Gorgeous scenery, a perfect year-round climate, close to home (flights from Miami or Fort Lauderdale take less than three hours and the flight costs about the same as a U.S. domestic flight), modern supermarkets and shopping malls, and excellent healthcare...it's easy to see the appeal of Colombia.
You'll hear a lot about Mexico this year, the country that topped the International Living Global Retirement Index for 2017, with IL’s Jason Holland, Don Murray, and Glynna Prentice giving you information about the different locations where you can find your dream retirement overseas.
Mexico is a place that I love...particularly the Riviera Maya. I'm sure you've heard me talk about it before. I'd enjoyed the experience of my first visit to this part of the world, but I was keen to explore more during my second visit.
It was total bliss…I was sitting in a restaurant, steps from the beach, eating delicious freshly cooked fish, with a cold beer in hand, the turquoise ocean just feet away, and a cool light breeze drifting in…I wondered, could it get any better? There was glittering sandy beach as far as the eye could see, swimmers splashed in the Caribbean waters, and sunbathers took in some afternoon rays…while down the beach, kite surfers made use of the wind.
Reading guide books and looking at photos don't do the beauty of Puerto Morelos justice. This is a charming, friendly, and beautifully scenic beach town lying midway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Riviera Maya.
"The weather is wonderful—very warm, can be hot, with a sprinkling of showers every once in a while. Coming from our cold temperatures in Canada we appreciate not having to bundle up for five months," says Colleen Tannahill who along with her husband Blake owns a condo on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. "We are very happy with our rental occupancy and we've had a strong return so far. We have a rental manager who has our property posted online and we also spread the word ourselves."
Ireland is about the best place I can think of for genuine hospitality. Folks speak English—which is a big plus—and hopping around Europe from your Emerald Isle retreat is a synch thanks to low-cost airlines. (For example, flights of a couple of hours to France cost from $80.) I'm sure you know the country's real estate market took a beating during the crisis. It's picking up, but there are still great-value properties to be uncovered.