International Master-Planned and Gated Communities
There is something intriguing about life outside of the United States. If you’re looking for a retirement destination or a second home location, international options deserve to be looked into. Though moving anywhere new is an adventure, creating a life in a different country takes that adventure to another level. So, before you jump on the next plane, take a minute to decide if this is what you’re looking for in this next chapter of your life. Learn about what makes international living a great contender so you can make your ideal living dreams come true.
The Allure of International Living
First things first: the destination. With some of the best retirement communities in countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Belize, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica, the draw to an exotic location is sometimes hard to ignore.
- Mexico has beaches, warm weather, and incredible archaeological sites. A low cost of living also makes this a desirable destination.
- The Dominican Republic’s beaches, with its white sands and crystalline waters, are highly regarded. Its tropical climate soothes the soul.
- Panama has its beaches, too, but its cosmopolitan capital and its accepted currency, the US dollar, make it convenient and appealing.
- Belize provides lush jungles and the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Explore the ancient ruins and immerse yourself in its rich culture.
- The Bahamas can lure you in with its clear waters, a tropical climate, and its unique attraction of swimming pigs.
- Costa Rica is a stunning natural paradise bustling with wildlife, a warm tropical climate, and other features that make it a relaxing destination.
Why Choose an International Community?
Locales aside, international destinations offer retirement communities with resort living amenities. Amid stunning views, you’ll find golf communities with challenging courses. If you’re looking for different floor plans or home types, master planned communities offer selections to choose from, including homesites, condos, and townhomes. Plus, you have the ability to live comfortably on a budget, thanks to lower cost of living and certain tax-friendliness of some places.
Some Things You’ll Need - and Need to Know
When looking for a retirement or second home location, researching the types of communities and the activities available in the broader areas is important. We all know that we can’t just hop on a plane, land in our chosen location, and automatically call it “home.” There are essential steps to take to ensure you can properly live internationally, and that includes applying for visas. Make sure you’re able to get quality healthcare, too; you may need to think about getting health insurance to cover any medical needs. Other things to take into consideration are weather, safety, and travel.
Research and Explore the Best International Communities
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Montejo Plaza is a unique luxury community for retirees and active adults who want to enjoy the year-round sunny weather and everyday hospitality of life on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The garden-style condominium homes and penthouses at Montejo Plaza are available in a choice of four spacious floor plans. The two- and three-bedroom models offer wide balconies with sweeping views and access to the rooftop garden terrace with a pool and lounge. Additional amenities include a complete fitness center and courts for tennis and pickleball.
Montejo Plaza is the area’s only residential community that features its own private beach club, a relaxing oasis on the oceanfront that’s just a 15-minute drive away. The nearby city of Merida is the capitol of the Yucatan state and is considered one of the safest places in Mexico. There you’ll find shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, museums, and top-rated medical facilities, while the surrounding countryside is a nature-lover’s paradise with hiking trails through the lush rainforest.
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Lucero is a luxury retirement and residential community located in the beautiful highlands along Panama’s Pacific coast. If you’re seeking a more natural lifestyle in a tropical setting with premier amenities, Lucero could be your destination of choice.
The private Lucero Golf & Country Club features the region’s only championship golf course, a spectacular layout by designer Michael Poellot with ocean and mountain views from the bent grass fairways and greens. Additional Lucero clubhouse amenities include fine dining at the Seasons Restaurant, an outdoor deck with lounge surrounding the infinity pool, and a tennis center with clay courts.
Lucero homesites with sweeping views range from half an acre up to 2.4 acres in size. Single-family homes, duplex villas and spacious condominiums are also available. If you want to explore the Lucero lifestyle first, new riverside and fairway villas, as well as unique luxury treehouses, are now offered as rentals with upscale conveniences like high-speed Internet connections.
Best of all for those who want a greener lifestyle, the entire Lucero community has been designed to the highest environmental standards. Minimal tree removal, rainwater collection for irrigation and rooftop solar panels are all part of Lucero’s natural plan. The surrounding countryside is home to traditional farms that produce fruits, vegetables and the area’s signature coffee beans, while the adjacent Amistad National Park is a 500,000-acre protected tropical wilderness with hot springs and world-class hiking trails.
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Belize is as romantic and charming as it sounds. And, Ambergris Caye, is indeed the cream of the crop. The island is considered the #1 tourist and retirement destination in Belize and is one of the top retirement destinations in all of the Caribbean and Central America .
While Belize feels like that dreamy place you could never actually live, buying in Belize has never been more affordable, or more accessible.
The land title system in Belize is very similar to that of the UK, USA or Canada. There are no restrictions on foreign land ownership, and
there are plenty of English speaking lawyers ready to help you with your property purchase.
There is no capital gains tax, no inheritance tax, and property taxes are a fraction of what they are in Canada or USA.
Asset protection through creation of IBC (International Business Company) is very similar to the British Virgin Islands or The Bahamas. You may open an offshore bank account effectively protecting your assets from Tax Authorities and litigation.
And, Belize has an excellent retiree program. Under Belize’s Qualified Retired Persons program, buyers over 45 are eligible for tax benefits, including exemptions on retirement income. When moving to Belize, qualified retirees can import motor vehicles, boats, aircraft, and personal effects, duty free. For details visit www.belizeretirement.org or call 1 (832) 848-2812.
The Riviera Maya is a dream vacation for many people, but for Anah Tulum owners, it’s an everyday reality. Sitting on nearly 5 acres of Mayan jungle abutting the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Anah Tulum Bahia Principe is a beautiful resort-style gated community that will sweep you away to paradise.
Located within the Bahia Principe Hotel & Residential Complex, Anah Tulum offers exclusivity and security in a luxurious and elegant atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy resort living at its best.
The townhomes that make up the Anah Tulum community are carefully designed for existing in harmony with their surroundings. Picture windows, sliding glass doors, patios, and plunge pools allow Mother Nature to be the incredible backdrop to life in the luxury townhomes. Inside, the modern design, with marble finishes and spacious rooms, takes advantage of the abundant natural light.
Being an owner at Anah Tulum comes with the services and infrastructure of the Bahia Principe Hotel & Residential Complex. In addition to a vacation rental program, an on-call doctor, and free transportation throughout the larger complex, residents can utilize all the amenities available to resort guests. A nearly mile-long beach, multiple pools and gyms, facilities for tennis, basketball, and soccer, and 27 holes of golf designed by Robert Trent Jones II will keep you outdoors and active. Over a dozen international restaurants and twenty bars provide plenty of options when you feel like indulging.
Just over an hour south of Cancun International Airport, living in Anah Tulum provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the stunning Riviera Maya with the convenience of luxury resort living. With fewer than a dozen townhomes left, be bold and take advantage of our special offer, exclusively for the ideal-LIVING community.
Part modern community, part natural playground, Red Frog Beach Island Resort is fulfilling a dream to create an island community that combines socially responsible values and a deep connection between nature and people, while reducing the intensity of our environmental footprint.
A hidden gem in Central America, with 1,500 acres of Isla Bastimentos, 5 miles (8km) of beachfront, Red Frog Beach Island Resort offers a secluded villa community, secluded jungle village, private beach club, full service IGY Marina, island spa, 8 miles of rainforest trails, island grocery and more.
Arenal Hills is Costa Rica’s finest luxury community for those seeking a truly unique international location for their retirement or vacation home.
Set in a 123-acre valley surrounded by mountains, rivers, and rainforests, the Arenal Hills residences feature panoramic views. The one- and two-story villa homes offer a choice of five floor plans with up to 3,600 square feet of total indoor/outdoor living space. Interiors feature native laurel, teak and bamboo milled on-site and furniture built by Costa Rican craftsmen. Accents include granite countertops and Peruvian marble flooring, plus large balconies with waterfall pools and Jacuzzi tubs. Every home comes with a four-seat golf cart for getting around in the community and hi-speed Internet service to stay connected with family and friends.
Arenal Hills homeowners enjoy complimentary shuttle service and VIP access to the nearby Springs Resort & Spa. This renowned vacation destination includes four fine-dining restaurants, 28 artisan hot springs, and hiking, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking in the surrounding wildlife sanctuary. Among the on-site amenities taking shape at Arenal Hills are Club Vida with pools, a fitness center, and pickleball courts, as well as the lakeside Club Lago for casual gatherings and a full-service equestrian center.
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Serenity Beach Resort is located 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour, Abaco in the Bahamas. Serenity Beach is a master-planned luxury resort and residential community featuring private residences, luxury boutique hotels, multiple restaurants, and bars across 120 pristine acres. With almost 3,000 ft of beach frontage on a sugar-white sand bay that is 2 miles long. Dining can be enjoyed beachside at the grill or ridge-top in the clubhouse with our executive chef. All of your activities are hosted by the guides and Serenity Beach team to include Bonefishing, Sailing, Island Hopping, Sunset cruises, Deep-Sea Fishing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Swimming with Nurse Sharks, Feeding the swimming pigs, and Nature Hikes.
Where To Go From Here?
With so many appealing places to land, the choice will be a tough one. But once you’ve narrowed down potential destinations, look at the communities in those locations and make plans to visit by setting up a discovery tour. Once you get a taste of the lifestyle, it’ll be even easier to decide if an international retirement or relocation destination is right for you.