Most people agree that sunshine is an important factor when determining good weather. New Zealand, Ecuador and Argentina are countries that are warm and sunny all year round.
Australia and Bolivia are also great nations for high temperatures and blue skies. Italy and France are great countries for perfect summers and mild winters.
A beautiful fall day with colorful trees and a light breeze is some best weather anyone can hope to experience. The country can receive up to 3200 hours of sunshine a year, with certain areas reaching as high as 117F (45C) degrees in the summer.
That’s why, in IL’s 2020 Annual Global Retirement Index, we’ve awarded our highest climate scores to the destinations with options for every taste. From sunny beaches to humid rainforests, we’ve looked at every type of region that each country has to offer, so retirees can find the spot that best suits their tastes.
Sitting just slightly north of the equator, it has an equal 12 hours of daylight and darkness with very little variation during the year. Colombia is the only South American country that has coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea giving both cities and towns hot, humid, tropical weather.
Living by the coast means evening sea breezes make the nighttime temperatures a bit more palatable. Most people tend to live on the Caribbean coast rather than the Pacific side of Colombia, with the coastal cities of Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Barranquilla popular places to visit and retire.
Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, sits at 5,000 feet above sea level and is considered to have perfect spring-like weather all year round. “I will admit that the perfect year-round, spring-like weather was the first thing that drew me to retire to Medellín,” says Nancy Kernan, IL’s Colombia Correspondent.
“If you want hot and tropical, then I think you should consider retiring to the lovely Caribbean coastal cities of Santa Marta or Cartagena where crystal-clear, blue water laps against warm, sandy beaches. Ecuador lies right on the equator, so the entire country enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight, 365 days a year.
You can comfortably stroll out on a glorious Quito afternoon in shorts and a t-shirt, but you’ll need to take along your wool sweater in case the clouds roll in. “Climate in Ecuador varies by altitude, not latitude,” says International Living magazine Editor Sean Keenan.
“What that means is that, at sea level at least, days and nights are evenly spaced at 12 hours each, and temperatures can get exceedingly hot. “Even so, with such an indented coastline, microclimates offer a range of options to choose from, including cloud forest, tropical jungle, and dry scrub landscapes.
stock/SL_PhotographyFrom the year-round blue sky and sunshine of Peru’s tropical northern coast…to the humid, hot Amazon rainforest…to the cold weather of the Andes, there is a climate to suit everyone’s taste. But it can be divided into three or four basic regions; the northern and southern coast, the Andean highlands, and the eastern lowlands or rainforest.
Steve lives in Hunchback, a northern surfing and fishing village located just 20 minutes from the larger city of Trujillo. “The temperatures here in Hunchback range from the low 60s F during the coldest part of the year to the high 70s F during the summer months.
(Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru tied for second place in the Annual Global Retirement Index 2020 Climate Category with a score of 87.) stock/Jacek_Sopotnicki Portugal, the winner of International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2020, takes the top spot in the Climate category this year.
It enjoys a warm temperate climate with wet winters, dry summers, and the highest temperatures averaging above 71 F. “Heading south through the central region, including locations such as the University town of Cobra, temperatures are a few degrees warmer each season, with less rain (35 inches per year compared to Porto’s 49).
“The southernmost region of the Algarve is predictable, given the pattern I’ve outlined: it’s the warmest, driest (with 20 inches of annual precipitation) area of the country. Plenty of sunshine, a moderate temperature, and fresh wind flow makes a day a perfect one for staying outdoors. When planning a vacation, weather conditions are an important factor to take into consideration.
Portugal is a European country located on the westernmost edge of the continent, bordered by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is located in the region where the Mediterranean climate is most profound, giving the country long dry summers and wet winters.
The majority of the country enjoys extended periods of sunshine with the average temperature reaching a balmy 28 degrees Celsius. The country’s location in the Southern Hemisphere gives it less oppressive heat than countries countries in sub-saharan areas.
The country occupies an area of 195,360 square miles and is home to a population of 46.4 million people. Spain boasts some of the most pleasant weather conditions in Europe, a fact attributed to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.
The majority of the country lies in what is known as the “CSA Zone” which is characterized by long hot summers. Kenya is an East African country with a population of 48 million people and a land area of 224,445 square miles.
The country lies on the equator and has a warm, humid tropical climate, particularly along its coastline where temperatures hover around 28.05 degrees Celsius. However, these temperatures decrease in the central part of the country due to its mountainous landscape which includes the snow-peak of Mt.
Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa that is bordered by Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The small country has some of the most pleasant weather in Europe with its Mediterranean climate offering long, warm summer months which begin in April and end in November.
Greece is a country in Southern Europe, occupying an area of 50,949 square miles with total population of about 11 million. Cyprus enjoys a long, warm summer lasting for eight months from April to November.
It has a population of over 4.5 million people with the majority living in the metropolitan area of San Jose, the nation’s capital. Costa Rica is located close to the equator, a fact that allows it to enjoy a tropical climate throughout the year.
It is not easy to find the countries with the best climate because everyone has their ideas on what kind of weather they enjoy very much. We explore the top ten countries that experience relatively the best weather year-round.
Portugal’s official name, the Portuguese Republic, indicates to the country’s second-largest city of Porto. Each color of this flag represents important messages; Green indicates hope in the future, while Red demonstrates the bloodshed during battles.
It has a Mediterranean and steppe climate with mild winters, long summers, and mostly sunny days, and the highest temperatures averaging above 71 F. Most of the tourists choose to visit Portugal for their best weather. It has a Mediterranean and steppe climate with mild winters, long summers, sunny days, and the highest temperatures above 71 F.
Additionally, Portugal boasts picturesque villages, vibrant culture, rich history, traditional food, golden sands, etc. This year, it reaches the top spot in the Climate category, the winner of International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2020.
View on Queenstown from Bob’s Peak, New Zealand. New Zealand is a stunning and gorgeous nation on earth, situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that features two main landmasses, the South Island and the North Island, and other smaller ones. Even with its modest size, it attracts the tourists to experience these features, a lot of history, and culture.
The country contains enormous marine resources due to its long coastline and far-flung outlying islands. Due to its isolation, it has developed a land full of exotic plants and creatures.
The residents described the country as warm and tropical in the North as it becomes a bit cooler going towards the South and windy and rainy. The South part can get snowy and low temperatures below zero as well because of inland mountains.
Rainfall is usually more frequent in winter than in summer, but it is quite prevalent throughout the year, except in the extreme South. Thus, New Zealand proposes some of the world’s best weather and climate whichever region we are.
The arch of Cab San Lucas in a yellow sunset, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Mexico is in the southern portion of North America. Overall, this hot spot country has one of the world’s most diverse climate systems due to Mexico’s varied topography.
During the winter months, the northern region provides cooler temperatures around about 68 °F to 75 °F. The temperature in cities like Merida, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum stays high.
Due to elevation, we can see differences in temperatures, even in areas relatively close together. In beach areas, delightful sea breezes tempered high temperatures and humidity.
Other factors of Mexico that can attract the visitors include job security, career prospects, and the local population’s friendliness. It has three capital cities, such as Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and Pretoria act as the legislative, judicial, and administrative.
However, it covers almost 471445 square miles; this country’s weather is not so easily summarized. Additionally, it has 11 official languages, including English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Northern Soho, Tswana, Southern Soho, Tonga, Swazi, Veda, Southern Ndebele. This county act as a home for a wide range of animals, including hippopotamus, leopards, giraffes, and lions.
South Africa is one of the UnitedNations members, and Frederick Brown ell designed this country’s flag. Johannesburg had the most extensive South Africa population, and it is also the largest city in this country.
The climate conditions range from extreme desert and lush subtropical in the northwest to the eastern coast. Additionally, winter in South Africa takes over from June to August.
The extreme southwest has hot, dry summers and wet winters, like that of the Mediterranean Sea. This region also produces a massive amount of wine in South Africa.
The main factors that influencing weather conditions are altitude, varied topography, and the surrounding oceans. Also, this nation has a pleasant temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days.
It offers the best high-quality environments and availability of leisure activities, with very excellent weather and climate. If we seek a nation that has sunny weather for a long time, choose this country.
We can expect to see clear skies on mostly sunny days of the month, May through September, and we may experience short afternoon showers in October through April. But this time is the best for watching the birds, and the hotter months are December through February.
Circa River in Mountains, Aragon, Spain. Spain is located in southwestern Europe just north of Africa. The various socializing and leisure activities, excellent opportunities to travel, and robust transport infrastructure are suitable for tourists and locals.
Spain has the world’s 13th largest economy and ranks 24th on the quality of life index rating. The summer month’s weather is sunny and warm and scorching, even in the interior.
Central Spain follows a continental climate, where winter is cold, and summers are sweltering with no precipitation. However, Spain is a popular winter destination, not surprising the pleasant climate on the coast.
In addition to the delightful weather, this lovely country is famed for its extensive beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes and cultural activities. Scenic view of Chamois Mont Blanc, France. France covers almost 248,573 square miles.
We rated as number five in the top ten countries with the best weather because of its very mild summers and icy, snowy winters. This most significant country in Western Europe shows climatic variation because it is bordering three of its sides and ranges two mountains.
And finally, France’s national motto is liberty, equality, and fraternity. We can also enjoy the museum, narrow streets, shopping offers, old town, beach activities, and cool sights throughout the country.
Scenic view of Semi island, Dodecanese, Greece. The real name of the country is the Hellenic Republic, and also Fellas. Greek is unique and makes it the official and national language of Greece.
Its geographical position maintains long, dry, warm summers and mild, wet winters. The summers last about an average of 250 days in a year, they are full of sunshine, and we can see the rainfall rarely.
This climate occurs at all coastal locations, but winters are milder on the islands than on the mainland. Apart from the great climate, we can also enjoy the fantastic sunny beaches, countless cultural sites, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine.
Greece produces mostly Feta cheese, marble, sea sponges, and olive oil, and yogurt worldwide. Aerial view of Popeye Village in Malta. Malta, one of the world’s smallest countries, is an island in the Mediterranean Sea.
We can experience warm weather throughout the year, with pleasant rainfalls in autumn and spring. So, it is no surprise that ex-pats working in this country have free time left to enjoy the excellent weather.
The sea surrounding Malta is the main reason for calm weather and climate. It provides long, hot, and dry summers, but a bit wetter and mild winters.
Cyprus is one of the countries with the best weather all year round for warm temperatures and no extremes. This Mediterranean’s third-largest and the third-most populous island covers an area of 3,572 square miles.
Moreover, the highest peak in this country is Mount Olympus at 6402 ft above sea level. Additionally, people celebrate Independence Day on the 1st of October every year and divide the Republic of Cyprus into two parts, South and North.
People called the southern part of the nation the “Independent Republic of Cyprus” or the “Greek Cyprus,” while the northern part is called the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.” Islet Gained designed the flag. Due to its low crime rate, Cyprus is the safest place in the world.
It borders Panama to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Nicaragua to the North, and Ecuador to the South of Cocos Island. Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica and divides the country into seven provinces, such as San Jose, Manuela, Limón, Hardin, Cartage, Guanacaste, Punt arenas.
The largest city, San Jose, serves as the capital of this country. Moreover, its exquisite beaches, great volcanoes, and unique biodiversity have a significant role in tourism.
Costa Rica’s national symbol is called Aguirre and depicts a clay-colored pigeon. Pacifica Fernandez designed the flag, which is used as the official ensign and includes Costa Rica’s arms coat.
Because of Costa Rica’s proximity to the equator, the sun rises and sets simultaneously every day. The natural beauty and wildlife diversity of this country have a significant role in tourism.
The friendly locals, the better quality of life, career-focused, and thirst for adventure are the other most popular reasons why ex-pats decide to move to this tropical paradise.