Where To Retire?

What are your choices?

We had been living in Louisiana when retirement came, we had a hard time picking where we would retire to.

We do have some definite likes – as I’m sure you do.  We already knew we preferred warm weather.  Years of shoveling snow and ice, made us extremely aware that we didn’t want to be faced with that anymore.

Luckily we have had the pleasure of living in both climes, and for us, the sunshine and warm, even hot weather won out for the type of climate we wanted.  We also love the water, but, not being wealthy, we were pretty sure we had no chance of owning ocean-front properties in the states.

In the States… oh yeah – shoot, the whole world was opened up for us – maybe we needed to expand our thinking beyond the U.S. borders.

So, I kept my nose stuck to the computer for at least another week after coming to that revelation – and finally found a reliable list of the best places (best cost of living) in the world…keeping in mind the warm weather we wanted.

Picture: Riding in a pulmonia in the rain.

When we were searching originally, Costa Rica was up on top, as was Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, and others.  Belize sounded so romantic to me – you could live very close to nature, even have jaguars in your back yard, and monkeys… So, I began corresponding with some people who were either living or had lived in Belize.  The one reply that I received back from one email friend really turned our decision around.  I had asked him about the medical facilities there – and when he replied “they are primitive”, we went back to the list again.  (I’m sure things have changed in the twelve years since we began checking, but at the time, didn’t sound like anyplace I really wanted to be – and did I really want wild jaguars in my yard?  Nope – nor did Dick!

riding in the rain in a pulmonia in mazSo, looking at the ratings again, Mexico was near the top – and – it’s so near to the States!  Year to year we have found the list of the best places to retire, depending on what it’s based on, remain about the same – they vary from year to year, but basically, they will be about the same 10 or 12 countries on the top of the list.

Thinking of Mexico really began to peak our interest.  After all, our only two grandchildren lived in Arizona – this was beginning to sound interesting!

A couple of facts about Mexico:

Mexico is made up of 31 states – and their government is rather like we have in the United States of America – it is a representative republic, with three levels of government, The Federal Union, The State Governments, The Municipal Governments.  Their official of the legislative and executive levels are elected by direct popular vote – wow – sounds a lot like ours!  In fact, the actual name is “Estados Unidos Mexicanos” United Mexican States.

The capital city is Mexico City.

AND – lots of Americans have already retired to Mexico – surely we were no less adventurous than they – so, back to the computer I went for more info – and most of the info I secured is the reason this site was born – so I could pass along useful info for other new retirees and keep the info up to date.

Click on any subject you have been wondering about on the right hand side of my site– you’ll find just about everything you want to know about retirement.

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5 Responses to Where To Retire?

  1. Sharon Mattison

    December 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    I want to change my email address, but don’t know where I can do it. When I sign my name and email to sign up, it says to go to my email and confirm, but there is no email there to confirm. I love your mail and don’t want to miss anything. My husband tells people I have a friend, Barbie, in Mexico that sends me a lot of information about moving there. ;o) Maybe someday. Hard to leave the kids. Thank you for your kindness to share your life and wisdom with us.

  2. Barbie


    December 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Sharon – it’s taken care of – you won’t miss my notices :) And, THANKS, again, it truly has been my pleasure to help other retirees. Sincerely, Barbie

  3. New Mexican

    November 7, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Hello Barbie,

    Working towards my dream of eventually retiring to Mexico. Till now, I am inclining towards Playa del Carmen/ Akumal. Security and health care is of paramount importance to me and my family. This article seems to reassure me on the security front. http://www.topmexicorealestate.com/blog/2014/10/yucatan-peninsula-a-safe-haven-for-visitors-expats-and-retirees/

    My own research has shown me that Carmen is full of Americans and Canadians and hospitals nearby too are pretty modern. Let’s hope by the time I am in Mexico, these won’t be such major concerns.

  4. Barbie


    January 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Share if you would like to. Just so credits are properly given.

  5. Barbie


    January 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I’m betting you are going to fall in love with the place. Barbie
    Do let me know how you find the prices, etc., in Mexico, so I can pass along the info. Best – Barbie.

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