Nancy, 63, has nothing but good things to say about Boquete, the popular expat retreat in the highlands of Panama’s Chiriqui Province that she now calls home. She and her husband Don, 61, moved here from the Kansas City area in 2010 with their two sons.
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.
The small town of Grecia is where my wife and I chose to land three years ago, after leaving our careers in Dallas for early retirement in Central America. Our lifestyle in the U.S. offered little time to be healthy.
The fact of the matter is; when it comes to choosing a retirement destination, the possibilities are endless. Two major factors will generally come into play—first, what it is that’s most important to you, and second, what are your needs when it comes to things like budget, healthcare, and international travel.
San Juan del Sur is one of the most vibrant beach towns you’ll ever see. In addition to the beautiful bay that the city sits on, there are 21 other bays in the San Juan vicinity that will delight you as much, or more.
For 11 years, my husband Mark and I traveled to all the places we thought we might move to, researched so much that we felt overwhelmed, and read every forum, Facebook page, and blog we could find.
Putting a pin in a map is perhaps not the best way of finding the place to spend the rest of your days, but this is what my husband Norman and I did when we decided to move overseas. We simply pulled up Google maps, closed our eyes, and left the rest to chance.
Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast is known for its dramatic coastline of tree-covered mountains dropping suddenly to the ocean, empty beaches, and lush rainforest full of wildlife like toucans, howler monkeys, sloths, and dozens of other species.
My first taste of Costa Rica came during a six-week college placement. Studying abroad was a requirement for me. After hours of research, I chose Costa Rica, known as “the happiest place on Earth.”
Expat life in Cambodia really does prove that it is the Kingdom of Wonder, and this country never ceases to amaze me in how the quality of my life has improved since moving here.