Would You Really Retire Overseas?

Many Boomers we know tend to speak often, and wistfully, of retiring overseas. Yet when it gets down to the nitty gritty – meaning all of the potential differences in municipal services, healthcare, transportation options, and cultural life between our imagined retirement haven and our current home – the picture often begins to look less attractive. After all, having been raised in the USA, we’re accustomed to high standards when it comes to safety, cleanliness, efficiency, variety, and accountability regarding the goods and services we pay for.  It can be hard to find other places on the globe that will provide a quality of life close to what we’re used to.

One factor that raises the chances of finding services and standards like those at home, is whether a large number of Americans have gone before us and populated the area we’re considering. The more American ex-pats in residence, the more likely we’ll find goods and services that conform to what we prefer. One such place is Corozal, Belize, where according to International Living, you can retire and live quite well for $1,500 a month – among more than 1,000 North Americans who have already settled there to retire and enjoy the good life. According to author Jason Holland, you can rent a beachfront condo for as little as $275 a month.

You have to sign up for an account at International  Living in order to read the full content of their online articles, but you can sign up for a free daily e-postcard from them on the best places to retire, travel, and buy real estate overseas. They’ll also send you a free research report on the best places to retire overseas today. It’s a great way to put your toe in the water.

4 thoughts on “Would You Really Retire Overseas?

  • May 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I live overseas, in Hawaii. I love my laid back life style and treasure my time at my home on these beautiful islands.

    Land taxes are less than California but we have a 4.75% across the board General Excise Tax which is on everything, including rents (which are high here), utilities, doctors and dentists visit, etc.

    Annuity, social security, and all retirement distributions (IRA, ROTH etc) are Not Taxed! No state income tax on retirement income.. None.

    Seniors are respected here, I am Aunty to everyone and everyone is kind to the elderly, it is part of the culture on the islands.

    Senior and Kamaaina discounts abound. which is Good, because cost of living is higher than on the Mainland. IF you are military, or can find a military friend, the commissary will reduce your costs tremendously. Otherwise, we all buy at Costco because if we shop at Safeway, Times etc we’re paying a lot for a little.

    There is a bus that goes every hour around the island. Senior bus passes are just a few dollars a month for unlimited rides. I don’t take the bus to often, so I don’t have a pass, but showing my Senior Card makes a ride from anywhere under $6.. bus stops are everywhere!

    Beaches are Free. So are many of the activities here and when not free, there is always a discount for seniors or kama’aina of between 10 to 25%. Joining clubs and Membership in loyalty clubs like Landry’s and Ohana bring deals in off tourist times.

    Home Sharing has come to the islands, so there are opportunities to share the housing costs.

    Check out living with all the benefits of being in the United States and having this wonderful Tropical lifestyle is a blessing beyond words.


  • August 1, 2016 at 3:34 am

    I’ve lived overseas for over thirty years, mostly in Asia, and am now semi-retired in France. Despite recent violent events, France is an amazing place to live. I’m in the countryside in Normandy and see wildlife every day. My dog has lots of room to run and my neighbors are kind and friendly. The health care system here is among the best, if not the best, in the world. I’ve had neurosurgery here plus two knee replacements and have no complaints. There are some American permanent residents not far away and also a number of Britons. It has surprised me how many French people speak English, although I always try to communicate in French. I can strong recommend retiring overseas. I don’t expect France to be like the US, and it certainly isn’t, so there is always something new here and a lot to learn, which keeps the brain active and challenged.

    • August 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      It sounds like you made a wonderful decision to live overseas, and certainly one that is right for you!

  • July 31, 2016 at 8:25 am

    If you really want to explore retiring abroad Google Lake Chapala, Mexico.

    Annie Green-Nast – 15 year resident


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