8 Great Places to Retire Overseas

Retiring abroad doesn’t have to be an adventure.

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Retiring abroad doesn’t have to be an adventure. In fact, in some popular retiree havens, you can get by just fine without learning the local language and you can have dinner every night with other American expats. You may have to wait longer for Internet service and travel a little farther to find a good hospital, but these emerging retirement destinations offer low living costs, natural beauty and a lifestyle you won’t encounter in the U.S.

For ideas on destinations that are off the well-worn path, we talked to Dan Prescher, senior editor of InternationalLiving.com (opens in new tab) and author of The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget; Kathleen Peddicord, founder of LiveandInvestOverseas.com (opens in new tab); and Betsy Burlingame, of ExpatExchange.com (opens in new tab). We also consulted International Living’s Global Retirement Index, which ranks 24 countries popular with American retirees in eight categories ranging from climate to infrastructure.

Take a look at our eight overseas picks for adventurous retirees.

Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.