For the past decade or longer, Panama has been recognized as one of the world's top retirement havens, top offshore havens, and top tax havens. And, still, today, no question -- Panama remains one of the best places in the world to think about living or retiring overseas. However, today's Panama is a very different place from the Panama of 10 years ago.
Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, intrigued me with its historic architecture, plazas, and café culture. Punta del Este, South America's premier beach resort, awakened my senses, with its beautiful beaches and endless menu of activities. The Rocha region, with its palm tree-dotted prairies and pristine Atlantic beaches, ﬁlled me with primal wonder.
This region is quintessential England, with more than 100 picturesque villages, making it an ideal choice for the retiree who likes history, antiques, outdoor sports, open log fires, and cozy pubs. And, right now, while the sun is shining, is a perfect time to visit to see for yourself all that this region has to offer. Where, specifically, should you consider?
We've a confession to make, and forgive us if you've heard it before: we've become 'serial relocators.' In the 12 years that we've been writing for International Living, we've called seven locations in four different countries home. We've gotten used to moving every few years to different places that offer something special to expats seeking new opportunities and adventures abroad.
Thailand is one of the most affordable and interesting places in the world to think about retiring. One challenge, though, for the foreign retiree, can be culture shock. No question, Thailand is an exotic option. Thais take for granted behaviors that would take you and me by surprise... and Thais say and do things that you and I would never say and do.
I wouldn't exactly call it a rivalry, but retirees and vacationers alike tend to fall into one of two categories; those who go west in Costa Rica, especially to Jaco (the closest beach town to the international airport) and those who head east to the Carib. And this, of course, makes perfect sense...
Living in Latin America can be a challenge. And if you're up for the challenge and adventure of it all, you're the perfect candidate for the wonderful lifestyle it affords. If you love the Latin lifestyle, but your lifestyle needs lean toward more of the 'First World' amenities you may be used to in the U.S. or Canada, we have a suggestion for you...