Esclusas de Gatun ships wait near the gatun lake locks of the panama canal

Best Places to Retire in 2015 Panama #2 Costa Rica #5

The International Living, “Best Places to Retire in 2015”, list is out.

Sunset on the Panama Canal by Randy Hilarski

The Annual Rankings for best countries to retire in by International Living came out and Panama ranked #2 and Costa Rica Ranked #5. Each Year International Living publishes its top 25 countries to retire in. We were surprised to see Ecuador taking the top spot for best places to retire in 2015.

Here is the Ranking of the Top 25 Countries to Retire in 2015 by International Living.-

Best Places to Retire in 2015 Panama Ranked #2 and Costa Rica #5
International Living Best Places to Retire in 2015


Panama and Costa Rica Both Drop One Spot on the Best Places to Retire List.-

Does the ranking have an impact? Of course it does, this report is spread far and wide yearly. As you may know we live in Panama and our company is based here. Panama and Costa Rica are the two countries that we focus our social media and marketing business on.  My favorite aspect of these countries, that we love, is stability.

The cost of living has risen in both countries over the last few years. It does not take a genius to figure out that inflation in the countries is much higher than governments report. The only thing that is cheaper over the last few months is gasoline. There is a truth that the article fails to mention, see my article “The Panama Economy to Remain Hot in 2015”. The Panama economy will grow at a 6.4-7% clip in 2015 which is tops in this hemisphere. Costa Rica is predicted to grow 3.6-4%. See the list for Central America below.

GDP Growth for Central America in 2015, Panama tops the list.


Residency in Panama-

If nothing else the International Livings, “Best places to Retire in 2015”, list does something that the Panama government fails to do. It lets people know that Panama is a great country to retire in or move to. If you have not read my article, “Residency in Panama, Avoid the Pitfalls”. I recommend you do and learn your options.


Costa Rica Does a Great Job of Marketing-

Costa Rica may be ranked #5 on the list of. “Best Places to Retire in 2015”, but they are the best at marketing their country. We love Costa Rica and go a few times per year for a break. Our favorite destination has been Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side. We always stay at Physis Caribbean Bed & Breakfast.

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Beach
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica



Costa Rica, “Save the Americans” campaign.-

Have you see the marketing video put together by the Costa Rica Board of Tourism? It is outstanding! Take a few minutes to watch it, I guarantee it will but you in a wonderful mood. See the, “Save the Americans” website.

 Panama and Costa Rica Hold a Special Place in our Hearts.-

Every country on the, “Best Places to Retire in 2015”, are good options. The key is to test the waters. If you can can afford it check each and every one of them out. If not do like I did and research online. There are hundreds of top notch bloggers online that can help you make an informed decision. From my family to yours we wish you and your family a fabulous 2015!

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