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3 of the Best Retirement Destinations Around the World

Take a look at some of the very best retirement destinations that you may want to consider.

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18 September 2017

Last updated on 19 January 2020
3 of the Best Retirement Destinations Around the World
If you are planning to retire, there are a lot of things that you need to consider, things that you may not have been previously been too concerned primarily the place where you plan to retire. 

For example, you’re going to want to ensure that your cost of living is reasonable enough that you can live comfortably off of your pension. In addition to this, you’re going to want to ensure that medical healthcare is almost always accessible, for those just in case moments which we all experience as we age.

For some, retirement offers the opportunity of relocation - with no job creating ties to a particular country and the majority of families having flown the nest a long time before. If you’re considering relocating abroad, then it is important to know the benefits of some of the best retirement destinations the world can offer you.

Here, we’re taking a look at some of the very best retirement destinations that you may want to consider.

  • Malta

This small Mediterranean island is often overlooked by those looking for a holiday destination, and those looking for a new country to relocate to.


Located on the coast of Sicily and near the North African coast, its location can provide perfect weather for those looking to enjoy warm weather all year round and particularly mild winters. In addition to this, Malta has a large English-speaking community of expats from around the world, who are exceptionally welcoming when it comes to newcomers to their laidback lifestyle.
Despite its location in the Mediterranean - often deemed to be quite expensive, the cost of living in Malta is reasonable.  The high standards of healthcare in Malta is also an excellent plus, and the private healthcare offered in the country is also a lot cheaper than many other countries, in particular, the US. With an exceptional history of over 7000 years preserved with a number of historic sites, temples, and fortifications, you can be sure that you will never get old when you relocate to this stunning country.

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  • Malaysia

If you’re searching for a retirement destination that is a cultural melting pot of excellent food, shopping and things to do, then Malaysia is the perfect choice.


Second to none in terms of the public transport options and also featuring the opportunity for you to purchase your property freehold (Singapore and Hong Kong are the only other two countries in the whole of Asia where you can do so), Malaysia is the perfect retirement option. If you’re looking to do a bit of travelling in Asia throughout your retirement, then Malaysia is an ideal gateway to a number of quick and affordable trips to other Asian countries.

In terms of healthcare, the standards in the country are excellent, with the majority of doctors being some of the best in Asia, having learned their profession in the US or the UK. With a low cost of living to add to the huge number of benefits of living in Malaysia, it is easy to see why it makes our list of best retirement destinations in the world.

  • Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been one of the most popular destinations for retirees for a number of years, and with its natural beauty and local happiness ratings, it is no surprise to see why.

Costa Rica

With a laidback attitude and an unofficial national motto of ‘Pura Vida’, meaning ‘life is good’, the friendliness of the country really does make it an attractive option. Due to the fact that expats have been living in the country for so long, Costa Rica has adapted to ensure that there are modern conveniences and services located at almost every corner. In addition to this, Costa Rica offers a low cost of living, and getting residence there is also exceptionally straightforward - with the pensionado program suited to retirees.

Temperature climates vary depending on the region in Costa Rica you decide to go to, meaning there is something for everyone no matter what weather you prefer. In addition to this, the healthcare in the country is highly rated and all of the latest medical technology is available so you can be sure that you will be in the safest of hands in the country.

If you’re considering retiring to one of the countries listed above, or any other country in the world, choose Santa Fe Relocation Services to handle all of your relocation needs for you. Get in touch with a member of our expert team today. 
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