Where is the best overseas place for retirement?

I have heard and read a lot about such places as Panama, Ecuador, and Mexico, but I am having a hard time deciding which one is best suited towards my personal criteria. Below, I have listed my criteria and value weighted each one from one to ten with one being not important and 10 being VERY important.

1) Weather-hot (at least 80 every day)-minimal to moderate rain- 10 pts.

2) Health Care-cheap and reliable-10 pts.

3) Real Estate-affordable, preferrably cheap-8 pts.

4) Crime-the lower the better-8 pts.

5) Close to the beach-should be within a one hour drive-8pts

6) Infrastructure-7 pts.

7) Close to a major city-in or near a big city preferrable-7 pts.

8) In a community setting. Would love to mingle-6 pts.

9) Language- English or Spanish. Will consider French or Portuguese if conditions right-6 pts.

10) Special benefits for retirees-4 pts.

11) Proximity to the U.S.-would be nice, but not a must-4 pts.

No matter what we decide, we plan on visiting first for at least 2 weeks, and renting for at least 6 months before making any permanent decisions.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Philippines.

    1) Weather-hot (at least 80 every day)-minimal to moderate rain- 10 pts. 10 tropical climate

    2) Health Care-cheap and reliable-10 pts. 10

    3) Real Estate-affordable, preferrably cheap-8 pts. 8 $60k buys a

    nice condo.

    4) Crime-the lower the better-8 pts. 6

    5) Close to the beach-should be within a one hour drive-8pts 8 beach is 20 min.

    one of many nearby.

    6) Infrastructure-7 pts. 7

    7) Close to a major city-in or near a big city preferrable-7 pts. 6 Iloilo is a small city.

    8) In a community setting. Would love to mingle-6 pts. 6 natives are friendly

    and english speaking.

    9) Language- English or Spanish. Will consider French or Portuguese if conditions right-6 pts. 6pts

    10) Special benefits for retirees-4 pts. Reirement visa'a easy to get and relatively cheap.

    11) Proximity to the U.S.-would be nice, but not a must-4 pts. Have to give it a 0. It's an 18 hour trip back to the West Coast.

    Iloilo City is located on the Island of Pany (3rd largest) the big one directly south of world famous Boracay. The city is growing has 5 major new malls, good doctors and hospitals and very cheap compared to the states. Same for Dentists. New Airport 30 min outside the city. Many nice resorts and resturants here.

    Tourist visa's can be extended up to 18 months and it's fast and easy.

    Personally I recommend renting for at least 1 year before deciding where to live. Besides 6 month or month to minth leases are all but impossible to find. 1 year is the norm. 2 months as secuirity and first month rent is the norm for move in. $400 to $500 for a nice 3-4 br house with maids room. CATV and Internet availibe is most areas near the city.

    Definately check out the living in the philippines website. Has all the info you need and it's free. It's owner is an american living here for 40 plus years. It also has a link to a discussion group with expats like myself actually living here in the philippines that can help answer specifics in differant areas.

    Good luck with your search. After travelling the world for 23 years in the Navy I have seen a lot of places. A south pacific tropical island suits me just fine.

    Source(s): USN Retired, Married and living in the Philippines since 2002. www.livinginthephilippines.com www.wowphilippines.com
  • shandi
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Realize that this query will take plentiful study for your facet. One system for organizing the entire fabric you can dig up might be to assemble a matrix chart. (That's what one group did to aid determine which in their further colleges must be closed.) Along the highest, you record the quite a lot of elements, corresponding to those you named, and placed a quantity displaying the relative significance of every element. There can be extra elements that arise to you as you move by way of this approach, corresponding to language, meals, fee of housing, and cultural possibilities. The numbers may also be the equal or extraordinary – they are "relative" to one another. Some would be so small they might be deal-breakers. Zero might be very unhealthy, ten might be ultimate. Along the facet, you record the quite a lot of places that appear stunning, and write a ranking on the best of every field consistent with how well or unhealthy the designated obstacle is for that situation. For instance: Costa Rica – tax regulation: five; safeguard: four; climate: eight; health facility: eight; banking: 7. "Location element" whole = 32. Mexico – tax regulation: four; safeguard: two; climate: eight; health facility: eight; banking: nine. "Location element" whole = 31. (Of direction those are simply made-up numbers – I should not have any cast knowledge approximately those areas.). Then within every field, you multiply every "situation element" via every "significance element" to get a quantity you'll upload as much as examine the whole situation. For instance, if for you, tax regulation charges 6, safeguard 10, climate four, health facility 7, banking five, then for Costa Rica, 30 + forty + 32 + fifty six + forty five = 203. For Mexico, 24 + 20 + 32 + fifty six + forty five = 177. The better the whole ranking, the extra fascinating the situation. You can mess around with those elements till they mirror your standards as effectively as viable. It's only one system to prepare the complete giant obstacle.

  • Raquel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Portugal, Lisbon or Algarve.

    1) good weather

    2) kinda

    3) depends on the region Porto is more cheap than Lisbon, for example

    4) really low

    5) yes, but that also depends on the place

    6) good

    7) it's possible

    8) it's possible

    9) Portuguese, of couse!

    10) I honestly don't know

    11) not so much... (is in Europe, next to Spain)

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    Source(s): I'm Portuguese
  • 1 decade ago

    The Philippines!

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  • 6 years ago

    bamako, mali

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