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Best Places to Retire in 2019

Rahul Thadani Feb 8, 2019
While some may want to retire outside their home country, some don't. Here are some best places to retire in 2019. They span from Ecuador to New Zealand. Some prefer beaches, while some prefer mountains. Some like warm, some wish for cold, while some like to hit the road and go through all seasons.
For your whole life you went to work, returned home; buried under responsibilities and duties there was seldom a sigh of relief. You probably relocated a number of times, running after a better position or a better paycheck.
Now, you can finally retire from all that running and do what you want, even if it means changing your state/country. And if you have always wanted to retire outside your home country, here are 10 options for the year 2019.
The ranking given ahead has been compiled by the author after taking into account how all these cities performed on parameters such as the quality of life they have to offer, the taxes, infrastructure, public transport, public safety, general health care, temperature, crime statistics, etc.


South has always been the best direction to head for a retirement. Panama due to it's five highly adored expat cities has climbed the charts of 'best places to retire in' everywhere. It offers a village and also the metropolitan life, based on one's preference. The locals speak English and are very accepting of the expats.
The median home prices in Panama is currently around USD 200,000- USD 250,000. If overseas retirement is something you are looking for then you cannot afford to miss out on Panama.

Costa Rica

This country has hosted the retirees for decades now. The beaches, pleasant environment, and the openness of the country towards retirees is remarkable. The median home prices is USD 1500 monthly.
A fellow expat can find himself a decent expat community so that he won't feel disconnected. The weather is kind and the physicians per capita is decent. Atenas is considered by National Geographic as the city with the most perfect temperature in the world.


More than a million Americans live in Mexico making it one of the best places for Americans. It has many fine diners, pristine beaches, and a warm climate. Mexico is close to America that you never feel far from your country.
The living expenses is varied with rents as low as USD 1200. And last but not the least there are enough English speaking folks around so you could comfortably waltz your way in.


Ecuador has ruled the charts of 'top places to retire in' for a while. Here look forward to the city of Cuenca.
The profound architecture and culture that has been preserved due to the fact that the city of Cuenca was disconnected from the rest of the country for more than 400 years. For a modest living the monthly expense would not go beyond USD $1,600 to $2,400 for an ideal couple. The scenic beauty and heritage makes it a perfect place to retire.


Four UNESCO world heritage sites, a multicultural society, world class cuisine … and wait that's just half of it. A myriad shopping destinations, warm and friendly atmosphere and affordable living is what Malaysia is all about.
The country has been a holiday destination for people around the globe and wont it be exciting to spend the rest of your life on perpetual holiday. With just around USD 1531 per month can get you a sea view condo to relish in the beauty of this great nation.


Republic of Colombia is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world.
This country has gorgeous beaches and mountains, a climate for every taste and low cost of living, to name just three of its benefits. The cost of living for an ideal couple in Colombia is USD 1,400 to USD 2,000 per month.


The cheapest places to live in Europe are cities of Portugal. The Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, has its own benefits. Here you can relish in the rich historical background and 100 miles of coastline with a living cost of around USD 1,761 per month for a couple.
One of the most relieving things about Algarve is that English is widely spoken there and it has always welcomed the retirees from U.S and other European countries.


Spain has always been the popular choice of the retirees from U.S. The stunning architecture and history is alluring for the young and the old. It's a different world all by itself where you can travel around and live in different places in different times of the year.
The living expense is around USD 1700 a month for a couple. It is a place which has embraced the modern technology with as much grace as it had embraced the fascinating architecture.
Having looked at these best places to retire in 2019, you must have come across some surprising facts. Relocating to any city, and to a new country, must be done after a lot of thought. Consult as many people as you can from these places, as only they can give you hands-on experience of 'actually' living in that place. Wish you a happy journey ahead!