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January 16, 2021 – Living the expatriate life in retirement can be great… or not so wonderful. So much depends on where you retire to, your preparation, and what you bring to the party. Almost 10 years ago we published an interview with Steven Anderson, who wrote a book about his bad experiences in retiring to Mexico: “Mexican Retirement Gone Bad: Can’t Wait to Get Back to the USA“. The article sparked over 160 Member Comments, and those actively continue to this day.

A minority of commentators agreed with Stephen’s negative experiences, while a significant majority talked about their wonderful Mexican and other expatriate retirements. The Comments make for interesting and informative reading, and even though some of them are a few years old, they should be required for anyone contemplating an expat retirement. Here in this article we take a sampling of both sides of the argument, but since more people responded with positive stories of their expat retirements we have included more of those. We hope you will agree that these Comments from actual people who have lived in Mexico are very useful.

On the positive side of a Mexican retirement

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What it's Like to Retire in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs is a town south of Ft. Myers and north of Naples in south Florida. The population was about 43,000 in 2008 where the average age is 54.  The town is very popular with retirees because of warm winters, easy lifestyle, and access to beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.  There are several public beaches and parks to be enjoyed. Photo of Bonita Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and Jim Williams in the public domain... more >>

State: Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is located between Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and is just 8 square miles with a full time population of under 500 residents.  The island is made up of a couple of private resorts, residential communities and undeveloped land.  Its history dates back from pre-Colonial days, and was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places... more >>

State: South Carolina

 
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What it's Like to Retire in Kracow

Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Poland, Kracow lived up to its reputation in a recent visit. Following a master plan laid out upon the outline of a medieval walled city, it is compact and charming. Gigantic Wawel Cathedral and the Royal castle are perched upon an outcropping overlooking the Vistula River. Beautiful baroque (and older) churches abound. There are many parks that encircle and go through this city of about 780,000... more >>

State: POLAND

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What it's Like to Retire in Quepos-Manuel Antonio

Quepos is a small coastal town and regional center midway down Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The population is 21,000. It includes the nearby resort town of Manuel Antonio which includes the extremely popular Manuel Antonio National Park. Quepos has beaches, a small airport, and a hospital. In the national park are mangroves and beach-lined rainforests that are home to howler, white-faced and squirrel monkeys... more >>

State: COSTA RICA

 
 
 
 

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