The colonial homes of Granada have secrets. Lush courtyards, cool plunge pools, fountains, and art. In their shade, old men in rocking chairs nod you a "buen dia." (It's how they say it here.) Their wives might look up from embroidery and smile.
When I awaken each morning to the sounds of the Caribbean surf rolling onto the sugary beach only yards away, and watch the pelicans and gulls plucking their breakfast from the waves, I realize my good fortune to live where I do on Mexico's Riviera Maya.
Nestled along a secondary highway between Boquete and David in the province of Chiriquí lies a little-known gem called Potrerillos, meaning "Little Pastures."
In many ways, Pedasí, Panama reminds me of small-town America 50 years ago. It's a friendly village of 2,000 people, downtown is picturesque with a quaint church and colorfully painted town square, and large cattle ranches and corn and hay fields on rolling countryside surround it.
At dawn I wake up to the sounds of the active toucans and howler monkeys being near our house in Costa Rica. I truly love it here: the people, the relaxed approach to life, and the spectacular natural beauty.
For many, the American Dream of owning your own home is fast becoming more of a fantasy than a dream. But more and more North Americans are finding their dreams coming true in the quiet town of Ballenita on the southwest coast of Ecuador.
Year after year Costa Rica, the land of Pura Vida (pure life), still proves to be an attractive destination where expats typically are able to find a high quality of living for less than they would in Canada or the U.S., for example. Costa Rica has been a popular destination for North American expats for decades.
In this seaside city, you can stroll the beach in short sleeves as early as March and as late as October. In winter you need only a jacket. And the sun shines most days. Just steps from its long, urban sandy beach is a historic center of flag-stoned pedestrian streets and cream-colored buildings housing cafes, restaurants, and small hotels.
Mexico's Caribbean coast ticks all the boxes when it comes to real estate opportunity. It's on an upward trajectory. Prices have risen strongly in recent years. But for now, there's still opportunity to buy well and watch the value of your real estate rise.