10 best foreign retirement havens

If you're considering retiring abroad, these locations in Europe, Asia and South America have excellent weather, living costs and amenities.

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Dec 28, 2012 11:34AM
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I LIKE THE IDEA. MY MAIN CONCERN IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET TOO OLD AND CAN NOT DO MUCH ON YOUR OWN. HOW SAFE LEAVING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN THOSE CONDITIONS?????............VITHAL PATEL

 

IF SOMEBODY HAVE DONE ANY RESEARCH, PLEASE, SEND ME INFORMATION AT PATEL

Dec 28, 2012 11:16AM
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Actually , if we got rid of the socialisys we could afford to stay here.
Dec 28, 2012 11:09AM
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Every where is great to visit, but quite differnt to live there.   Unless you have a lot of money, you may only get one shot at moving out of the country.   These are some nice ideas, bus as you can see by the other posters, not all of them are viable for most.  Costa Rica, Belize, and the not mentioned Puerto Rico, are probably the most accessible and affrodable for regular folks.   Better look long and hard at medical care and costs.   I want to go some where, but if I have health concerns, I may be to afraid.

Dec 28, 2012 9:21AM
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I recently visited a cruise ship port called Costa Maya. I inquired about a home there and found a 800 sq ft home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, kitchen with a patio and parking space (no garage) sells for less than 40k USD.

While getting there is a little tricky, fly to Cancum and travel 2 1/2 hours south the area is quite and not yet developed like most cruise ship ports.

I am checking into it for a winter/retirement area.

I was also told for cash purchases there is a 5 to 8 percent discount. Sound attractive, but need to check it further

Dec 28, 2012 8:58AM
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Immigration issues are totally ignored in this article; it's actually misleading in this respect. 

 

Americans can't simply 'move' to any part of the European Union; that French vineyard is likely not going to happen for 99% of would-be US retirees.  Ditto Austria, Spain, Italy, and Belgium.

 

Laws vary by country, even within the Union, but barriers are significant.

 

So, before you brush up your French and head off to apartment-hunt in  beautiful Brussels, check at the Belgian (or Austrian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Dutch, etc) Embassy nearest you (or online) for practical details - and be aware that the' practical details' may in fact be insurmountable legal obstacles!!!

Dec 28, 2012 8:53AM
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The country of Belize is beautiful and so are the good people. My wife and retired and moved there, bought a home inland because Belize city was high crime. Within one year the entire country has become a heaven for criminals and political/police corruption is rampant. If you are an expat you are a target. The locals are afraid also. In December, 2012 the US placed Belize on their Black list as a drug route from Guatamala to Mexico to the US.  We have moved back to our home country now (2012). Please do your research and don't make decisions based on these type articles. Go to the web site channel5belize.com and click on crime. Spend time and remember they don't report everything.
Dec 28, 2012 8:09AM
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I've been able to travel around the globe and while there are so many beautiful places.  There's no place like HOME!  I'm looking forward to living abroad for the standard 90 day limit my passport offers. And I'm keeping my favorites to myself... selfish I know!
Dec 28, 2012 7:53AM
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I have lived in Belize since 2003. I personally know of a couple that has lived here for the past 14 years on about $850 usd per month from Social Security. All of you baby boomers need to pay attention. You DO NOT have to worry and you too, can live the relaxed life. If you have questions, then email me at   crublee@hotmail.com or laspalmashotelbelize.com. I will do my very best to help you. 
Dec 28, 2012 6:44AM
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I would like to tell msn where to go.
Dec 28, 2012 6:30AM
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I lived in Ecuador for 10 years and there are many positive things about this small country:

great people, lovely mountain climate in Quito, and lower expenses than living in the US....but there are still problems:  higher crime than is reported, the language barrier, and some political uncertainty. Be aware that living in a developing country poses many challenges. Most Americans love the idea of retirement abroad, but the real day-to-day life is a BIG adjustment.

Dec 28, 2012 3:34AM
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Australia has incredibly tough immigration requirements--- they want Americans to visit (90 days at a shot... and 90-day extensions are easy enough)... but moving there? Forget about it, unless you're a millionaire and willing to move money there. Also, the cost of living is much higher than in the U.S.--- rent is relatively affordable, but gas, food and vehicles are outrageous ($12,500 for the same Yamaha 550 Grizzly ATV in Perth that I can score in California for $7500! This pricing distortion extends to new cars and campers too). They also have oddball bureaucratic stuff (strange auto registrations, although WA is easier than NSW or other territories) that will annoy you. The seasons are reversed, the people are friendly but everything outside of where you are is far, far, far away. I love Australia but they want you to come to spend $$$ and go home.  
Dec 28, 2012 12:07AM
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 just a couple of other observations:
1. Austria welcomeing to foreigners??? HAHAHAHA... Afraid not. Salzburg is fantastic and very welcoming to TOURISTS, but Austria is not the most open or tolerant society (still a great place...). Vienna is a nice place to look at, but the natives don't like anybody, even other Austrians. The Tirol is nice, but not really a place to live.
2. Southern Spain, in particular Huelva, is fantastic and relatively cheap. It is close to Portuguese border, killer beaches, not far from Sevilla and other great cities, and is easy hop to places like Morrocco. But better get use to the Spanish infrastructure.

3. One big miss from this list is Switzerland. Living in Neuchatel is not particularly expensive compared to Australia or Singapore, and you will be safe and secure, with access to the worlds best everything (except beaches:-). And you can take the high speed train from Geneva to Nice

Dec 27, 2012 11:54PM
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I have looked at all of these many times. They neglect to tell you that, as an American, in order to secure a retirement visa to Australia, you need $2M in net worth and must invest $600k in property. Oops... did we forget to mention that? I have been to all of these places and if I could retire anywhere in the world, it would be to Western Australia. The stretch between Perth and Freemantle is awesome. But uber expensive (as is most of Oz)

Dec 27, 2012 11:16PM
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I'm thinking Costa Rica or Panama, the sooner the better!
Dec 27, 2012 10:57PM
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I like the Philippines, people are friendly and treat you like family. The US wants to push productive people out because they are a threat to the power base and don't buy into all the BS that they spew day in and day out. I am tired of listening that the world is coming to an end, especially in the US. If you want to kill yourself and be depressed , then do so quietly and don't bother the good folks who earned their way.
Dec 27, 2012 10:42PM
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Well said, I plan on getting my retirement out of this F'ed -up country we call the U.S. so the GOV'T cannot tax me to death and I end up living in poverty in my golden years. I would rather go somewhere where my money in gonna go further. The GOV'T needs to suck it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 27, 2012 9:56PM
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im seriously looking to relocate to  costa rica, ecuadore, or panama in the near future

 

no reason to watch my buying power diminish here in the states driven by soaring health care costs, when i can live in a greener environment for less than half of what it costs in calif.and still have all the things i need and more

 

see ya

Dec 27, 2012 9:55PM
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I moved to San Pedro Town, Belize 7 years ago from LA. I love Belize and now hold dual citizenship. The problem is too many Americans moving here now.
Dec 27, 2012 9:37PM
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Once again , What's the mater with our own country . After all I did fight for her !! Not to mention I love my family and guess where they live.? Why in J.C.s name would I want to go live with A bunch of foreigns    And old fogies?? I'll stay in my counter and I'll make it some how!!
Dec 27, 2012 9:09PM
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I disagree with retiring in Australia due to immigration requirements. Singapore is a good selection but it takes an awful lot of money to survive as foreigner. Thailand id doable and so is Belize.
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