Caribbean & Central America

The lush, tropical destinations in the Caribbean and Central America draw thousands of visitors each year. Some of those visitors fall in love with these picture postcard gorgeous countries and decide to live there full-time or at least part of the year when the weather in their home country becomes unbearable.

Most people believe that a Caribbean retirement is only for the very wealthy. That’s simply not true if you know where to look. The places you’ll read about here are beautiful locations, offering a high standard of living, and a cost of living that’s a fraction of what you would spend in a similar location in the States or Canada.

If your overseas living, retirement, or snowbird dream includes powdery white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and watching the sunset over a turquoise sea, you have plenty of options to consider among the welcoming countries that make up the Caribbean and Central American nations.

Panama, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and even Mexico (which is technically located in North America) are some of our favorite countries in this part of the world that should be on your radar.

You can choose from:

  • culturally rich historic towns such as Cartagena, Colombia and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • bustling waterfront cities like Panama City, Panama
  • laid-back beach towns like San Pedro, Belize,
  • cute little Latin American or Spanish-influenced communities,
  • unspoiled beaches in the Azuero Peninsula, Panama or Las Terranes, Dominican Republic
  • and tourist towns like Cancun and Tulum, Mexico

Just picture yourself enjoying perfect weather every day, taking daily strolls along the beach, feasting on fresh seafood and tropical fruits, and whiling away the hours reading a great book in a hammock. No more shoveling snow, driving in bad conditions, waiting for a short growing season to plant a garden, or hibernating while you wait for the weather to change. In the Caribbean and Central America, you can have the perfect tropical dream life.

Acquiring A Second Residency Through Property Investment

A woman sits on the steps of a house in Cartagena, Colombia.

On Aug. 7, 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit made headlines when, in the space of 45 minutes, he crossed four times between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. And, he didn’t just walk—the 24-year-old high-wire artist danced and lay down on the wire, too, balance pole in hand. Whether you look on it as …

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What The Future In Belize Looks Like: The Booming Real Estate Market

home in Placencia, Belize.

In recent weeks, I’ve shared updates from our top real estate markets—from Portugal to Brazil, Panama to Colombia. Today, it’s the turn of Belize… You don’t hear much from this little Caribbean nation in the mainstream media. So it’s over to Belize Correspondent Phil Hahn to give us the scoop on how Belize has been …

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The 7 Best Properties For Sale Overseas To Start Your Digital-Nomad Lifestyle Today

Working from home

If you’d been thinking about taking your job on the road and embracing the digital-nomad lifestyle sometime in the future, you may have had a taster this year—though from your own home, of course… Maybe this unexpected twist in your work situation has helped you realize that you could go overseas sooner than you thought. …

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The Best Investments Opportunities In Panama After COVID

Panama City Skyline

Of all the real estate markets on our radar here at Overseas Property Alert, Panama is one that we expect to emerge from this pandemic with minimal damage… just like it did after the financial crash of 2008. As the country prepares to open back up to international visitors, the news is positive… and there are …

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Why Tiny Homes Are The Best Investment For You

Caye Caulker, Belize

I’m a big fan of the tiny home. Many times, I find myself dreaming of less clutter… better economy… a simpler life… Though it’s a growing trend, most of us would probably find it a challenge to live full time in a tiny home. But it could be the perfect solution for a second home …

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Casa Victoria: Restored Colonial Condos Close To The Beach

mazatlan beach and buildings in mexico

This is my favorite condo deal over the past four years in Mexico’s Mazatlán: Casa Victoria. And since the project is right next door to me, I’ve been keeping an eye on it since they started restoration work in January. Casa Victoria is an original historic building in Mazatlán. Once a large family estate, it’s …

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How To Plan Out Your Real Estate Investment In Belize

Grand Baymen gardens in Belize

Almost everyone has a mental image of what their dream retirement home or vacation home should look like. This image often includes swaying palms, crystal-clear warm waters, and white sandy beaches. Throw in fishing, great food, and a funky Caribbean town, and you’ve got a picture-perfect retirement or second-home destination. This is exactly why Belize …

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