Mexico tops global list of best places to retire
According to InternationalLiving.com’s recently released 2017 Global Retirement Index, the top retirement destination in the world this year now goes to Mexico.
This annual ranking of the world’s top 24 retirement destinations is based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate, healthcare, and more and compares, contrasts, ranks, and rates good-value havens all around the world.
Mexico offers a diverse geography, with everything from white-sand beaches to high-mountain colonial cities, which means expats have a broad choice in locales. This country’s climate ranges from moist, tropical heat to dry desert and everything in between. It is rich in casual beach towns, vibrant Spanish-colonial cities, and small country villages.
Mexico always features among the top 10 destinations in the Index, and usually among the top five. It’s already home to more North American expats than any other country in the world. Well over a million U.S. and Canadian citizens are estimated to live in communities throughout Mexico, full- or part-time.
“Mexico really does offer a modest cost of living and a high quality of life,” says Glynna Prentice, International Living’s Mexico Editor. “A couple can live very comfortably on less than $2,000 a month, and you can understand how when healthcare costs run 25% to 50% less than those in the States, a housekeeper will clean for $5 an hour, a lunch special costs $7 for a full meal, and you can rent a two-bedroom condo a block off the beach in some communities for $575 a month.
“All those things are important. But they don’t really explain Mexico’s appeal. Life here is easy and relaxed. People are friendly and welcoming, and their warmth is genuine. Music is everywhere, and colors are somehow more vivid here, smiles brighter.”
The key aim of the Index is to help retirees find locations where their dollar goes further– where they can get the best bang for buck in terms of real estate, cost of living, and overall quality of life.