Dedicated to providing you with credible information about living overseas
TextImage

WELCOME. WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT THE MAIN PARTS OF OUR SITE

 
The Best Places In The World To Retire Location Advisor makes personalized recommendations for where to live and retire overseasGet matched to your ideal location to live abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadAnswers about living, working or visiting abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadStories by expats & others about their life aborad.
Best Places In The World To Retire - MarketplaceFind for profit, non-profit and religious organizations.
 

Recently Answered Questions

Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroad
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Prev Next

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

What are the best places in Mexico to live and retire?

What are the best places in Mexico to live and retire?

Baja California tops my list of places to retire and live in Mexico. This state in Mexico contains the cities and towns of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Rosarito, Tecate, San Felipe, El Refugio, and San Quintin. Ea... Read more

Andy James – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andy JamesI was born and raised in Canada. Most recently, I lived in the Cari...

Is Mexico Safe? What is the crime rate in Mexico?

Is Mexico Safe?  What is the crime rate in Mexico?

Statistically, the crime rate in Merida is lower, making it safer than anywhere north of the border. Merida has been declared statistically the third safest city in the world recently, relative to violent crime. Petty... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

Is it safe to drink the water in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

Is it safe to drink the water in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province, Panama?

It is safe to drink the water in Volcán. The Volcán water system distributes potable water that is free of parasites. My family and I drink the water that the public system provides straight out of t... Read more

Karen Herrtwich of S&S Auto – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Karen Herrtwich - S&S AutoI moved from Toronto, Canada, to Lakeside in July 1992. Our decision t...

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

What's the cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

The cost of living in Chapala and Ajijic is so variable- it depends on the size of your home. For example, for our home of approximately 6,000 square feet, electric bills used to be approximately 3,500 pesos ... Read more

Ariadna Delsol of COLONIAL REAL ESTATE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ariadna Delsol - COLONIAL REAL ESTATEI am a native born Mexican who has lived in four countries: Mexico, Au...

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in San Miguel de Allende?

What's the price of a home, condo or apartment in San Miguel de Allende?

The price of a home, condo, or apartment in San Miguel de Allende varies tremendously based upon the location. A nice three-bedroom condo in a nice development in Centro would cost you around $280,000. If you move... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

Can I buy furniture in Boquete, Panama?

Can I buy furniture in Boquete, Panama?

There are several stores where you can buy furniture in Boquete. When we first moved into the area in Boquete where we live, we needed queen over queen bunkbeds that would cost US $3,000 - $4,000 each in the United ... Read more

Andre Bellon of Bellon Insurance Agents – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andre Bellon - Bellon Insurance AgentsWe specialize in insurance for English-speaking expats living in the e...

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Mexico?

How much does it cost for a housekeeper or maid in Mexico?

A housekeeper in Mexico can charge about 150 - 200 pesos ($8 - $10) for 5-6 hours of work per day, or 1,000 - 1,500 pesos ($50 – $75) per week if she comes in every day. If the housekeeper lives with you, it&r... Read more

Ariadna Delsol of COLONIAL REAL ESTATE – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Ariadna Delsol - COLONIAL REAL ESTATEI am a native born Mexican who has lived in four countries: Mexico, Au...

What are the construction standards in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the construction standards in San Miguel de Allende?

If you are going to build in San Miguel de Allende, it should not be higher than 8 meters. If you are going to buy a property in Centro, you cannot alter the façade of the house without asking for permissio... Read more

Jonathan Peters of Ventanas de San Miguel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Jonathan Peters - Ventanas de San MiguelI am an Georgia native who has lived in Mexico for almost twelve years...

What are the expats like in San Miguel de Allende?

What are the expats like in San Miguel de Allende?

The expats in San Miguel de Allende used to skew retirees but now that's not the case anymore. San Miguel de Allende has become a much more youthful place than it used to be. There are a lot more foreigners comi... Read more

John Gilbert of PanamaKeys – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account John Gilbert - PanamaKeysI'm a happily married father of six from central Kentucky. My backgro...

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province?

What are the best and worst things about living and retiring in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province?

Let’s talk about the worst things about living and retiring in Volcán first. If you’re a person who wants a picture-perfect neighborhood, and if your idea of a picture-perfect neighborhood is dr... Read more

Andrew McFarlane of Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Andrew McFarlane - Muebles NOMAD (Nomad Furniture)I am a third generation furniture dealer, born in Scotland and raised...

Is the electricity reliable in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Is the electricity reliable in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico? Are there blackouts or brownouts in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico?

Blackouts and brownouts happen in Chapala and Ajijic, but not with the frequency that it used to and not with enough regularity to be a nuisance. Some neighborhoods are worse than others. I’ve lived in Riber... Read more

Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Sheryl Novak - SOLutions Mexico Furniture StoreSheryl Novak is the President of SOLutions Mexico. She started the co...

How's the biking in and around Puerto Vallarta?

How's the biking in and around Puerto Vallarta?

There are a lot of people out cycling in Puerto Vallarta now, and it seems to really be, excuse the pun, picking up speed here. I’m not a cyclist, and you couldn’t put me on a bike in these towns, beca... Read more

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Prev Next
For 9,094 answers organized by country and topic, go to Community Q & A.

Best Places In The World To Retire Locations – Places to retire – International Living Maps of Location Advisor Places

Click on any location to read more about it.

Top Contributors

  1. OF THE DAY
  2. OF THE WEEK
  3. OF THE MONTH

Recently Posted Expat Stories

Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroad.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Prev Next

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World? It is Tijuana, Mexico

Do You Know What City has the Most US Expats in the Entire World?      It is Tijuana, Mexico

You will probably be surprised that Tijuana has the most US expats of any city in the world.   The Tijuana metropolitan area  has more than double the number of US expats compared ... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

The Big Mac Index (or How Far Does Your Dollar Go In Another Country?)

Even if you move to another country, you will find many things that remind you of the United States. You will see Walmart, McDonald’s, Costco, Home Depot, Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, Lego, L'Oréal, Nike, and many other ... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

My Personal Experience Comparing Healthcare in the US vs. Mexico

One of the most important and personal items people consider when thinking about moving abroad is “How is the healthcare?”  While the Best Places in the World to Retire website has a huge quantity of answers... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

Two Fender Benders Compared: One in the US and One in Mexico

On our road trip through Mexico and on the Best Places in the World to Retire site, we and other contributors to our site are often asked to do a comparison between life in the US and life abroad.  In order to be... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

Fort San Juan de Ulúa, Veracruz, Mexico

The old Spanish Fort San Juan de Ulúa still stands watch over the bustling port of Veracruz, Mexico, but it is no longer filled with many tons of silver and gold. This fort was built in 1565 on the isl... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

How Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

How Traveling and Living Abroad Gave Me a Better Perspective on Time and Happiness

One of the great advantages of traveling, or better yet, living in a different country, is to see how others live their lives. If we are open to it, we can gain perspective and insight, not only into the human conditi... Read more

lars forsberg of Longboat Retirement – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account lars forsberg - Longboat RetirementI really enjoy assisting people with purchasing hard assets like real ...

Building a House in Panama

Building a House in Panama

So, you want to build a house in Panama?   Be patient, be real patient.  Everything will take longer than you are accustomed to.  You will have to make many phone calls.  You will n... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

We have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands.  Let’s start with what they ... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas – Dec. 16th through Dec 24th

Las Posadas is the name for the popular celebrations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and Panama during the nine days before Christmas (December 16-24... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert Ecosystem --- a World Heritage Site

Three years ago UNESCO recognized two of my favorite places as World Heritage Sites.   One was a mountain in Italy and the other an ecosystem in Northern Mexico. Both places have something in com... Read more

Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Chuck Bolotin - Best Places in the World to RetireAs the Vice President of Best Places in the World to Retire, I had nev...

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

San Miguel de Allende: A Colonial, Artsy Town Rich In Culture, Pageantry and Expats

When starting from where we stayed in our planned community in the agricultural countryside (“campo”), we would drive into the center (centro) of San Miguel de Allende in one of two ways, depending on whether we wante... Read more

Gary Coles of Paradise For  Gringos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Gary Coles - Paradise For GringosI love to travel and have always planned to retire to a foreign countr...

My travels in Mexico --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

My travels in Mexico   --- Chapel of the Rosary, La Antigua, Mexico --- The First Church Built in America

The first Christian worship service in Mexico was in  1519 in La Antigua, Veracruz. Four years later the first chapel in the Americas was built by Hernán Cortés and is named the Chapel of the Ro... Read more

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Prev Next
Go to Best Places Expat Stories section, which contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroad.

Our Pledge To You

Best Places will present information from the Community in a transparent way, unedited, except to conform with our Conditions of Use.

You can trust that Best Places does not manipulate content to sell you anything. All opinions in the Community Q & A and Expat Stories are those of its authors, not Best Places.

Get Known To The Community

Those who contribute to the Best Places Community are our heroes! And being a Best Places hero is fast, fun, and easy. Just go to Questions & Answers, find your first question to answer, click on it, and then click the Contribute Your Answer To This Question Button. If you’d rather enter a Story, go to Expat Stories and click the Contribute Your Story Button".

Contact/Support

Please contact us. We would love to hear from you! Customer Service
Technical Support
Business Development
Suggestions
Press
Phone: (US) 520-498-0427