Lots of retirement locales are lovely. Some offer sandy shorelines while others boast a lower cost of living. But how many destinations can really provide you with absolute certainty that you will never have to endure the wrath of a storm like Hurricane Sandy?
After the beating that the nation’s coastal corridor took these last few days, at least some retirees may be looking for places free from ferocious weather. Kathleen Peddicord, founder and publisher of "Live And Invest Overseas," cites a few great retirement spots for people worried about the unpredictable wrath of Mother Nature -- and we added a few of our own -- all featured in our slideshow below.
Where do you think are the best places to retire, weather-wise? Let us know in the comments!
<a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2011/11/21/the-10-sunniest-places-to-retire">Although Yuma is the sunniest city in the United States, with the sun shining an average of 90 percent of the time, this desert city also is the least humid. </a>Lots of retirees flock to Arizona, but they often go to Phoenix or Tucson. Yes, both are sunny. But these cities get awfully hot in the summer. And it's not just snowbirds that flock to Yuma -- almost 400 species of birds make this a seasonal stop or year-round home because of the area's diverse habitat.
Not only is it fairly easy for North Americans to gain long-term residency and retire in <a href="http://internationalliving.com/countries/france/retire/">France</a>, but the country has a mostly temperate climate despite its many regional variations. For the most sunshine, head to the Midi, the term the French use for the deep south of the country. Overall, for retirees, France offers a wonderful quality of life along with all the modern conveniences you enjoy at home.
Although Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in South America, there are some lovely major cities to visit here including Montevideo, Salto and Punta Del Este. <a href="http://www.boomersabroad.com/destinations/90.html">Uruguay</a> is a relatively safe country where the climate is mild throughout the year -- the land of four gentle seasons. The country also offers excellent highways, good telecommunications and gorgeous beaches.
Most people don't realize that <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/On-Retirement/2012/04/24/retire-on-the-pacific-for-1200-per-month">Panama</a> is actually outside the hurricane belt. In addition, the country offers near-first world infrastructure. The currency is the U.S. dollar, which makes moving here easy. Medical facilities are plentiful and of high quality -- and there are many affordable options for health insurance.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
When you think of mild winters in the United States, you don't always have to think of Florida. Santa Fe is the recipient of 325 days of sunshine a year. That means you'll have plenty of nice weather for playing golf on any one of the eight major golf courses in the area or for hiking in The Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The city also is home to a wide variety of art galleries and restaurants. No wonder this has become a hot spot for retirees as well as for celebrities such as Gene Hackman. Housing's not cheap, but if it's great weather you want, this is the place for you.