Once one of the wealthiest countries in Central America, Nicaragua was rocked by war and economic crisis in recent decades. Now, it's on the path to reclaiming its former status. Tourism is set for a growth boom.
León is a big, majestic city with almost 250,000 citizens, and more when the many universities are in session. Beautiful baroque architecture abounds, with many churches in different stages of refurbishment. Modern coffee shops, healthy food restaurants, international cuisine, theater, art, chic clothes shops, and more await you in León, where this grand city steeped in the past nevertheless presents a modern lifestyle.
In 2006, my financial advisor told me I could never retire in the U.S. I had worked since I was 16, paid into Social Security all my life...yet I would have to work forever. What had happened to the American Dream? Just passed me by I guess.
I haven't always lived in paradise but these days, I do... And so can you for far less than you might think. And, if you don't want to live in paradise full time, you may consider investing in a second home.
Often, when I’m on the road scouting out real estate, I find myself in the evening sitting and reflecting on what I’ve seen and the opportunities I’ve found. These quiet moments are rare on a scouting trip.
Mexico’s exquisite Caribbean Coast from Cancun south to Tulum is known as the Riviera Maya. It’s here that lush jungles provide homes to small monkeys, dragonish iguanas, and millions of colorful tropical birds.
I have to shield my eyes from the bright sun to really take in how stunning it is. On the shore of the white-sand beach, the Pacific Ocean laps at my feet. This beach is part of a national park—development is forbidden by the Costa Rican government.
In 2011 Jennifer and her husband Kent sold their home, their cars, and all their possessions and embarked on a three-year adventure traveling through Central and South America. They spent time in Costa Rica and Panama but found the climate too hot. Santiago, Chile, wasn't right for them, either.
I awake to the sound of gentle rain on the roof. Its chilly but not cold. It's never cold. Even sweat pants give way to shorts by mid-morning on most days.
At dawn I wake up to the sounds of the active toucans and howler monkeys being near our house in Costa Rica. I truly love it here: the people, the relaxed approach to life, and the spectacular natural beauty.