Business Opportunities In Tulum, Mexico

Big Business Opportunities In Tulum, Mexico

“Living Here, I Feel Like I’m Getting Younger By The Day”

“Tulum is mystical,” says expat Ray Thoman, who’s been living in this lesser known Mexican beach town on the alluring Yucatán peninsula for 14 years.

“We sit between the two largest underground water systems in the world. And with all this flowing water, it creates an energy field. If you’ve had a bad day, you can go to the beach and sit down for an hour or two and feel like you’ve been injected with jet fuel.”

Although they’ve been visiting this stretch of coastline for 26 years, Ray and his Mexican wife Maria say they’ve only scratched the surface of all Tulum’s natural wonders—from cenotes to tropical jungle to Mayan ruins.

Cenote diving is popular in the Riviera Maya

If you love getting close to nature (both on and off land), this is the place to be. And, with temperatures averaging a steady 85 to 90 degrees year-round, you can always be outdoors.

But this great outdoor living opportunity isContinue reading

Life In Medellín And Mexico

Life In Medellín And Mexico: Latin America’s Best Options

Are We Still In Latin America?

As the crow flies, Panama City (my newly adopted home) and Medellín, Colombia—where we gathered last week for our sixth Live and Invest in Colombia Conference—are but 330 miles apart.

For such relatively close neighbors, the differences are staggering.

Goodbye, frantic big-city life… towering blocks of glass and steel… and a constant near-100% humidity…

Here, in spring-like Medellín, you’ll see more red-brick buildings and clay-tile roofs… more green park areas… and bursts of color from the flowers this city is famous for.

Hard to believe that, at 3.5 million, Medellín’s population is more than twice that of Panama City. And still, Colombia’s second-largest city is not fighting to keep the pace andContinue reading

Life In Medellin, Colombia

Experience The Eternal Spring: Life In Medellin, Colombia

Year-Round Spring In This “Small-Town-Friendly” Haven

I’m writing from the InterContinental Medellín this week as I work on the final preparations for our Live and Invest In Colombia Conference, kicking off here on Wednesday.

As well as the experts who’ll join us for this event—from real estate attorneys to health-care specialists to Spanish-language instructors—I’m looking forward to catching up with some of our expats in town…

One of my favorite stories is that of Darren and Wendy Howater.

For almost 20 years, the Howaters lived in the town of Oregon, Illinois (population: 4,000)… in their dream home… on a private acre of wooded land… supported by their small community.

They could have stayed in Illinois all their lives… Continue reading

Cascais Beach

You Can Retire In Cascais, Portugal, Even In Your 30’s

Meet The Underage Retiree

When you hear the words “early retirement” in the United States, you probably think of someone downing tools at 60… or maybe 55.

But how many people do you know who retired at 45? Or even at 30?

We’re meeting more of these “underage retirees” at our conferences these days. Men and women in their 30s, 40s—and even in their late 20s—who are looking to “retire” overseas.

Some of them will retire before their parents.

And, for these guys, it’s not so much about retiring from a career. It can just as easily be about breaking away from the hectic pace of their current lives… about finding somewhere warmer to enjoy more time outdoors… or just the promise of a new adventure…

Rafael Nacif is one of these underage retirees, now living with his wife and two young daughters in Cascais, Portugal.

Brazilian by birth, RafaelContinue reading

Faro Algarve Portugal Beach Deserta Island

Why Algarve, Portugal, Is The #1 European Beach Destination

As Close As You Get To Paradise

If you’ve been a reader of Live and Invest Overseas newsletters for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us say (at least a dozen times) that there is no perfect paradise. No single, one-size-fits-all retirement haven solution.

We don’t mean to disappoint, of course. We call it like it is. And we make it our mission to present you with our careful selection of the world’s best offerings. Based on your own agenda, you choose the place that makes sense for you.

But sometimes, there’s a place that comes close to perfection. Sometimes, there’s a place so full of charm, so heavy on attractions, so welcoming and accommodating of expats, that it pretty much ticks all the boxes you could possibly lay out for your dream retirement.

Portugal’s Algarve is one such place. It’s the stretch of coastline in the south of the country, starting at the Spanish border and running almost 100 miles across to Europe’s southwestern tip, Cape St. Vincent—once believed among Europeans to be “the end of the world.”

Cape St. Vincent—once “the end of the world” for Europeans

Long-time magnet for British holiday-makers, as well as other mainland Europeans seeking less-crowded beaches than those on the Med, the rest of the world has been slowly catching on to the Algarve’s stunning beaches. In 2013, it was named Best European Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards (the travel industry’s version of the Oscars). In 2015, Portugal was named World’s Best Golf Destination. Not forgetting that the Algarve came out tops in Continue reading

The City Of Medellin, Colombia, Offers Sophisticated Living On A Budget

Property Opportunities In Medellin, Colombia

Sophisticated Living At A Much-Undervalued Price

I have a quick-fire question for you…

When you hear mention of “Colombia,” what’s the first thing to spring to mind?

(Don’t overthink it. Just settle on the very first thing.)

Was it coffee… drugs… gangs… Pablo Escobar… or beautiful women?

Or—if you caught Narcos on Netflix—maybe Escobar making million-dollar drug deals, surrounded by beautiful women, shooting down rival gang members?

If this is your image of modern Colombia, then we need to talk.

At the Global Property Summit here in Panama City last week, attendees wereContinue reading

Morillo Beach shoreline in Panama

Morillo Beach On Panama’s Azuero Sunset Coast

Why You Need To Follow The Surfers

If you want to find the best beaches in Central America, my advice is to follow the surfers.

Not the tourist surfers… but the local guys.

You don’t need to be a surfer… or care about ever stepping foot on a board.

But, if you’re a lover of sand, sea, and spectacular sunsets, you may just find yourself on some of the best-kept-secret beaches of the world.

Take Morillo Beach on Panama’s Azuero Sunset Coast, for example.

Where?

Exactly.

You won’t find Morillo listed on the top 10… or even 50… beaches in the world.

You may not even find Morillo on a list of top 10 beaches in Panama.

But it’s here that handfuls of surfers and backpackers are coming out for weekends (mostly from Panama City)…Continue reading

Panama City Skyline

Insights On Living In Panama: The Land That Has It All

Experiencing Life In Panama

I’ll admit I knew little about Panama before I arrived in the country—and not even about that guy who faked his death in a canoe. (If you haven’t heard that one, don’t worry—I’ll share more details later.)

I’d heard, of course, about the furious pace of construction in Panama City over the past decade and a half. So I expected to land on a building site surrounded by incredible noise.

Instead, where those cranes once dominated the sky, I found blocks of dazzling new skyscrapers. And the noise… it was no more than I was used to in Paris. Panama City is up-and-running and completely open for business.

My point is: no matter how much you read up about a place in advance, being on the ground is entirely different.

I’ve been getting a lot of queries on Panama these past weeks—both in connection withContinue reading

Reasons For Moving Overseas

How Do You Explain Your Reasons For Moving Overseas?

What Your Well-Meaning Friends May Never Understand

When friends dare to ask why you’re even entertaining this crazy notion of moving overseas, what do you tell them?

Do you have a list of justifications ready to defend yourself… in the hope that it will help them understand what, in your mind, is a very logical decision?

I’ve been there. And, sometimes, it gets exhausting…

Maybe you tell them you’re looking for a better quality of life that just can’t be had where you are right now…

Or you want to be somewhere you can stretch your dollars farther and live more comfortably…

You might be in search of better weather (somewhere you can be at the beach and enjoy summer temperatures year-round)…

Or perhaps you tell them you’re tired of the fast pace of modern life and want to escape to a place that’s more laid-back and embraces more traditional values (and, hey, where you’ll be surrounded by more supportive, like-minded people)…

These are all top reasons soon-to-be expats tend to throw out when explaining their decision to leave behind their old home in search of a new life.

And, while we may all have different reasons for going overseas, I believe there’s one thing we all have in common. One main motivator that, through all the hassle we may getContinue reading

Beach property in the Dominican Republic

Advice On Buying And Living In The Dominican Republic

“Why Would We Bother Going Anywhere Else?”

When Bob Granger proposed to Janet, part of the “deal” was that they wouldn’t retire in the United States. He wanted to get away—and he was giving her the opportunity to come along for the ride. (She said yes.)

More than a decade later, while the Grangers worked away at their jobs in Washington D.C., a friend who knew they were in the market for a new life overseas put them onto the Dominican Republic. Liking what they heard, the couple planned a visit.

What they did in the first 24 hours of that vacation is something we always warn our readers against…

They bought a house.

So charmed by everything they saw around them—the miles of pristine beach, the lush mountains, and the warm and welcoming community of locals and European expats—Bob and Janet were sold on life in Las Terrenas.

Unfortunately, they never got to live in that little impulse-buy property.

They weren’t ready to leave their jobs just yet.

But the Dominican Republic was more than a one-night stand. And, over the years, the couple continued to visit Las Terrenas on vacation.

The Grangers had the opportunity to visit other places and vet them for their retirement. They could have gone to Honduras… to Panama… to Costa Rica. But, as Janet put it plainly to attendees in the room at last year’s Live and Invest in Dominican Republic Conference, “Why would we bother going Continue reading