What makes the best places to retire
For many, retirement should offer all the benefits of a well-deserved holiday. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the most sought-after retirement locations feature good weather, a rich cultural scene and delicious local cuisine.
Quieter inland communities could suit those wanting to get away from it all in their retirement. Down by the sea, on the other hand, you’re bound to find a welcoming community of fellow retirees.
The countries we’ve highlighted below should offer something for all tastes, with consistently warm weather and a breadth of different landscapes to discover.
Long popular with North American expats, Mexico remains one of the best countries to retire to in the world. Living here is relatively inexpensive, so whether you choose a home by the beach, in the city or in the mountains, you can find desirable properties for reasonable prices. Mexico also has an excellent healthcare system that is free to legal residents aged 60 and over, making it particularly suitable for older expats.
For those seeking sun, sea and sand, the Riviera Maya is an enduring favourite. The area’s popularity with visitors means that it’s possible to get by with limited Spanish, so it could be a good choice if your skills don’t extend much beyond hola and gracias. Those after a more off-the-beaten-path location could look inland at the so-called ‘Silver Towns’ north of Mexico City – Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende – which are known for their beautifully preserved buildings and laid-back, creative atmosphere.