Tamarindo Restaurants: A Tantalizing Taste Tour

Tamarindo Restaurants: A Tantalizing Taste Tour

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December 4, 2018

One of the main reasons tourists and expats alike enjoy the town of Tamarindo, in the Guanacaste province on Costa Rica’s northwestern Pacific coast, is for the abundance of international cuisine. Over 100 dining options within walking distance of downtown Tamarindo make this small beach community a foodie’s dream...

Where to Dock Your Boat: Panama’s Best Marinas

Where to Dock Your Boat: Panama’s Best Marinas

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October 29, 2018

Before settling in David in western Panama in 2009, I lived aboard my sailboat, Carina, for 16 years. My husband and I sailed the western Caribbean and we still have many friends among the cruising community. Although Panama has miles of coastline, it has few marine facilities for small boats. If you’re looking for a safe harbor to dock your boat in Panama, here are the stand-out marinas to visit.

5 Tips to Travel the World on $70 a Day

5 Tips to Travel the World on $70 a Day

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October 19, 2018

Life has been full of travel and adventure since my husband Duncan and I first realized that it was cheaper for us to travel the world than to sit on our couch back home. Just last year, our travels took us to Thailand, Spain, Sweden, France, Montenegro, Croatia, on a cruise from Spain to Panama, then onward to explore Mexico, Cuba, and Barbados...

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

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September 7, 2018

One of the joys of living in Mexico is shopping in local markets, rather than sterile supermarkets or larger department stores. Browsing the market stalls and meeting the vendors is a much more “homely” experience, and brings you closer to the source of the goods themselves.Each market has its own distinct character and atmosphere…

Eat Like a Local at Spain’s Best Food Markets

Eat Like a Local at Spain’s Best Food Markets

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September 3, 2018

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for traditional food markets. I seek out farmers' markets in the U.S. and traditional food markets when I'm abroad. Belize, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador... I've explored markets in all these countries, thrilled at the colors, the smells, and the variety of wares, many of them exotic local fruits, vegetables, and more. And, of course, I've explored many markets in Spain.

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

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August 24, 2018

Not enough people are talking about Slovenia.We’ve all heard of Italy—with its perfectly poised pizzas and its hilltop towns—and France—with its fancy cuisine and Medieval castles.But somehow this small Alpine country tucked away along the Italian and Austrian borders isn’t on as many people’s radar.Which is a shame...

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

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July 31, 2018

For many visitors and even many expats who’ve lived in Costa Rica for years, the country’s capital, San José, remains a very utilitarian destination, so to speak. As the commercial center, it’s the place go for the best shopping in the country. If you can get it in Costa Rica, it’s in San José. And as the governmental center, when you’re going through the residence process…you end up in San José.