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.
Unlike several generations before, those headed into the retirement years today are taking very different paths. Where people who retired at the end of the last century might have been content to play golf or cards and take the occasional trip, today's active baby boomers have big and diverse plans. And what's most interesting is that they are not passive plans.
So, what makes a town a good foodie town? It's not just an abundance of great restaurants, from white tablecloth to diners. Markets -- both farmers and specialty food purveyors -- butchers and fish mongers, bakeries, cooking classes and dinner clubs, brewpubs and local vintners are all the requirements of a five-alarm foodie.
Friends returned recently from an extended stay in Thailand. They'd also recently spent time on the west coast of the United States (Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle) and a month in Paris. Their conclusion? That at street level Paris costs roughly double the west coast of the United States. The United States in turn costs roughly double Bangkok or Chiang Mai in Thailand.