Mango Plantation Investment In Panama Offers 16%+ ...

Earn Better Than 16% Per Annum From This Turn-Key Agri-Play

June 27, 2014, Penonome, Panama: This mango plantation investment opportunity in Panama is great turn-key diversification promising a return of better than 16% per year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I've been telling you since February about an opportunity I've identified to invest in a mango plantation here in Panama. My team and I carried out due diligence on this investment for months in advance of my reporting on it initially, and my research team has been out to the plantation many times. However, finally, last weekend, I had a chance to go to see the operation firsthand myself. I was impressed.

The developer's original plan was to clear the first 100 hectares (of a total 750 hectares) for planting. However, sales have been brisker than expected, so they've taken advantage of having the necessary equipment on site and are clearing beyond 100 hectares. They expect to start putting trees in the ground in the next week or so. They have 8,000 trees ready for planting and another 4,000 being prepared offsite to follow. The nursery system has been designed to keep up with land clearance.

The most impressive thing I witnessed during the visit was the flight of the drone plane they are using to map the terrain before planting. The lead agronomist (and president of the company) wants to ensure optimal drainage, so he has his guys send up the drone at least once a week. The drone takes rapid-fire photos that the crew then review to monitor and manage the earthwork being done on the ground. It's a high-tech strategy for making sure the trees will get the right amount of water to produce optimum quantities and quality of mangos.


Craft Microbrew Industry In Costa Rica

Microbrew Uprising—Beer Is A Growth Industry In This Central American Haven

June 26, 2014, Uvita, Costa Rica: The craft microbrew industry, fueled largely by expat transplants and foreign retirees, is growing in Costa Rica.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I just got back from a trip to my home in Michigan, where I spent 11 days packing up my girlfriend and my dogs for the full-time move to southern Costa Rica.

Mission accomplished.

In some of my downtime back home I hit a couple (OK, maybe it was a dozen) of the local microbreweries in Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Grand Rapids has been named Beer City USA the last two years running because of the number and quality of the microbreweries there.

My girlfriend Kristie and I love good beer. Normally in Central America you don't have a lot of options when it comes to beer. In Belize it is Beliken and Beliken only because the owners have a government-approved monopoly. Same goes for Tona in Nicaragua. Fledgling microbreweries in that country have been shut down at a total loss to the owners to dissuade any new upstarts.


Algarve, Portugal, Is A Top Retirement Option In Old World Europe

Europe’s Most Affordable Coastal
Retirement Haven

June 25, 2014, Algarve, Portugal: The Algarve, Portugal, is the best retirement option in Western Europe for the retiree on a budget.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

This month's issue of my Overseas Retirement Letter features a region that could be described as the best place to retire in Old World Europe on a budget—the Algarve, Portugal.

Yesterday, Overseas Retirement Letter Managing Editor Lucy Culpepper hosted a live interview with our correspondent on the ground in Portugal, Luis da Silva. This private teleconference was intended for members of our Overseas Retirement Circle, who were able to listen in and have their questions answered live.

However, the Algarve is such an appealing option right now for anyone interested in retiring to the Continent that I'd like to break protocol and share some of Lucy and Luis' conversation beyond the Overseas Retirement Circle membership...

Lucy: In your opinion, Luis, what are the five key attractions for expats of the two regions in the Algarve that you're recommending specifically, Silves and Lagoa?

Luis: Great weather, year-round. Existing expat community, with English spoken by many. Very competitive cost of living. Low or zero tax for those who qualify. And the cost of real estate, which, again, is, very competitive for Europe.

Lucy: When is the best time of year to make an exploratory visit...or, to put it another way, is there any time of the year when the weather would make it difficult to get about and explore?

Luis: There are no bad months...though we do have a winter here. January and February are a bit colder. My favorite months are September and October, when the summer crowds have gone but the weather and sea temperature are still glorious.

Lucy: How does an American go about getting residency in Portugal?


Beachfront Property In Maceió, Brazil

Prices In This Coastal Paradise Are Deep In Bargain Territory

June 24, 2014, Maceió, Brazil: Prices for beachfront property in Maceió, Brazil, are at a five-year low in U.S. dollar terms.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Palm-studded sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters, and a great property market...that pretty much sums up my first impression of Maceió, Brazil. After spending a few days in this city, my impression only improved as we explored the fine dining, beachside bars, and wild and beautiful coast that runs north and south from the city.

Best of all, thanks to today's favorable exchange rates, you can buy a home in one of Maceió's best beachside neighborhoods for less than US$100,000.

Capital of the state of Alagoas, Maceió (pronounced mah-say-OH) is located on the peninsula that separates Mundaú Lake from the Atlantic Ocean, about 168 miles south of Recife. A natural point of land juts into the ocean from the center of town and separates the town's beach sector into two parts, each with two major beach areas. My favorite beaches are north of that point.

A wide beachfront avenue runs along Maceió's clean and attractive boardwalk, which is busy all day with joggers, walkers, and people relaxing on a bench or keeping fit at the oceanfront exercise area.

Groves of palm trees surround seafront restaurants, beach bars, and the kiosks that dot the beach side of the boardwalk. On the city side of the boardwalk, the avenue is lined with tasteful buildings, restaurants, and hotels. The eight-story limit keeps the boardwalk and beach from feeling crowded or hemmed in by a wall of highrises.


Panama Is A Land Of Business, Investment, Employment, And...

More Than Just A Plan B

June 23, 2014, Azuero Coast, Panama: Panama is increasingly sought out as land of business, investment, and lifestyle opportunity.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Around the cantina lunch table this past sunny Saturday afternoon we were Americans, British, Irish, Russians, South Africans, and a Trinidadian. We were in Panama, all of us, in search of opportunity—business, investment, employment, and lifestyle.

"My wife and I have been looking for a Plan B," the gentleman from South Africa sitting next to me explained. "We considered Australia, where many South Africans are migrating, but it's not easy to get full-time residency in that country, especially after age 45.

"Then we read about Panama. It sounded like a place offering a lot of opportunity right now, so I decided to come have a look. I have been here for one week, and I am impressed. There is so much to be done here, so much on offer. There are many growing markets in Panama City, especially, in need of many more services, I think.

"I have been able to organize my temporary residency already. I'm going to return home, tell my wife about my experiences and my impressions, and then come back with her so she can apply for her residency, too.

"This started out as a Plan B," the gentleman continued, "but now I'm thinking it could be much more than that for us..."


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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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