Overseas Haven Reports
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
Spain, Overseas Haven Reports
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
Panama Special Reports
In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the city of Santiago, located in the middle of the country, roughly halfway between Panama City and the Costa Rican border.
Santiago lies squarely in a major path of progress for the country, and the development is not only visible, it’s palpable. Even just stopping in town for a quick lunch, you’ll immediately feel the energy and upward momentum of this little city.SKU: PSR-SANTIAGO
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
Get Started, Home Conference Kits
Self-Sufficiency Starter Kit
Our Self-Sufficiency Starter Kit is the most comprehensive resource on self-sufficient living out there and includes the all-new bundle of expert presentation recordings from our recent Self-Sufficiency Seminar.
That’s a total of 17 expert presentations and interactive workshops detailing topics such as:
• Integrated Farm Design…
• Sustainable Home Design…
• Off-Grid Power, Water, And Communications…
• Hydro Aqua Aero Ponics…
• Long-Term Food Production….
• And much, much more…SKU: HCK-SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Offshore and Investing, Subscriptions
Over the last 20 years living and doing business around the world, Lief Simon has built a network of reliable and expert contacts he trusts– attorneys, bankers, tax consultants, and other advisors, both Stateside and in the jurisdictions where he spends time and money. These are the people who keep him up-to-date on important changes… as they happen. We know of no other reliable source where this kind of from-the-scene intelligence from the world’s top offshore havens is shared in real time by someone with real world, firsthand experience at all this. Simon Letter fills this gap.SKU: SUB-SL
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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
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Speed Up Your Residency By Skipping The Background Check
Speed Up Your Residency By Skipping The Background Check: Top 5 Countries Where You Can Do Just That—Obtaining a background check can be the single longest step in some residency processes. If you’re in a hurry, give these countries a try…SKU: RPT-OFFSHORE-BGC
Panama Special Reports
Starting A Restaurant Business In Panama
From its inception, the Isthmus of Panama has attracted merchants the world over, all eager to turn a profit in this land of opportunity. Like immigrants everywhere, they brought their cultures and customs along with them, and nowhere has this been more apparent than in Panama’s dynamic and ever-evolving food-biz landscape.
It’s been over a century since the Panama Canal opened its locks to world commerce. In that time, waves of arrivals have contributed to the melting pot of cuisines we see in the country today, from Chinese chow mein to Jamaican jerk and some of the best pizza you’ll find outside of Italy. In the last decade, give or take a few years, Panama City has morphed into a must-experience foodie destination for gourmands of all stripes, with street food and fine-dining options to tempt the most demanding palates.
In this special report, we explore the country’s landscape through its food, seeing it through the eyes of the restaurateurs who are bringing the flavors of the world to our doorstep. We’ll check out good eats from Panama City out to the beaches and up to the mountain towns… and take a peek behind the kitchen doors of those intrepid entrepreneurs—some expat, others local—with the business chops to make their living one plate (or coffee cup) at a time.SKU: PSR-PANAMA-RESTAURANT-BUSINESS
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Taboga Island, Panama
Taboga is a 12.1-square-km island that sits in the Gulf of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. The handiwork of volcanic forces, its hilly topography offers spectacular vistas of Panama City and the gigantic ocean liners that queue to enter the Panama Canal. Also known as La Isla de Las Flores (the Island of Flowers), it’s not only the sights that draw you in but the sounds and smells… This is a place that’s steeped in history.
Taboga is only 20 kms offshore, meaning it could almost qualify as a Panama City neighborhood… It’s close enough that you can enjoy the conveniences of the capital, but far away enough that you’re removed from its chaos. Its expat population, mostly made up of retirees from Canada, England, and the States, accounts for roughly 20% of the total number of residents. Many of them own businesses while others simply bask in the tranquility of island living.
In this Panama Special Report, we step off the ferry with you onto Panama’s most easily accessed island filled with color, community, and culture.SKU: PSR-TABOGA-ISLAND-PANAMA
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
Offshore and Investing
Taxman’s Guide For Americans Abroad (Premium Edition)
This is your quick-reference guide to everything you need to know about your U.S. tax and filing obligations if you’re an American living, working, investing, or doing business offshore.SKU: RPT-TAXMANS-GUIDE-DELUXE-EDITION