Looking forward to retirement? After decades at the daily grind, there’s nothing more rewarding than to spend the rest of your life in a permanent vacation from your responsibilities—a never-ending break where you choose what you want to do and enjoy like there’s no tomorrow.
Now, which brings us to the topic: Where to retire? While most stay put (with the occasional trip abroad), some take the big leap of moving out of town, or even out of the country. If you’re looking for options, then consider the Philippines. It’s home to some of the most beautiful cities where you can not only lead a peaceful life without devouring your pension, especially since the cost of living in the Philippines is much lower than in most western countries.
Here’s a list of four Philippine cities where you can spend the rest of your retired life:
Nicknamed the “breezy city”, Baguio is located in a forest area at a height of 5,300 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by old trees, mossy plants, and beautiful orchids, resulting in a calm, green atmosphere. The climate is cool almost throughout the year so you can stay indoors and cut down on the usual air-conditioning expenses that come with humid tropical living. Because of its cold climate, Baguio was declared the “Summer Capital” of the country in 1903.
Some of the most popular outdoor activities include golfing, swimming, cycling, and walking. There are festivals and cultural events taking place throughout the year, so you can get familiar with the local tradition and meet exciting people. However, transport facilities to outstations are limited if you’re going overseas. If you need to travel abroad, Manila is the nearest transport hub.
Cebu City is also called the “Queen City of the South” because it’s a hip, modern city that also happens to be very close to a number of great beaches and mountains. Retirees looking for smart investments will be spoiled for choice: education, industrial, real estate and commerce are growing fast, offering a lot of business opportunities. What’s more, the city is also home to the four biggest medical facilities, including Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital—the most popular medical group in the country.
Dumaguete is a seaport hub that’s one of the largest cities in Philippines. With a friendly, cheerful populace, this is one of the best places to settle down and enjoy a retired life. In fact, Retire Overseas Index recognized Dumaguete as one of the best retirement cities in the country, thanks to its high ratings in 12 factors, including the cost of living, climate, healthcare facilities, and presence of an active expat community.
The city is home to a number of high-class dive sites and beach resorts. Whale watching is one of the most popular activities here. What’s more, a number of hospitals are under construction. Once completed, Dumaguete will become even more attractive to retirees.
Tagaytay is located in a mountainous region and is famous for its beautiful scenery and cool climate. In fact, thanks to a similar climate to Baguio, it’s earned the moniker “The Second Summer Capital of the Philippines.” Picturesque Taal Volcano Island and Lake Taal are two of the oldest attractions in the city.
Golf is the most popular retirement sport, and if you’re one to hit the greens, there are two 18-hole golf courses located in the city. There are also a number of private and government hospitals where people can get the best treatment and stay in good health.
Remember, low cost of living, pleasant climate, good healthcare facilities, and outdoor activities are some of the things you need to consider when choosing the best retirement area. We’ve taken all that into consideration and presented the top four cities to spend retired life in Philippines. If you have additional suggestions, please let us know.
About the Author:
Ashley is a globetrotter who blogs mostly on travel and tourism. She is the chief writer and social media strategist at GolfPh, a site dedicated to providing information related to golfing in the Philippines.