Of the ten best places to retire in the world, Portugal is the best option, followed by Panama and Costa Rica. It is almost a fact that Mexico is one of the best places to retire in the world chosen by Americans, Canadians, and Europeans. And this is what the Annual Global Retirement Index of the International Living website is all about, ranking the country in fourth place among the best in the world for retirement.
This list is the most comprehensive and in-depth survey of its kind, created to examine the many opportunities the world has to offer, bring some order to them and help them identify the best destination.
Of the ten recommended sites, Portugal appears to be the best choice first, followed by Panama and Costa Rica. However, the publication exalts the virtues of our beautiful territory, and more details are considered important for the time of the retreat.
First of all, International Living highlights that Mexico always has something for everyone: beautiful and warm oceans, crystalline tropical lakes, fertile farmland, temperate but majestic mountains, dazzling deserts, small towns, or sophisticated cities.
Another point of interest for future residents is that once Mexico grants them residency, they can enroll in the national health care plan.
While until very recently, the country offered two national health care plans for residents, with the election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2019, the new national health care system is underway.
Thus, this new plan is being replaced by a more inclusive one without participation restrictions. All expatriates with residence visas can be beneficiaries.
President AMLO announced in April 2019 that this new and improved program would take two years to implement, and although all the details are not yet in place, he explained that his new program would be fully inclusive for all, as Canada is. If you are over 60, you can also receive your national senior discount card, which opens the door to many discounts on goods and services, often ranging from 10 to 20 percent.
In general, the publication states, the entire country is warm and temperate with small amounts of snow falling only on the highest peaks. But what stands out most is the vibrant Mexican life and culture.
Popular expatriate destinations include the Lake Chapala area and San Miguel de Allende, as well as most of the coastal aegis. These areas are full of retirees who can make a newcomer feel welcome.
After Mexico, the aforementioned index also reveals Colombia in fifth place, completing the top ten with Ecuador, Malaysia, Spain, France, and Vietnam.