Live Or Retire On Lake Atitlan

“This Is Paradise—Why Travel Farther?”

Feb. 13, 2012, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: The villages on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, offer a beautiful, affordable retirement option.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"My eyes are feasting on the most beautiful lake in the world," writes Latin America Correspondent Mary Bartnikowski.

"That's what Aldous Huxley called Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The volcanoes rimming the lake rise into the horizon, and every sunset is drop-dead gorgeous, with birds flying across the fuchsia sky.

"The lake is right outside my door, just beyond my front lawn, and I can hear it lapping the lakeshore right now. In the morning, birds wake me with their singing. I live in a bird sanctuary filled with birds I've never seen elsewhere. Then, each morning when I open my eyes, the first thing I see is the volcano with the lake beneath it. The deep blue of the lake melts your heart. It is just that astoundingly vibrant.

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Expat Life In Panama City, Panama

So It Goes In Paradise…

Feb. 12, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Day-to-day expat life in Panama City, Panama, can be a study in frustration, aggravation, and the unexpected.

Also This Week: Top Pacific Coast Retirement Options Compared…The World’s Most Romantic Oceanside Retirement…Like The Best Of Southern California (At Prices Even The Not Rich Or Famous Can Afford)…Seaside Jewel, Snowbird’s Delight…

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

"Sr. Lief?! Alberto is in trouble..."

It was Elodia, our office manager, calling upstairs to Lief in a meeting in my office. Lief excused himself and went down to find out what the trouble could be now.

It was just after lunch, but already it'd been an eventful day.

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Rental Properties In Puerto Vallarta

How To Buy For The Yield In This Proven Rentals Market

Feb. 10, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a proven rentals market offering a great choice of rental investment properties in all price ranges.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Kathleen has been writing to you this week about Puerto Vallarta, making the point that this is one Pacific coast destination where it's not silly to make a comparison to the southern coast of California. In fact, the two regions are very similar. The big difference is the cost. Puerto Vallarta serves up the same Pacific Ocean surf, the same white sand, and, very important, a comparable level of infrastructure, amenities, and services as you find in towns along the coast of southern California, but at a steep, steep discount.

That's all speaking generally. What about real estate values, specifically?

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Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Seaside Jewel, Snowbird’s Delight

Feb. 9, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a beautiful Pacific coast destination offering a pleasant climate, an established expat community, international-standard infrastructure, First World medical care, and affordable costs of living and of real estate, making it one of the world’s top retirement havens.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Puerto Vallarta," writes Mexico Correspondent Lauren Stanley, "is located on Mexico's central Pacific coast, in the state of Jalisco. It's about a five-hour drive west of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city and the Jalisco state capital.

"The city lies between the blue sea and velvet-green mountains that tumble down almost to the shore, and this setting is one of the first things you notice. As you walk along Vallarta's seafront, look down the cobbled side streets that debouche into the malecón.

"You'll see that these streets rise steeply to hills...sometimes within just a few blocks of the shore. These hills are dotted with homes and condominium buildings that offer sweeping views of the bay.

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Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Like The Best Of Southern California (At Prices Even The Not Rich Or Famous Can Afford)

Feb. 8, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, offer Pacific coast lifestyle and retirement options that are like the best of southern California but dramatically more affordable.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Leaving the Puerto Vallarta airport our most recent visit to this part of the world, we knew right away that we were back in North America. Alongside the highway, we saw Wal-Mart, Home Depot, a mega-grocery store, Domino's Pizza...

"Can we go to Wal-Mart?!" asked young Jackson enthusiastically from the back seat.

Jack's experience of places like Wal-Mart to this point in his life has been limited to our annual Christmas visits to Baltimore, where my family lives. To him, Wal-Mart is a special treat, along with Toys "R" Us and Best Buy. The truth is, places like these are a special treat for me, too.

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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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