In looking for the countries with the best climate for our 2018 Global Retirement Index we assessed not only the hard data—temperatures, rainfall and humidity—but we also assessed the comfort level of each destination’s climate.
Once more my husband, Gary, and I exchange triumphant looks and high fives. We have just gone online and, besides reading indignant emails from those back home in Canada, we have viewed the weather conditions in both Canada and the U.S.
"I came to Panama 10 years ago on vacation and never left," says Carl Conway. "I was drawn in by the sunshine and blue skies...the warm water and sandy beaches...the palm trees and bright flowers...it was a tropical paradise." Now age 43, Carl enjoys a rich and laidback life in the rural town of Santa Fe in Veraguas Province of central Panama.
My wife Rita and I had a very good life in the United States. We lived in a beautiful riverfront condo a few hours from Washington, D.C. We had a boat, good friends, and access to great seafood and fresh produce in season.
Nicaragua is a very cool country...and it's not the temperature I'm talking about. With its smoking volcanoes, clear blue crater lakes, fantastic surfing beaches, and a turquoise swimming hole in the middle of the forest on a mysterious island, it's a magical place to be.
“My job required me to travel the globe and it was then that I discovered the world is a big, interesting place,” says Toronto native Jim Pierson of his past life as an engineer. In the mid-90s, a chance encounter on a commuter flight from Chicago to Toronto brought Jim and his wife Helen together.
Many expats come to Costa Rica to escape harsh winters somewhere far north of here, but in Tamarindo, regular sunshine and consistent temperatures are just a few of the many reasons people stay. There’s a great sense of community in Tamarindo.
I awake to the sound of gentle rain on the roof. Its chilly but not cold. It's never cold. Even sweat pants give way to shorts by mid-morning on most days.
Food is cheap—and very tasty. Rents are affordable even for those on super-low budgets—$200 to $400 gets you a nice place in a great neighborhood. The climate is comfortable…the people friendly…there are modern services…and the vibrant mix of music, festivals, indigenous culture, and colonial history is evident everywhere you turn. It should be an option for anyone considering a retirement in Latin America.
There are plenty of valid reasons to rent a home before you buy when you relocate overseas. For those who choose to live in Panama’s Western-most province, Chiriquí, one major reason is to check out the weather in various locations to find what suits you best. Despite being a small country in the middle of the tropics, you’ll find Panama has a variety of climate zones and even within the province there are variations in temperature, rainfall, wind, and cloud cover.