Are you ready to spend your golden years in comfort, style, and maybe even a bit of luxury? Then check out this list of the 10 best places for retiring overseas and reinventing yourself and your life.
As a retiree, you’ll want to be able to live in a place where you can remain active, where you won’t have to shovel snow, and where the cost of living matches your financial situation. These places meet those requirements, so you might be able to pinpoint at least one spot where you can retire whenever you’re ready.
1. Pau, France
If you love the charm of Paris but don’t want a dense city lifestyle and the premium living costs associated with it, consider Pau instead. Located in the South of France, Pau attracts a large expat community as well as international students who contribute to a youthful and energetic vibe in the area. Roughly an hour-long ride from the beautiful beaches in Biarritz, this picturesque city boasts gorgeous views of the countryside, along with the famous castle known as Chateau de Pau. As the birthplace of Henry IV and the largest city in the Pyrenees, Pau has extensive cultural presence and it’s location near the border with Spain allows residents to enjoy the best of both nations. A walker’s delight, Pau’s popular Boulevard des Pyrenees let’s visitors take in views of the magnificent Pyrenees mountain range. If you’re looking for scenery, Pau is hard to beat.
2. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Have you always dreamt of moving to a tropical place where you will no longer have to deal with the burden of shovelling snow and having to bundle up to endure the cold temperatures in the winter? Then consider retiring in Belize. Ambergris Caye is the country’s biggest island, where you can explore Mayan ruins, as well as typical tropical sports such as windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, and swimming. Because the official language is English, and residents often speak Spanish and English fluently, you may be able to retire overseas without having to worry about learning another language, if you choose Ambergris Caye. Adding to the charm of the island, most inhabitants get around by golf cart, but be aware that the sparkling azure waters make tourism is a primary industry here. If the relaxed pace of island life sounds idyllic, you may like to know that ambergris is a waxy substance produced by the digestive system of sperm whales that was historically used as a medicament, perfume preservative and food flavouring. File that under ‘good to know’.