December 2012

December 2012

December Issue 2012

IL MAGAZINE – Special Report: Escape to Belize

In your latest issue of International Living magazine:

Escape to Belize — Within an hour of arriving in Caye Caulker, Belize, IL Editor Glynna Prentice, was barefoot, snorkeling, and falling hard for the island’s seductive charms. But with so much to explore in the rest of this Caribbean country she pulled herself away for this exclusive report…

“There’s room to breathe in Belize,” writes Glynna, “a pervasive, heady sense that almost anything goes… Along Caribbean coasts, on white-sand islands, and among jungle-clad hills I found havens where a growing number of expats are finding adventure at affordable prices…beachfront lots for less than $100,000…two-bedroom apartments renting for just $300 a month…”

Plus, Belize offers a very attractive residence visa for retired foreigners. Read all about it in our Special Belize Report…

Inside Guide to Quito — Ecuador’s capital is making headlines as the mainstream press finally catches up with the story of one of Latin America’s most enchanting cities. But if you really want to know what’s going on you need an insider’s guide.

Quito is one of the world’s most affordable cities,” writes IL Editor, Suzan Haskins, “you can still take a taxi anywhere in town for $1 to $5 and find a four-course meal for $1.50 to $2.50.”

But the real bargains are in real estate… A one-bedroom apartment just two blocks from the Presidential Palace for $46,000… a 1,890-square-foot property in the equivalent to Manhattan’s Upper West Side just $150,000… Suzan reveals all here…

Health Care Costa Rica — The high cost of medical care in the U.S. was one of the reasons IL Editor, Jason Holland, and his family moved to Costa Rica… In this article he explains why…

Along with the country’s low-cost private doctors and hospitals, Costa Rica’s public system provides a health-care haven second-to-none. It’s available for everything from medical checkups, emergency care, testing, and prescriptions to minor and major surgeries. And all for just a low monthly fee…

And the private health-care system in Costa Rica parallels the public one with major procedures a half to a third of their U.S. price and performed by world-class medical professionals in state-of-the-art facilities…

Just ask expats Gloria and Paul Yeatman…their story says it all about Costa Rican health care…

Offshore in Asia — There’s a good reason this island city-state is hailed as “Switzerland with Palm Trees.”

It’s seen a doubling in the number of private banks in recent years…it enjoys one of the world’s strongest currencies…and the government is allowing foreigners who meet its wealth requirements to buy land and become permanent residents…

In fact, it actually beats Switzerland on taxes.

Discover Asia’s newest private-banking hub…

And that’s not all…In your December issue of International Living you’ll also find:

“Everybody Though We Were Crazy Moving Overseas”

Tropical Boracay: A Diver’s Paradise

Building a Family Retreat in Costa Rica

A Book Lover’s Paradise in Colonial Granada, Nicaragua

Buy Your Own Piece of Ireland’s Magical “Kingdom” from $64,000

Four Reasons Frontier Markets Make Sense

House-Sitting Through Central America

Rent-Free Travel in the Mediterranean

The Wonderful Rhythm of Life in Italy

Undervalued and Overlooked: The Secret Beaches of the Dominican Republic

Yours Sincerely,


Eoin Bassett
Managing Editor,
International Living