Best Places to Retire Overseas

The 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? Find out more »

Welcome to the best places to retire overseas

The best places to retire overseas are destinations in the developing world, where there is an established English-speaking expat community, your money goes a lot farther than in your home country, and your quality of life can be a lot better than in your home country.

In these places, with the income from an average pension or social security check, you can eat out often, have a maid, and even have enough money left over to take vacations. If you have more income, you can live extremely well. In either case, in addition to playing more golf in retirement, if that’s your thing, or cutting corners and trying to make ends meet in retirement, you can have a higher quality of life, on less money, with new friends and new experiences, and a renewed sense of adventure in your life.

Granada Nicaragua and Volcan Mombacho
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Each destination in our 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, because you can live very well on little money in these parts of the world.

In Latin America, Ecuador and Nicaragua offer the best values right now, so we’ve started our series there. See the Cost of Living in Ecuador and Nicaragua video for some example costs.

Latin America Map

In Ecuador, the top destination is Cuenca.
In Nicaragua, the top destinations are Granada and San Juan del Sur.

About our videos

Our videos are designed to help you choose where to retire overseas.

    1. Video is the best way to experience a destination before you go,
    2. The people who are retired in a destination are the best source of information about what it’s like to retire there, and
    3. It can take more time and money than you want to spend to visit the all the places where you might want to retire overseas.

Our videos profile the best places to retire overseas to you, and show what a variety of expats who live there say about them. So you can choose the places that are best for you before you go.

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.


Live or Retire Overseas videos show the sights and sounds of the most affordable places to live or retire right now in Latin America; and a varied cross-section of people who already live there, some of whom will be a lot like you, answer the following questions about each place, so you can best decide if a place is right for you, before you go:

  • 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!

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 or retire overseas is a big decision. If you choose a place that isn’t best for you, you won’t be as happy as you could be, and you could be out a significant amount of time and money before you move on. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can avoid spending the time and money going to places that aren’t best for you.

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

With our videos you can eliminate the guesswork about where to retire overseas. You’ll see and experience a 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 be confident you are choosing a place that’s right for you!

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.

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