“I had no idea it was like this,” my wife Suzan said. “This part of the coast is like Pirates of the Caribbean!” We were standing on the dock of Seagull Cove Lodge, a tidy little boutique hotel just outside the village of Boca Chica in Panama’s Chiriquí Province.
The lights here were just as low, the ocean breeze just as gentle, the spaghetti carbonara just as peppery and fresh in the little restaurant on Playa Samara as they were during our honeymoon 14 years ago.
In the States I would have paid anywhere from $600 to $1,500 for the same work, depending on the type, location and material of the cap or crown. Dr Jesús charged me less than $300. The price came as a nice surprise. After the last appointment he gave me the bill, and I didn’t have that much cash with me. “That’s fine,” he said, “bring it in when you get it.”
A midlife crisis—if you fully embrace the stereotype—can be expensive. Fancy car...trophy wife...new body...new career. But—as with so many things—your buck buys you more when you take your midlife crisis to a tropical paradise and teach it to dance the salsa. Consider these alternatives...
"That’s not a branch. It’s a boa constrictor.” Our long boat idled in the swift, muddy current as we scanned the trees on the riverbank.
Beneath the whitewashed colonial colonnade stretching the length of the cobbled square, ancient wooden doorways open onto tiny shops exuding the mouth-watering scent of fresh-baked bread and ripe fruit into the morning air.
Several years ago, just five days into graduate school in California, Robin Finley had what he calls his “ah ha!” moment. "I set my sights on Colombia. I’d been there on a previous trip through Latin America, and it left a strong impression on me."
Driving toward Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, you take a left just after the towering volcano…active, as it turns out, but also the heat source for dozens of thermal spas. Just past the base of the volcano’s perfect cone, on the south side of the clear, 30-square-mile lake, tucked into an impossibly green, wooded valley, you find Rancho Margot.
Mexico's Baja Peninsula is a geographical wonder. Bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the Sea of Cortez, this long, thin strip of land features some of the most spectacular oceanscapes--and some of the most incredible beaches--on the planet. And there is much more to Mexico's Baja Peninsula than Tijuana and Cabo...as you'll see in this report.
Airlines now charge up to $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for the second and $100 apiece for each additional bag.