Best places to retire in 2018, an authority on global retirement and relocation opportunities, has published its Annual Global Retirement Index for 2018.

This year’s Index highlights several new items worth noting: Costa Rica takes the top spot for the first time. Bali appears on the Index for the first time. And Peru makes the top 10 for the first time.

The 2018 Index includes ratings in 12 categories: buying and investing; renting; benefits and discounts; visas and residence; cost of living; fitting in; entertainment and amenities; healthcare; healthy lifestyle; development; climate; and governance.

The key aim of the Index is to help retirees find locations where their dollar goes further—where they can get the best bang for their buck in terms of real estate, cost of living, and overall quality of life.

Costa Rica, the winner of the International Living 2018 Global Retirement Index has been a perennial presence in the Index. And this year it climbed from fourth place to the top.

The world’s top 10 retirement destinations are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Ecuador
  • Malaysia
  • Colombia
  • Portugal
  • Nicaragua
  • Spain
  • Peru

Read: How much it costs to move into a retirement home in South Africa

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