Imagine waking up in your mountaintop paradise to the fog rolling in from the ocean, watching the sun rise and set with all the vibrant colors of the rainbow, and eagles circling the cobalt blue sky above you, while you enjoy the serenity of your new home.
I admit it. I'm a country girl at heart and sometimes the call of the green acres of the countryside draws me to the outskirts of Cuenca, Ecuador. I can enjoy the scent of pine trees; the sapphire-blue skies that melt into darkness with the sun setting over the Andes Mountains, and gaze up at the stars.
When I first went to Fiji, I was a little ambivalent about it. I was part of a group of travel agents on an educational trip sent there to check it out for clients back home. We spent most of the time in Denarau, visiting the popular tourist resorts.
This morning, I woke up to a payment of $3,500. Of course, not every day is payday, but when they happen a few times a month, it makes for a happy checking account. Just a few years ago, owning a vacation rental wasn't easy.
Whenever we arrive at our own tropical paradise, we look forward to the first morning when our lack-of-schedule beach routine starts. My wife, Brenda, and I take an early-morning stroll down the main thoroughfare.
You might not be familiar with the little beach town of Las Terrenas on the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. That's understandable. For a long time, it stayed off the radar of most North Americans.
The significant and ongoing strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso continues to make the purchase of real estate very attractive in Mexico. One location, in particular, is maintaining its steady growth with excellent opportunities.
In 2003, when my wife, Renda, and I first came to Nicaragua, it was to live a healthier lifestyle and have a less stressful life, for a lot less money. We met those goals and at the same time learned to successfully face the challenges of developing and growing a business in San Juan del Sur.
Grecia is a popular town in Costa Rica for expats, and for good reason. The town is large enough to have enough variety in shopping to meet almost every need, but it is small enough to be comfortable.
In many ways, the off-season is our favorite time here in Salinas, on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador. The temperature is mostly in the 70s F, once in a while going up to the low 80s F, and things are mostly peaceful and quiet.