You look out from your terrace over a vast tropical garden. You're surrounded by heliconias and bromeliads in shades of vivid red, bright yellow, orange, and combinations in between, along with orchid blooms. Banana and mango trees are heavy with fruit. It provides the perfect backdrop to a life lived outdoors, thanks to a year-round temperate climate—mid-70s F during the day, cooling off into the 60s F at night.
"I woke up this morning and saw 30 or more horses grazing in the bamboo forest across the street from our home," says Roger Wergin. "How's that for a tranquil retirement view?" Roger and his wife Cyndy feel they made the right decision when they bought a lot and built their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a gated community, just a 10-minute walk from the town of Olón, Ecuador
The first two times I visited the town of Santa Marta, on Colombia's Caribbean coast, I was a tourist who just wanted to relax on its superb beaches, eat its amazing, fresh seafood, and soak up its vibrant nightlife. And Santa Marta delivered.
The Caribbean island of Roatan, about 40 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras, is well and truly on the expat radar. But that doesn't mean there aren't real estate bargains to be had. Prices here dropped during the housing crash of 2008 but have since leveled off. Plus, due to the devaluing of their dollar, Canadians, a major percentage of buyers on the island, haven't been buying in recent years.
Of all the countries in Southeast Asia that I have scouted, Vietnam is the most exciting and the most fascinating. Foreign and alluring, exotic and enticing...I would go back in a heartbeat, live there without hesitation. There's so much more to this country than just its past. I was shocked to find pristine white-sand beaches...astonished to find pine forests amid temperate mountains...
Over a decade ago, I first wiggled my toes in the soft white sands of Tulúm, Mexico...felt the warm sunshine on my face as gentle breezes rustled through the palms...and gazed at the gentle turquoise waters. Ever since, this Riviera has held a special place in my heart—so much so that these days I call it home for part of the year.
Standing in the middle of Arequipa's central Plaza de Armas, it's hard not to be impressed. The magnificent, centuries-old Basilica Cathedral stretches the entire length of one side of the plaza. Behind it in the distance rise the snow-covered volcanic cones of Misti, Pichu Pichu, and Chachani.
Each morning, my alarm goes off at 7 a.m. but sometimes I lay in bed for a bit longer. No reason to rush. No one is in much of a hurry here at the tip of Mexico's most western territory, the Baja Peninsula. I like to start my day by taking a mile-long walk around the gated community my husband, Dan, and I live in. The houses are mostly three-bedroom and almost all provide a spectacular view of the famous arch in the Sea of Cortez.
If you've been to Mexico, you've likely gone to explore the country's beautiful beaches... along the Caribbean coast and the up-and-coming Riviera Maya...the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side...
Dozens of white-sand beaches...the clear azure Caribbean stretching to the horizon...and warm weather (and water) year-round... Mexico's Riviera Maya is certainly a haven for beach lovers. And this stretch of coast on the Yucatán Peninsula welcomes millions of vacationers seeking to soak up the sun every year.