Where Is the Best Place to Retire?

Hi !

I would like to know which location do you consider to be the best place to retire early as being a healthy, quiet, cheap, quite warm temperature and sunny place … basically I am not sure where to start … I have heard about Vilcabamba …

Thank you !

Best regards,


Hi Jean-Marc,

Your question is a good one.

We have found that the places with the most consistent temperate climate seem to be the ones at high altitude in tropical latitudes. Take a look at our Relocation Page and you will find several Expat websites which give you direct access to those who are already living in various locations around the world. You can join these forums and ask them questions about the cities and towns they would personally recommend from first hand experience.

Vilcabamba, Ecuador is a lovely place – a smaller town more like a neighborhood – with a focus on nature, spa activity and with a 1970’s feel.

Panajachel and the Lake Atitlan, Guatemala area would also fall into the category of sunny climate (especially during the dry season) with a small town feel and with lots of different perspectives depending on which town around the lake you would prefer to live.

San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico is another international type of place with plenty to do and, except for a few months during the winter where it does get cold (about 40-50 degrees and sometimes rain), it is a beautiful and convenient location.

There are relocation websites (also on our Relocation Page) where you can answer a questionnaire about what matters to you the most: climate, size of town, availability of libraries, culture, fine dining, etc.) and then they come up with suggested towns and cities that fit that description. They might have an international section, but for sure, they will give you a list of North American options.

The most important thing is to know what you are looking for and what matters the most to you. The second thing is to know what you are willing to trade off in order to have most of what you want in a retirement location.

I hope you find this information useful.

Please feel free to write any time and let us know how things are going for you.

All the best,

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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