Let's take a quick look at some of the best places to retire around the world. Click on the links to find out more about each location.
There's Lake Chapala, Mexico, a beautiful location where you'll be able to live at a fraction of what it would cost you in the United States. And you'd have all the modern conveniences of hotels, banks, shops and restaurants, so you would not be missing out on anything. The climate is mild, medical treatment is cheap and you can reach the United States easily whenever you want. You can even buy and sell property here. You'll also find that older people are respected.
San Miguel has a charm of its own with mansions, cobbled streets and a very strong Mexican identity that Mexicans are keen to preserve. Cultural life is rich here and the Instituto Allende is worth a visit. Guadalajara is a great place for shopping and fine dining.
In Belize, you'd have a warm climate, your fill of the sun and the sea and could live well on as little as $ 1,000 a month. You could also lease property from the government, develop it and then buy it off cheap. Remember you could even get citizenship of Belize after you've been in the country for a while - and then you can come and go as you please! That's saying quite a lot isn't it?
In Costa Rica, you can have a laid back lifestyle, surrounded by natural beauty of every description - mountains, volcanoes, forests, beaches and national parks - all there for the asking. There are also tax benefits, English is widely spoken and you'd be entitled to the same rights as a Costa Rican national. There's also a wide selection of housing options. Doesn't that sound good?
In the Dominican Republic you'd have the chance to live as you always wanted - have a calm, peaceful way of life, with wonderful scenery around you. Here is a place where you can earn less and live better, with modern health care at your disposal and plenty of leisure time.
In Greece, you will be charmed by the scenery and allure of the place, along with the historic atmosphere. You will find people pleasant here and wonderful sights to see such as the parks in the town of Rhodes. Absorb the flavor of Plato, Aristotle and Homer in this city that is associated with the Trojan War, where the surrounding walls are still strong enough to withstand a siege. Prices of property and daily goods and services are also low here. All in all, this is one of the best places that you could choose to retire in.
In the Bahamas, once again you'd have plenty of scenic beauty and a casual relaxed lifestyle, the sun, the sea and plenty of opportunities for different kinds of water sports. Here you have the advantage of enjoying seclusion when you want it and yet being close to the United States. There's plenty of scenic beauty and a number of activities such as swimming, diving, fishing etc. You'll also be very welcome as the government is encouraging people to retire here.
In Barbados, you'll also have wonderful weather and scenery, coupled with the conveniences of modern life, so you can really relax and enjoy your retirement. You'll also find that people are very friendly here.
Cyprus will also offer you plenty - natural beauty, a mild climate, a high standard of living and a low crime rate. Plenty of facilities for sports and leisure here with health clubs, water parks etc. All of which make for an idyllic lifestyle.
In Malaysia, you'll also find a wonderful warm climate, a low cost of living, good infrastructure and various kinds of accommodation in picturesque locations. Remember you'll have the freedom to invest and own property in the country as well. Special attractions include the Petronas Towers, the Genting Highlands, Mount Kinabalu and the Niah Caves - all of which will be sights to remember.
In the Cayman Islands, you can also expect to live a great life, with all the scenic beauty, conveniences and a relaxed lifestyle. Apart from Grand Cayman where property is more expensive, you might consider purchasing property on one of the smaller islands - and you be well set up for the future.
Italy, with its traditions of art and culture in major cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence will delight you if you have a passion for the arts. Naples is another place that you should consider for retirement. However, if you were looking for a quiet life, Sicily or the Italian Riviera would be a better choice.
Well, you haven't seen or heard everything yet but all this information has given you a pretty good idea of what retirement in these places would be like. Are you ready to make
your choice? It's bound to be a rather difficult one!