10 of the world's best places to live or retire

Posted September 8

They are all so diverse, yet they have one thing in common; they are the world's best places to live! (Deseret Photo)

Let me guess, you have been in the same place for most of your life. You were raised there, met your spouse there, started a family and never saw a reason to move. As you have looked back on your retirement plan, you notice that it is vastly approaching and you don’t even know where you want to go. You start to think, “Should I finally explore something new?”

If this is you, or maybe you are just looking for a change of scenery, or a better place to raise your family, take a deep breath and continue reading.

While considering the cost of living, real estate, weather, community life and local activities, here are the world’s top 10 best places to live or retire.

1. Algarve, Portugal

Only speak English? No problem. Home to almost 100,000 resident retirees, Algarve has a very low cost of living and real estate as well as very good weather. Visiting the local markets and tasting the local wine is a favorite of most residents.

2. Cayo, Belize

Although most everyone speaks English, the culture is extremely diverse making Cayo one of the most unique cities in the world. The sunny country is home to many foreigners and is constantly evolving making it an exciting country to be a part of.

3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Thanks to the spectacular art, colonial charm and cheap living, this city is only 3 hours outside of Mexico City and was declared the best city in Mexico in 2013.

4. Pau, France

With houses painted white with accents of Basque red, and architecture like you have never seen before, this amazing city is filled with music, dancing, myths and a unique cuisine is a place you’ll never want to leave.

5. Portland, Oregon

Forget sales tax and move to Oregon! “Oregon is a ‘come-as-you-are’ state where you can carve out the life you want to live. We embrace quirky and consider it one of our greatest attributes,” shared Vassar Byrd, CEO of Rose Villa Senior Living. Cost of living right outside of town is very affordable and Portland is known for their food and fun!

6. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

You never would have thought that this island of paradise would be one of the most affordable places to live…. but it is. Don’t wait to head on over to the beautiful beach that you can soon call home.

7. Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the friendliest countries in the world is Thailand. Thailand’s extremely low cost of living makes it so you save so much money while experiencing a world unlike one you ever known before. For example, who wants to ride an elephant?

8. Ottawa, Canada

Looking at cost of living as well as access to health care, Ottawa seems to have it all. Sporting events, theatrical performances and all hobbies alike are inexpensive and come around so often you will never have an excuse not to get out and enjoy yourself.

9. Phoenix, Arizona

Certain areas of Arizona are expensive, but Phoenix is one of the most inexpensive, and it even provides easy access to sporting events like professional sports, drag boat races, Nascar events and horse races. Interested in staying in the heat most of the year? Phoenix is the place for you.

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The AARP Magazine shared that Buenos Aires is one of the best places to retire because of its “scenery and sophistication.” With the various outdoor boutiques and markets, individuals who like to stroll in town will thrive in this beautiful country.

Tana is a student with a passion for words. She believes that written words can touch people in ways unimaginable. In her spare time she enjoys singing, hiking, cuddling in a fuzzy blanket, and spending time with her friends and family.


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