An Ultimate Caribbean Lifestyle

The Dominican Republic An Ultimate Caribbean Lifestyle By JG Walker. Previously published in the 2015 Fall Issue. A history buff might know the Dominican Republic as the modern name of the place where Christopher Columbus and crew first made landfall after crossing the Atlantic in 1492. A sports fan might know this Caribbean nation as…

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Eco-Tourism Thrives in Costa Rica

Eco-Tourism Thrives in Costa Rica Although it’s a small country, about the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica has incredible biodiversity with scenic beaches, lush rain forests, impressive volcanoes and exotic wildlife. As avid travelers grow tired of hotel-lined beaches and crowded theme parks, they turn to the more exotic adventures offered by ecotourism. This…

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Team Up to Slim Down & Stay Sharp

Summer is the season to get out, break a sweat and shed some of the accumulated baggage that’s been depressing your scales since last winter. We all talk about getting more exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle, but then we let those necessary appointments and unexpected commitments get in the way. You don’t have…

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Introducing…Living Single

I’m pleased to announce that ideal-LIVING is inaugurating a new column, “Living Single.” And, I’m delighted that I’ll be your guide. Why a column devoted to singles? Let me offer several reasons: Crunch the Numbers More than half of all American adults are single, and 42 percent of people 45 and older are divorced, widowed…

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Tropical Sustainability

Tropical Sustainability | Save Money | International Living is King in Saving

International Communities are Setting the Pace By Sam Crawford. Previously published in the 2015 Summer issue. Sustainability has become a popular buzzword with American community developers. While some may see that trend as being little more than a marketing tool, the fact is that sustainable designs and building practices are a good thing—for the planet…

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Top Amenity Communities

This summer in ideal-LIVING, you’ll find the top amenities for communities across the country and beyond. Whether the community’s geographic region is coastal, mountain, lake, desert, or island, there are plenty of activities for residents. Communities along the beach, a lake or river, or with a pool offer fun in the water and sun. Active…

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A Pennsylvania State of Mind

Traditions of America gives retirees set on the Northeast even more reason to escape to the Keystone State. Those accustomed to life in the northeastern U.S. tend to want to stay there. While the Northeast is best known for some of the most bustling cities in the country, much of it is fairly rural, spotted…

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Destinations of Luxury

Destinations of Luxury “Luxury” by one dictionary definition is “something adding to pleasure or comfort, but not absolutely necessary.” Luxury real estate gives “pleasure or comfort” to the purchaser by providing that comforting value found in a location, lifestyle or an amenity — or something else entirely. Schooner Bay Set on spectacular Great Abaco island…

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A Crown Jewel of Nature: Explore Mexico’s Riviera Maya

A Crown Jewel of Nature: Explore Mexico’s Riviera Maya Years ago, I traveled with my family to the new and intriguing Mexican resort of Cancún, a collection of a mere dozen hotels along the Atlantic coast. The attraction for us as North American visitors was a warm, hospitable vacation at affordable prices. Once there, we…

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