Fishing, Photography, and a Fun Life in Costa Rica

Fishing, Photography, and a Fun Life in Costa Rica

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June 5, 2015

Retiring to Lake Arenal in Costa Rica almost four years ago was one of the best decisions my wife Beaty and I ever made. We lived in the little East Texas town of Crockett and the kids were all graduated from college. After practicing dentistry for 38 years, I was hitting the point where I was ready to get out. Beaty had already retired from her physician's assistant job.

I’m So Glad I Retired to Ambergris Caye, Belize

I’m So Glad I Retired to Ambergris Caye, Belize

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May 26, 2015

It's Friday evening, nearly 5 p.m., and the Lady Leslie feels as eager to slip its bonds and head to sea as we, its passengers, do. This is, after all, a sunset cruise, and the ostensible reason for our sail seems to be too rapidly slipping toward the western horizon of Ambergris Caye, the Belizean island on which we all live.

A Little-Known Tax Benefit of Belize

A Little-Known Tax Benefit of Belize

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May 24, 2015

Furniture to fill their new home...shop and car repair tools...TVs...scuba diving gear...a brand-new computer...decorative tiles...and "too many clothes" for the warm, tropical climate and their relaxed lifestyle. When Barry Munson, 60, and Dena Carey, 58, joined Belize's Qualified Retired Persons program five years ago, they brought a shipping container full of household goods and possessions.

Retire in Las Tablas, Panama for $1,000 a Month

Retire in Las Tablas, Panama for $1,000 a Month

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April 30, 2015

The Brodeurs chose Las Tablas so they could live well, without sacrificing the good things in life. They go to the local expat hangout, Ponchalo's, several times a week. The cost averages $20 total, including beverages. "Recently we had a to-die-for filet mignon for $6 at a place around the corner," says Armand.

Lunch for $2.50, Rent for $225, and the Scenery for Free in Ecuador

Lunch for $2.50, Rent for $225, and the Scenery for Free in Ecuador

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April 16, 2015

While the wind blows and the snow flies in Colleen Thom's old stomping grounds of Alberta, Canada, she and her husband Bill are enjoying their new life in a year-round paradise. For the last year Colleen and Bill have been living a life of warmth, friends, and adventure in the small Andean mountain town of Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Replace Rush Hour With Naps and Fresh Coconuts in Corozal, Belize

Replace Rush Hour With Naps and Fresh Coconuts in Corozal, Belize

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March 14, 2015

Last year Kenneth Fung made his long-held dream of a snowbird's life a reality. An accountant and project manager from Calgary, Canada, Kenneth first visited Belize in 2010. He was first drawn by Belize's natural beauty. The country is a haven for those seeking tranquility and nature, a place where breezes make for natural air conditioning, and you're lulled to sleep by waves lapping on the shore after a day of scuba diving and learning to husk coconuts.

It’s True: Living Overseas Can Save Your Retirement

It’s True: Living Overseas Can Save Your Retirement

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March 13, 2015

We came to Cancun after beginning our expat retirement adventures in Ecuador. Our retirement plans were in serious trouble in the U.S. I had suffered my second heart attack in 2009…and soon after I lost a good job and the health insurance that came with it. I was unemployed, uninsured, and the medical expenses were stacking up. So, we decided to take a chance and live overseas, a decision that first brought us to the small fishing and farming community of San Vicente on Ecuador’s coast, just a short distance from the equator. We spent two great years there, but with my heart issues, we decided it would be wise to live closer to top-notch emergency medical care.