Retire in Style: 5 Great Places
Let’s discuss 5 great places to retire in style. There’s no guarantee that these are cheap places to retire, though.
Spending the majority of your retirement in an exotic European nook or an eclectic Australian center largely depend on the sheer volume of your social security check, additional savings and the lifestyle perks of your chosen destination.
From a solid health plan to a welcoming community, these places seem to maintain their allure and justify the fact that they’ve been top choices among retirees from all over the world for quite a few years now. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot to revel in your silver years, take a look at this collection of gems scattered across the globe meant for a fulfilled retirement.
The Gracious Heritage of Malta
Getting more popular by each passing day due to its Mediterranean charm, gentle climate and rich cultural heritage, Malta is a small country with an enormous, vivid soul. The island is an ode to history, especially Valletta, as you can see the ruins of Roman villas, Neolithic temples such as Hypogeum, or the famous Lascaris War Rooms for a WWII lesson.
Dine at the famous Rubino in Valletta, sip their finest coffee in Caffe Cordina right across the street from the National Library, and don’t miss their religious festivals, such as the Santa Marija with fireworks and marching bands in Malta’s numerous cities. All the country has in store for you is more than affordable for approximately $2,500 per month, rent included. There is year-round fun at various festivals as well, for foodies and music aficionados alike, ensuring a rich itinerary for all tastes.
Costa Rica’s Tropical Paradise
An exotic destination with a stable infrastructure that allows exceptional city life mixed with pristine nature sounds great when looking for a place to retire in style, Costa Rica boasts quite a versatile expat culture. Combine that with their top-notch healthcare at just a fraction of the cost in the US, and you alone can have a comfortable life for no more than $1,600 give or take $100, with an improved quality of life – as an example, living in a US city such as San Diego can reach over 70% higher costs than in a Costa Rican city.
Every December festivity season starts with their Festival de la Luz, the annual Christmas lottery, and film buffs can enjoy 50 movies shown at the International Film Festival. The beautiful Parque España is filled with craftsmen, and you can always lounge at their stunning beaches and savor their national dish called Gallo Pinto, an exquisite breakfast blend of rice, beans, spices, served with eggs and tortillas.
Opulent Living in Sydney
Australia is slowly growing in popularity among retirees, due to its lush nature reserves and a blooming cultural scene. Among many desirable locations, one city steals the spotlight – Sydney. Even the overall costs of living which closely resemble those in New York, makes it all the more desirable for expats. In fact, some of the best retirement villages can be found just half an hour from CBD with a genuine resort-like vibe to make you feel as if you were on a permanent vacation, engulfed by pristine nature.
The city alone offers retiree meetups, while there’s also an NSW Senior Festival, and a whole range of Boomer-friendly fitness activities, as Aussies are famous for their health-oriented lifestyle. Visit their famous Festival of the Winds, or bask in the sun on Tamarama or Manly beach. Brunch or lunch at Diethnes Restaurant whose Greek cuisine has been a retiree favorite for a while, and you can embark on a bushwalk or a coastal walk any time.
Savor Life Mexico-Style
A quick flight from home, and you’ll be close enough to feel like a local, yet far enough to know you’re officially retired when you choose one of Mexico’s many welcoming cities. With a gentle climate, and a fast-growing expat community, you can enrich your retirement with activities ranging from a Catamaran Cruise to visit Isla Mujeres and similar water tours, day-long beach relaxation at Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club, or an excursion to the archeological spots such as Teotihuacan pyramids.
The high standard of life is its primary allure, but make sure to check the safety of each part of the country – some are perfectly safe, while others have high crime rates. You can enjoy a classy retirement for less than $2,000 per month, and revel in their famous enchiladas, wine, chocolate and chili all day long.
The Proud Land of Portugal
Famous for its European charm, Portugal is now home to many expats, and the coastal Algarve seems to take the lead among English-speaking newcomers. Healthcare is adequate, although many European retirees opt for an added health insurance policy on the side, just to be safe. Average costs in smaller towns are fairly low, around $1700, but added expenses such as water tours and nature walks can add up to slightly more.
Spend some time wine tasting on your way to the Castle of the Moors, enjoy golf courses in Lagos, and stroll on the esplanade by the ocean in Cascais. Despite being among the most affordable EU destinations for retirement, its versatile culture, charming architecture, and festivals such as the Sand Sculpture Festival in Pera and the entirely free Serralves em Festa in Porto, make it a highly sought-after location to retire in style.
So… Have you come to a decision? Do you know where it is that you want to stretch out and relax. Let us know in the comments below.
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