El Retiro For Small-Town Living In The Hills Outside Medellin, Colombia

“Kathleen and Lief, you two are fantastic. You both over-deliver in a great way. E-mails from you are always for me good stuff.

“I want to find out if there are localities in the Caribbean/Central America along any sea coast that are free of the worst pests, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects. It takes me three to four weeks to get over just one bite from a mosquito.

“I’m sorry to bother you with a question so simple but really it’s of decisive nature for me.

“And I imagine that quite a few seniors like me are a bit hysteric about mosquitoes, so I suggest you add a short article about it in one of your wonderful mails.”

–Olav M., United States

You’re going to encounter insects most anywhere you go in the tropics and certainly, being realistic, at any beach. Mosquitos are one factor; sand flies and no-see-ems are others, depending on the region.

I couldn’t recommend any beach anywhere in the world as truly pest-free.

If you really want to avoid mosquitos (and certainly if you’re allergic to their bite), you’ll have to look to the mountains (unfortunately).


“Kathleen, we have read a lot about Colombia and the city you all so enjoy, Medellin. There are those of us who are not city people. Can you share some information about living in the countryside? We sure would appreciate it.”

–Joan Z., United States

The mountains around Medellin offer many options for country and small town living. Specifically, the town of El Retiro, about an hour from Medellin, could be a great choice for someone interested in small-town living in a Spanish-colonial atmosphere. All around El Retiro (and the international airport, which is nearby) are small fincas, or farms. You’d have many interesting options to choose from if country living is what you’re looking for in Colombia.

We spoke about this at last week’s Live and Invest in Colombia Conference. More details are here.

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