Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

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August 21, 2018

Avellanas (which means hazelnut in Spanish) is a virtual paradise tucked away 30-minutes south of the bustle of Tamarindo, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Ask any surfer in the province of Guanacaste if they know of Playa Avellanas and you will get a resounding, “Por supuesto” (of course). But ask the multitude of tourists in the region and you might see mostly head scratches...

Retirement in Uruguay Is Unique

Retirement in Uruguay Is Unique

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August 1, 2018

Uruguay is a nation of immigrants—which means that if you're looking to retire overseas, you'll fit right in. This unique country's citizens are descended from all corners of the world; about 90% of Uruguayans have ancestors from Western European, with the highest percentages from Spain, Italy, and France. And, because most Uruguayans are descendants of immigrants (and many know and can tell you their family's relocation story) newcomers are generally treated warmly.

The Best Cities in Panama

The Best Cities in Panama

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July 24, 2018

Some expats come to Panama in search of adventure, or a quality retirement destination, others seek to take advantage of Panama as a business destination. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here in Panama, and most likely in one of its cities. In Panama, cities are mainly positioned along the Pan-American Highway...

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

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July 1, 2018

The 2014 Fast Track Costa Rica Conference is over and done with - and as expected, it was a roaring success. I'd wager the people who attended this conference were people who had read and heard about Costa Rica's breath-taking natural beauty, very affordable cost of living, and the Pura Vida lifestyle—and were interested in seeing if it's somewhere where they could enjoy a happier retirement for less than what they are paying at home.

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

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June 24, 2018

If you're a regular IL reader—or you've been following the World Cup hoopla—then you've likely heard of the cities of Fortaleza, Natal, and Recife. If you're not familiar with them, they're all state capitals in the tropical northeast of Brazil. All are popular tourist destinations for Europeans, although North Americans have been slow to catch on to their delights. All are hosting World Cup games.