Buy in These Little-Known Costa Rica Beach Paradises From $148,000

Buy in These Little-Known Costa Rica Beach Paradises From $148,000

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July 21, 2016

Whether you’re looking for a bustling beach resort town with plenty of restaurants, chic boutiques, and nightlife…or you’d rather string up your hammock between two palms and fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and not see another person all afternoon…you can get it in Costa Rica.

7 Things Expats Won’t Tell You Before Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

7 Things Expats Won’t Tell You Before Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

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July 19, 2016

I can’t stay silent any longer. There are some things that expats don’t warn you about before you make the decision to move to Salinas, on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. In the interest of full disclosure, I feel you have the right to know these seven things that expats don’t like to mention, but will surely happen to you as a full-time resident.

Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

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July 18, 2016

Nothing beats the diagnosis of an incurable disease for putting the spurs to a plan. When my wife Christine and I left the neurologist’s office in Charleston after being told she had Parkinson’s disease, our trip home to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina began in tears and anger, but then turned to some serious strategic planning…

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

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July 17, 2016

My husband Paul and I first traveled to Costa Rica’s Central Valley in 2008 with the intention of discovering whether or not we might want to retire there. We visited big towns and small towns, looked at apartments, condos, and houses…some very basic and some built to U.S. standards.

Falling in Love…With Your Perfect Retirement Haven

Falling in Love…With Your Perfect Retirement Haven

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July 15, 2016

A good friend emailed me the other day to say he was disappointed in me. He’d just visited a Latin American city and had fallen in love with it. He went on for several paragraphs about how it reminded him, not only of one of his favorite mountain towns in Italy, but also of one of the Paris neighborhoods he loves the best.