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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...

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

Mention Portugal and you may think of the Age of Discovery or an endless coastline of craggy Atlantic beaches. Most people think, “Romantic, but probably beyond my budget.” Not so. Start in Lisbon to begin your love affair with Portugal—because that's exactly what it will be. On arrival, you'll find convenient transportation...

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

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August 15, 2018

The Eje Cafetero—called the Coffee Triangle by English speakers—is one of Colombia’s best-kept secrets. When I traveled through the region, locals told me this mountainous region is increasingly popular as a retirement destination…for Colombians seeking an escape from the big city...

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

I first came to the laidback fishing town of Zihuatanejo (pronounced “zee-watt-an-a-hoe”) eight years ago, to visit an old friend. At the time, I didn’t even know its exact location, until I looked it up. I guess you may not know it either: it’s on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco...

Beachside Caribbean Real Estate is More Affordable Than You Might Think in Belize

Beachside Caribbean Real Estate is More Affordable Than You Might Think in Belize

There’s barely been a better time to look at the beachside real estate market in beautiful Belize. Prices have been dropping for the past year or two, making more homes affordable no matter what your budget, whether you intend to rent or buy. And while many prefer to rent (at least at first), another great benefit of Belize is that it allows foreigners to own land and property outright—even beachfront...

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

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July 28, 2018

Max Davies still can’t believe the monthly fee for using the gym at the 4-star Hilton Hotel is only $63 a month. He can use the sauna, the pool, the weight room, the squash court, ping-pong tables, and a clean locker room scented with frangipani. Resort-quality amenities for locals. That’s one of the many benefits of retiring in Hua Hin...

Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador’s, Surprising Spanish Roots

Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador’s, Surprising Spanish Roots

There are two Cuenca’s in the world, one in Spain and one in Ecuador. Cuenca, Ecuador, shares a lot with its Spanish cultural twin, including art, food, architecture, and religion. Even the fresh trout from the rivers that run through the city, and the affinity for fiestas remind me of Cuenca’s Spanish ties right down to the Picasso influenced murals that line the streets...