Best Beach Towns for Retirement Abroad

Best Beach Towns for Retirement Abroad

For a majority of Americans, reaching retirement age means an opportunity to break away from their old life. Empty nesters might seek a permanent vacation after decades spent raising children. Single seniors are looking for a fresh start in a laid-back locale. For those retirees and more, we’ve gathered the best beach towns for retirement abroad.

Durrës, Albania

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Durrës has a population of 175,000 people and is home to Plazhi i Currilave and Beach of Durrës. The climate is subtropical Mediterranean, with 2,500 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,006/month.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires has a population of 15.5 million people and is home to Pinamar, Villa Gesell, and Carlió Beaches. The climate is humid subtropical, with 2,500 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,354/month.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta has a population of 556,000 people and is home to Los Muertos, Playa Camarones and Conchas Chinas Beaches. The climate is tropical wet and dry, with 2,550 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $2,158/month.

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Ambergris Caye has a population of 14,000 people and is home to Mad de Tumbo and Secret Beach. The climate is tropical, with 3,200 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,167/month.

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Mérida, Mexico

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Mérida has a population of 1.22 million people and is home to Progreso, Sisal and Celestún Beaches. The climate is hot with moderate humidity, with 2,750 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,333/month.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Tamarindo has a population of 9,000 people and is home to Tamarindo Beach. The climate is warm and dry, with 2,550 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,344/month.

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali has a population of 4.37 million people and is home to Jimbaran, Kuta and Yeh Leh Beaches. The climate is tropical, with 2,990 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,200/month.

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Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Negombo has a population of 142,000 people and is home to Browns and Negombo Beaches. The climate is tropical, with 3,000 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,103/month.

Da Nang, Vietnam

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Da Nang has a population of 1.22 million people and is home to My Khe and Mac My An Beaches. The climate is tropical monsoon, with 2,180 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $975/month.

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Port Louis, Mauritius

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Port Louis has a population of 148,000 people and is home to La Pointe Beach. The climate is subtropical, with 2,900 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,212/month.

Faro, Portugal

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Faro has a population of 61,000 people and is home to Praia de Faro Beach. The climate is Mediterranean, with 3,000 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,589/month.

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Monterosso al Mare, Italy

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Monterosso al Mare has a population of 1,372 people and is home to Spiaggia de Fegina Beach. The climate is mild Mediterranean, with 2,800 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,500/month.

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Bridgetown, Barbados

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Bridgetown has a population of 110,000 people and is home to Carlisle Beach. The climate is tropical savanna, with 3,000 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $2,125/month.

Limassol, Cyprus

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Limassol has a population of 235,000 people and is home to Kourion, Pissouri and Lady’s Mile Beaches. The climate is subtropical Mediterranean, with 3,310 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $2,586/month.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro has a population of 11 million people and is home to Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. The climate is tropical savanna, with 2,180 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,353/month.

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Nessebar, Bulgaria

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Nessebar has a population of 27,200 people and is home to Pomorie and Nessebar Beaches. The climate is temperate continental, with 2,500 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,150/month.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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Sihanoukville has a population of 200,000 people and is home to Sokha Beach. The climate is tropical, with 3,300 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,195/month.

San Andres, Colombia

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San Andres has a population of 80,000 people and is home to Playa del Spratt Bight and Bahía del Cove Beaches. The climate is tropical, with 2,650 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,024/month.

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Coronado, Panama

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Coronado has a population of 100,000 people and is home to Playa Malibu and Playa El Palmar Beaches. The climate is tropical, with 2,600 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $2,300/month.

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Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Bocas del Toro has a population of 7,400 people and is home to Bluff, Starfish and Boca del Drago Beaches. The climate is tropical, with 2,780 hours of sun. The average cost of living for one person is $1,730/month.

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Retirement Abroad: The Most Popular Countries for Retirees, According to a New Study

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Now more than ever, retirees are moving abroad to spend their golden years on distant shores. For some it’s about the cost of living, so they move to countries where they can spend less on housing and healthcare. For others, it’s about the experience. They want to see the world beyond their borders and live life to the fullest.

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9 Best Panama Residency Visas for Expats, Including a Retiree Favorite

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For those looking to make Panama their new permanent home, the government offers a huge variety of Panama residency visas. I would venture to say it’s almost TOO many, but I guess it’s always good to have options. Applying for residency in Panama isn’t a DIY process — you must use Panamanian immigration attorneys to apply. Because the process isn’t public, and because there are so many available options, staying up-to-date on the exact requirements of each visa is challenging.

Use the guide below as a starting point to see which Panama residency visas might appeal to you.

Note: for work visas and business visas, some professions and retail businesses are reserved for Panamanian citizens only.

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Hey Big Spender, Here Are 13 (and a Half) Expensive Retirement Countries

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So many retirement articles are about getting by with less: less money, lower cost of living, leaner infrastructure, etc. This time, we’re looking at countries that ask for more: higher income requirements, better healthcare, and overall high quality of life in your golden years. Since you can’t take it with you when you go, here are 13 expensive retirement countries (plus a bonus destination) with income requirements above $2,000 per month:

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