5 best beach retirement cities in the world

Retire by the beach in these breathtaking seaside retreats.

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Mar 3, 2014 9:38PM
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Vietnam?? Really??  Who thinks up this nonsense??
Mar 4, 2014 4:06AM
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Nothing beats the good old USA. Beaches in AL and FL are as good as anywhere. English is spoken  and affordable housing can be found with low taxes. 
Mar 4, 2014 12:06PM
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I'm not sure I want to retire near the beach.  Last time I was there, I was just laying on the towel and a bunch of kids kept trying to roll me into the water, screaming something about Freeing Willy.
Mar 4, 2014 1:59PM
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   I agree that Phuket is nice and San Diego is AWESOME. I lived in San Diego for over 20 years, but the emerald green waters of Northwest Florida are as gorgeous as the Caribbean and the sand is as white as snow. You can go to a theater close by and catch any number of the top movies that are out at any given time. There are many great local restaurants to choose from as well as the Bonefish Grill and other great American chain restaurants. There are Cadillac, Mercedes, Lincoln, and Toyota dealerships all close by.  Your family can drive to visit you, or fly if they don't mind the hassle of the airport.    Your cellphone works perfectly and you don't have to remember country codes to dial out.    If a family member gets sick,  the hospitals are great here.   I have been to the beaches in Belize, Capetown, Hawaii, Seychelles, Greece, Italy, Bora Bora, Vietnam, Mexico, etc,   and I have to say, I prefer day to day life in the USA.   PS>>>>NO STATE TAXES IN FLORIDA!  
Mar 3, 2014 9:24PM
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Who hasn't dreamed of retiring in Viet Nam?
Mar 4, 2014 11:30AM
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It's all good until you are falsely accused of a crime and thrown into a Vietnamese prison. No thanks, I think I'll be perfectly happy in South Florida.
Mar 3, 2014 10:04PM
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Panama is hotter than the hubs of hell.  No beachfront property is sold as it's government owned in ,most nations. Already been to Viet Nam courtesy of the military, no thanks. S.E. Asia has nothing to offer.  Many folks here in Costa Rica tried the D.R., sorry no cigar.  Belize has little to offer other than the people speaking something resembling English. Better to live at the higher elevations in Panama or Costa Rica if you want a great climate.
Mar 4, 2014 1:34AM
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Phuket, Thailand?

SERIOUSLY!  Only if you're a fan of tsunamis.  What a crock that suggestion is.  Makes one doubt all the other offerings  in this article.
Mar 5, 2014 7:19PM
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You may as well drop Hoi An Vietnam from your list.  Anyone of retirement age remembers and remembers well  the young men who died there in the Vietnam conflict.  I can remember sitting in my "homeroom" class in high school and listening to the  principal announcing over the PA system the names of former students who were killed during that war. The news papers posted list upon list of young men who were killed  and a good number of them we knew. There is no way any of us would ever step foot on either south or north Vietnam. With the world being in such conflict right now,   I believe that the safest place to retire would be right here in the USA. Why wasn't at least one or maybe even two of your picks US beaches. 
Mar 4, 2014 1:20AM
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What is not said is anything about the creepy crawlees.   On land and in the sea.   In all of tropical America outside the city is a nasty little bug called the assassin bug which carries Chagas disease.  There is also a nasty snake called Barba Amarilla.    Who's for Dengue fever?    If I want to see a tropical beach I will head to Hawaii.  
Mar 4, 2014 9:11AM
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I spent a month in the DR a few years ago.It was heaven on earth.Especially if you're a single straight guy.Great fishing,cheap prices,friendly folks nice weather.I'm moving.
Mar 5, 2014 6:48PM
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Spent a year in Vietnam.  Vacation destination?  Really?   Really?
Mar 5, 2014 7:13PM
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It may be just me but I don't feel comfortable traveling to these foreign lands... so I will stick with the USA...
 
Mar 3, 2014 10:32PM
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i am single, aruba is my choice, would like to have something cozy, small, and a bike would do me fine,  i love the outdoors, think i could live here a few months, casinos ,  casual lifestyle,  no luxury wants, just relaxing, and fun. Aruba
Mar 4, 2014 4:35PM
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Noticed a few “anti-Vietnam” comments, which I’ll presume was posted mostly by veterans of the Vietnam War. Weird, I’m a 2X WIA, US Army “Combat” [11B2P] veteran myself, and I will admit that I never had any desire to ever return to that country. GUESS WHAT. Its true what they say - i.e., never say never.

 

Not sure why, but now that I’m in my mid-60’s, I’ve “sort of” developed a desire to return to Vietnam. No - I’m not at all interested in sightseeing tours of Ho Chi Minh City [didn‘t see it during the war - don‘t need to see it now] or set foot in any part of the country that was once North Vietnam.

 

Nope, I’d like to spend maybe 7-days traveling about Binh Dinh Province, where I did my tour w/ the 173d Airborne Brigade (Sep.). Love to see what Qui Nhon City looks like today, and what’s in place now where LZs Uplift, English, and North English once existed.

 

Anyway, I’d like to believe my change-of-heart to now wish to visit Vietnam probably came about for the same reason(s) other war veterans, like say, those who served/fought during WWII and in Korean made when they decided to make “the trip back” many years later to see where they serve/fought during the war. I think they call it “CLOSURE?”

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I am american and have lived in the Dominican Republic for over thirty five years in Sosua . beautiful natural beauty and the people make this a winner and  as always said this is the best kept secret in the caribbean . Its not for everybody though . best suited for open minded people who are flexible in there standards and way of living . It is a third world country and we have our growing pains like everywhere else. White sandy beaches, labor cost is low,you can have a house maid for US$250. per month. Real estate values are among the lowest in the Caribbean compared to other islands .
So happy that finally some one has seen the area as a winner for retirees. Good job !!
Mar 5, 2014 6:35PM
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Are you all out of you minds this is the most dangerous place in the world, criminal are 14 year old kid who cant be prosecuted by the law even for murder.
Mar 5, 2014 3:02PM
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To LACARNUTT.

Sorry old pal, 25 folks replied and agreed with me...FL Stinks and for you to say no insects is laughable...how about mosquitoes, and those "no see ums?? Your head is really in the sand!! You don't see the bugs because you cannot come out of your house because of the torrid heat...fool.

Mar 4, 2014 11:26AM
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Argh.... why do I waste my time with these articles. I've been to most of these places. Would never dream of retiring to most of these places... If I could retire to any beach community, I would prefer either Cottesloe in Western Australia or Manly Beach outside of Sydney Harbor. But expensive (especially for Americans). 
Mar 6, 2014 3:05PM
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To RonM... are you one of those veterans or just a big talker? I'm a disabled vet and as such resent your brainless comment.
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