See some of the best retirement destinations that are found abroad.

See some of the best retirement destinations that are found abroad.

Dreaming of exotic cuisine, learning a foreign language, or living along the Caribbean coast? Then you'll probably want to retire abroad. Although the U.S. has many terrific active adult communities, there are a few age-targeted communities that attract retirees from the U.S. Some of these international communities offer the same amenities and conveniences that you would expect to find in a 55+ community in the United States.

In addition to warmer climates and scenic views, retirees sometimes choose to retire abroad because they can really get the most out of their fixed income. Some countries offer affordable healthcare, a low cost of living, cheap real estate or rentals, lavish amenities, and an active and social environment. Check out some of these communities abroad that cater to retirees and an active adult lifestyle. They might just tempt you to pack your bags and grab your passport.

Rousseau, Panama

Tucán Country Club & Resort of Panama

Panama was ranked number one on International Living’s list of “The World's Best Places to Retire” in 2016. There are about 50,000 American retirees living in Panama, making it a popular retirement destination because of its retirement benefits; its tropical, temperate climate; and its affordability. One of the more popular communities among baby boomers is the Tucán Country Club & Resort of Panama, located just a few minutes from downtown Panama City. This private gated community offers scenic views of Panama City, the Panama Canal, and the rainforest.

Residents have the option of living in either beautiful apartments, villas, or condos spread across 180 acres of lush landscaping. Retirees love that this luxurious community features a par-72 golf course designed by architect Jeffrey Myers. Other amenities include paddle courts, two restaurants, a beauty spa, and an exclusive gym with the latest equipment. Active adults who want this resort-like lifestyle but want to stay within the U.S. can opt for 55+ golf communities in Florida like Del Webb Naples or Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach.  

Esterillos, Costa Rica

Cabo Caletas Ocean & Golf Club

Retirees who seek an active coastal lifestyle will find all that and more in Cabo Caletas Ocean & Golf Club. This resort-style community provides breathtaking views of the Costa Rican countryside along with pristine beaches, natural green spaces, and modern amenities. This 450-acre community features luxurious golf front estates on spacious home sites that can be customized to create the retirement home of their dreams. All residences have private brick paved roads as well as direct access to a private tropical beach, tidal pools, and wildlife refuge.

It also offers lavish amenities, including The Ocean Club that has a restaurant and bar, locker rooms, pro shop, practice facilities, outdoor pools, patios, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Cabo Caletas golf course has been compared to Pebble Beach but with a tropical flair. Baby boomers accustomed to living near beach communities found in California or Florida will love relocating to Costa Rica without missing the refreshing ocean breezes and scenic natural splendor.  

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


Retirees thinking of luxury living by the sea will love Mexico’s Luma resort-style community. Luma resembles Century Plaza in Pompano Beach, FL. Located in Nuevo Vallarta and situated along the Nayarit Riviera, Luma features luxury high-rise condo buildings with oceanfront views. The residences have one to five bedrooms, penthouses with terraces and an infinity pool, underground parking, and purified water systems.

Baby boomers will have access to more than 450 feet of scenic sandy beaches, three infinity pools, open-air Jacuzzis, a beach club with a bar and multi-purpose room, beachfront restaurant, fitness center, yoga and Pilates room, spa, concierge service, and 24-hour security. In addition to these world-class amenities, retirees will also have access to the facilities at Paradise Village that feature a yacht club, golf course, beach club, spas, restaurants, and racquet club.  

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Pueblo Santa Fe

Nicaragua has a reputation for offering affordable homes as well as a low cost of living that has drawn retirees from around the world who call this tropical oasis home. Active adults can purchase a beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom home starting in the mid $100s in Pueblo Santa Fe in Nicaragua.

With a similar topography and beautiful Southwest Pacific coast, Nicaragua has been compared to Southern California but without the expensive homes and high cost of living. This planned retirement community will feature three distinct floor plans for buyers to choose from with customized interior finish options. Pueblo Santa Fe will consist of just 26 lots and will offer three green areas, a clubhouse, and a swimming pool. Baby boomers will love the surrounding areas' pristine beaches, warm climate, welcoming environment, and quiet countryside lifestyle.

Kanagawa, Japan

Sun City Yokohama

If you want breathtaking mountain views then you’ll want to retire in Sun City Yokohama. This independent living facility located in the suburbs of Tokyo was modeled after the Sun City retirement communities across America. This Sun City-inspired active adult community features four mid-rise luxury condo buildings with a total of 400 units.

Active adults have amenities just like they would in U.S. 55+ communities like a library, formal reception area, fitness center, lounge, multi-purpose hall, billiards, and several dining rooms. The only amenities that differ from an American active adult community are the rooftop swimming pool and spa and the open courtyard garden, which provides scenic views of Mt. Fuji.