If you’re dreaming of retiring in the best city with lots to do and affordable communities. To get you started, here is a sampling of the best places around the world that meets all of your criteria for a retirement spot!
According to a 2017 article in Forbes, one of International Living’s best places to retire is in a little place called Malta. Located in a chain of islands between Sicily and North Africa, the climate is extraordinary year-round. Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, the beaches are exquisite.
A two-bedroom rents for around $800. The cost of living is reasonable so that two people can live on an income of less than $2700 a month. Healthcare in Malta is affordable and publically funded.
For those who like to travel, a round-trip-ticket to Paris can be purchased for around $175.
Although shadowed by a sometimes dark past, Colombia is becoming a more popular place to retire. It is only about a three-hour flight from Florida and is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. It boasts three Andes Mountain ranges.
Rentals range from $1250 a month for a three-bedroom high-rise to $500 a month in some areas.
Healthcare in Colombia includes some of the most modern technology available. Major cities such as Bogota, and Medellin are greatly sought after for their cardiology and neurology experts, along with stem cell therapy and joint replacements technology.
The cost of living in this beautiful place makes it perhaps one of the most affordable places to retire. Fresh produce from the various farmers’ markets in the area provide a full refrigerator for about $35 per week. Rentals which include fully-furnished condos or homes start for as little as $400 per month.
The healthcare system in Costa Rica is ranked higher than that of the U.S. Universal healthcare is provided to wage-earners. Medical costs are lower and it is a popular destination for those seeking medical services. An interesting statistic shows that the life expectancy for Costa Ricans was 79.3 years in 2010, The Nicoya Peninsula is in one of the world’s Blue Zones. Blue Zones are designated around the world where groups of people live active lives past the age of 100.
The Pacific Ocean borders Costa Rica on the west and the Caribbean on the east. It has many rain forests and two seasons – dry and wet. Temperatures average around 70 degrees.
Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Campbelltown, NSW is a suburb of Sydney and has an interesting history. It was settled by Europeans but was originally inhabited by the Tharawal people (an indigenous Aborigine tribe). A story goes that six cattle disappeared and showed up seven years later as rock art in the site called Bull Cave near the town. Later, settlers actually found a herd of around 60 cattle.
Climate in Campbelltown is considered humid subtropical. It generally has mild winters and warm to hot summers.
Partially due to its proximity to Sydney, Campbelltown has access to some of the best technology in healthcare. Emergency room care and hospitals are both growing to meet the needs of the people in the area.
Retirement villages in Campbelltown such as Mount Gilead Estate are close to the city, making shopping convenient. Mount Gilead Estate offers apartments or villas and is far enough away from the city for retirees to enjoy rural views.
A list of the most affordable places to live for retirees would not be complete without at least one place listed in the United States. And there is no place in the States like the Rocky Mountains. Aurora is not far from Denver, but a much cheaper place to live and the winters are less brutal. The average price of a house is around $138,000.
The climate includes about 300 days of sunshine and the town is only about an hour’s drive from the magnificent Rockies. Part of what makes Aurora distinct is that it is mostly a suburban area in nature, making it amiable to those who don’t like living in large cities or around large populations, yet it is close enough to Denver to take advantage of healthcare facilities and other amenities.