Monday, February 7, 2011

Best Places to Retire in the World

Each fall I await the Best Places to Retire lists to see what has changed. This past year we learned that Panama was still up at the top of the list in second place. In fact Panama has been up there at the top for more than five years now.

The Best Places in the World to Retire

For 2010 the top spot went to Ecuador. This morning as I was reading more about Ecuador it occurred to me that I already wrote about the top retirement spots in a previous article but I don't believe I went into very much detail about this wonderful little country. We have covered the Retirement in Belize (Retire Belize Program) and in Panama but never Ecuador.

For example, did you know you can enjoy a four-course lunch for just $2? Taxi fare to just about anywhere in Quito, the nations capital runs around a buck? A night in a nice, clean and safe hotel will cost you less than $20? and, this is one for those looking for the Cheapest Places to Retire in the World, a couple can maintain and nice comfortable, quality lifestyle on less than $600 per month? It's true Ecuador is likely one of the least expensive places to live and if you're on a fixed retirement income or you lost a lot of your retirement nest egg to Wall Street, than it may just be the kind of laid back lifestyle you're looking for.

When you visit Ecuador you'll be amazed by the variety of different locations available to live. You can chose from an apartment in a Colonial city, your private piece of paradise on an stretch of unspoiled beach or even a stunning view of a snow capped volcano from your own highland homestead. What ever you're looking for you'll likely find it in Ecuador and what's best is that it's all there at prices unheard of in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Here's a cool real life example - how about a spacious beach front condo for $79,000? Yes, it's true. This particular condo is in the city of Salinas which is a seaside city that is often compared to Miami.Think I'm exagerating?

Check out this photo comparing the two cities -

International Living Postcards

Want to learn more about Ecuador? Find out of it's really the Cheapest Place to retire or at least cheap enough but nice enough too? Be sure to check out this Special Report - Cheap, Safe, and Friendly: The World's Top Retirement Havens. It's jam packed with everything you need to know - not just about the country in general but about how to make your move there.

4 comments:

vernie said...

I looked into Ecuador two years ago, and do not share the excitement in this blog and elsewhere. Cities in the mountains, like Cuenca, can be cold and wet, and are by no means "always spring"! The coast is in large parts underdeveloped, non appealing villages, unpaved roads, dirty, and the larger cities, like Guayaquil, are not as safe as you wish for retirement. In addition, the coast has long periods of cloudy skies with humid climate. Frankly, not my cup of tea!

vernie said...

I looked into Ecuador two years ago, and do not share the excitement in this blog and elsewhere. Cities in the mountains, like Cuenca, can be cold and wet, and are by no means "always spring"! The coast is in large parts underdeveloped, non appealing villages, unpaved roads, dirty, and the larger cities, like Guayaquil, are not as safe as you wish for retirement. In addition, the coast has long periods of cloudy skies with humid climate. Frankly, not my cup of tea!

DENICE said...

Yes you are right but my point is what about life style & living standard. Overseas we will not able to find everything. Rather than moving to overseas. I would suggest to financial planning & save money for retirement & find affordable place in USA. I am retired from my work & living in a retirement community in Lancaster PA. It is one of the best Best Retirement Communities there. They are affordable & provide health care services too.

PanamaMark said...

Denice, I couldn't disagree more on your point about lifestyle and standard or living. The myth that he US is the best place in the world is just that - a big myth. There are so many other places in the world where one can live a much higher standrad of living on far less and also with people who have a much greater appreciation for what is important in life - relationships, family, caring for ones community and neighbours.