Villa rentals Archive

Rent a Car in Costa Rica, Get a Cell Phone

We frequently lash out at hotels and airlines that annoy their customers with lots of hidden fees and charge them for things that should be as standard—like Internet access in a hotel. So we like it when great companies stand out by taking the opposite approach, by over-delivering instead. Mead Brown Vacation Rentals in Costa […]

Cuixmala Mansion Hotel in Mexico’s Costalegre Region

Sir James Goldsmith still looms large in the Costalegre region of Mexico, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. His legacy touches all the high-end resorts in the area and some are connected to his different offspring, including Las Alamandas and Hacienda San Antonio in Colima. Cuixmala was a great Goldsmith mansion in a nature reserve that […]

Costa Rica Creating Medical Retirement Clusters

In a move designed to lure more Americans to Costa Rica, the country is designating certain areas with good medical facilities to be “retirement clusters.” The country wants to better compete with Panama and Mexico, both destinations that have lured lots of retirees with the combination of lower costs and good hospitals. The Tico Times […]

Paradise for Sale near Bariloche, Argentina

Last year I interviewed one of our business partners, Jamie Schectman, about renting a house in the Bariloche region of Patagonia. Jamie and his wife are American, but for the past few years they’ve been watching some of the world’s most incredible sunrises and sunsets over the Andes Mountains from their home beside the lake. […]

Upscale Condo Hotels in Belize

Most of the luxury hotels we feature are full-service affairs since, as we’ve said many times, it’s the staff attention that really separates a great hotel from an average one. There are times, however, when you want something that falls somewhere between a villa rental and a straight hotel. You want a kitchen and plenty […]

Interview with Michael Brown of Mead Brown Vacation Rentals – Costa Rica

Michael Brown is half of the partnership of Mead Brown, a boutique vacation rental firm serving Costa Rica. The company offers private villas and homes plus premium condominiums for those who expect excellent value, personal service and supremely comfortable accommodations. Co-founders Mark Mead and Michael Brown once enjoyed successful careers in the U.S. working with […]