Take a walk along the Oregon Trail Reserve to see the Boise Front and Elton Ramp, a historic wagon path forged by traveling pioneers. Grab a Quiché, Fresh Berry Waffle, or any of the other farm-inspired breakfasts at Big City Coffee & Café.
Consistently named one of the best places to live in the South and even claiming the top spot as the best city in the U.S., Charleston is renowned for its Southern hospitality, incredible dining scene, and so much more. Set sail on a Sandpaper Water Tour to see local sea life like graceful herons and playful dolphins off the scenic South Carolina Coast.
Watch raptor flight demonstrations or attend special educational events at Avian Conservation Center. Despite temperatures reaching the upper 90s and low 100s in the summers, Henderson sees fairly consistent cloud cover that makes the Nevada dry heat not only bearable, but pleasant.
Residents of this Hawaiian city do experience a rainy season from November to March, but snow and freezing temperatures are unheard of. Other benefits of living in Honolulu include its incredible cuisine, fascinating local culture, and steady job market driven by a massive tourism and hospitality industry.
Walk among exhibits with tropical fish, monk seals, green sea turtles, and more at Waikiki Aquarium. Go on an Atlantis Adventure submarine to see stingrays, sharks, yellow tangs, and other creatures living beneath the waves.
Or grab fresh Cajun Fish Tacos for lunch, then have a slice of Hula Pie for dessert at Duke’s Restaurant. Although you might think of Orlando solely as a retirement destination, this Orange County city has also been named one of the top places to start a career in the country.
Or settle in for lunch with an ocean view at The Waterfront, where dishes like Fried Po boys and or Crab Cake Sliders are served fresh every day. The city remains within a comfortable range between approximately 50 and 75 degrees all year long and receives just 43 days of precipitation on average.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to the beautiful Coronado Island, where sparkling beaches, exciting waterspouts, unique shops, and more await. Start your day off with perfectly Instagrammable breakfast dishes like Biz kits & Gravy or Millennial Tears Avocado Toast at Morning Glory.
Taste French-inspired cuisine from Rabbit Sausage to Cote de Bouef with Parsley Root at June ET Julie. Or chow down on fresh Toots Ramen, crispy Fried Yoga, or salty Edamame at Kenya Ultra.
Step back in time and see the historic twin bell towers and lush gardens at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Savor Seafood Teriyaki, Fish Bats, or a Roll Combo at local favorite Frigate Sushi.
Eat sea-to-table fish served with Indian curry or vegan options like Punjabi Gandhi at Bib Hi. Or enjoy a laid-back feel and gastropod favorites like Coconut Shrimp or Buffalo Cauliflower at Finney’s Craft house.
Santa Fe ‘s mild weather proves that a desert climate isn’t always marked by lots of heat. New Mexico’s capital city has warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters, offering a hint of seasonal variation and many chances to get out and explore the great outdoors.
Visit the historic Pure Cliff Dwellings to see the early architecture of the Pueblo people alongside amazing views of the Rio Grande Valley. Head to Rambo Café for a taste of African and Caribbean dishes like Moroccan Lamb Stew and Jerk Chicken.
Stroll through the gardens and see courtyard sculptures like the Praying Boy or a cast of David at Ringling Museum of Art. Eat your fill of elevated yet unpretentious dishes like Seared Sea Scallops or simple classics like Pan Fried Lump Crab Cakes at Owen’s Fish Camp.
Sunny weather abounds during the summer months and beyond in Scottsdale, where temperatures remain comfortably warm all year. Taste award-winning chef Charlene Badman’s carefully crafted menu items like Alaskan Halibut with Grilled Corn at FNB.
See thousands of species of brightly colored plants, 200-million- year -old dinosaur tracks, and a replica slot canyon at Red Hills Desert Garden. Eat regionally sourced, seasonally inspired dishes like Forager Mushroom and Mozzarella Salad at Wood Ash Rye in Downtown St. George.
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.
“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.
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.