The conversation is a mix of Spanish and English. Large groups of friends are lingering at the tables under the night sky, long after their meals of slow-smoked ribs and beef brisket are done, enjoying conversation and a few cold Balboa beers at $2 a pop...
I stand on a terrace overlooking the water, waves crashing onto the rocks below. Lights along the vast curve of the Bay of Banderas twinkle on as darkness falls. That’s my cue to taxi over to Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romántica (also referred to as Old Town...
"No wind, no clouds, no rain," is how expat Lynn Pierce describes the weather in Los Cabos. "Last Sunday it was 96 F. If you're not in the sun, it's still pleasant, because it's so dry here." With its dry desert climate, Los Cabos gets about 350 sunny days...
It was good to see the sunset again. And the rooftop terrace overlooking the Bay of Banderas was the perfect place to take it in. Casa Karma, clinging to the cliff-side above waves crashing on the shore, is one of Puerto Vallarta’s favorite happy-hour spots for local expats.
On my recent trip to David, Panama’s third largest city, I heard a common refrain from expats there. Whenever the topic of Boquete, a small mountain town about 30 minutes up the mountain, came up they’d say: “It’s too cold. Too small. And there are too many gringos.”
If you need a manicured lawn, 18-hole golf course, large fancy supermarket, or luxury condo to be happy…you can find that in Costa Rica. But you’ll have to give the country’s southern Caribbean coast a miss.
Since arriving in the Costa Rican mountain town of San Ramón, John and Caryl Buford have done much to endear themselves to the local community. But they’re especially proud of bringing TubaChristmas to Costa Rica, which has performed favorite Christmas carols since 2011.
From the first time Steve Reyer visited the trendy Costa Rican beach town Nosara—way back in 1992—he was smitten. A lifelong surfer, he instantly fell in love with Nosara’s breath-taking Pacific coast, spectacular surf, and laidback atmosphere.
On many Caribbean islands, buying property on or near the water can seem out of reach…something reserved for the wealthy. But not on Roatán, where you can find the best-value real estate of any Caribbean island. Just imagine: For $199,000 you could have a two-bedroom Caribbean home right on the water in a quiet neighborhood with no tourists—your own private getaway.
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.