Leading property portal Lamudi explores the top five places to retire in the Philippines
AUGUST 2014: It is never too early to make retirement plans in order to prepare yourself in terms of financing and security. Most of the time, retirement is associated with an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and people think of being somewhere peaceful and close to nature.
But why of all places in the World, should you retire in the Philippines?
To begin with, the cost of living is affordable. There are numerous perks and discounts to being a Senior Citizen in the Philippines, so your retirement wealth will surely go a long way. The country’s real estate industry is booming not only in the capital but all over, so finding you ideal retirement residence is easy. You will be well taken care of because The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) is mandated to ensure that all senior citizens in the country receive high-quality health and medical benefits. You won’t find happier people. The Philippines is the fourth happiest nation in the World, according to the 2012 survey by U.S. firm Gallup. It also revealed that Filipinos carry the highest positive emotions worldwide, so why not choose a country that can fill your retirement days with positivity? Lastly, there are 7,107 islands to explore.
Leading property portal Lamudi makes a list of the top five ideal places to retire in the Philippines.
1. CALAGUAS ISLANDS Camarines Norte. Imagine waking up and falling asleep to the sound of waves every day. If you can see yourself retiring to such a place, then the remote beaches of the Calaguas Islands would be perfect for you. Accessible via a two-hour boat ride from the mainland, the Islands are ideal for those who want a less commercialized life. Every day would be filled with awe and peace as beaches here are mostly white sand, surrounded by volcanic rocks. If you want to be more active, you can swim, surf, and dive whenever you want.
2. VIGAN CITY Ilocos Sur. It’s not just about having Vigan Longganisa for breakfast wheneveryou want. This heritage site is best for those who want to retire with a historic feel. Living here would feel be like traveling through time with Southeast Asian-European haciendas and mansions. Enjoy touring museums, and learn new skills, such as clay pottery, native fabric weaving, and aside from the Longganisa, don’t forget the Empanada, Bagnet, and Chicharon.
3. MATI CITY Davao Oriental. This city is one of the many undiscovered and untouchedparadises in Southern Philippines. Retiring here brings you closer to nature as the mountain formation known as “Sleeping Dinosaur” is just a view or a hike away. Surfers and skim boarders would be delighted with the open beaches in Mati City, and make sure you take small trips to Pujada Bay, Dahican Beach, and Guang Guang Mangrove Park.
4. BAGUIO CITY Benguet. If you want to retire to somewhere cold, then Baguio is the mostideal place for you. Wake up to fresh chilly mornings, and spend your days relaxing in secluded spots like Green Valley Baguio Hotel and North Haven Spa. Throw your worries away as you dip into the hot springs at Asin Springs. Fill your tummy with fresh Baguio strawberries, Benguet Coffee, and a Cordillera Rice scrub.
5. SIQUIJOR. Picturesque sunsets, tranquil seascapes, and unexplored caves would be by your side if you decide to spend your retirement in Siquijor. Feel like you’re back in the colonial days by hearing Sunday mass at the St. Francis de Assisi Church. Have a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim at the Capilay Spring Park. You can even let the fish take care of your relaxation with a fish spa located by the Balete tree. If you don’t want to feel like a retired oldie, cliff jump at Tubod Sanctuary, and dive at Salagdoong Beach.