Check out theTop 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 according to Forbes.com

Check out theTop 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 according to Forbes.com

Jan 9, 2018

As this Next Avenue article explains, International Living is out with its Annual Global Retirement Index and has chosen the Top 10 places to retire abroad for 2018. The researchers combined data on 24 countries with reporting from International Living correspondents to come up with the list. The top country for 2018: Costa Rica. See the following list to learn about each of the Top 10 places. 1. Costa Rica Costa Rica, a popular, safe, low-stress place for tourists and U.S. expats, jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in this year’s International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. The economy is growing, the thermal springs are bubbling and the beaches are enticing.   2. Mexico In Mexico, International Living says, a couple can live on $1,500 to $3,000 a month — including rent and health care — depending on location. And talk about varying locations: You can choose to retire on a tropical beach, in the temperate mountains, in a Spanish-colonial city or in a small village. International Living says health care is “good to excellent.” Private health care typically costs a quarter to half of what it does in the U.S. If you have a residence visa, you can get Mexico’s public health care for a few hundred dollars a year. That public health care is free if you’re over 60 and a legal resident.   International Living’s Top 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 Costa Rica Mexico Panama Ecuador Malaysia Colombia Portugal Nicaragua España Peru   Click here for full article on Forbes.com Source:...

Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Jan 7, 2018

Here’s an article by Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire published on Expat Focus regarding what people who moved to Mexico were hoping to achieve, and what were their fears…. A recently released research study, “Expats in Mexico: Expectations, Worries… and How It All Turned Out,” provides several fascinating insights into not only the motivations of those who moved to Mexico, but also their apprehensions. To read complete article...

Greg Norman-Designed Los Cabos Community just opened its doors

Greg Norman-Designed Los Cabos Community just opened its doors

Jan 2, 2018

The large Rancho San Lucas resort community is set to debut in Mexico this winter, highlighted by a a golf course and beachfront estates designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The 834-acre master-planned community is located in Los Cabos. The development will include Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas, with beachfront condominiums starting at $1.4 million and private residences starting at $3.3 million offering beach, ocean and golf course views. That’s joined by the Hotels at Rancho San Lucas, including Rancho San Lucas, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas and Grand Solmar the Residences, which are already accepting reservations for stays beginning Dec. 23. Rancho San Lucas will also include a real estate component featuring luxury villas, with lot pads for the first phase already in place....

Cancun launched ‘#TimetoCancun’ digital campaign

Cancun launched ‘#TimetoCancun’ digital campaign

Jan 2, 2018

The Cancun Tourism Board has launched Time to Cancun, a social media branding campaign aimed to engage digitally savvy travelers. The campaign highlights the best of every aspect of the destination, from the beaches to cuisine, and natural highlights. The strategy will be launched in four stages with the goal to engage, share and reinforce messaging about how guests can spend their time in Cancun and explore the destination’s diversity, including water activities, gastronomy, romance and culture. The campaign’s anchor is the #TimetoCancun hashtag, which will be promoted among social media users encouraging them to share their Cancun experiences. A study of Internet Trends conducted by the KPBC company, mentions that 75% of internet traffic on tourist destinations is on video; hence, the launch of the #TimeToCancun campaign is a video created with user-generated content.     Learn how to take care of your skin as you hit the road in Cancun, Mexico     An essential part of the success of this campaign is the teamwork between the different public and private sectors in the field of tourism as well as the local community to highlight and transmit the values that make Cancun a global reference...

The United States will fund restoration of Palenque archaeological site

The United States will fund restoration of Palenque archaeological site

Dec 19, 2017

The United States will fund restoration work at a Mayan archaeological site in Palenque, Chiapas, to the tune of US $500,000. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the U.S. embassy announced the conservation and restoration program on December 4. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson said the money would be delivered over the course of the next three years through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The funding will focus on two important areas located at the Palenque site: the tomb of Pakal and part of an architectural complex known as El Palacio (The Palace). INAH director general Diego Prieto Hernández said the project will repair deterioration in the sarcophagus of Pakal and structures of the El Palacio. INAH researchers will carry out the work, addressing humidity, water filtration and temperature change, which have caused severe damage to the walls of the crypt. As well as repairing structural elements, the project will restore nine plaster figures surrounding the crypt, which represent the Lords of the Night, guardians of the ruler. Pakal governed from 615 to 683 BC. Ambassador Jacobson said she felt a close relationship with the Mayan city, which captivated her interest when she was younger. It also formed part of her doctoral thesis, which focused on the looting of Mayan tombs. She added that the Ambassador’s Fund was proud to donate the money to INAH, a move she asserted will demonstrate that the relation between both nations is now stronger than ever in many areas, such as education and culture. Several factors have negatively affected the archaeological site since its discovery in 1952, including shifting weather patterns, the natural deterioration of the construction materials and the deforestation of the surrounding area. Palenque was named an archaeological monument zone by the federal government in 1981, and recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. Pakal’s tomb has been closed to the public for more than 10 years to avoid further deterioration....

Mexico scores big tourism gains after hurricanes devastate Caribbean islands

Mexico scores big tourism gains after hurricanes devastate Caribbean islands

Dec 18, 2017

When devastating hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and several Caribbean islands this summer, vacationers didn’t stay home and mope. Instead, airline data show that many travelers rebooked their vacations in Mexico. From October 2017 through March 2018, U.S. and international airlines have cut more than 1.2 million seats to hard-hit vacation spots such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and the French-Dutch island St. Martin/St. Maarten, according to airline data analyzed by the aviation consultant ICF. In that same period, U.S. and international carriers added more than 600,000 seats on flights to popular Mexican destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico City and Cancun. Airlines added another 200,000 seats on flights to Caribbean islands that suffered less hurricane damage, including Aruba, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. “Customers want to travel someplace warm with a beach,” said Mark Drusch, ICF vice president and a former airline executive. “And airlines want to book them to places that have hotel rooms available.” Drusch said the airline data analyzed by ICF didn’t show a significant increase in seats to other winter and spring destinations, such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver. Puerto Rico, which suffered the worst toll from Hurricane Maria in September, took the biggest hit of all destinations in the Caribbean, with more than 454,000 airline seats cut from flights to the island in the winter and spring period, compared to the same six-month period in 2016-2017. That amounts to a 20% drop in airline seats. Click here for full article on the LA Times Source: LA...