Ecuador was named by International Living readers as “The best place in the world for retirement.”
Located on the equator, sunrise occurs daily at 6am and
sunset at 6pm daily. The climate varies with altitude—it is
mild year round in the mountain valleys with a subtropi-
cal climate along the coast and in the rainforests. Because
the size of Ecuador is roughly the size of Nevada, all of the
climate and biodiversity is easy to reach. You can go from
the mountains to the beach with a 1/2 hour flight.
You can afford to live the life of luxury in Ecuador.
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Long known as a retirement haven for ex-pats, Costa Rica offers true luxury in a sophisticated Central
American location. With the Pacific Ocean to the west and
the Caribbean Sea to east, Costa Rica offers “la pura vida”
(the pure life). The amazing scenery immediately tempts
visitors. More than 20,000 American expatriates reside as
retirees. The amazing scenery immediately temps visitors.
No longer is it the place for “cheap” housing, Costa
Rica offers a very high standard of living for still less than
you find in the U.S. or Europe. The economy caters to
the tourists, but is still relatively “undiscovered” by the
masses. Utilities cost about 30% of that in North America.
You’ll find all the conveniences of home—art galleries,
theatre, fine-dining and excellent health care.
Tropical rainforests, lush beaches, valleys and moun-
tains provide scenery not found elsewhere on the planet.
The temperature averages 72 degrees Fahrenheit in the
valleys. This moderate climate makes it a joy for all who
visit or decide to call it home. Considering there is no
need for heating or cooling your home, electricity costs
are at a minimum
The people are friendly and the lack of political strife
add to the ambiance. Extended stays require either rentista
or pensioner residency status. Getting the help on an in-
country attorney will make this transition easier.