Mexico has suffered a bum rap over the past few years. Drug lords, gang violence, swine flu ... the combination has translated into a dramatic falloff in this country's appeal for would-be American retirees. Meantime, Mexico is home to more than a million American expats. They can't all be misguided.
A 10-year expat in Las Terrenas, Larry Stroup is a central figure in the expat social scene in this Dominican Republic beach town. Larry's originally from Ft. Lauderdale, so it wasn't the great weather that attracted him to Las Terrenas. What got Larry's attention is the cheap and relaxed lifestyle.