The Best Countries to Live and Retire to

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For more than 30 years, International Living's editors and writers have been scouring the world to find the best places to live or retire to. Imagine lounging on your deck, a cocktail in hand, the quiet turquoise waters of the Caribbean spread out before you... Or picture yourself relaxing in a flower-filled courtyard where lavender bougainvillea tumbles over stucco walls, while the sweet perfume of frangipani fills the air at dusk. Maybe you dream, instead, of a mountain retreat where the air is crisp and you live amidst expansive, snow-capped peaks. Or perhaps it's an elegant pied-à-terre in a cosmopolitan city you envision.

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  • Belize

    Best for: English-speaking Caribbean-living

  • Brazil

    Best for: Property investment

  • Costa Rica

    Best for: A happy and healthy lifestyle

  • Ecuador

    Best For: A low cost of living

  • France

    Best For: Quality of life and health care

  • Italy

    Best For: Culture and lifestyle

  • Mexico

    Best For: The perfect mix of centuries-old traditions and contemporary lifestyles

  • Nicaragua

    Best For: A stunning Pacific coast and cheap property

  • Panama

    Best For: Retiree benefits and doing business

  • Uruguay

    Best For: First-world comforts and little crime