A blue sky, blue-water scene is unremarkable in the tropics. But this is Europe. I’m in southern Spain, on Murcia’s Costa Cálida—the "warm coast." Whoever thought up the name wasn’t exaggerating. Summer temperatures soar above 90 F, and there’s an annual dose of at least 320 days of sunshine. On the coast, spacious furnished rentals are $508 to $635 monthly.
As in European cities or neighborhoods of Manhattan or Chicago, whatever I need or want can be had within these 10 square blocks of Montevideo. I was just getting started on my expedition to Uruguay’s coastal cities and towns, but already I could understand why so many expats living in this country say it offers the best quality of life in Latin America.
It’s good to be back in Panama, the tiny country on the southern edge of the northern hemisphere, one of the only countries to bridge two continents... and the only country in the world where you can see the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic. Did you know that? If not, don’t worry...there are so many things unique to Panama that it’s hard to track them all. For instance... Panama is the only country in Central America with no hurricanes and no destructive earthquakes.
If you decide to live anywhere in or near the Veraguas province of Panama, chances are you'll visit the provincial capital of Santiago often. Most "capitalinos" (Panamanians from the capital) will tell you there's nothing much in Santiago, but on a recent visit I found the opposite.
I had been researching the prospect of retiring overseas for two or three years.I had targeted seven countries: France, Italy, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, and Ecuador. I attended International Living's Live and Invest Overseas Conference in Las Vegas last September, and all these countries were represented.
What makes a place "easy?" First, it's not too far from home. If you need to get back for an emergency or friends and family want to visit, it's not a chore. When you can still get many of the same goods and services you're used to, culture shock won't disorient you.
At first, it was every two months. Then once a month. But that wasn’t often enough for Larry Snyder. So in 2008 he packed his bags, and he and his German shepherd took a one-way flight to Medellin, Colombia.
I came away from my first visit to Nicaragua, in 2004, with a lopsided image of the coastal lifestyle in Central America's largest country...an image based only on the southern Paciﬁc coast and its network of luxury, planned communities designed specifically with expats in mind.
Was that a howl? I look out the window and shiver. Corsica is steeped in superstition. And tonight’s moon is almost full, a hunting moon...
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