The Annual retire Overseas Index comes after months of on-the-ground research, by a wide team of expatriates, travel experts, and correspondents. The index helps an individual to choose the best place to retire.
The 2016 Index is a comprehensive country-by-country comparison. It is designed to help the retiree choose a destination based on personal preferences, lifestyle, and needs.
Factors taken into consideration are climate, cost of living, language, entertainment and fun, healthcare, infrastructure, security, and taxes.
Crete ranked 8th on the 2016 list, partly because Cretans are known to live to 100 years old thanks to the healthy Mediterranean diet. Furthermore, the ongoing financial crisis made Crete extremely affordable for those with a source of income outside of Greece.
The full top-10 list is:
1: Algarve, Portugal
2: Valletta, Malta
3: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
4: Cayo, Belize
5: Ljubljana, Slovenia
6: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
7: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
8: Crete, Greece
9: Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
10: Ambergris Caye, Belize