Costa Rica ranked amongst top 5 retirement havens

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January 8th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Green mountains, beautiful volcanoes, an internationally recognized culture of peace and blue oceans, placed Costa Rica as the number 5 retirement haven in International Living’s rankings of the best places to retire in 2013.

 

In a ranking of 22 countries, the study analyzed the characteristics of each country for soon-to-be retirees.  Ecuador topped the list, followed by Panama, Malaysia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

 

The countries of Uruguay, Colombia, Spain, Thailand, and Malta follow the first five.

 

Costa Rica received a score of 84.4, while Ecuador, in first place, received a 91.9 score.

 

Factors considered were real estate, special retirement benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, health care, retirement infrastructure and climate.

 

Read the full story on the top 5 retirement havens here.

 

Here are the rankings, according to International Living: 

 

CountryReal EstateSpecial BenefitsCost of LivingIntegrationE&AHealthRet. InfraClimateFINAL SCORES
Ecuador9999909095837910091.9
Panama8310086939585818889.0
Malaysia8977929010093857587.6
Mexico92718210010084747885.1
Costa Rica898587909486737184.4
Uruguay877269839491829283.7
Colombia947570908284838683.0
Spain875780839680938382.5
Thailand825797879681778182.3
Malta8782711006882777580.1
Portugal756986678182958580.1
Nicaragua946389907783687379.7
Ireland787967978473857379.5
France7282576410089878579.5
Philippines7857100877983846979.5
New Zealand827457908871868779.3
Italy767766749870898379.0
Brazil807080607684698575.5
Chile856981578878835774.8
Honduras768580876476676274.6
Belize787285835779666473.2
Dom. Rep916370647468756471.0

 

*E&A = Entertainment and Amenities;

Ret. Infra. = Retirement Infrastructure

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