7 exotic places to buy retirement property

If you're game for moving overseas in retirement, here are some places that are both beautiful and affordable.

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Dec 15, 2013 5:30PM
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I live in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I have a five bedroom two bath home. Rent is $300 per month. Lights are $50 per month. Cable TV and internet run another $50 per month. My full time housekeeper/cook/laundry expert runs $100 per month. Food runs around $250 per month. Add this up and tell me where I can live in the states at this price. Maybe dodging bullets in the ghetto. I have C.O.P.D. and my breathing was super bad in the states. I was dying. I had a ton of meds and could hardly breath. Here, I take one med (Advair) once a day and ride a motorcycle all over the place. I built a small gym for exercising and go to the beach almost every day to watch the bikinis. Life is good. I don't speak Spanish but the people help me quite a bit. My housekeeper and I use a translator on my laptop. It works great. She's 23 and I'm 72. She looks at me like I'm ice cream. Like I said....Life is good....Have fun.
Dec 5, 2013 10:35PM
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     DON'T DO IT PEOPLE.  I'VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.  NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU HATE AMERICA ITS STILL THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE.
Dec 6, 2013 4:27PM
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I just want to be left alone.You go to your mailbox, here's a new tax on police,fire,schools so you say what the heck. My house that's paid for isn't really mine ?????  the Government (local) can take it if i don't pay property taxes. I would bet most people don't want all the things they say we should have.
Dec 15, 2013 5:06PM
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I have considered Mexico, but I prefer not to be kidnapped for ransom or decapitated.
Dec 6, 2013 3:06PM
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yes buy property in Mexico and wait for the government to tell you that you can not own it after you have already paid for it and the government takes the property back with no compensation.

 

This has happened in the past some years ago.

 

 

Dec 6, 2013 4:38PM
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Retire where you damn well please! It's your life and your money. Probably not a good idea to buy property until you've lived in place long enough to obtain permanent residency, at least then you have more rights similar to citizenship. No felons or druggies need apply for residency, they may get in on  a temporary visa, but with a birth certificate, background check from country of citizenship, finger printing and Interpol investigation they will be deported before granted residency. If you don't want to leave your comfort zone stay home and dream. 
Dec 5, 2013 9:47PM
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For some great posts by expats who retired to Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Thailand , Malaysia and more check out the site Retirement And Good Living. The site also provides information on many other retirement topics including health, volunteering, hobbies, etc.


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I'm going to Jamaica . West Indies. Live there 5 months a year now and next winter it will be full time, yea!  People are all different and paridise is within so go where your heart leads.
Dec 29, 2013 2:48PM
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IT SOUNDS LIKE USA IS MAKING  A CAMPAIGN TO THE OLDIES TO MOVE OUT OF USA, LIKE LESS EXPENSIVES AND LESS RESPONSABILITY FOR USA TO CARE FOR OLD FOLKS.. 
Dec 7, 2013 12:49PM
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Italy,  southern France and then Equador.  Those are the top 3 places IMO.   Been to all of them more than once.
Dec 29, 2013 2:52PM
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Was in Samana a few years ago and it was a DUMP!!! Also, couldn't donate blood for a year, because of the possibility of malaria even though I was only onshore for a few hours!!!

 

Be sure to look for the warts as well as the benefits before moving overseas!

Dec 6, 2013 2:23PM
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I'm not well traveled. Not interested really. Everyone I know that is well travelled says America has some problems but they'd much rather hang their hat here than anywhere else.

Dec 29, 2013 2:16PM
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I think I will stay right here in New Hampshire where I was born and grew up !!! I would love to travel to the places I have dreamed about right here in America . Retire to some other country , I think not . To die in another country , I think not . To stay here and dream of places I would love to see , I think I will . Do what you want and go where you want just send an email once in awhile. Have a great time , I am sure I will .
Dec 20, 2013 3:07PM
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My wife and I have literally traveled all over the world, and other than countries like New Zealand and Austrailia, and European, we're hard pressed to find somewhere we'd like to retire other than where we are in the U.S.  (Hudson River Valley, NY)  Ecuador?  Really?  We were there in Quito before our Galapagos trip, yikes. 
Dec 29, 2013 7:01PM
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My idea of an exotic place to retire? About 10-20 acres of forested land in middle America where I can live dead center of the property and not see, hear or smell my neighbors.
Be able to paint a car with no whining from neighbors, fire up that brand new motor in a new street rod with no neighbors whining, fish in my 2 acre pond with out having to deal with rude people around to ruin a good day of fishing.

THOSE are my ideas of an exotic retirement.

Dec 29, 2013 2:55PM
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you'd have to be a crackhead to live in San Juan, Puerto Rico...the drug trad is their only industry and if you're anglo, you won't live long...
Dec 6, 2013 3:16PM
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yea i want to retire in machu picchu
Dec 29, 2013 5:47PM
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I wouldn't mind living in Puerto Rico except for one thing: the possibility of hurricanes.  The southern coast of France, Spain and Abbruzzo,Italy would be lovely except I don't speak French or Spanish and my Italian is limited to hello, good-bye ordering food or cursing someone out.  Where I live will depend mostly on property, income and sales tax.  We've given serious thought to selling our home and buying a 5th wheel pull behind RV.  Most RV's today have everything a small home has--including a washer and dryer. Your only real expenses are your lot fees (which include your water, sewer, electric and satellite), your groceries, gas and other incidentals.  You don't pay property tax and you can always travel in states where the cost of living is low.  There are other benefits too: If the weather is cold and crummy in winter you just drive some place warm. You don't have a yard to keep up and any repairs or remodeling--just take it to a dealership.  You can have small pets and not worry about who will take care of them while you're on vacation. As I get older, its sounding more and more appealing.
Dec 6, 2013 8:38AM
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Another "retire abroad article MSN" ?, wow you must want people to leave the US bad.  No, I would not buy any property abroad, or move anywhere else. 
Dec 29, 2013 6:13PM
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Our life's journey is special and unique....as we are all individuals who search for what makes us happy. Follow your dreams to wherever it may be that will make you happiest.....for the most happiest life you can have, is one when you follow your dreams. 
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