The 2014 Top 10 international retirement havens

Because so many baby boomers are looking at retirement on the horizon, we’re always interested at BoomerCafé in the places people consider the best havens for retirement. InternationalLiving.com has come up with a list that might be even better than David Letterman’s Top Ten. It has identified what it considers the Top Ten Retirement Havens on Earth!

For more than 30 years, InternationalLiving.com has been researching the best retirement havens in the world … and about this time of year, the annual Global Retirement Index is released—highlighting the best places for you to retire. This Index ranks the top 24 countries in the world for retirement in eight categories.

The top 10 countries that feature on the list this year each bring spectacular benefits for retirees living overseas—from great health care and ideal climates to a low cost of living and financial perks for retirees. Starting with number 10, here are our top 10 retirement havens for 2014.

10.Thailand.

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Thailand is number 10 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Gilded temples are not the only treasure that Thailand has. White-sand beaches, jade and turquoise waters and swaying coconut palms all add to the splendour of Thailand. The beauty of the country is not the only attraction for retirees, who enjoy a low cost of living and great health care here, too.

9. Uruguay.

Busy beach in Uruguay.

Busy beach in Uruguay.

Uruguay is number 9 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Uruguay may be the perfect place for those wishing to retire in an overseas destination that has similar cultural values to back home…and a fantastic climate. It also offers retirees the chance to bring their household goods into the country duty-free.

8. Malta.

Malta

Malta

Malta is number 8 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Anchored almost in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles from the Italian island of Sicily, Malta isn’t a mainstream destination for North American tourists. But if you’re looking for a safe place to retire with English-speaking locals, you should put this small European country on your retirement list.

7. Mexico.

Tulum in Mexico.

Tulum in Mexico.

Mexico is number 7 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Mexico scores highly across the board in this year’s Index, but excelled in ease of integration–settling in becomes easier when you’re just a short trip from your family and friends. But with great weather, low prices and a rich culture, you may not want to leave.

6. Colombia.

Columbia

Columbia

Colombia is number 6 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Colombia is beautiful, dramatic, and diverse. It offers sparkling colonial cities in the highlands and world-famous (and safe) resorts along the Caribbean. Colombia has a lot to offer—like a low cost of living, inexpensive properties, and a colorful and diverse culture.

5. Spain.

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Spain

Spain is number 5 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Spain is arguably one of the best bargains in Europe at the moment. Ranking high across the board in this year’s Index, but especially in the entertainment and amenities category, Spain is an ideal destination for retirees who wish to enjoy the delicious tapas on offer or soak up some European sun…all at an affordable price.

4. Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is number 4 on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014. Popular with expats, Costa Rica remains firmly on the list of best places to retire. The country offers a great program for retirees, top-notch, affordable health care and if you find it difficult to choose which climate you prefer, you will be glad to know that the mild temperatures of the Central Valley are just two hours by car from the tropical beaches of the Pacific Coast.

3. Malaysia.

Malaysia

Malaysia

Coming third in the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014., Malaysia is the best retirement haven in Asia. Scoring highly across the board, Malaysia offers a low cost of living, world-class health care and a great climate year-round.

2. Ecuador.

Ecuador

Ecuador

Coming a close second on the InternationalLiving.com Global Retirement Index 2014., Ecuador has an ideal climate, stunning-scenery, and offers a low cost of living for retirees. If you’re looking for relaxing beach living, quaint mountain towns or exciting city life in your retirement, Ecuador has it all.

1. Panama.

Panama

Panama

Panama wins first place on InternationalLiving.com’s Global Retirement Index 2014. The combination of value and variety, convenience and beauty and itsPensionado program (the best in the world) have ensured Panama’s place at the top.

4 Comments

  1. Just a note: Research where you want to retire. Make a list of the amenities you “must” have like low crime rates, good health care, transportation, etc.

    Then, once you have chosen your destination, do not move lock, stock and barrel, yet. Go and live there for six months in order to experience the locale in various seasons and to get a feel for the place to determine if it is right for you.

    This advice is commonly found in various retirement articles and blogs.

    1. Agree! Spend time in several places that are at the top of your list. Rarely will you find a perfect place…but you can come close by comparing your list of amenities with places you select.

  2. Mexico was the best choice for my wife and me. Six years later, after 15 months of criss-crossing the country, my new book looks at Americans and Canadians who’ve chosen to avoid the big expat colonies in San Miguel de Allende and Lake Chapala. What they’ve found is both diverse and surprising. The book is called Into the Heart of Mexico: Expatriates Find Themselves Off the Beaten Path. There’s a sample on my website:
    http://www.sanmiguelallendebooks.com/intotheheartofmexico.html

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