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San Miguel among top 5 places to retire: Huffington Post

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On July 5 authors Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher from International Living,  published an article titled: “The top 5 places to consider if you want to move overseas” on The Huffington Post.  Check out this piece, and you will find out why you need to put Mexico on your list for possible retirement spots.

Panama: A small country with lots to offer, including a bustling, cosmopolitan city, both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and green, coffee-growing mountains. To get a retirement visa, all you need to do is prove you’re receiving a pension of at least $1,000 a month and are over 18 years of age. This entitles you to 50 percent off entertainment (such as cinema tickets, concerts, plays, and the like), 25 percent off your electricity bill, 25% off at restaurants, and 25 percent off airline tickets bought in Panama. You can also get 15% off hospital bills, 20% off medical consultations, 10% off prescription medicines, and more.


Skyline of Panama City, Panama

Ecuador: Right on the equator but high in the Andes Mountains, you’ll find a near-perfect climate. And Ecuador has beaches, too. Where it shines is in its affordability. It’s easy for a couple to live on as little as $1,500 a month. You can get a menu executivo (four-course lunch) at a sit-down restaurant for just $2.50, a manicure or a haircut for $3, a taxi across town rarely costs more than $3 to $5, and a furnished two-bedroom rental can be had for $350 a month.


Red Roofs of Cuenca, Ecuador

Mexico: If you’re looking to be close to home, Mexico’s the place. For more than 100 years now, U.S. and Canadian retirees have been settling in charming villages along the north shore of Lake Chapala, in artsy colonial towns like San Miguel de Allende, in gorgeous beach towns like Puerto Vallarta, and more. A big bonus is that with today’s favorable currency exchange rate, your dollar goes farther in Mexico than it has in decades.


Busy Street in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Costa Rica: Another longtime favorite, Costa Rica is a place where expats typically report they feel healthier than ever. That’s largely thanks to the welcoming climate, of course, and because fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and inexpensive. And did you know that Costa Rica’s healthcare system ranks better than the U.S.? It’s true. And with a residence visa, a couple can join the public healthcare system for less than $100 a month for the two of them.

Malaysia: On the other side of the world in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is totally modern. European and Australian retirees have been retiring here for years, taking advantage of the First World infrastructure (including excellent healthcare) and low cost of living. Expat Keith Hockton, who pays just $950 a month for a 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom/three-bath luxury condo in a community with a landscaped garden, a golf chipping green, gym and swimming pool, says it’s easy to live well here for $2,000 a month or less.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, of course. There are a number of good-option destinations for an affordable, enjoyable retirement overseas. You can surely find one that’s perfect for you.

Remember, as Howard Beale said, “Your life has value.” As the coming election looms, don’t despair. Instead, take charge, the good life is within your reach.

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Source: The Huffington Post

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