What Are The 10 Best Places to Retire?

Are you ready to discover the 10 best places to retire? Where you can live like a king on a shoestring budget, enjoy the finer things in life and finally get to do what you always wanted to? Even if your retirement seems far away today - don't put it off - find the best retirement locations now!


Scale - Cities, States, Countries

First of all, we need to define the scale of our quest.  Are we looking at the best cities to retire in one region? Do we want to find the best state to retire in? Or do we go global, and look for the best country to retire on the whole planet?

If it's the best retirement cities in the USA you are interested in, you are lucky, because you have great resources at your fingertips.  Start with CNNMoney.com , who has been publishing a yearly list of best places to retire since 2006.  Or use the sophisticated search function on USNews.com, where you can specify your desired size of the city, median home prices, temperature, rainfall, percentage of population with college education,  distance to the nearest hospital, recreational and cultural acitivities.

Or check out this comprehensive guide about America's Best Places to Retire, with lots of information, organized by state or by lifestyle.

But as soon as you look outside the United States, resources become rarer.  The most comprehensive ones I've found so far are EscapeArtist.com and InternationalLiving.com.  InternationalLiving is my personal favorite, as I find it much better structured and easier to navigate than EscapeArtist.  

Both offer a wealth of information around the topics of retiring, living and investing abroad, including a monthly magazine. One is a free online version (EscapeArtist), the other a paid printed magazine (IL).

Enough smalltalk - where are they now, those best places to retire? Based on the criteria and priorities discussed earlier, we created our very own top ten list.

RetirePedia's List of 10 Best Places to Retire

Panama City View from Parque Natural Metropolitano

Panama - Downtown view from the top of Parque Natural Metropolitano

Nicaragua - Cathedral in Granada

Nicaragua - Cathedral in colonial Granada

Costa Rica - Volcan Arenal

Costa Rica - Famous Volcan Arenal

Belize - Altun Ha Mayan Ruins

Belize - Ancien Mayan Ruins "Altun Ha"

Ecuador - Market in Otavalo

Ecuador - Indigenous Market in Otavalo

Brazil - San Francisco Convent in Olinda

Brazil - San Francisco Convent in the historical city of Olinda

Columbia - Clock Tower in Cartagena
Colombia - Majestic Clock Tower in Cartagena
Uruguay - Teatro Solis in Montevideo
Uruguay - Teatro Solis in Montevideo
Malaysia - Floating Mosque on Penang Island

Malaysia - Beautiful Floating Mosque in Penang

Gran Canaria - Puerte de Mogan

Spain - Pittoresque Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

As the site grows, we'll add in depth and comparable information about each country. So please stop by often.

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