This Is the Finest Place within the World to Retire Abroad in 2022


According to Live and Invest Overseas, one of Europe’s hidden gems is the best choice to retire overseas.

The coastal region of Comporta, Portugal received top honors in this year’s index of the 15 best places in the world to retire. It achieved particularly good grades in the categories Health Care (A +) and Crime (A). It also ranked high in cost of living (B +, on a monthly budget of $ 2,935) and taxes (B).

Comporta ousted Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which ranked higher in cost of living (A +) and matched Comporta in healthcare (A +), but ranked lower in crime (B +).

The index looks at 15 locations in 15 countries and ranks them based on 13 categories:

  • Cost of living
  • Health care
  • entertainment
  • recreation
  • Whether English is spoken
  • Expat community
  • Infrastructure, including internet, electricity and house connection
  • Access to North America
  • Environmental factors
  • crime
  • Real estate restrictions
  • residence
  • steer

This year’s top 15 places – with their final overall grades – are:

  1. Comporta, Portugal – A
  2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – A
  3. Cayo, Belize – A-
  4. Northern Cyprus – A-
  5. Paris, France – A-
  6. County Clare, Ireland – A-
  7. Città Sant’Angelo, Italy – F +
  8. Salinas, Ecuador – B +
  9. Phuket, Thailand – B +
  10. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic – B +
  11. Santa Marta, Colombia – B
  12. Dirty, Montenegro – B.
  13. Highlands, Panama – B
  14. Istria, Croatia – B
  15. Ubud, Indonesia – B-

In a press release, Kathleen Peddicord, founding editor of Live and Invest Overseas, says now is a good time to start exploring retirement abroad:

“With the current strength of the US dollar, there is now an opportunity to expand your hard-earned retirement savings in another country while enjoying warmer climates, lower costs of living and endless access to adventure.”

Looking for information about living as an expatriate? Read “7 Tips for Planning Your Dream Vacation Abroad”.

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