1. Costa Rica
Costa Rica takes the top spot for so many reasons, from its beautiful, clean beaches to its affordable health care. It is a peaceful country with no national army, and a focus on hospitality built right into the vibrant culture. Tens of thousands of expats feel right at home in Costa Rica, and enough people speak English that newcomers should be able to navigate fairly well while they learn to speak Spanish.
Retirees need only prove an income of $1,000 per month from non-work sources like Social Security, pension, or disability, and a dependent spouse may also be covered under that amount. Housing is cheap, with a furnished 2-bedroom renting for around $500/month, and your weekly groceries may cost you no more than $25.