8 great places to retire abroad

Living expenses can be less, the culture richer and the lifestyle more satisfying. But be sure to consider climate, ease of travel to the U.S. and access to health care.

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May 13, 2013 5:04PM
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Get that POS Orange money ad OFF of this page!  It is taking up most of the screen and there's no way to turn it off.  Damn it!!!

Oct 5, 2013 8:44PM
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I live in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. My rent, utilities including WIFI and Cable TV cost $350 per month. My full time maid/cook costs $100 per month and food runs around $200 per month. I live in a five bedroom, two bath home in a nice neighborhood within a mile to the center of town and the beaches. Downtown is full of young tourists that come here to surf and explore. The natives are kind and quick to smile. I've been here two years and love it. I spent five years in Mexico and it was too dangerous. I spent 10 months in Surinam (Dutch Guyana) and didn't like the people. I'm happy here. Life is good. There's plenty of Americans and Canadians living here to keep me company too. Come on down....
May 10, 2013 1:34PM
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Had some friends move to Hungary because of he low cost of living, and many English speaking communities. The only downside is the poor medical care.

 

There must be some better choices than MSN listed in this collage... Who out there has ideas for countries with good climates, good personal safety, good medical care, and low cost of living???

May 13, 2013 5:37PM
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The writer states that the U.S. dollar is widely accepted in Panama. Of course it is as it's the national currency. Some coins are the U.S. and others are the Balboa which look like U.S. coins with the exception of the one dollar coin which looks like the Canadian loonie.The  dollar is also the currency of Ecuador. Another know nothing author who should not be paid for omissions and sloppy work. 
Oct 5, 2013 4:56PM
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International Living lists numerous places where expats. can enjoy real benefits.  For me I have pretty much decided on Panama simply because of their economy and because of the variety of living accommodations.  I can live in the mountains, in the jungle, at the beach, or in a very cosmopolitan city bustling with every known modern convenience for less then half of what it costs me to live where I presently do in the Midwest of the U.S.  What I presently pay for two months of limited health care here buys me a whole year there and covers everything from eye glasses to dental care to prescriptions and even major surgery if needed.

 

Everything else is also much less expensive and the people seem to be very warm and welcoming in general.  Some have mentioned crime as being a problem but it is no worse there than where I live now so that is of no consequence to me.  In fact there is less violent crime statistically there than in most American cities.  The climate is perfect and the major hospital there is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Medical school in the U.S. which is one of the very best.  Yes it is Panama for me as soon as I finish caring for my last remaining parent.  Hasta la vista ya'll.  LOL 

May 13, 2013 10:14PM
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IF YOU HAVE NEVER LIVED OUT OF THE USA, THAT IS ALL YOU KNOW........I AM BELOW POVERTY HERE...BUT I CAN LIVE GOOD  IN MY 3RD WORLD COUNTRY.....
May 9, 2013 11:19PM
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Hmmmmm...most of these places are third world countries. Or you have to worry about crime and drugs and everything. Why would you want to move to another country when you've got all that here in the US???
Oct 5, 2013 5:48PM
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A lot of countries require you have so much money in the bank before you are allowed to live there.  They want you giving to the economy not taking from it like people coming to America.
May 13, 2013 5:07PM
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Easier said than done. Generally speaking, we Americans don't transfer well to other countries.
Oct 5, 2013 5:53PM
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Just food for thought...I've always heard that Costa Rica was an excellent place to retire for a number of reasons.  

I wonder about Belize, the English speaking country abutting the south of Mexico and the Northern part of Guatemala  -- only central American Country that does not have a Pacific Ocean Coast.

The former British Honduras seems like an interesting place.  

BTW, the CIA World Fact Book provides interesting information about each country for quick review.  Google it.  
May 13, 2013 10:41PM
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ING.  You just lost any chance of me doing any type of business with you.  Why stick a piece of crap advertisement in the middle of an article without any means of turning it off.  NICE!  MSN MONEY you're also a piece of crap for placing this ad in the middle of one of your articles.  Last time I use MSN MONEY!
May 13, 2013 6:41PM
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And don't even THINK about the My Second Home Malaysia plan if you are coming from Israel - Malaysia doesn't recognize it as a country. I'm not jewish or palestinian for that matter but I do my OWN research unlike the author of this tripe.
Nov 28, 2013 11:25AM
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Retired to Thailand! Loving it. View of the ocean and all the comforts of home. And 95% Buddhists. That was one big reason why Thailand and not South, Central America, Mexico or Spain. Warm weather, great food, beautiful and nice people. It's mostly the tourists that are a problem. 555
Oct 5, 2013 8:01PM
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I'm not rich, get a little over 2 grand a month, 56 years old. mid atlantic states area. so tire of the living here. costa rica is in my thoughts, was told i could live there comforable.  
Oct 6, 2013 1:17AM
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Yeah like L.A. and all the latino gangs, Chicago with street gangs, New York shootings, Detroit???  Yeah the US is so safe to live.
Oct 5, 2013 10:36PM
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Medellin, really? I'm from this city and as much as I love my country, I would not recommend Medellin to retire. It's too crowded, dangerous and hectic for retired people. If you're young and like excitement, spend sometime there. Bad advise!!
Oct 6, 2013 12:46AM
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Are you kidding me?  Medellin, Colombia?  That's one of the most dangerous places in the world! If you have $5 on you, you might have your throat cut for it! But, hey, at least drugs are plentiful, huh?
May 13, 2013 5:56PM
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I would do anything to get away from this fracking obama crap!
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