I was working in U.S. for a long time, and I noticed several old people ready for retirement, looking for a peaceful country to spend the rest of their lives.
It was so funny to talk to a very old man named Randy, looking for information about Panama (Caribbean). Even when Panama is a nice country for going on vacation and enjoying the beach for a while, I would never suggest you live there. The criminal index is high, every single place is crowded (almost 4 million people sharing a very small territory), low political stability, among others.
So I told him… Do you like tropical weather all the entire year? He said no. So I suggested Uruguay as a great country for retirement.
Uruguay has everything you need to spend the rest of your life with a peacefully living.
You can buy a very decent house in our Top City Punta Del Este, for only 100K (if you have 250K to spend you can have a mansion-like house near the beach). Then you can stay there over the summer and enjoy its beautiful beaches. If you like the idea of being alone, read, enjoy the sun, and swim without people bothering you, then you can find your peaceful place within the 40 miles of the coast of crystalline water and clean beaches. At noon you can have lunch in any of the top restaurants offering a wide range of foods. From international dishes, fresh fishes or our classic meal for export (you won’t find any closer to it anywhere in the world, not even in Argentina).
You can enjoy the sunrise in the port, walk over the coast, be sure no one will harm you or bother you.
Even when you can really enjoy Winter in Punta del Este as well (going to the movie, casino, theatres, shopping mall, or just staying at home resting) I suggest you spending 5 hours driving to the north of the Country, to spend some time in “Las Termas”. This wonderful region has to offer thermal waters! You can go to the public thermal pools, but I advise you pay some bucks and go to a private one. I stayed there in Horacio Quiroga’s Hotel. A 5-star hotel with great thermal pools where you can spend the time relaxing and enjoying warm waters until night.
If that is not enough, you can spend some weeks of your retirement taking a tour in our old city named Colonia. Where old streets (from the beginning of the 1800’s) remain as never touched, visited by thousands of tourists yearly, you must definitely stop by and have a dinner next to Rio de La Plata river, watching the moon and drinking some fine wine.
Of course, if you like movement, night, shopping, casinos and all like that, you must go to Montevideo. It is only 2 hours away from Punta del Este and has everything a capital has to offer. Plus a very nice and kindly people, safe, and many great places to visit.
Well, this post is getting long, so, I just must say, Uruguay is without any doubts, the country in Latin America I would choose for retirement. It is safe, cheap, quiet and funny. What else do you need?