Move over, Costa Rica. When checking out places to retire south of the border, retirees are increasingly turning to Guatemala -- dubbed Land Of The Eternal Spring -- rather than Mexico, Costa Rica and other perennial favorites.
Indeed, with the much more discovered expat destinations now becoming saturated with intrepid retirees, baby boomers are investigating more far-flung locales for great weather, natural beauty and -- perhaps most importantly -- the chance to luxuriantly stretch pension dollars barely covering necessities in the United States.
Guatemala fits the bill. In most parts of the country, for example, experts reckon one could live comfortably on between $1,000 and $1,500 a month.
“Guatemala offers an attractive option for retired people for several reasons,” said Glenn Wilson, a real estate agent with Century 21 Casa Nova in Antigua, Guatemala. “Among them, in my experience, are affordability, quality of life, and short travel times to and from the United States.”
I love Guatemala and I imagine that it is ahead of El Salvador and Honduras in terms of where to relocate. However, I'm not sure that it beats Costa Rica or many parts of Mexico. Then there's Belize too. I guess some depends on how much you value the beach versus Lake Atitlan or the colonial charm of Antigua among other things.
What do you think?