- October 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm #55922
“Now that the Spanish Costas have lost their innocence as a retirement destination….”
I wonder, do the Costas have the will to reclaim that lost innocence, and if so how?
Let’s start with the bulldozers ❓
- October 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm #101281
Even in Marbella there are still some unspoilt spots if you know the places and have money. The bulldozers would certainly improve the costas. For me the biggest improvement would be for the spanish to actually start to like the British, treat them equally before the law and at the Town Halls etc. and cease from looking at them as a cash cow. Some inland villages now absolutely hate the British ex-pats. Although the sort of of people who have moved causes this we are all treated the same.
Out of the list, Florida and Antigua for me 😀 Although they don’t bother to say how retirees cannot “retire” there permanantly 🙄
- October 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm #101284
Does the writer of this article actually have a clue how expensive health care in the US is and that covering existing conditions (very important as you get older and have more of them!) is almost impossible? It’s the only thing preventing me from moving there because somehow the lower cost of living just wouldn’t plug the gap.
- October 22, 2010 at 9:21 am #101285
Health insurance is not as costly as it appears as working Americans do not have to pay NI. Would be a problem for older people though. The big thing that stops most moving there is that they won’t allow it. 6 months in and 6 months out.
I think some trainee journalist has been given the task of compiling that list. Cobbled it together over a cup of coffee 😆
- October 22, 2010 at 9:51 am #101286
For me the biggest improvement would be for the spanish to actually start to like the British, treat them equally before the law and at the Town Halls etc. and cease from looking at them as a cash cow.
Well said Katy. 😀 100% agree!
- October 22, 2010 at 9:56 am #101287
Katy, retirees tend to be older people don’t pay national insurance. US healthcare is the most expensive in the world and of debatable value, you can spend your entire life saving and then blow it in the last few years on healthcare costs – even with insurance.
I learnt a lesson many years ago to treat the UK newspapers as entertainment not sources of serious information. The Sunday Times for instance presents stories about Hitler, the Roman Empire and Ostrich farming as news..
- October 22, 2010 at 10:02 am #101288
My son lives in the US and for a while some years ago had to pay his own health insurance (now included with job), he is young, fit and very healthy and was paying $700 pm each for himself and his wife. Far more than NI in the UK (which has an upper limit)
- October 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm #101294
Food in USA is very expensive to buy I think ok when you eat out you get huge portions etc , but to buy food in the food halls a can of soup equivalent to £3 , cakes megga pricey and basics as well , didn’t find it cheap on the housekeeping at all. With health care nothing is free you have to have insurance especially if you have little ones. Cost of living I thought very high.
- October 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm #101295
Not as cheap as it was but I still think it is cheaper than Spain, possibly the UK too. We always shop at Publix which I am told isn’t the cheapest. Choice is fantastic.
Link here (for the bored 😉 )
Did notice that Campbells soup is 10 cans for $10.
- October 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm #101303
Retirement in the south of France is impossible to beat. 🙂
- October 25, 2010 at 9:36 am #101307
I totally agree..
- October 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm #101313
What about Italy ??? all is there minus the French arrogance !!!!!!!!.
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