Celebrating Carnavale In Panama

Nobody Gets In The Way Of Carnavale!

Feb. 19, 2012, Buenaventura, Panama: Carnavale week is one of the most important celebrations in Panama. The biggest Caranavale parties in Panama are at the beach, especially Las Tablas.

Also This Week: Is It Really Safe?..."This Is Paradise--Why Travel Farther?"...A Moveable Feast With Lots Of Latin Style...Living Between Tucson And The Most Romantic City In The Americas...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

I write today from the beach, where we've retreated this weekend before Carnavale.

Panama City this weekend is a ghost town. Every resident who could manage it has traveled to some stretch of this country's coastline to celebrate through Fat Tuesday. One friend took the all-night bus from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. ("Could that possibly be worth it?" I asked him. "Well, yes. I'll be spending the next five days of Carnavale at the beach!" he replied enthusiastically.)

Other friends are at Santa Clara...Chitre...which, admittedly, isn't quite on the coast. It's slightly inland, but, as a friend who passed through last week reported, "In Chitre, the party has already started. From every local bar, the music was blasting as I drove by. And outside every bar are tractor-trailers loaded with cases of beer..."

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How To Find A Rental In Panama City

How To Find A Good Deal On A Rental In An Inefficient Market

Feb. 17, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Panama City, as in all emerging markets, it is not a straightforward thing to find a rental. This is a market of inefficiencies, where it’s almost impossible to find comps or to determine what a rental should cost.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

The office space we're currently renting in Panama City is nearly four times as big as the space we occupied before this one. Our monthly rent here? It's but 15% more...

Friends are renting a two-bedroom house on the water...with a complete one-bedroom guest house on the grounds...on the east coast of Panama's Azuero Peninsula for US$200 per month. I've seen pictures. This is a comfortable house built and finished to North American standards...

Another friend moved recently into a brand-new loft-style apartment in a high-rise building in the trendy and popular El Cangrejo neighborhood of Panama City. He took us to see the place.

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Part-Time Retirement In Guanajuato

Living Between Tucson And The Most Romantic City In The Americas

Feb. 16, 2012, Guanajuato, Mexico: The colonial city of Guanajuato, Mexico, is an ideal part-time retirement option, perfect for Snowbirds and anyone wanting to try out new life in a foreign country on a part-time basis.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Americans Rex Scofield and Rita Weatherholt have been living in Tucson, Arizona, for the past 15 years. Today, though, Tucson is only their part-time home.

In 2009, as Rita's 50th birthday approached, the couple was looking around for options for how to mark the event. They knew they wanted to celebrate outside the United States. Initially, the pair planned a cycling trip in Italy, but, as the date approached, they just weren't ready to do that.

Rex and Rita had read Tony Cohen's book "On Mexican Time." Rex remembered a passage about Guanajuato, which prompted him to do a little Internet research.

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Retire To Guanajuato, Mexico

A Moveable Feast With Lots Of Latin Style

Feb. 15, 2012, Guanajuato, Mexico: Guanajuato, Mexico, is the crown jewel of Mexico’s colonial highland cities, an ideal and affordable retirement choice.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"The silver mines in Mexico's central highlands provided the incredible wealth that impelled Spain to world prominence in the 16th century and created Guanajuato, the crown jewel of Mexico's colonial cities," writes Mexico Correspondent Mike Anderson in this month's issue of my Overseas Retirement Letter (in subscribers' e-mailboxes today).

"Located just two hour's flight time from the international air hubs at Dallas and Houston, it's astonishing that Guanajuato has remained in relative obscurity compared with the nearby expat destinations of San Miguel de Allende and Ajijic.

"Certainly the steep canyon walls, where twisted alleyways host most of the homes that look down upon the town's few streets in the valley below, have discouraged those expats who can't imagine life without an automobile or who have walking impediments.

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Travel Concerns In Puerto Vallarta

Is It Really Safe?

Feb. 14, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Nowhere in the world is 100% safe, but the places we recommend you consider for living, retiring, or investing overseas, including Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, are safe.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

It's the question we get most frequently:

"Is it really safe?"

Some readers pose it more directly:

"Why do you keep misleading readers, Kathleen, telling them Fill In Country Name X is safe when it isn't? Haven't you read the State Department's warnings? Haven't you watched the CNN footage? Haven't you seen the statistics? Do you have your head in the sand? Or do you just not care about the safety of your readers?"

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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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