Retiring in a country far away the busy urban life has increasingly become a very common and exciting trend among retirees. Various destinations across the globe from North America to the South, and from Europe to Asia have been included in the list of the best countries for retirement. The cost of living, however in those countries have gone higher and higher as years passed by and so retirees now prefer the cheap places to retire, which are mostly newly discovered and underdeveloped tourist destinations.

If you have lived and toiled all your life amidst the skyscrapers in a highly industrial city, you must be yearning to breathe in fresh air by now, to feel the warmth of white sand stretching along the turquoise waters that glitter under the sun, and to behold the soothing sight of palm trees gently swaying with the cool see breeze. You must be dreaming of the Caribbean Islands. These have been long known as best tourist destinations, but what about as cheap places to retire?

The Caribbean Islands’ breathtaking beaches and fascinating scenery welcome a large number of foreigners to go there for a vacation and convince many who are deeply captivated by islands’ beauty to settle there for good. However, since the Caribbean Islands have been discovered as perfect haven for expatriates who long for a laid-back and stress-free life, development soared tremendously, making them tropical versions of major US cities. Hotels, lands and resorts have become over-priced and certainly, they are not too inviting for those who are looking for cheap places to retire.

But there are still some islands that have not lost their pristine beauty and natural charm; among them is Cuba, located 145 km or 90 mi south of Florida Straits of the United States. This largest Caribbean island-state is considered as one of the cheap places to retire as it is stripped of the extravagance, luxury and artificiality brought about by excessive development. Low cost of living must be one of your requirements in looking for cheap places to retire; Cuba surely passes this requirement.

Cuba may be one of the cheap places to retire but it’s definitely not inferior in terms of amenities you would need in your retirement. For your recreation, your choices range from snorkeling to deep-see fishing, scuba diving, cockfighting, gardening and farming. You can feel young and rejuvenated in the city’s famous bars, hotels and restaurants that offer best forms of entertainment.

Havana City, the capital of Cuba takes pride of the best transportation systems in the Caribbean. Major cities in the state are connected by highly developed railroads and highways. Cuba’s sub islands likewise take pride of the best ports.

Also, one of the reasons why Cuba is one of the cheap places to retire is their type of government, which is one-party Communism. All aspects of the state’s national life are being administered by the Communist government. It also oversees major industries in Cuba, including the commodities or products each industry must produce. It favors production of collective goods rather than consumer goods, which gives assurance that all basic needs are met. Although in the recent years, Cuba has fallen short of production goals in several agricultural products.

Education is highly regarded in Cuba, which is manifested by its high literacy rate (94% in 1990)—one of the highest rates in Latin America. The government takes charge of the educational institutions and thus, makes school attendance mandatory among students. Although, admission to schools and universities is affected by the political affiliations, the state offers it for free to all citizens. If you are bringing along with you grandchildren or planning to adopt, bringing them to school is never a problem in Cuba.

Few Americans were able to visit Cuba because the U.S. government has restricted US citizens from going there, but for Europeans, Asians and other Latin American expatriates, this country can be considered as one of the best and the cheap places to retire.

The people in Cuba are quite accommodating and best of all, they are mulattoes (mixed black and white), which probably explains why ethnic or racial discrimination is barely present in this country. Almost all Cubans have Roman Catholic religion and speak Spanish as their main language.