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.
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