nearly forgotten tropical island. The ocean is showing off several shades of blue and a slight breeze teases the palms. The piña colada at my side completes the picture. But as my family's annual vacation draws to a close I'm actually a bit anxious to return home to Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Living in Santa Ana, Costa Rica: One of San Jose’s Top Suburbs

Living in Santa Ana, Costa Rica: One of San Jose’s Top Suburbs

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March 27, 2018

San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, is full of small towns and villages that have merged over the years into the greater metro area as the city grew. One of those is Santa Ana, population of about 11,000. At one time known mainly for its ceramics and pottery, this once sleepy hamlet is fast becoming one of San Jose’s top suburbs...