Our list of best places to retire in the Philippines based on the city’s cost of living, friendliness of locals, healthcare, and peace and order.
After years and years of working hard, one day, you will just want to have the longest vacation of your life in a comfortable place. Many people want to retire by the time they reach 60, some want to retire earlier than that, and a very few are already enjoying some mini-retirements. But before you retire, you must first find that perfect place where you will definitely fall in love with.
We’ve come up with a list of places you can consider spending the rest of your life after you retire from work.
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Best Places to Retire in the Philippines
Nicknamed as “the City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete is the largest city in Negros Oriental. This a great place to retire if you want affordable living near beach resorts, and diving sites. The city uses energy from the geothermal power plant in Palinpinon, Valencia. Options for hospital includes Holy Child Hospital, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, and Silliman Medical Center. For long-distance transportation, the city has Sibulan Airport and the Port of Dumaguete.
In 2018, Dumaguete City was named the best place to retire in the Philippines by the Philippine Retirement Authority.
Aside from being a tourist destination, Cebu City is one of the best places to retire in the Philippines. The city has Spanish heritage buildings, museums, beaches, mountains, and it is also one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines. There are more than ten major hospitals in Cebu that retirees can choose. The city also has the Mactan-Cebu International Airport that serves domestic and international flights.
Stunning scenery and cool climate, there is no shortage of recreational activities and relaxation in Tagaytay. You can choose to eat fresh and healthy meals because of the nearby farms. You can also visit the picnic grove, enjoy the view of Taal, or even have fun at the Sky Ranch. There are a lot of developed real estates to choose from in Tagaytay, and most of the land is still covered with plants and trees. If you miss Manila, you are only two hours away. Or if you want to head to the beach, you can go to Nasugbu in Batangas. As for hospitals, Tagaytay has Tagaytay Medical Center, Ospital ng Tagaytay, and other private hospital options. Tagaytay is famous as a vacation spot so it may be costly to live in.
The number one vacation spot for most Filipinos is Baguio City. Commonly known as the “The City of Pines”, it is famous for its cooler climate and great views and destinations. There are many popular destinations in Baguio that the retirees would enjoy. The airport, Loakan Airport, does not cater to commercial flights but they allow access for commuter-sized aircraft. Transportation to the city is mostly by land. There are a number of hospitals in Baguio, some of these are the Baguio General Hospital, Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital, Hospital of the Sacred Heart, and Pines City Doctor’s Hospital.
Tagbilaran is the capital of the Bohol province. The city is commonly known as the first point for Bohol adventures like the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, diving spots, white sand beaches, and heritage sites. It is also the center for business and education in the province. Transportation in the city includes land transportation, sea transportation that connects to major ports in Visayas and Mindanao, and air transportation that mainly serves for Tagbilaran-Manila and Mindanao trips. Retirees have the choice among the hospitals of Tagbilaran Community Hospital, Ramiro Community Hospital, St. Jude General Hospital, and many more.
Retirement is a definite part of our lives. There is more time in your hands once you get there so you should plan your finances as early as you can to prepare for that future. You would not want to find yourself with empty pockets during your retirement period. Plan and prepare, then you will have all the fun you want for your retirement.