Colombia, Overseas Haven Reports
Pereira, Colombia | Overseas Haven Report
Pereira, one of the cities that make up the Coffee Triangle, along with the nearby cities of Armenia and Manizales, has stunning scenery, picturesque small pueblos,bountiful natural resources, and many opportunities for hiking, photography, horseback riding, and much more.SKU: OHR-PEREIRA-COLOMBIA
Cambodia, Overseas Haven Reports
Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report, Cambodia expert Robert Carry details the arts, dance, food, religion, music, and even clothing are thriving in the region. Tourist numbers are exploding–up 180% since 2004–which is often a precursor to developers moving in and property prices zooming up. Take a look now and see what’s happening in Phnom Penh today.SKU: OHR-PHNOM-PHEN-CAMBODIA
Overseas Haven Reports, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature Phuket, Thailand.
Phuket, the third-largest island in Thailand, is world-renowned for its pristine beaches, scenic mountain views, tropical climate, budget-friendly lifestyle, high-quality dental care, and world-class hospitals (Phuket International Hospital is one of the best in Thailand).
It’s also home to a thriving expat community, made up of people from all over the world. With its idyllic golf courses, top-rated international schools, unique multicultural cuisine, and vibrant local culture, it’s no surprise that Phuket is so popular. Find out how you, too, can call Phuket home in this Overseas Haven Report.SKU: OHR-PHUKET-THAILAND
Belize, Overseas Haven Reports
Placencia, Belize | Overseas Haven Report
If Belize has been on your radar, focusing on Placencia couldn’t come at a better time.
Seventeen miles of beautiful white-sand beaches… dazzling turquoise-blue water teaming with fish… cooling trade winds gently caressing the palm trees… the shore a perfect launch pad to explore this diminutive paradisiacal region of the Caribbean Sea…
You would think this thin finger of land nestled between the rain forest-draped Maya Mountains and the most spectacular barrier reef in the world would be better known… yet this haven remains somewhat of a secret…
A former fishing village turned quiet tourist destination, Placencia is little more than a sand spit that is, at most, only a quarter-mile wide.
Sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, and rain forest treks are all within easy reach. Adventure or leisure—whatever you choose—Placencia beckons with something for every level and taste.
Placencia isn’t overdeveloped like other parts of Belize’s coast. As this report demonstrates, while the window of opportunity is still open, the country’s inevitable path of progress is slowly but surely ushering in winds of change.SKU: OHR-PLACENCIA-BELIZE
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Porto, Portugal | Overseas Haven Report
When a region and a wine share the same name, you can imagine the passion involved in the product…
The history of this fabulous city—the second-most prominent in Portugal—is closer to that of an ensemble of small villages, its landscape formed by generations of seafaring and trade.
Some of the oldest parts of the city are being totally revamped, so it’s common to see infrastructure works underway as you walk the streets these days…
Although shrouded in resident fog that contrasts with the colorful people that live here, the gloom adds a sense of charm and mystery while simultaneously illuminating the city… it adds personality and creates harmony among the many villages that compose it.
With a broad mix of cultures and styles that can be seen from one street to another, it’s no surprise people have a strong sense of belonging to this special little piece of coastline.
Globally known for its exquisite port wine and surrounded by the enchanting Douro Valley (with a population of roughly 240,000 in the metropolitan area), this is Porto, Portugal.SKU: OHR-PORTO-PORTUGAL
Overseas Haven Reports, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico | Overseas Haven Report
Our Overseas Haven Report for Puerto Rico is an insiders guide to life on this charming island. If you are ready for a change, but aren’t completely sold on up and leaving the U.S. then Puerto Rico might be just what you are looking for.
As a territory of the U.S., Puerto Rico can be very advantageous for expats, not to mention the enticing tax advantages on offer. If you are doing business, investing, or just looking for a nice Caribbean escape, then we highly recommend trying Puerto Rico on for size.SKU: OHR-PUERTO-RICO
Mexico, Overseas Haven Reports
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Overseas Haven Report
Puerto Vallarta is regularly voted among the top destinations in Mexico by readers of Live and Invest Overseas, Condé Nast Traveler, Trip Advisor, US News and World Report, Travel & Liesure, and many more.
If you are still searching for your next destination, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, should be on your list!SKU: OHR-PUERTO-VALLARTA-MEXICO
Honduras, Overseas Haven Reports
Roatán, Honduras | Overseas Haven Report
This Overseas Haven Report features the Caribbean island of Roatan, one of the Bay Islands just off the coast of Honduras.
It’s a small island but it packs a punch when it comes to things to do, especially if your main interests are water related. (The island was recently ranked “Best Dive Site” by Scuba Diving Magazine.) The blend of nations that has formed this island’s population makes for an easy transition to overseas retirement.SKU: OHR-ROATAN-HONDURAS
Mexico, Overseas Haven Reports
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende has the small-town friendliness and hominess that most expats crave, set in a remarkably beautiful and sociable colonial town. Centrally located in Mexico, San Miguel is a good base for exploration of the country in all four directions.SKU: OHR-SAN-MIGUEL-DEL-ALLENDE-MEXICO
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Santa Fe, Panama | Overseas Haven Report
Santa Fe is sweet and simple small town that sits in Panama’s highlands, some four hours away from Panama City by car. The cool mountain setting and lifestyle on offer are comparable to Boquete… at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Santa Fe offers the opportunity for a drastically lower cost of living than most anywhere, at about US$800 a month for a couple.
Life in Santa Fe is best spent out-of-doors, with a huge number of recreation options on offer, from hiking, biking, and river-wading to tubing, horse-back riding, and fishing. Read more about this unassuming, unsung town in the Santa Fe Overseas Haven Report.SKU: OHR-SANTA-FE
Overseas Haven Reports, Spain
Santander, Spain | Overseas Haven Report
Our Overseas Haven Report on Santander, Spain features a destination of simplicity, cleanliness, friendly people, and a real look at Spanish living.
With its magnificent view over the Bay of Santander, it’s not surprising that Santander, a small but bustling and interesting city on Spain’s Atlantic Coast, is justly proud of being a member of the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.”
Located on the Costa Verde—or Green Coast, so-called thanks to its lush greenery—Santander is built on a series of hills overlooking the Bay of Biscay. It is largely a modern city that was rebuilt in 1941 following a huge fire. Almost all of the Old Town was destroyed, but what emerged was a handsome city built along an accessible and beautiful seafront with several white-sand beaches. That modernity is really summed up by the moving sidewalks that climb between the residential areas.
This used to be the haunt of Spanish royalty, and much of the architecture reflects the glamour and richesse that that long relationship endowed with the Royal Palace and courtiers’ homes all along the seafront, a ritzy casino, and very well-manicured parks and beaches.
This is not a hot location; in fact, it has a damp, mild, and Atlantic climate, with fairly constant average winter temperatures between 46ºF to 53ºF, while the summers rarely go above 86ºF. On the plus side, it is rare for snow to fall, but it does rain—expect some every month and the most (up to 7 inches) in November.
If you like the outdoors, sports, and a four-season, temperate climate, you will enjoy Santander and the beautiful scenery surrounding the city and its immediate environment. There is enough to keep culture vultures happy, but if you tire of what’s on offer, it’s a short journey to Bilbao or even Madrid for a weekend to top up on the latest exhibitions and shows.SKU: OHR-SANTANDER-SPAIN
Chile, Overseas Haven Reports
Santiago De Chile | Overseas Haven Report
If you’re looking to relocate abroad, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a city that provides more than Santiago de Chile. In this country, crime, corruption, and poverty are low, the government is stable, and the economy is the strongest in the region. Capital city Santiago is sophisticated, international, and cosmopolitan, offering First World living at a reasonable price. Its streets are clean, the water is potable, the internet is fast, the health care is great, public transit is easily accessible and efficient, and the city is safe.
Plus, Chile has four seasons and features incredibly diverse geography: the majestic Andes, the Atacama Desert, a stunning coastline, sparkling lakes, fertile farmland, and hardwood forests… all of it incredibly accessible. Santiago is only about one hour from the mountains, the beach, and the wine valleys—you can ski and surf in the same day!
Business, investment, and employment opportunities abound, and obtaining a visa, residency, or starting your own company can be done with ease. It’s hard to imagine a lifestyle that you can’t find in Chile… and no other capital city is as livable, enjoyable, and bursting with opportunities as Santiago.SKU: OHR-SANTIAGO-DE-CHILE
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Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic | Overseas Haven Report
Santiago de los Caballeros (“James of the Knights” in English) is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic. With a population of nearly 1 million people, Santiago is located in the northwest of the country around 100 miles north of the capital, Santo Domingo.
Santiago is now becoming the location of choice for many expats seeking city living without the hustle and bustle of the capital. It has excellent shopping, a vibrant cultural and social scene, great restaurants, the best education, and arguably the best health care facilities in the whole country. Employment, if required, is fairly easy to find, and the transport links are excellent. The international airport right on the edge of the city offers several flights to and from a wide range of North American cities. What’s more, it’s only an hour’s drive from the fabulous north coast beaches and, due to new road construction, that will be even quicker in the near future. Not only can you be on the beach in an hour, you can also be in the middle of the highest mountain range in the Caribbean within the same time by driving south instead of north, meaning a fabulous abundance of adventure activities.
If you’re looking for the best of all worlds—Caribbean beaches, stunning mountain scenery, and all within a stone’s throw of a genteel Dominican city with all of the essentials for the expatriate—look no further than Santiago. It simply ticks all the boxes.SKU: OHR-SANTIAGO-DLC-DR
Dominican Republic, Overseas Haven Reports
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Overseas Haven Report
Our Overseas Haven Report for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is as vibrant and lively as the country itself. We cover the ins-and-outs of life, retirement, and even investment options in Santo Domingo, a city thats high on everyone’s list.
If you’re a retiree, international investor, or simply a perpetual traveler scouring the world for new adventure, then the Dominican Republic deserves a spot on your list.SKU: OHR-SANTO-DOMINGO-DR
Indonesia, Overseas Haven Reports
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia | Overseas Haven Report
In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.
Consider Sanur if you like the thought of living by a pretty beach located on a gorgeous, world-renowned tropical island, enjoying easy access to fresh and organic foods, eating at great restaurants, making friends with the genuinely welcoming local people, and meeting plenty of like-minded foreigners who have become enchanted with the laid-back lifestyle that this town offers.SKU: OHR-SANUR-BALI-INDONESIA
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Singapore | Overseas Haven Report
Singapore, one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, is a melting pot of Southeast Asian and Western cultures.
The tropical island state of the Malaysian peninsula attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists stop by to marvel at the modern architecture mixed with lush greenery, businesspeople come for the business and banking infrastructure, while others come seeking the world-class health care services on offer. Whatever the purpose, one thing holds true: All leave impressed by the beauty and the technological wonder that is Singapore.SKU: OHR-SINGAPORE
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Smart Cities Around The World | Overseas Haven Report
A “smart city” is a city that’s smartly run. The city’s movers and shakers work together, think collectively, and use technology to make the city a better place for its residents, with sustainable (and often cost-cutting) innovations…
Smart cities are all about technology working behind the scenes to improve your lifestyle… you don’t even know it’s there, but it makes urban living easier, cleaner, healthier, more efficient, and generally more pleasant…
These cities have transportation that serve residents instead of hinder them. They have local planning laws, for example, that stipulate that tall buildings (businesses and apartment blocks) must be located on a bus route, so development is organized and contained to key “urban corridors of growth.” Transport and real estate work collectively rather than reactively.SKU: OHR-SMART-CITIES
Overseas Haven Reports, Philippines
Tagaytay, Philippines | Overseas Haven Reports
Tagaytay sits atop a ridge that runs along the north side of beautiful Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano. Although it is only about an hour’s drive from the sprawling metropolis of Manila, there is nothing urban about Tagaytay. It’s a small mountain resort town surrounded by breath-taking scenery.SKU: OHR-TAGAYTAY-PHILIPPINES
Asia-Pacific, Overseas Haven Reports, Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, offers a fascinating history and culture, highly developed infrastructure, and the buzz of constant activity that comes with a big population… Yet it’s often overlooked in favor of places like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. This is a mistake.
Taipei embeds technology into life in ways you didn’t realize were possible until you visit… But this hasn’t sterilized its culture. Amid all modernity, pockets of the ancient endure, like the centuries-old Longshan Temple or the City Gates that date to the Qing Dynasty.
Night markets, parks, and shopping districts give a glimpse of Taipei’s edge. It also has museums, galleries, landmarks, parks, temples, a zoo, hiking trails, and hot springs to offer you… In short, this city deserves to be noticed just as much as its neighbors.
If you’re looking for a peace and quiet, Taipei probably isn’t for you. The pace of life here is rapid, bordering on frantic. On the other hand, if you’re excited by the breakneck speed at which innovation is taking place in this part of the world, it could be perfect for you.SKU: OHR-TAIPEI-TAIWAN
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Tavira, Portugal | Overseas Haven Report
Tavira is a charming small town in the eastern Algarve. Unlike other parts of the region, it’s held on to its authenticity, both in terms of its culture and its cost of living. It features great beaches, an architecturally stunning town center, an active and beautifully embellished riverfront promenade, diverse dining options, proximity to an important national park, and a welcoming expat community…
Find out more about Tavira with this Overseas Haven Report.SKU: OHR-TAVIRA-PORTUGAL