Panama has a long history of welcoming immigrants to its shores. Not long after the first conquistadors arrived in 1501, it became apparent that Panama was the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The isthmus quickly became part of an infamous trade route that transported precious metals from Peru to Europe.
My husband, Scott, and I have owned the Palapa Bar and Grill on Ambergris Caye for 13 years. We've seen a lot in our days here—including our total destruction and rebuild after Hurricane Earl. The arrival of this virus has been unprecedented.
Since I wasn't a native Spanish speaker—and the only people I knew in Costa Rica were a couple of real estate agents from previous visits—I wasn't familiar with all the resources available to get reliable information.
Ayangue is a gem among the treasures of the coast, and provides a great diversion on a sunny day. You should definitely keep this place on your "to do" list for when you come down to coastal Ecuador.
Hello from a Panama in the midst of "cuarentena absoluta"—our highest level of quarantine here. Wherever in the world you are, I hope you're healthy and keeping your spirits up.
Although the beaches are popular, an estimated 70% of the population in Costa Rica resides in the Central Valley, not on the coast. It is not really a "valley" per se, but more like a plateau across the middle of the country; in the higher elevations it reaches 3,000 to 5,000 feet.
Sittee River is one such spot that has the frozen-in-time feel. The region is situated next to the authentic, welcoming Garifuna community of Hopkins, in southern Belize. This sleepy, historically Kriol area has some huge draws for expats, many of whom say they fell in love the moment they entered the community.
Belize is a hot spot for expat retirees, but it's also a hot spot for expat entrepreneurs. There is a wealth of expat and local needs and wants still not being met, and that means it's fertile ground for new businesses.
I basically embody the American Dream. I come from a poor family amid a broken home—but I was the valedictorian of my class. I was the first person in the family to ever go to college, working two jobs to pay for my undergraduate education. Then came medical school. Then private practice. Then my own kids and the big house and the fancy cars. You know…success.
I was talking to an expat friend the other day. We were chatting about how much Belize has to offer in the way of exotic experiences. We happened to be on one of Belize’s exotic cayes (islands, there are over 400 cayes off the mainland) during this chat. Having spent the day playing in the water, swinging in hammocks, and enjoying a beach barbeque, the captain offered to take us a little farther away to the reef, where some great snorkeling could be done.