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Friday, January 04, 2013

International Living Names Best Retirement Hot Spot for 2013

International Living Reveals World’s # 1 Retirement Spot Abroad for 2013
PRWeb – Thu, Jan 3, 2013
Ecuador tops InternationalLiving.com’s Annual Global Retirement Index for fifth straight year, first among 22 nations ranked and rated.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 03, 2013
Ecuador is the single best place for North Americans to retire overseas, according to InternationalLiving.com’s newly-released Annual Global Retirement Index 2013.

In putting together the index, now in its 22nd year, InternationalLiving.com’s editors collated data from its team of experts on the ground in the most popular countries among U.S. and Canadian expat retirees.

Editors assessed factors ranging from the price of groceries and average temperature to utility costs and the friendliness of locals.

The information was then used to score each of the top countries out of 100 in categories such as “Real Estate,” “Climate,” “Special Benefits for Retirees” and “Health Care.”

Ecuador scored well over a number of categories, including “Climate,” “Real Estate” and “Special Benefits,” which examined the range of discounts and perks various governments roll out for retirees.

“Ecuador is the complete package,” said Ecuador resident and InternationalLiving.com editor Dan Prescher. “From its varied climate to the friendliness of the Ecuadorian people, it exceeds even the loftiest of expectations.”

Ecuador also scored high in the “Cost of Living” category. A visit to a doctor costs around $25, a local meal out can be as little as $2.50, a beer is $0.85 and an hour-long massage comes in at $25.

As a result, InternationalLiving.com’s researchers were able to find American expats living comfortably in Ecuador on less than $900 per month (if you include rent, a full monthly budget of $1,400 would be reasonable).

“Ecuador is inexpensive for everyone, but especially so for retirees,” added Prescher. He continued, “Seniors resident in Ecuador qualify for half-price entertainment and local transport, discounted airfares, and refunds of sales tax.”

Panama, with its excellent pensionado incentive program for retirees, came in second place in the 2013 Retirement Index, while Malaysia rounded out the top three.

Full details of the InternationalLiving.com Retirement Index 2013 can be seen here: “The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2013”.
Carol Barron
International Living


  1. Hello again Frank and Angie...

    Does your Landing Guide cover any issues regarding the purchase of health insurance for expats living in Ecuador?

    1. Most expats pay out of pocket because the costs are not prohibitive. There are plans available from several hundred a year to about a couple hundred a month.

      Thanks for commenting...

  2. It was nice to read your post.You have provided very nice information about tha spots or places to visit after retirement. I am sure other readers will also like it


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