Monday, October 20, 2008


Here's a quote from "Modern Maturity:

"[N]ot so long ago US magazine Modern Maturity [now AARP The Magazine] sent teams of researchers out in search of exotic locales around the globe to determine the absolute best places to retire - a home away from home or as a retirement haven for North Americans."

"Modern Maturity graded each destination using 12 categories, ranging from weather, the cost of living, cultural programs, housing, public utility, communication, public health, medical facilities, environment, safety and security, and political stability. According to the magazine, the top 15 best places to retire were: 1. Costa Del Sol, Spain; 2. The Cinque Terra, Italy; 3. Provence, France; 4. Boquete, Panama; 5. St Vincent & the Grenadines, Caribbean; 6. County Lare, Ireland; 7. NONG KHAI, Thailand; 8. Crete, Greece; 9. Ambergris Caye, Belize; 19.Tunis, Tunisia; 11. Algarve, Portugal; 12. Cayman Islands, Caribbean; 13. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; 14. Paphos, Cyprus; and 15. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia."

The Costa Del Sol was, the last time I was there, cheaper than the Costa Brava, but more aimed at Germans than English. The Cinque Terra, five communities built on cliffs with a single road and railroad, is a delightful place to visit, but not where I'd like to live. Provence is also lovely, but not inexpensive any more. We have not been to Panama.

But we think, having lived here for 14 years, that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the BEST place in the world to retire.