Best Places to Retire Overseas

Best Places to Retire Overseas

Featured Destination: Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is often named one of the best places to retire in the world. It’s a clean and beautiful world heritage city, but is it right for you? Now you can know in only one hour if you would enjoy living or retiring in Cuenca.

Welcome to the best places to retire overseas

In the best places to retire overseas, your money can go a lot farther and your quality of life can be a lot better than in your home country.

In these places, you can eat out often, have a maid, and even have enough money left over to take vacations, all with the income from an average pension or social security check. If you have more income, you can live extremely well.

We make videos about the best places to retire overseas. You won’t be equally happy in each place, but with our videos you’ll know if a destination is right for you before you go, and you won’t spend your time and money going to places you won’t like.

Granada Nicaragua and Volcan Mombacho
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

About the destinations

Each destination in our video series has:

  • A year-round spring or summer climate
  • A lower cost of living than the USA
  • A lower crime rate than the USA
  • All the western comforts
  • Excellent and inexpensive medical care
  • High-speed internet and cable or satellite TV
  • An established English-speaking expat community
  • Many things to do, including cultural, educational, and outdoor activities

The best places to retire overseas are located in Latin America and Southeast Asia. You can live very well on little money in these parts of the world. In Latin America, Nicaragua and Ecuador offer the best values right now.

Latin America Map

In Ecuador, the top destination is Cuenca.
In Nicaragua, the top destinations are Granada and San Juan del Sur. See our Cost of Living in Ecuador and Nicaragua video for some example costs in these destinations.

About the videos

Our videos profile the best places to retire overseas, and a variety of expats who live in each place answer the most important questions about what it’s like to live there, including:

  • How is the food? The shopping? What does it cost?
  • How is the health care, and what does it cost?
  • Do you need to know the language?
  • Are you concerned about safety?
  • Do you need a car?
  • What is there to do there?
  • Where do you meet people?
  • Where do you eat and drink, and what does it cost?
  • What is the English-speaking community like?
  • What are the pros and cons of living or retiring there?
  • And much more!

You’ll know in one hour if Cuenca, Ecuador is likely to meet your overseas retirement expectations. No hype, but a first hand look at what it’s really like to live in this top retirement haven.


I was impressed with the number of topics covered and the balanced approach. I wish we had this video before we moved! Trust me, the video is well produced and has quality content.

Choosing where to live overseas is a big decision. You should plan to stay up to a year to know for sure if you made a good choice, but if you do decide to move on, you could be out a significant amount of time and money. That’s fine if you can afford it, but it isn’t necessary. It comes down to this:

You can either guess and go.

confused about where to retire

Or you can know before you go!

enlightened about where to retire

Now you can truly know if a destination is right for you — before you go! You’ll see the destination up close. You’ll meet a variety of people and learn from them what it’s like to live there. You’ll know where to stay, where to eat, what to do, what the people are like, and what to expect if you go. You’ll save yourself weeks or months of research time, and you won’t spend your money going to a place you won’t like.

Start with the best value destinations in Latin America: Cuenca, Ecuador; Granada, Nicaragua; or San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Or if you aren’t interested in these destinations, get on our mailing list. We’ll send you an email when we release our next videos. We’re currently filming in Panama, although Panama is more expensive than Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Michael KarshApril 6, 2014

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