10 Best places to live after Retirement in the US

We spend a majority of our life working to support ourselves and our loved ones. And while working hard and being able to provide for our families gives us a great sense of joy, getting to the part of life where we can just enjoy having every day to ourselves sounds phenomenal. Retirement is what we call this life altering event. A great way to start this stage of life is by finding a great new place to live – for many who felt stuck in a place due to the constraints of the employment, now is the time for change.

Everybody has a different idea of how they want their retirement to look and therefore picking the 10 best places in the US was not the easiest task. For the purpose of this article, we took several things into consideration before deciding the places to enjoy the golden years: climate, surrounding areas, living cost, average housing cost, recreational activity options, cultural diversity, and crime rates were taken into regard. We also tried to cover as many regions of the country as possible. From cities to suburbs to paradise, we have covered them all!

Bellingham, Washington


Bellingham is a great destination for the active adults. The city is overwhelmingly scenic and caters pleasingly to those who enjoy doing outdoor activities and the air is exceptionally clean. With Western Washington University, and three other community colleges, the city is a college town, extremely culturally active and filled with amenities associated with an educationally active town. It has a thriving, safe and interesting downtown. Winters are cold but certainly beautiful this can be a plus if you enjoy skiing. Unfortunately, the city’s average house cost is $250,000+ and the cost of living is higher than nation’s average; but for those who can swing the lifestyle, do keep Bellingham in consideration.

Con: Although, the rate of violent crimes in Bellingham is quite below the national average, the numbers are slightly higher for property crimes and houses are slightly towards the expensive end.

Boise, Idaho


Statistically, Boise is below the nation’s average in both violent and property crimes. It is a pleasant experience for those that enjoy outdoor activity with a lot of outdoor activities to offer. The average cost of housing is slightly below the national average around $170,000 but the overall cost of living is slightly higher than the average. The weather is dry throughout the year and is temperate, so you don’t have to worry about extreme weather here. Being the state’s capitol, it also has all the required amenities and is pleasantly bustling.

Cons: Not as culturally blissful as large cities should be but recent attitude suggests that change is on the way.

Venice, Florida


Developed in 1925 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Venice, Florida’s purpose was to create a community for the retired and therefore all your needs are catered to. In fact, Florida in general has been notorious for being inhabited by retirees but Venice is one of the most cost effective cities in the state. It has an average living and housing costs just a little under the rest of the state, especially compared with the extremely high property values in Fort Lauderdale and Napa. There is a beautiful beach in the vicinity and 31 municipal parks. It is not far too far from bigger cities, quite peaceful, and warm throughout the year. Also, the crime rates are impressively low.

Con: Prone to hurricanes.

Athens, Georgia


Although Georgia is predominantly a conservative state, the existence of The University of Georgia has helped by providing a substantial balance in cultural attitudes; plus it brings in all the life a place needs. The cost of living is below the national average and average houses are around $140,000. The weather is temperate. The crime rate is about the national average and has actually shown signs of improvement over the last few years.

Con: The downtown may seem overwhelming due to the heavy population of the city.

Bartlesville, Oklahoma


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With distinct 11 geographical regions, outdoor activities will never disappoint the residents of the “sooner state”. Bartlesville is a small town about 45 minutes away from Tulsa and offers a comfortable, quiet, and affordable living for retirees. The cost of living is below average and the average house costs about $120,000 with some of the lowest property taxes in the country. The weather is also fairly on the higher side during the winter. There are also two community colleges in the town and the crime rates for both violent and property crimes are way below the national average. Oklahoma is rich with Native American culture in general; it houses more Native American tribes than any other state – about 50 tribes.

Con: Nearest city is about an hour away.

Ithaca, New York


Those looking to enjoy a vibrant cultural atmosphere will enjoy living in Ithaca; it is home to two large universities – Cornell University and Ithaca College. The town also features various gorges and waterfalls and plenty of natural walkable areas. This town is serves great example for an intellectually liberal community. The violent crime rates are extremely low and the property crime rates are also lower than the national average; an exceptional quality considering this is not a scenario for many college towns. The town features warm summers and cold winters, perfect for those looking for a change of season.

Con: The average house costs over $200,000 and the cost of living is on the higher end; however, this is still below the national average.

Claremont, California


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California is no stranger to liberal lifestyles and excess, and those who live there, swear by its greatness. In fact, picking the right town from California was difficult with San Diego, Napa, Berkley, Santa Barbara, and many more to choose from. One of the best features of southern California is the fantastic warm weather throughout the year. Claremont Hills Wilderness Park and the nearby San Gabriel Mountains also make outdoor recreational activities an option for Claremont residents. Claremont is just about 30 miles away from Los Angeles and home to 7 colleges; 5 undergraduate and 2 graduate colleges. The crime rate is significantly low on both violent and property crimes.

Con: If you are planning to move to this state after retirement, you better start saving up some solid cash. The average house in the state in general costs about $430,000 and is close to $580,000 in Claremont. The cost of living is also significantly higher.

Boulder, Colorado


Boulder is a town for retirees who want to pursue a healthy lifestyle after retirement; the town markets itself as one of the most “green” and “healthiest”. With over 50 parks, over 50 golf courses within a 30 mile radius, and nestled right under the Rocky Mountains, you will never run out of fun outdoor activities. Along with an amazing outdoor environment, the town is also home to the University of Colorado. The town has a humid continental climate (meaning all four seasons and a great opportunity for skiing in the winter) and is known to have up to 300 days of sunshine each year. The crime rates for both violent and property crimes are also below the national average.

Con: Unlike most places in Colorado, Boulder is on the more expensive end. The average house costs well over $400,000 and the cost of living is also significantly high. Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango make for good alternatives.

The Woodlands, Texas


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Due to the rising of Texas economy over recent years, Texas has become one of the best states to retire in with many great options like Austin, Rio Grande Valley area, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and many more. The Woodlands in Texas are often considered one of the best places to retire in Texas. There are many master-planned communities in the town that cater very well to the needs of the retirees and the amenities of a big city, like Houston, are just 45 minutes away. The crime rates of this suburban area are low and so is the cost of living. However, due to the recent increase in inhabitants and the quality of life, the prices of houses are on the higher end; the average is about $280,000.

Con: Not very culturally diverse

Kauai, Hawaii


For most, living in Hawaii may not be a reasonable option, but those that can splurge should definitely take it up as an option. For the sake of mentioning the obvious, living in Hawaii is living in paradise. Kauai serves as a good medium when it comes to amenities, cost of living, and recreational opportunities among all the Hawaiian Islands. Golfing, hiking, beaches, water sports, etc. will keep you busy. The crime rates are also well below the national average.

Con: As mentioned before, living in Hawaii is not a budget friendly option; the cost of living is high and the average house costs over $425,000. Being away from the mainland might be a turnoff for some.


  1. I live in Thailand. If you are able to move away from family and do not have strong ties to a community there is no reason not to go a lot further to find the best retirement. Hospitals are great and low priced. Some US insurance covers it too. Good housing is cheap certainly compared to what it says above. It’s called the land of smiles for a reason. If you don’t chase after drugs or trouble you won’t find any here. And you are on an adventure every time you leave the house. There are lots of amazing places to explore outside the USA and they aren’t all to expensive for the dying American middle class.

    • You better be able to handle the heat. 95-100 degree days are not uncommon from late winter through the spring. Or figure you’re not going outside after 9-10 in the morning. For three months of the summer, rains can be torrential. I, too, have lived in Thailand. Sorry, I’ve not been terribly impressed by my hospital medical care. And Thai is not one of the easiest languages to learn.


      • Kaui Cardoza says:

        I am from Maui ( high cost of everything place ) . My boyfriend and I moved to ChiangMai , Thailand for 4 months . There is a massive population of western/ European people that move there that are “digital nomads “. They make western money , but reap the benefit of chiang Mai low cost prices . Almost every single on of our friends have gotten sick at one time or another ! Two seperate times , we both got sick for a week of just constantly being in the bathroom and feeling like death . We stayed away from street meet , but we did eat at the mustache man pad Thai cart … Hmmmph. There is almost usually NO SOAP most bars , restaurants you go to . They have terrible sanitary practices . Be careful , be OCD about inspecting what you eat , drink bottled water . Some of the locals were great , but it’s part of thaiculture to say yes . No matter , so a few times I had a songtow drives get me lost , once a lady tried to rip me off for 200 baht , when literally she was a block away from house ( I showed her on GPS). Many times I have seen servers mess up food orders , then argue with the person ( who I witnessed what they ordered is not the dish they were brought ) , yet the Thais will argue with you that that is what you asked for . A Thai girlfriend of mine told me , literally they will lie to save face , even with other Thais , it’s just how they are. Stick to making your own food , a few choice restaurants that you trust .Thailand is basically turning into a military state . A month ago , at Zoe in Yellow ( a main bar with a few other bars in that strip ) literally shook down the place . 100 cops/ swag guys came and started making everyone do pee tests ? Thailand has some serious small man syndrome , and they treat people I nhumanely when people aren’t doing anything wrong . If you do a border run for your visa make sure your papers are intact . We went to the airport to fly to Hong Kong for border run , my boyfriend was literally 2days past his stamp . The guard started yelling at him , then he yelled at me to just go to the gate . I was scared because I never saw someone freak out, over what I think was something so small . The guard took my boyfriend off to the side , yelled some more then demanded he pay a fine 500 baht , then the guard was fine . There is major corruption with the cops etc in Thailand they are alllllllways looking to shake down especially white people for their money . Pretty low crime rate if you live in the city .

        Now , I am living in Danang , Vietnam. The people here are nice , they stare at you a lot , especially if you are white . Tourism is still super new for them ! They also have crappy food sanitation practices here .
        Living in Asia has taught me to be thankful being from America where there is just stricter sanitation practices on food . Taxi drivers can sometimes stiff you for Dong , so make sure you know what you’re owed . There is barely any cops are here . There is a lot more crime here , not violent , but a lot of people get laptops or other things of value stolen . A friend of a friend , literally got robbed right in front of his hotel 2 times from a guy that just rolls up on a moped . Also , the worst thing is the lifeguards here also have small man syndrome . This beach is huge and stretches for miles , but they literally put 2 lines of buoys , maybe 100 feet apart …. And if you happen to swim outside the buoys they will literally stand on shore and keep blowing a whistle , wave a flag until you come out and move to go in the buoy . This really pissed me off , because I swim like a fish … I have my entire life . I surf , dive everything and I haaaaatttte a random person telling me I cant bodysurf where there is nice waves . Asians are totally awkward and scared of the water , so they push that fear into others , or the lifeguard might also be lazy and doesn’t want to walk a distance to save a person . I dunno . That is what I hate most about being on a beautiful beach , and getting all the fun sucked out of actually enjoying it . Totally backward . This has been my experience being a 29 year old, Hawaiian/Asian/American living in these places .

        • Kaui Cardoza says:

          Also , I had a girlfriend get some filling done for cheap in Chiangmai . For the whole month after that she could barely eat , they did YDo it properly and her nerve was exposed. This is some of the dangers of being in cheap places , and not heavily researchig dental / health care .

        • Kaui Cardoza says:

          Also , I had a girlfriend get some filling done for cheap in Chiangmai . For the whole month after that she could barely eat , they did YDo it properly and her nerve was exposed. This is some of the dangers of being in cheap places , and not heavily researchig dental / health care .

  2. Awesome! so beatiful landscape, I love it

    • Karen Jacobson says:

      Do you eat dog meat in Thailand? It is abundant. Some are trying to stop this torture.

      • I lived in Thailand as well. I never saw or heard of anyone eating dog. I know they do eat them in Vietnam and France. The dogs are raised for food just like pigs or cows. Its their culture. As much as I love dogs, I really don’t feel that any other countries have legal authority to tell them to stop doing what they do. Let’s stop being offended so easily.


      • Mr. Thailand says:

        Karen, I have lived In Thailand for many years but i have never seen any eat any dog but lots of pussy…. 😉

    • yeah we get it conservative bad, liberal good. whats with the mentioning of colleges and universities ?? who cares about that when one is retired?

  3. sudhaker aitha says:

    very beautiful place

  4. Brian Corcoran says:

    I live in Chile in South America. Housing costs are really affordable here. You can build a great home for around $100 G’s here and buy a good home for a lot less. The cost of labor is pretty low as is the cost of living. All the food is organic and reasonably priced. The country itself is one of the most beautiful on the planet with the mountains and ocean always at your doorstep. There are lots of great locales to choose from. The people are Christian and very gringo friendly. It is also very easy to get permanent residency here. Chile is definitely a smart option for the discerning individual who want to get out of the welfare/warfare state.

    • chile is a welfare state. very expensive versus salary. the fruits and veggies are good but the rest of food is greasy and fried. people are very leftist and have serious social ills (still) . 19 % sales tax when i was living there (half my life) and income tax is as high as usa . could no longer take the gray skies and sad, miserable people. pharmacies on every corner (i wonder why) i could give you 1000 stories about the place. wouldnt go back if you paid me. peru is poor but the food and weather is much nicer


    Self satisfaction is the best place in the universe.Beyond that these physical beauties are negligible.One should have mental beauty unlike these temporary physical beauties.

    • It’s comments like this of why people are not happy…. I’m a nature freak, not a tree hugger type, but I absolutely love being in a beautiful place and seeing breathtaking views is what makes me happy with my life. So before you become so self centered in what you consider happiness consider the fac t that others have different ways of finding happiness….. only then will YOU find true happiness when you are contempt with what you and everyone else in the universe is doing…. I’m writing this with a smile on my face because I am truly happy. Peace be with you but consider alternatives to your own before you try to classify nature and majestic beauty as “temporary”…

    • This is what losers say. To start with, self-satisfaction sounds creepy and disgusting. Most people from age old cultures haven’t really kept up with the development standard of the west and fall back to this hackneyed argument time and again. First get yourself a clean, corruption free country. A clean environment is perhaps a better place to look within the self and attain nirvana as opposed to being surrounded by filth and squalor.

  6. Patriica Wilson says:

    I’m in my 80s. For the past 10 years I have been dividing my time between Seoul, South Korea (pop. over 10 million) and Florida (pop. 100,000) in the US. Seoul is an amazing, modern city surrounded by mountains. Two years ago, I began working on a master’s degree in international relations at Sookmyung University. I even roomed on campus with a Vietnamese roommate last year ($300/mo.) while my Korean friends were building a new home. The master’s program is taught in English, and I’ll graduate this summer. My total tuition cost for the program has been $5,600. All the rest has been covered by scholarship. I’m church organist for a small bi-lingual group. Most of the time I make my home with an older Korean couple who have long since become dear friends. Instead of paying for my room, we share. They spend the winter with me at my home in Florida, so no money changes hands. Membership in two international women’s organizations (English speaking) has given me some interesting contacts, tours, experiences. There’s marvelous public transportation; safe, inexpensive taxis, and NO TIPPING anywhere! I don’t have any need for a car. I speak a tiny bit of Korean, just enough to be polite and get around the city. I can keep up with family and friends in the US on Facebook. Bottom line, it doesn’t cost me any more to live in Seoul than in Florida but it satisfies my deep love for the bustle and culture of big cities. Spring and fall in South Korea; summer and winter in Florida — the best of both worlds.

    • First of all, a hearty welcome to my fatherland, Korea. After reading your comment, I felt compelled to write something to share with you, Patricia. I left Seoul, Korea in 1972, to immigrate to the U.S. Lived in the States for 40 years – for the last 32 years in L.A. area – before I headed to Kenya as a missionary. Now I am back to Korea to minister foreign workers. As you’re aware, Korea has an increasing number of foreigners who came to Korea to work or by international marriage. I am a volunteer worker for a mission organization called F.A.N.(Friends of All Nations) stationed in Incheon; I’m currently living in Sejong-si, teaching English to students, church workers who have mission-mind and government employees.

      • I’m in mid 60s and I salute your young, brave heart to travel, pioneer and educate yourself in your second or third harvest era, while most retirees in 70s and 80s I know just kick back, enjoying their lax lifestyle… Seoul is probably one of the most and fastest developed cities in the world. I lived in Seoul for about 20 years before my departure, but now there are very few places in Seoul that I could barely recognize. In fact, I kind of stay away from the capital for its too hustling and bustling crowds… hahaha~~
        A tip for those who might consider Seoul for their retirement place, or Korea for that matter, Seoul is noted for one of the highest living cost, including housing and food. I believe you are blessed by good connections, like your school scholarship, close friends and your membership with women’s organizations. As you know, there are multitudes of native English instructors in Korea, and they earn probably more than the average income here, but I hardly see any of them save money. Of course, it all depends on lifestyle, though.
        Wish you the best of the bests in life. Remain blessed! With warmest regards, Byron

    • eva-marie soderstrom says:

      Hi Patriicia,
      You made me so hopeful for the later years of life! In your 80s and still studying and moving around! I´m in my 65+ and have been studying lately too. My youngest daughter, Ellinor, is nearly 19yrs now and have been learning Korean by her self (whithout any lessons, just by learning via internet and people in the Korean church and embassy here)over 5 years and she´s been to S Korea two times. Fluently speaking already! In LOVE with the country! She has loads of people as friends both there and in Stockholm, Sweden, where we live. She will probably work in S Korea after her graduation here. She even won an language competition in the Korean embassy, where she knows people, and got a round ticket to Soul!
      I´m so curious for S Korea and the country.
      I visited Japan last summer and hope for Korea soon. I find the language very difficult to pronounce though, and I´m a language person!
      Socially, it seems like the koreans are much easier to interact with than the japanese, who are so shy and into their cultural behaving-rules ;).
      What are your experiences as an english-speaking person? How is the older people regarding foreigners? I´m curious about how it is for a european- or should I say western -person to live over there…
      Nice if you have time to write a little, but if not: Have a good summer!
      Best wishes
      facebook: emiwa@msn.com

  7. Richard D Haggard says:

    I moved to Nicaragua 11 years ago. You can build a comfortable house on 2 acres for less than $80000. You can live exceptional well for less than $1500 a month. The country is beautiful, the people are friendly and due to President Ortega’s support of the police it is a safe country to live in. Much different than Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala or Costa Rica or many cities in the USA.

  8. I moved To Syria 6 Months Ago…Its Great. I’ve been bashed many times,stoned,had my head cut off,my wife has been raped and left for dead, my children sold to ISIS Soldiers and I’ve been burnt alive in a Cage….Wow…Islam Is So Great And Peaceful.They don’t call it The Religion Of Peace For No Reason!!!!

    • Islam learned from the best, Catholics. They were burning people on a wooden stake 500 years ago already and tortured people for around 1000 years. I hear Catholic priests are the best rapists around, raping not just young women but young boys too. They send young men and women to their deaths in the name of religion. They say it was for peacefull purposes that they had to start world war 1 and 2. It was actually for money and land grab.
      Muslim killing Muslim and Catholic killing Catholic. Jews killing Jews. If Muslim is called “The Religion Of Peace”, then what do you call Catholics?

      • Pete Antonson says:

        You would call Catholics people that stopped doing those things a long time ago!

        • Isa Kocher says:

          the catholic church opposed AIDS prevention in africa with mr ratzinger explicitly as second to johnpaul 2 ruling that catholic wives must have sex with HIV infected husbands and that all catholic priests nuns doctors nurses must teach that condoms cause more deaths than HIV. catholic clergy are active in the whole LGTBQ genocide movements in Africa and Eastern Europe while johnpaul 2 canonized at least one cleric with a less than lily white record on child abuse. the rc church stills condemns women to death for toxic pregnancy which cannot be terminated.

          it’s record in germany croatia and latin america is mixed. some real saints like st oscar romero and a lotta really bad guys. right now in Africa catholic militia in the congo are engaged in a war of rape. in central and south amerca narco saints narco churches and the vatican bank money laundering mafia and narco drug money. not to single out catholics above others just not any better.

      • @ Roger what a lier you are , how could you be burnt alive by ISIS in a cage and you are alive ?

        If Islam was about harming Chrstians there would be no Chrstians in the Middel East or Syria after 1400 years of Muslim rule ( Muslim were the super power of the world for centuries) .

        If Muslim followed the example of Christian in Western Europe all Chrstian in the Middel East would be Muslim century’s ago

        Chrstian who meet the early Muslim noted that Muslim were kind to them because the Islamic prophet instructed them to be kind to Chrstian.

    • what is happening in syria has zero to do with Islam. on the one hand there is putin enabling the ruling baath party in syria and its president, on the other hand the usa enabling with its allies saudi arabia and qatar the war against the baath party, while kurds and zaza minorities fighting with their communist PKK and the peshmerge militia for independence. our other ally turkey enabling ISIS against the kurds while the USA bombs ISIS which “state” is run by the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s baath party.

      none of it is approved of, all condemned vociferously by all muslims everywhere, including huge demonstrations by millions of people entirely unreported in the usa and brutally suppressed by usa allies using usa built and supplied weapons.

  9. very interesting to read the comments about people living in different places for their retirement. Patricia’s experience is the most inspiring. Studying in a foreign country at the age of 80s.

  10. I am now intrigued by Syria and its religion of peace. Thank you Roger!

  11. The best place in the world to retire…..I have lived here for over 20yrs with my family (wife and two kids)!! The happiest country in the world with free medical,free education, wonderful travel, clean nature, summer houses with wonderful beaches and ocean views and of course there is “Tivoli”!!! Why buy a house when you can rent one…..plus there are plenty of apartments and row houses also to rent/buy in Denmark…(Iloveit)!!

  12. We just returned from a trip to Thailand and found the heat, humidity and language very difficult to handle. The people, of course, were very nice. Boquete, Panama has spring-like temperatures every day of the year. No heater, no air conditioner, no problem. We saw some country property (2 acres) called Rancho del Cielo, for less than $30,000. They offered river frontage land as well.

  13. Ravi Bhatnagar says:

    I have a dream !!!

    when young you went for job/engulfed in business, trade or profession to justify your education,training and existence in competitive society.

    Now in most beautiful and final leg of life’s journey, you are born free again like in your child hood responsibilities fulfilled,no jobs to go to ,enough to fend for yourself and plenty of time.

    You brought nothing to the world and will take nothing from it. Ultimately what counts is the momments you enjoyed most.

    Host Guest global friend”s community ! Cash less mutual give give relation ships. Giver”s trade off gains are name fame as large heart giver. Giving without any expectation.


  14. Make a list of your wants versus your needs. For me, I needed companionship. I want someone who could speak English. I wanted someone who could take care of me when I needed it. I wanted a warm country with cheap housing.

    I ended up moving from Canada to the Philippines. I won’t tell you where I live exactly as I don’t want all kinds of foreigners showing up. There are enough now.

    I can hire a housekeeper/cook for around $75 a month. Rent a new 1 bedroom for around $250 a month. Vegetables and fruit are relatively cheap here. I take a “trike” wherever I go here and it costs me 16 cents a ride.

    Most of all I have nice girlfriend and my days are full.

    • hey frank
      im in pi too.
      love it.
      live in the boondoks. no air con or fan needed. in winter i need a blanket.
      people soooo sweet and never tried to cheat me. got my permanent resident visa
      in 2 days (applied at consulate)
      im raising some pigs/cows /goats/ducks. beautiful sweet hardworking awesome wife half my age. i turn on the tv and the president actually says positive things about his people and country as opposed to the president of the country of my birth (usa)
      im gonna die hear unless they throw me out 🙂

  15. Daniel Tennant says:

    Thailand is very doable. If you do’t like the hot weather, go north. Chiang Mai is fantastic; cool, good food, affordable, and lovely people. Health care is world class in Bangkok and a fraction of the cost of the US. I started my retirement in Viet Nam but got tired of dealing with the crime and rudeness and corruption. I ended up eventually in Thailand with residency also in Singapore. No regrets!

    • Sorry Daniel–Chiang Mai, where I live part year, has more than it’s share of hot weather. I remember walking from the store at 8 o’clock at night. 20 minutes. This was March or April. When I got on the elevator to my apt. another person got on. They asked if I had been out jogging. I was drenched in perspiration. I’ve also paid for routine medical tests, a CT scan, for example. It was more expensive than it would have been in the US. Generally though, yes, your medical bills are going to average less than the US. I never feel I’m stepping into a “world class” hospital in CM. And it’s said, when you step into the “farang” hospitals, expect to pay for it. We all have different perspectives, great that you are satisfied. Don’t expect luxury living on $2,000 a month.

  16. I can vouch for what Frank stated in a prior post. I retired in the Philippines near the now closed USAF Clark AB where I was stationed in the 1970s. The cost of living and housing is cheap, inexpensive first class medical and dental care is available, and most of the people speak English as a second language. The only overseas VA office and clinic is located in Manila to serve those who are getting VA benefits. Many former and retired military serviceman live in the area so you can socialize at the local VFW and American Legion posts and other similar venues and clubs. Manila and the beach resorts of Subic Bay are connected by a modern and safe US type interstate toll road.

  17. Hi, anyone wants to visit the Philippines are welcome. We have a lot of tropical places, beaches and other tourist spots where you can really enjoy your stay. Enjoy whichever country you choose to live in! 🙂

  18. Pete Antonson says:

    I lived on Kauai for 15 years and loved every minute of it. However, even with an 85k income (2nd part time job like nearly everyone) I barely broke even living in a simple average way. Expect electricity bills @ $250-300+/mo (without a/c) and rent around $2000/mo for the simplest 2-3 bedroom cottage. Ten days after I retired, I moved to the Philippines. The previous comments are right on target especially about English! Language problems can wear you out in other places (for the long term)!
    Here’s a tip, though: Kauai is 22% Filipino and 24% caucasian, the remainder is mixed (called “local”) and/or a variety of asian. Everything I’ve experienced (including isolation from Mainland USA) in the Philippines, I first experienced routinely (to a lesser degree) on Kauai! If you can, live on Kauai for a while and visit the Philippines. Then reverse that; like I did!

  19. Philip of Spain. says:

    Hi There,

    I am British and now live in Spain.The medical care is free,being over 65 and benefiting from a reciprocal agreement with the U.K.July and August are hot but the rest of the year is very pleasant.The food is excellent, especially if you like fish.The language is quite easy,to learn and the locals are very friendly,if a little noisy at times.There is plenty to do and the coastline is stunning in places.Spanish people however, don’t understand that the small stick on the left hand side just behind the steering wheel in your vehicle is an indicator to warn other road users your turning intentions, and the Mirror on the windscreen is for looking behind you.

  20. Living in San Juan as a way of being an expat without leaving the territories of the United States. I find it very culturally interesting. The climate is hot in the winter, and hot and slightly rainy in the summer. It is cheaper than some cities, but the real value if one is looking for value are the smaller cities and towns where it is actually possible to purchase a very nice home for under seventy thousand dollars, many decent ones also available at under forty thousand. Anyone under thirty has been taught English in the schools as it was required the last twenty years and movies are in English with Spanish subtitles. From here it is a simple matter to visit all the other Caribbean islands for moderately inexpensive holidays.

    • dee puerto rico is bankrupt. crime is out of control and they just raised the sales tax to 11.5 % . sorry, not even on a bet

  21. Just look for where the ‘muslimes’ live ….and don’t go! Then you can be 90% sure of safety!

    • The United States is full of Muslims (98% of population). Lots of crazy terrorists shooting innocent people in schools and restaurants. They are all Muslims like Carrie. Don’t go there.

  22. Dave Robinson says:

    I’ve lived in Bangkok for 8 years and Malaysia for the past 7.

    The best place in the world for everything is the USA!

    But at this stage of life, I no longer need everything, retired with great pensions and the USA is 26 hours away on a flat bed to sleep on going back. I am counting down the best life in a great way!

    Bangkok and Malaysia is no longer the cheap places they use to be. I get to Bangkok every 3 to 4 months, 80 minutes by air, 200 plus bucks, as some of the best, yes best Italian food I’ve ever had is there. But a bit expensive as lunch can cost 60 bucks for just the food. Traffic in Bangkok makes LA cook like paradise!

    The Thai have no idea how to control traffice as the roads in the city were built for the cars now on the road, Taxis used to be the best in the world but now days most don’t want to use the meter and want triple the fare. There are times when one stops 5 plus to get a ride.

    Thai are for Thai. A “farang” is a term used to describe mainly a white person. When around elderly Thai you can usually here farang, farang..

    Invite a Thai out for dinner and expect them to bring the whole family and you pay the bill. I’ve yet to be invited out by a Thai.

    Not a lot of people who speak more than one language in Thailand.

    Malaysia is a lot different than Thailand as many speak three languages, Malay, Chinese and English. The British background is everywhere although the Malay government has tried to rub it out. My doctor has done graduate work at the Mayo Clinic and many have studied in US universities. Medical and dental care/hospitals excellent.

    Recently the government enacted a 6% tax on most everything a most all things and services have increased 10%. Housing/rentals is still very reasonable and should remain as the market is glutted.

    Check out the Second Home Program for Malaysia.

    Again, I find the best about Bangkok is the Italian food.

    Malaysia____ a/c condo, maid twice a week, a/c car and shopping centers/ supermarkets as in US!

  23. I’ve lived and worked and has ex in many countries,and Korea is one of the finest countries..great girls…good sex.

  24. If you want to retire and live well, move to Central America. Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica….are all just a few hours by air to the US
    If you choose carefully you can actually live WELL on $1500 US a month…rent, water, electricity, food. Just stay away from the tourists spots. There are a lot of wonderful Spanish Colonial towns where it’s cheap to live.
    The US is a nice place…but you can never escape taxes, insurance, and expensive utilities…no matter what state you try to move to.
    Plus…the US is rather boring. McDonalds, Subway, Walmarts in every city. There’s no “character”. It’s all one big chain of stores.

  25. Hello! I moved to The island of Puerto Rico soon after my retirement. And bought the most beautiful home on a hill with all the amenities for only $120k. You can purchase homes here cheapper than that and people are friendly, they speak english and you are not leaving the US. Weather is nice year round. Beaches are beautiful and also you can find all the American stores you are used to in the states. Electric and water bills are not high in comparison with the US. You do not pay annual taxes on your homes and your car insurance is included in your annual plate sticker. Nice place for retirees.

    • Marlyn M, what you say about Puerto Rico is not true. We have lived here for ten years, nobody speak English away from the tourist strip, electricity it TWICE the national average, water is very expensive, the police do not speak English and cannot be trusted, we personally know two prep school kids who were murdered in cold blood here, one with gun, one with knife while girlfriend stabbed in chest too, but lived, trash is everywhere, people toss it right out of there cars all day long, the people drive without following ANY traffic rules, workers are uneducated and have no manners whatsoever, sorry we came here, trying to talk wifee into leaving. Finally, everything here is expensive since it has to be shipped in because the locals do not fish, farm or make anything themselves, real colonial ghettothink, and the food almost always sucks, Gringos leaving in droves since the economy is tanked and many, many locals hate Gringos, though they love the money.

  26. You’ve obviously never lived in Boise. I agree with your assessment for the most part. But when you say there are no extreme temperature swings, that is certainly untrue. Boise can have high temperatures in the single digits in January. And come July and August, the temperature can easily reach triple digits. I’d say that’s a pretty drastic temperature swing.

  27. i would like to live my home town

  28. i would like to live God’s own Country
    plenty of rivers,trees as much as toddy wow it’s amazing life,mostly all the political leaders are corrupted it is the best opportunists to live.if you are a richest person you have to live king
    kumarakam karimeen is the attractive food

  29. The Villages in Florida is the Disney World for adults. You just have to go and see for yourself. Over 1800 clubs and free lifetime golf at 35 nine hole courses and 11 country clubs that you are automatic members for dining and $19-49 golf depending on season (year round in FL)

  30. Consider Bali everyone. Culturally fascinating, and not expensive. Great weather, and a large expat population already here…..most from Oz.

  31. The best place you want to retire…..Philippines, there are many beautiful scenery, beaches, with hospitable and friendly people. Just visit the website of the phils.

  32. There are SO many alternatives to living your later years in another country other than the USA.
    I do think the best approach is to research and visit those places or countries you are considering and by visiting, I do not mean “vacationing” as actually living day to day is completely different than being on vacation. I made the move out of the USA many years ago after living in many different countries as an “air force brat” (tongue in cheek). My father had the foresight to make us live off base and in the culture wherever we could and it certainly taught me a lot. I actually had reverse culture shock when I came back to the states after being overseas for many many years.

    When it became apparent to me what I saw happening and what I wanted out of the later years I began researching many different countries and I do believe the trick to being a successful expat is to do that research so you are not disappointed. I made a list of the top 20 items that I considered important to me now and in the near future for when I aged further. I narrowed down that search based on that criteria and then visited and lived in those countries for a few months each to get the real feel. For me, Ecuador won out hands down, but it is certainly not for everyone as no place on earth is. I am sure each and everyone that lives in a different state in the USA, city or town even loves or likes where that is, including those, like myself, that made the move but each and every one of us will have our own criteria, wants and desires. With the internet it is easy to do research although you should be careful as there is a lot of bad information there as well, but it is a great place to start. I recommend highly to anyone that is even thinking about moving to…..Just Do It (credit to Nike) as it does not have to be an all or nothing issue. Planes fly both ways and until you find that perfect spot for yourself keep your lifeline open. It is just not that difficult to do, but fear might keep you from making the attempts. I am here to tell you that is is well worth taking that adventure, because isn’t life just one big adventure?! Good luck to all of you!!

  33. I am concerned of the quality of health care in some of the above mentioned locations.

  34. I “retired” from Silicon Valley, California. First to the Philippines where I met my second wife and lived for three years. Inexpensive and relatively comfortable but after three years the pollution (air, water and noise) became hard to take. My wife and I have traveled the world and finally have decided to settle in Hungary. The food is exceptional and the people are friendly and kind. The cost of living is about the same as in the Philippines (except for fuel, which costs about double) but the food and the public infrastructure are much better.

    Hungary has had sewer systems for over 2,000 years. The Philippines, which is in the monsoon belt, has none in most areas so the streets flood. We enjoy traveling all over Europe and the rest of the world. I teach English to adults three days a week and pursue my other passion, developing commercial software applications during the other four but none of this feels like work. Life is good.

  35. So interesting to read all the comments….i have been thinking of moving to South east Florida where I have had a home for 4 years. I just love Florida, so have been
    spending the spring there every year for the last four. I guess for me its the opposite of many of the comments because I live in the PHilippines (born and raised here). I dont know how practical it would be for me to retire in FL, have to
    give some more serious thought.

  36. I have lived in Trinidad, West Indies … 20 years, no land tax, no house taxes…you can build how and what you want. I live in the country side, about 3 miles from the Atlantic. Breeze 24/7 …no heat bill…health care is free and if you are referred to a clinic, your meds are free as well. Housing is reasonable….renting is more expensive because of the oil rig workers from Texas so it’s cheaper to buy. Local food is great and there is an abundance of all American Fast Food joints for the homesick lol.

    I am a little shocked at the Muslim comments….this island has all religions. My Nabors are Hindu/Muslim/Christians/Buddhists and imagine, we all get along….black/yellow/white/mixed it does not make a difference to us…WE LIVE AS ONE!!!! YOU SHOULD TRY IT!!!

  37. The best place to retire is around the area where you were born or grew up. Your immune system is tuned best for that place and only there you feel the most comfort. For a cheap surgery just take a trip to India. To diversify girlfriends, invite them over (most of foreign girls will be happy to come to the US) or fly abroad and live on their territory for a while. But your body always remembers where your real home is.

  38. I’m just going to stay in NJ, with a nice backyard and a river poonton. Unless my property taxes go sky-high, it ain’t that bad, plenty of amenities, convenient as I don’t have to drive for hours to get to the airport and there are trains and passable freeways, i travel around the world plenty, but I still like suburban living, it’s a space thing

  39. Another bogus best places to live in retirement. California ? Really ? 1/2 million dollar home, same for Hawaii . A waste of time

  40. I like to look into Montana and any other tax friendly states!

  41. Cpt. Michael says:

    Hi everyone,

    Lived in Colombia, South America for four years and loved all of my time there. Most beautiful women in the world and very friendly people for the most part and I learned Spanish in one year (on my own). Cost of living is not very cheap, but cheaper than the U. S.. Very dangerous country! I was working a s a Helicopter Test Pilot working for the Colombian Army (War on Drugs). Was told by some locals that I was on a hit list (kidnapping) and actually had two guys visit my house and threaten me (outside the fence behind my house). I was what you might call somewhat of a rebel. People tried to cheat me and I didn’t back down like they thought I would. God is good!

    Lived in Thailand for seven years and have enjoyed my time here. I have been scammed by many Thais. Lots of them will lie to you just to get money. I do have some very good friends, but that’s as far as that goes. The women are pretty, but remember, they’re looking for a foreigner to take care of them and their family. True!

    Now my home is in the Philippines and it is wonderful. I have a 28 year old fiance (I’m 54) with an 8 year old daughter “Noah” and a new 7 month old baby girl named “Miyah.” I have my oldest son “Michael Jr.” who lives in the U. S. with his mom. The people are so well-mannered and they love Americans. True! I live about a day away from Manila with the beach about 20 yards from my house. Gotta love it!!!

  42. Steve Morgan says:

    I live in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico. I’m just 21 miles from San Diego, so I use U.S. doctors. You can rent a Spartan 2 BR apartment blocks from the ocean for about $200 per month, or rent a mansion on the water for about $1,000 per month. Buying a house is about 90% cheaper than San Diego, but you gotta pay cash and for God’s sake get title insurance!

  43. very very beautiful

  44. I sold my large house in the U.S. and bought a small but beautiful adobe in a small coastal village in Mexico. I awaken every morning to the incredible sight of a blue, lazy river flirtingly decide not to cross the white sandy beach to the beckoning sea. Every day, I find myself filling with profound gratitude that I, a common, divorced, middle class American living on a modest pension and monthly social security enjoy a satisfying, fulfilling life of ever present beauty and personal freedom. I live the leisured life of minor nobility.

    I can hear the reactionary thoughts of most Americans “danger, drugs, crime, corruption, beheadings, missing student teachers, poverty, corn tortillas, etc.” I am happy with the fact that 90% of Americans would never consider living in a “third world” country like Mexico. I don’t want them coming down here and demanding the chain stores that feed their pathetic consumerism. I see a new 10,000 sq. ft. mansion on the hill across the river that house only two restless retirees. They are considering Puerta Vallarta, maybe.

  45. Get info on the BEST place to retire at retireforlessincostarica.com. We live here comfortably for less than $3,000/month. GREAT medical care for $190/month (inc. medicine)

  46. I lived in Korea as an English teacher, and I had a great time. I found the Japanese much more polite, however. I have now retired in the Philippines, and it is the best place for me. Everyone speaks English, and I live comfortably on about $1500 a month. Filipinos are very gracious and friendly. They are also very musical.

  47. I left SF for Costa Rica almost 5 years ago. It’s not cheap for everything, restaurants are particularly expensive, but I live on mostly fruits and veggies. I spend about $60.00/week on everything including tortillas, cheese, yogurt, eggs and all the fruits and vegetables I can eat. I love to cook, so I rarely eat out and when I do I try to frequent local ‘sodas’ or mom and pop restaurants. I own a five bedroom home with an art studio (I’m a potter). I rent out four rooms super cheap and am never lonely for long. I have a full time maid and gardener which cost me $500./month combined. The people here are very friendly, the weather is perfect, I give thanks everyday that I have found a place with good medical care, lots of friends and a steady income. Costa Rica is beautiful! I spend at least a week a month on the beach. There is a high crime rate, but I’m cautious and feel very safe. I know all my neighbors and we keep an eye on each other. Pura Vida.

  48. It’s comments like this of why people are not happy…. I’m a nature freak, not a tree hugger type, but I absolutely love being in a beautiful place and seeing breathtaking views is what makes me happy with my life. So before you become so self centered in what you consider happiness consider the fac t that others have different ways of finding happiness….. only then will YOU find true happiness when you are contempt with what you and everyone else in the universe is doing…. I’m writing this with a smile on my face because I am truly happy. Peace be with you but consider alternatives to your own before you try to classify nature and majestic beauty as “temporary”…

  49. Left the USA years and years ago, to simply explore the world. Helping others, with my social services and psychiatric nursing background. British Isles ( England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland ), with 6 month period of isolation and solitude on St. Helena.

    Visits to European continent for leisure and experience.

    In Common Sense, my search for peace and harmony, with multi-nationality infrastructure, led to my re-settlement to isolated New Zealand, with mild and pleasant year round climate.

    And Chinese wife half my age, and hard working, loving, generous, devoted.

  50. Its great reading about different peoples views of different countries…have you ever thought of a place called Pune in India?…where u will find simple people, very economic healthy living with amazing natural bounty…..Can live without A/C throughout the year…less medical bill, less pollution, less crime, handy maids, ….specially a few places in Pune..you can see lake, falls and hills from your bedroom…its complete resort life……meditate/spa/great food all cheaper. Living here since last 10 yrs…you may opt for Lavasa City/ Sahara City..if want luxury living..All knows/speak in Eng….
    Happy living here since last 10 yrs…

  51. I was born and raised in Hyderabad India then at age 18 left for USA and settled down there in Chicago life was good but very hard worked 10 hours a day 6 days a week me and wife both worked any way after I retired at 60 I just needed a change so decided to go back to my birthplace Hyderabad .first I was shocked to see it has changed so much completely different city. now I am staying for last 4 years and I am happy I bought a house at golden heights beutifull area no noise or air pollution every thing is very cheap except petrol. One person can live like a king in just 1400 dollars including part time maid/cook and driver .we have all american products available plus KFC/MacDonald/subway/pizza hut/domino etc now my son and daughter in USA calling me back so I am not sure about i got so use to of this tension free life.Oh I forgot to mention there is so many historic places to see like charminar/ Golconda fort( where Kohinoor diomond found) falak numa palace(check it out in Google search)and many more getting tired of typing so try this place if get chance.

  52. mahnaz and sirus (sinaz) says:

    thank a lot, all places so wonderful !

  53. Enjoyed reading the article, and all the comments here. Everything depends on what a person wants- he or she will find that place the best in the world. I am from India, have lived in various cities of the country, and would like to live and die in my country of birth. Not because I don’t have options to emigrate (I have relatives settled in the US) but I feel most comfortable in my country. Not everybody will say that India is the best place to settle but there are foreigners here too, who have made India their home. There are many things we would like to change in India but there are many good things too. Cost of living is one of the cheapest in the world and food is excellent.

  54. Enjoyed reading the article, and all the comments here. Everything depends on what a person wants- he or she will find that place the best in the world. I am from India, have lived in various cities of the country, and would like to live and die in my country of birth. Not because I don’t have options to emigrate (I have relatives settled in the US) but I feel most comfortable in my country. Not everybody will say that India is the best place to settle but there are foreigners here too, who have made India their home. People are generally friendly though the recent events of rape and religious extremism etc. have dented the image of the country to some extent. There are many things we would like to change in India but there are many good things too. Cost of living is one of the cheapest in the world and food is excellent. There are thousands of beautiful historical monuments like forts and palaces (Taj Mahal is not the only one) throughout the country, beautiful beaches, hill stations (Himalayan ranges and others) and even a desert (Thar desert). The heat might be a put off but the northern part of the country has severe Winters and snow fall too.

  55. I’m concurring with Phillip of Spain. I’ve lived in 7 countries on 4 continents and have retired to the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Say what you like about third world living but the downsides are very off putting. Heard the hype about Boquette and visited-a third world backwater with an untenable rainy season. Europe certainly has it’s problems but the history and culture have formed the basis of Western civilization, which although certainly not perfect, has delivered the best standard of living to the most people. I’ve served in a senseless American war, practiced criminal law in Texas off and on for over 40 years and just couldn’t take the naked political corruption any more. Spain is economical, clean,possesses wonderful natural beauty and is the retirement and vacation choice for the rest of Europe. Saludos, Tomas

  56. Jay Wooldridge says:

    Moved from England to Dubai and lived there for two years but found it too fast paced and too artificial. Now living in Saudi and actually I really like it, although as a single man my days here will be numbered, so I’ll be heading somewhere new. I’m thinking one extreme to the other and presently have Helsinki in mind although Bali does sound interesting. My own views is that happiness comes from inside, so wherever you go, take your happiness with you and you will find you attract the same.

  57. I retired to France over 10 years ago.My wife is a French native; we live in the far Southwest corner of France very near the border with Spain; we are on the Atlantic Ocean and in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains. The surfing here is great; France is NOT expensive if you do it right. Judging by the number of surfers at the beaches every day, it must be very good. he medical care here is first rate; the climate is mild enough to support palm trees, magnolias and other fragile flora. Lots of people from Paris and Bordeaux retire here, there is lots of new apartment construction in our town (Bayonne).

  58. Enjoyed you writing, really an amazing article.

  59. Hi, I’m an American painter currently teaching English in Taiwan. I’m planning to relocate somewhere next year and curious which places you would recommend that is light on the pockets yet deep for the soul. Thanks!

  60. I know retirement is important, but I didn’t hear much of anything about contributing to a society, just taking? Happy then you are far far away!

  61. Jackie Curbishley says:

    I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned Barbados. It’s expensive but it’s paradise. Safe, small, friendly and with the most superb beaches and stunning countryside. English is the language and you can go anywhere on the Island without feeling threatened. People still say good morning and good afternoon to strangers! I’ve been going there for 40 years and now, in my golden era, I am thinking of settling there for good.

  62. Come and explore Coonoor, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India. Good cool weather, Good people, Good roads, quaint town…

  63. Who wants to live in the USA ??? Not me… NEVER !!!

  64. How about Philippines?

  65. Talking about places to retire, I would beg to differ with Mitali T. regarding Lavasa and Sahara city. Lavasa being India’s first smart city has an established retail market which is astronomically expensive and which sets a traveller back by hell lot of money if one comes visiting Lavasa. However, Lavasa does not offer a person who is visiting it, any avenues / opportunities to recover / earn back the expenses made at Lavasa. More or less, the same goes for Aamby Valley City built by the Sahara Group of Co.’s. So, rest assured, if one goes to Lavasa, one must be prepared to return to wherever they are going back with a light wallet but they will return wiser as well. Climate is good at Lavasa but climate at Aamby Valley City is moderate owing to large scale mining and deforestation in Lonavla whereby the green cover is getting depleted rapidly. In the summer, the heat gets trapped in the hills owing to rapid deforestation there. Also, Lavasa has also run into the wrong side of the law with the Indian Government owing to large scale project irregularities committed in building the Lavasa Smart City. These irregularities were reported in the leading daily newspapers of Mumbai city in India.

  66. I live in Sabah, formerly British North Borneo, a member-nation in the Federation of Malaysia.

    After retirement, a person may choose to live somewhere cheap and where facilities are satisfactory or better. However, no matter how beautiful and favorable another country may be, a retiree may still choose his or her own country.

  67. To Mary, who wrote:

    “The United States is full of Muslims (98% of population). Lots of crazy terrorists shooting innocent people in schools and restaurants. They are all Muslims like Carrie. Don’t go there.”

    While I’m disappointed in the course the US has taken in the last 7 years, and while to say I’m no fan of Muslims is to vastly understate the case, Mary is hallucinating when when she says that they comprise 98% of the population. She must get her facts from “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” “not” being the operative word here. She has some kind of axe to grind, not that I’m interested in what it is, or should anyone else be.

  68. First of all the article about best places for retirees is just unrealistic because at the end most of them are saying ” a little bit expensive” “almost the same of average cities”…Bull…. I actually live in Peru and the best place is in the countryside between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon region, climate, food. housing are very affordable people are friendly and make you feel like you are part of them. Hope some day will see you in this beautiful Country.

  69. I have been living in Kohn Kaen Thailand for 9 months and I now have to leave this fantastic country. The medical for older persons, I am 71, is to costly with no insurance. I have had 2 operations and I spent 38,000 dollars for both operations. I still have some medical issues to deal with. I came here with low six figures, thinking this will be enough to last me for the rest of my life. It will not be enough to last me another year. I am going back because I have free medical and I can save the money and live OK. Be very careful of moving overseas if you have, or will have, medical issues. If you can afford to live in Thailand, it is a great place with friendly people and easy life style.

    Please remember that you need to really think, if you are not a millionaire, how you will pay for your medical. If you are not Thai, you need to pay, UP FRONT, before they take you into the hospital. The Dr’s are great, no problems, the hospital charges are fair, compared to costs in America, if you were paying, out of your pocket. But most of us have some type of insurance that will help. Here nothing you can buy here that will cover you for pre existing conditions. Think before you do.

  70. Charles Spurgeon says:

    I lived in Honduras over 11 years. I have now lived in north central Mexico for 13 years. It is called the “Highlands of Jalisco”. We are up 6,100 feet elevation. The climate is great! Seldom hot, never freezes. I live in an old Colonial city of about 123,000 people, BUT the 3rd largest city in Mexico (Leon) is only 30 minutes away. Our city is tranquil, as opposed to the costal and border parts of Mexico. I would recommend out city as a retirement location. I have a 2 story home about 1,600 sq ft. My annual property taxes are about $26.00 USD. Google: bienesyraiceslagos

  71. Lynda J. Moore says:

    I am a retired network broadcaster who took a leap of faith and moved to Ecuador in October 2013. First I lived on the coast–Báhia de Caráquez. Stayed only 2 months. Nice place to visit, but, not to live. A bit boring. I lived in and around New York City for 34 years so I definitely needed more culture and stimulation. Now I live in Cuenca, a beautiful Colonial city of about half a million and loaded with culture! You can easily live here on $1000/month. I bought a new vehicle and a penthouse but MOST Gringos here rent and do not drive. There is excellent health care. A doctor’s visit generally costs $30 and you don’t pay for follow-ups. Basic health insurance is about $75 a month. I pay about twice that, have a rider for cancer care, and can choose my doctors and hospitals. If you have ANY respiratory or cardiac issues, Cuenca, at 8200 feet above sea level, might not be the place for you. I also like Vilcabamba, four hours south, and 5000 feet above sea level, but it’s a town and the closest hospital is in Loja, 45 minutes away.

  72. Juanita Ruth One says:

    I find it interesting that no one mentioned Ecuador, a small but incredibly beautiful diverse country, which has been rated by many publications as one of the best places to retire. I retired to the country’s third-largest city and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage city — Cuenca — five years ago and never looked back. God willing, I intend to live here (the cultural capital of Ecuador) until I die which, given the life span of the women in my family, could easily be another 20 years. I teach Spanish to other expats, sing in the 45-voice Cuenca International Chorale, participate in community volunteer work and have many friends — both Cuencanos and other expats from North America and Europe. Top-notch dental and medical care at 25% of US costs. Fresh fruits and veggies grown in mineral-rich volcanic soil. High-speed Wi-Fi internet, international Cable TV, all utilities and 24/7 reception desk all included in the rental of my furnished 2-BR, 2 bath, 2 balconies apartment which cost 1/3 of what it would go for stateside! As I sit at my computer, I overlook the mountainous edge of El Cajas National Park and the Rio Tomebamba (one of Cuenca’s four rivers) sings to me over my left shoulder.

  73. Robert stewart says:

    Spring island sc beats all of the above.

  74. yup, cld nt read all but I intend to spend time in Philippines, hving been ard the main island of Luzon 2 yrs back n Puerto Princesa last year for over a week at a time. Yes, its a good place to spend lots of time – actually the cost is less than I read so far. Except that the bike rental at PP was a whopping 600 php per day (less than USD20). I believe one can comfortably relax with about USD900 per month including renting a room or house. At the rite times, return airfare from/to Singapore is less than USD150

  75. No one mentioned Nigeria

  76. All things being equal, I would have chosen India to retire (after living in Nepal and Thailand and traveling extensively in south and south-east Asia). But all things are not equal; India is half a world away from friends and family.

    But for convenience, let’s not forget Mexico. I now live in Ajijic, near Guadalajara. With “the world’s second-best climate”, nearby access to an international airport with direct flights to many US cities, less than an hour to a major city it’s the retirement choice for thousands of Americans and Canadians.

    Prices are higher than in Asia, but still much less than the US for basic goods and all services. Taxes are nil. Medical care is OK and the prices are fairly low (I had a hip replacement for about $7,000 US). English is widely spoken, due to the large number of ex-pats in the area.

    There are many cultural events, both locally and in Guadalajara, and we have the Lake Chapala Society, which, in addition to it’s many events and programs and events for both ex-pats and Mexicans, houses what is believed to be the largest English-language library in Mexico.

    Yes, we have a Wal-Mart, and a Domino’s Pizza, but no McDonalds this side of Guadalajara.

  77. Ithaca, New York is one of the best destinations to retire….

  78. I lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for two years; it is cheap, safe, and very wonderful. A lot of girls and things to do. Unfortunately, I caught Dengue fever. I am now living in Ecuador; I have been here almost two years. Safe and cool. (I am above 8,000 ft.) No bad mosquitoes at this elevation high in the Andes. Very beautiful here but not as exciting or exotic as Thailand. But Thailand is suffering another bad year of Dengue.. I’ll return to Thailand if and when I don’t have to worry about mosquitoes. It’s pretty hard to beat Thailand, “The Land of Smiles.”

  79. I moved to the Republic of Georgia. Bought a two-bedroom apt in Tbilisi near the Tbilisi Sea which is an artificial lake. My apt costs $30,000. The living if you are not travelling abroad too often is about $500 a month. I have three dogs, I am walking them climbing a nearby mountain and in summer we swim in the Tbilisi Sea. I am always tanned, eating good food, and never once I regretted to have left New York. The local cuisine is considered the 4th in Europe, in my opinion – the best. The country is rich in history and traditions and famous for its beautiful landscapes. It has sunny beaches and mountain slopes. But for the elderly I would specifically mention this: Georgia is famous for the longevity of its people. Being over a hundred is a common thing here. The crisp mountain air and probably the world’s greatest variety of mineral waters do the trick.

  80. LOS “land of smiles” I have lived in Thailand for a few years. I have been married to a great gal almost 30 yrs younger. Smart etc, I just could not replace here anywhere. The only thing that bothers me is that I have no legal rights. I bought land, of course in the wife’s name. We have a great pharmacy, all in her name. Medical is good, getting more expensive. I grew up in a small town in Switzerland, moved to California when 21 and it was a great place for 45 years. I still get homesick for the Golden State when I walk on memory lane. We had it all, a high-speed boat, snow-ski, a Harley. It truly was the Golden State. Of course, now it is the “socialist republic north of Mexico”. I spent a lot of time in Guadalajara with my Mexican wife. There is only one Mexico

  81. My Tica wife of 8 years and I now live in Fortuna, Costa Rica. Fortuna is a small tourist town which has many outdoor activities to enjoy. There is hiking, biking, rafting, rain forests, large lake, Arenal Volcano, waterfalls, thermal springs, and other outdoor activities! There are good restaurants,groceries, and other stores. We built our house (50 sq. m) and another house (42 sq. m) which we rent for $300/mo. We have a beautiful view of the volcano thru the all glass front of our house. It cost us about $90,000 to build both houses.
    We live comfortably on about $2,800/mo at the present time. Next year, after paying off some bills, that will drop to about $2,000. Included in that amount is $195/mo for Costa Rica social security. We get medical care, dental care AND medicine for that amount. I can see specialists at no extra cost, if needed.
    The Ticos are friendly, well educated and many speak English! I feel safe walking around town.
    We have internet and satellite TV so I am connected to the rest of the world. I like all kinds of sports and can view them all on the TV!
    We buy fresh vegetables all the time so our diet is very healthy.
    Go to retireforlessincostarica.com for more info on living in Costa Rica. Try it, you’ll like it!!

  82. The Second Home Program in Malaysia should be given serious consideration should one think about if one is thinking about retirement outside the USA.

    The US dollar goes a long way here. Medical and dental are fine and reasonable.

    A 10 year visa is granted. Requirements, including financial, are covered in the Second Home Program.

    Temperature is around 80 all year, utilities are VERY reasonable. Rentals are very cheap.

  83. I do not believe that comments such as many of those above are uttered by so called educated, so called first world inhabitants. The human race shocks me daily, and not in a good way!

  84. I agree with John Kane! I live in the Philippines after being born and raised in Hawaii and spending over 20 years in Colorado as an adult. The Philippines is an amazing country and offers just about everything you could want from breathtaking vistas in the mountains of Central Luzon to diving with whale sharks in Cebu! The cost of living is very low compared to some other Asian countries and the medical is top notch with several medical facilities accepting US Insurance. If you have a pension get ready to enjoy the tax benefits of on-shoring your money her. The Philippines has a also had a long term relationship with the US and Australia and you will find it very agreeable to live here as a foreigner. It is definitely warm and humid but its more than tolerable and there is a cooler part of the year that is absolutely noticeable.

  85. Have you thought about living in Lagos, Nigeria? Amazing place!

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  87. How about retiring and living in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific?? The weather is the same (warm and sunny) all year around, sandy beaches, good environment.

    We are in the process of developing a retirement industry in Vanuatu. Any comment from any one welcome.

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