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April 5, 2012, Medellin, Colombia: Here are the best places in the world today to live, retire, invest, and do business overseas

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

We've welcomed a great many new readers recently, so it seems a good time to regroup.

Looking at the world map from our live, retire, and invest overseas vantage point, here's what we see:

Perennial Bests

World's Top Retirement Haven: Panama

Yes, still, Panama. Panama City is no longer cheap, but elsewhere in the country sure can be. And, for such a little country, Panama serves up tremendous diversity, meaning you can find almost any retirement lifestyle you might be looking for, from cosmopolitan Panama City to Caribbean island hideaways, Pacific coast fishing villages, colonial cities, mountain towns, and expat enclaves.


Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Best Value Versus Cheapest: Your Best Beach Retirement Options Compared

April 4, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, offers the best choice for a fully appointed Pacific coast retirement that is also affordable.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

An important part of our editorial agenda this year is making comparisons, drawing out the advantages and the downsides of the world's top retirement havens for 2012.

Today, in that spirit, let's consider Pacific coastal options...

If this is the retirement lifestyle you're in the market for, your search will lead you to choices in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, and Mexico.


Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

In This Fully Appointed Retirement Haven, You Get What You Pay For…And Then Some

April 3, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, offers one of the most romantic and most fully appointed Pacific coast retirement options in the world.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Early in the morning," writes Correspondent Lauren Stanley, "joggers and dog-walkers are the only ones on the malecón, the seaside boardwalk separating the white-sand beach from the cobblestoned street with its row of shops. Often there is a slight haze in the air, softening the Pacific's blue and blurring the sharp edges of the high-rises seen in the distance, across the bay.

"At this hour here in the Romantic Zone, the only sounds are the waves as they curl onshore and the occasional whoosh of a passing vehicle. The row of whimsical bronze sculptures along the malecón--among them a boy riding a seahorse, a couple in love, and (my favorite) pillow-headed figures climbing a ladder to the sky--are their only company. This is not an early-rising city, and the shops and restaurants are still closed. Their enticing displays--gem-studded jewelry, gaily colored ceramics, chic beachwear, and more--will be available later, as the city wakes up.


Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A Well-Appointed Cosmopolitan Seaside Retirement You Can Afford

April 2, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is home to an expat community that numbers as many as 10,000 who have chosen this city because it offers one of the most affordable well-appointed and cosmopolitan seaside retirement and lifestyle options in the world.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Until the 1950s, Puerto Vallarta was a small fishing village along a spectacular bay on the Pacific, modestly popular among Mexicans as a beach resort. Then, in 1963, John Huston filmed "The Night of the Iguana" in Mismaloya, a seaside village just south of Puerto Vallarta. The film's star, Richard Burton, was involved with actress Elizabeth Taylor at the time. Taylor followed Burton on location...and the paparazzi followed her. Suddenly Puerto Vallarta was all over the news...and on the map as far as Americans were concerned. It's remained there ever since.

Burton and Taylor both eventually bought houses in Puerto Vallarta and attracted other jet-setters there. About this same time, the Mexican government began to invest heavily in infrastructure in the area, including highways, roads, and public utilities, all of which made Puerto Vallarta more accessible and attractive as a tourist destination. Luxury hotels began to spring up, and American tourists, especially from the Western states, began to flock here.


Starting A Business Overseas

“It’d Be A Shame To Walk Away From This Now”

April 1, 2012, Panama City, Panama: The two keys to success for the entrepreneur abroad are perseverance and perspective.

Also This Week: Seven Critical Questions To Answer Before Planning Your Retirement Overseas…Come Out From Behind The Bullet-Proof Glass…What Is Life Really Like In Panama City?... The Four Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Panama City (That You've Probably Never Heard Of)…

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

While retire overseas is my beat, it's not my personal agenda. I didn't move overseas to retire but to run a business, first for someone else, now for myself.

Some 14 years ago when I left Baltimore, Maryland, headed for Waterford, Ireland, I carried with me clear marching orders from my employer-partner of the time: Establish an office, an EU base.

That long-ago history is on my mind this morning for two reasons. First, I'm flying to Medellin, Colombia, in a few days to spend two weeks focused on making some progress on the book I'm currently writing, which retells my personal experiences living, raising a family, and running various businesses overseas.


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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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