Inside this Issue: A million-dollar home for $300,000 in Costa Rica… Plus: Robinson Crusoe-style retreats on seven of the world’s best islands; Successfully reinvent yourself overseas; The five best areas for expats in Montevideo, Uruguay…and much more.
Nature’s moat, that liquid rampart that separates an island from the mainland coast, creates a divide in more than land mass. On an island you simplify, slow down, quiet your penchant for deadlines…more by necessity, perhaps, than design. They don’t call it “island time” for nothing.
Paris, France, brings its communal gardens, castles, mansions, and cultural centers to life for the Festival Ile-de-France—a mix of jazz, classical, folk, and even Japanese concerts from September 7 to October 13.
If you’re looking for a laidback lifestyle in a tropical paradise then Roatan, the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands, fits the bill. Just a two-hour direct flight from Houston or Miami it’s the kind of place where dressing up means wearing flip flops.
I’m impressed by Tuscany Gardens. I have a spa bath…free Internet…satellite TV. I don’t intend to use the laundry facilities—much less the iron and ironing board—but the unit’s kitchen is better equipped than mine at home.
There has been a lot of hand-wringing lately over the slowdown in official Chinese GDP growth,” writes IL Finance Editor, Chris Hunter
It’s a line you hear a lot on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. “We thought about Panama—we almost bought in El Valle. Then we came down to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone and fell in love.
It was a grey Saturday morning in December when we got the knock on the door we’d been dreading. It was the mail carrier delivering a registered letter from our landlord.
• A mortgage broker can get you the best loan terms. When we first approached our regular bank for a loan, our representative gave us terms so abysmal that we thought we’d have to rent, after all.
Life moves at a much slower pace now. It’s very different from how things were three or four years ago. Today I wake up to a beautiful blue ocean view from my home on the Mexican island of Cozumel.