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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

    Expats are attracted to Caribbean Belize for many reasons including the warm, English-speaking people, the natural beauty, and the air of freedom and opportunity. Belize offers a fantastic Qualified Retired Persons Program for those looking for the ideal place to retire. It also offers economic stability, and ease of living at a low cost. Learn more about Belize here.

  • Brazil

    Brazil has almost 5,000 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, clear, warm, Atlantic waters, a fantastic climate, stately colonial cities, and mountains with spring-fresh weather. So there’s plenty to enjoy. The country is starting to draw North American expats, second-home buyers and property investors like never before. Read more about Brazil here.

  • Costa Rica

    Expats are attracted to Costa Rica for numerous reasons, which include the low cost of living, excellent health care, beautiful beaches, rainforests, lush valleys, and cool mountains…not to mention the theaters, art galleries, and fine dining. There are more than 20,000 expats living in Costa Rica and many well-established expat communities. Learn more about Costa Rica here.

  • Ecuador

    Whether you want to live, invest, vacation, retire, or simply relax in Ecuador, you’ll find the perfect combination of climate, culture, and affordability to make your dreams come true. Ecuador is one of the best retirement havens in the world. Find out more here.

  • France

    Enjoy a great quality of life in France with good food, good wine, haute couture, a good climate, unspoiled countryside, glittering culture, excellent health care, and colorful traditions and history. And it’s more affordable than you may think. Read more about France here.

  • Italy

    Whether you’re looking to retire to Europe, relocate, or simply plan an extended adventure, Italy should be at the top of your list of possibilities. Enjoy its unspoiled countryside, wonderful climate, mouth-watering delicacies, lively, dramatic, and excitable people and their zest for life… Read more about Italy here.

  • Mexico

    Mexico is the most popular expat destination for North Americans in the world. Expats are drawn to its vibrant local culture and rich history, the friendly people and their relaxed lifestyle, the sunny climate, the delicious food and drink, the miles (nearly 6,000) of coastline, the low cost of living and the good health care available. Read more about Mexico here.

  • Nicaragua

    Nicaragua is one of the most beautiful countries in the Americas. It boasts a dramatic Pacific coastline, long, gentle Caribbean beaches, and volcanoes and freshwater lakes that dot the hilly inland. Add to that the very reasonable real estate value and low cost of living here and you could have your perfect retirement or second home destination. Read more about Nicaragua here.

  • Panama

    In Panama you can enjoy First-World convenience at Central American prices. Panama City is a bustling, vibrant, and exciting metropolis. Outside the city, there are beautiful beaches everywhere, with the Atlantic Ocean on one coast and the Pacific on the other. Panama is on the rise not only as a retirement destination but also as an investment paradise. Read more about Panama here.

  • Uruguay

    Uruguay will appeal to people who are ready to retire, invest, or buy a second home abroad, but who are also looking for a country with similar cultural values to their home country. A place with a good infrastructure and reasonable prices, but without the culture shock they might experience in a Third-World venue. Read more about Uruguay here.

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