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Best Places to Retire

Updated on July 13, 2011

Best Places to Retire

Best Places to Retire
Best Places to Retire

Best Places to Retire 2010

It's time to update our list for the Best Places to Retire. When this HUB started we looked at the Best Places to Retire in 2009 as presented by International Living Magazine. Let's have a look at their 'Retirement Index' for 2010. It will be interesting to see the differences. BTW - I'll put last years rank in brackets so you can see the change.

Best Places to Retire 2010

1. Ecuador (1 - second year at #1)

2. Panama (3rd last year but was #1 for five years running before that!)

3. Mexico (2nd last year)

4. France (6th)

5. Italy (5th)

6. Uruguay (4th)

7. Malta (11th)

8. Chile (14th)

9. Spain (12th)

10. Costa Rica (9th)

So, not a lot of big changes but some interesting movement. It will be fun to look at the index this year, 2011 (it usually comes out in the fall) to see if there are any new surprises!

Easiest Places to Retire

This past February International Living's monthly magazine suggested the World's Best Places to Retire may also be the Easiest laces to Retire. Of course 'Best' and 'Easiest' are subjective terms and of course the article is quite upfront in answering the question by saying, 'It depends.' Of course it depends on many factors. Some consider 'ease' meaning cheap. Others may consider accessibility. Still others how close they will be to family and friends. Regardless, IL does come to it's own conclusions about the Easiest Places to retire too and provides this list of criteria they use to determine their ranking:

  • Has an established ex-pat community
  • English commonly spoken.
  • Modern conveniences readily available - i.e. phone service; internet; quality health care; variety of dinning and shopping options.
  • Lifestyle: a variety of activities to keep you occupied and life interesting. Like: arts & entertainment; music; educational opportunities; sports and recreation.
  • See below for the I.L. editors list of destinations they feel are the 'easiest places to retire' to.

Boquete Panama Best Place to Retire?

Best Places To Retire

International Living’s Top 30 Countries to Retire:









Costa Rica









New Zealand







Dominican Republic




South Africa

FAQ's - According to the I.L. Index:

What are the 10 Best Places To Retire:









Costa Rica



The Best Place To Retire is: Ecuador

The Best Places To Retire may not necessarily be the easiest places to retire.

The Best Places To Retire Abroad really depends on where you are currently living. If you are living in the U.S.A. than basically the other 29 places would be considered abroad.

The Best Places To Retire Mexico: we will cover that in another HUB.

What are the Best Places To Retire Overseas? Again it depends on where you are currently living. Just reiewing the ist and looking at the places which are 'across the sea' from whereever you are will give you a pretty good idea.

The Best Places To Retire USA we will cover this topic in another HUB.

What are the Best Places To Retire World? See the list.

You can also check out Forbes Best Places To Retire.

Where is your dream Place to Retire?

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      7 years ago

      Great Hub. I wouldn't complain about retiring in any of the following places you have listed!

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      Richard Stephen 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub! I wonder if International Living magazine took into account the stability of the governments when making their lists. While many of the countries listed are quite stable some of the Central and South American countries could give cause for concern, especially if you intend to actually purchase property there. Should one of those countries have a regime change, ex-pats could lose everything in a flash. Just something to consider when thinking about retiring overseas.


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