Located about three hours northwest of San José, Costa Rica's capital, the Arenal region has been drawing eco-minded travelers in search of opportunities in wildlife watching, jungle hiking, water sports, and other activities for decades. But in recent years it's become much more than a tourist destination, attracting an increasing number of expats interested in making permanent homes here. The area is dominated by the 33-square-mile Lake Arenal. Also, looming above the landscape at the east end of the lake, is the 5,479-foot Volcan Arenal, a cone-shaped volcano that is active but not dangerous
In the western highlands of Panama, in the Chiriquí Province, is a little mountain town that has many smitten—Boquete. There’s a lot to like and many benefits that have made it a favored destination of retirees and other expats. Perhaps it’s the small town vibe that first draws you in.
When I talk to my friends in the U.S. about my life in the Orosi Valley, they say I live a perpetual vacation. That’s pretty much true. My life here couldn’t be more perfect. This area offers me all the things I was looking for in an overseas retirement—a laidback lifestyle, a low cost of living, and an abundance of things to do and places to explore.
White-sand beaches. Check. Turquoise, see-to-the-bottom Caribbean waters. Check. Warm weather and cooling sea breezes. Check. A laidback island vibe. Check.
Yes, we have some dirty little secrets. There are some things about the Orosi Valley that none of us who live here want you to know. But having been in your shoes—living in the States and searching for the perfect spot to begin a new life.
Dreaming of retiring in France? I’m not so sure that’s a great idea. There are many potential problems that can arise from living here—issues that you’d probably never considered before. The arguments that can arise! The hidden costs!
Ahhh…the Caribbean Sea. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, it’s paradise practically on your doorstep—just a short flight away. The perfect escape from blustery winter weather.
Cusco, in a valley high in the Peruvian Andes, has a history going back centuries. Starting in 1400, it was the capital of the vast Incan empire.
Stretching from along the eastern edge of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, from Cancún in the north to Tulúm in the south, the Riviera Maya is one of the world’s top vacation destinations.
I've lived in Ecuador for five years now, and while I enjoy the slow pace of life, the surrealistic vistas, and the perfect weather every day of the year, I've also come to love the country's culture of celebration.