Best Places to Retire In the World – Live Better for Less

The Best Places to Retire In the World

Are you daydreaming about retirement? And perhaps worrying if you’ll be able to retire at all? (Who isn’t concerned about the value of their nest egg these days?)

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Ecuador: One of the Best Places to Retire

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Best Places to Retire – Ecuador

If you retire to Ecuador, you will see firsthand that every cliché you’ve heard about living large on little money—about settling into the lap of luxury on even a pensioner’s budget—is true. Ecuador also offers a high quality of life, which is why it has won in International Living’s annual Global Retirement Index for five years in a row.

The low cost of living in Ecuador attracts many retirees – it’s one of the world’s cheapest and best places to retire. Patricia Farmer and her husband Ron retired to Bahia on the country’s coast. After 10 months living there, they know what things cost. “It averages out to be a fifth the cost of living in California. We live in a nice highrise condo overlooking the ocean. With two spoiled cats in need of gourmet food, our love of fine dark chocolate, good Chilean wines, and eating out with friends, we enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle—even more luxurious than we had in California. You can live on less, no doubt, but our current budget is $1,500,” says Patricia.

Best Places to Retire in Style, Comfort, and at Very Little Cost

Of course, retiring in Ecuador isn’t for everyone. But if you’re at all concerned about stretching your retirement savings and affording the most luxurious retirement lifestyle possible, you should definitely consider retiring overseas. Below are some other countries you should consider if you’re thinking of moving overseas.

Mexico: Mexico offers the perfect mix of centuries-old traditions and contemporary lifestyles.

It’s easy to get a residence visa. And the services, amenities, and discounts offered to retirees here are more than bountiful, as are the overall cost savings. Plus, for Americans and Canadians, Mexico is close to home. Because of its geographic diversity, you can choose your favorite climate: from warm and dry to warm and sultry to spring-like temperatures all year in the Colonial Highlands.

If you’re looking for the home of your dreams, you can find it in Mexico—for much less than it will cost you most anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. You can own your piece of retirement beach—not just ocean-view property—in Mexico for less than $100,000.

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Best Places to Retire – Panama

Panama: Panama is much more developed than you might expect. The modernity of the country and the clusters of skyscrapers that define Panama City’s skyline may in fact, shock you. All of the amenities you could wish for are all readily available – and at a very low cost. Take a taxi across town for a buck or two, get your hair cut for a couple of dollars, or enjoy dinner for two with a bottle of wine at one of the finest restaurants in Panama City for a mere $30.

A major benefit of retiring to Panama is the incredible pensionado (retiree) program, which offers you a host of discounts on everything from restaurants to medical costs, an exemption on the importation of household goods, and more. Panama’s government offers many excellent benefits and incentives so that you can enjoy your retirement in Panama…one of the best places to retire in the world.

Uruguay: Uruguay has a lot to offer those who decide to retire there. Whether you dream of a newly restored colonial home with modern interiors and a view of the harbor…a small cottage with a quiet internal courtyard…or you want to retire to the beach where you can sit on your balcony and watch the waves crash up on the sand…you can find it in Uruguay.

Uruguay offers modern, First World infrastructure, excellent highways, drinkable water, good communications, and stunning beaches. It’s a fantastic and affordable place to retire.

Italy: If Europe is more your style than Latin America, take note. There are many places to retire in Europe that are very affordable. Importantly, Italy ranks No. 2 on the World Health Organization’s list of countries with quality health services, which is very important for many people considering a retirement overseas (neighboring France has the No. 1 spot).

In contrast, the U.S. holds 37th place, despite being the highest spender. Wondering if you can afford to retire in Europe? There are numerous options, benefits, and locations that should be of interest to anyone wishing to retire in Italy.

Belize: Belize sets itself apart from its neighbors in several ways—not least of which is the fact that the population speaks English. It makes living and doing business easy. Belize’s retiree program offers attractive incentives to foreigners looking to live in Belize—particularly those who are already planning to declare their permanent residency outside the U.S.

Plus, Belize is just plain beautiful. From its Caribbean shores to its jungle interior, this nation has great natural beauty to recommend it—blue water and deserted beaches, inland retreats where jaguars and scarlet macaws still live in their natural habitats.

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Best Places to Retire – Costa Rica

Costa Rica: If you’re ready for la pura vida (the pure life) you might want to consider a Costa Rica retirement. Tucked between Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica may truly have it all. Long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls…mesmerizing sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled evening skies…all these things, and much more, are drawing people back to Costa Rica.

Whether expats live in this beautiful country full- or part-time, they relish the climate, neighborly atmosphere, low cost of living, excellent health care, stable democracy, and countless ways to have fun.

These are some of the best places to retire, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg, of course. There are many, many places that deserve a look.

Find Out More About the Best Places to Retire

Want to learn more? That’s good, because finding the best places to retire takes some preparation. Fortunately, we’re doing that work for you….every day.

Start by exploring our website. For more than 30 years, International Living has been reporting on the world’s best places to retire. Places where you can live in comfort, safety, and security and not sacrifice a single necessity or luxury that you so well deserve after a lifetime of working.

We scour the globe and leave no country un-scrutinized. Every day in our free Daily E-Letter we tell you about our most recent discoveries.

You’ll find even more details in the publications available in our store. And every year, we compile our annual Global Retirement Index that lists the world’s best places to retire abroad and helps you contrast and compare the locations you may be considering.

And don’t forget to get your FREE Special Report, “The World’s Top 10 Retirement Havens.” Sign up now for our International Living daily e-letter and we’ll rush it to you ASAP at no cost.

Let us help with your retirement planning. With the information we provide, you may learn that you can retire early and retire better than you ever thought possible.

As International Living reader Linda Ferguson wrote recently, “After five years of living in Mexico, my mother and I still think it is the best decision we made when I retired. The view from my house is really beautiful. And, truly, I still say “thanks” to International Living for expanding my horizons and making it possible.”

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