The Perks of Not Being a Pioneer in Panama

The Perks of Not Being a Pioneer in Panama

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June 30, 2020

While we wait for the boat to pull away from the dock, we pose in our orange lifejackets. The breeze is whipping our hair into our faces, and the sun is shining brightly. The ocean varies from intense sapphire to a crystal clear aqua. There’s exuberant greenery along the shore, and the striking city skyline gleams in the background. We all smile wide for the inevitable photo. Soon we’ll be digging our toes into white sands and wading into warm waters.

Why I Moved to Belize

Why I Moved to Belize

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June 30, 2020

When you land there, you see a painted little billboard that says, “Welcome Home.” And, when I got off my puddle jumper flight, that’s exactly what happened, I felt like I was home. When I talk to fellow expats here, that was their feeling, too.

Things to Do in Santa Ana

Things to Do in Santa Ana

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June 25, 2020

Suburban Santa Ana is nestled in the hills west of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. It is conveniently located on the tollway next to the popular upscale suburb of Escazú. Two decades ago Santa Ana was just a small dot on the map in the Central Valley’s mountainous landscape.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 25, 2020

How about building your perfect custom home on a few acres of your own land, free from the pressures of permits and architects and construction complications? Add saving money by living off-grid and growing your own food...and you can see why my American expat friend did exactly this.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 20, 2020

When I lived in Florida, growing a vegetable garden was like flying too close to the sun. Everything got burned to a crisp. But in Cuenca, where the warmth of the equator meets the high elevation of the Andes, the climate provides near-perfect spring/fall weather year round. The average temperature is low 50s to mid-70s most of the year, with frequent rains, so my plants have a fighting chance at life.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 12, 2020

As if the legends weren't enough, there also are stories that fall into the realm of unexplained mystery. One of the most important of these is the story of the stone spheres of Costa Rica. This is not fiction; it's simply a true story that includes strange and as yet unexplained facts.

June 2020

June 2020

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June 10, 2020

Currently, this is more of a buyer's than a seller's market. If you're test-driving life in Panama, I recommend renting before you buy. Countless expats have moved to the beach, only to find that they prefer a mountain community in another part of the country—and vice-versa.