The Retirement Destination You’ve Yet to Discover
Forget all the things that you heard about Medellín, Colombia and how dangerous was. This vibrant and bustling city is one of the best kept secrets as a truly wonderful retirement destination. Colombia it the country where you’ll find a retirement haven that is still ahead of the wave when it comes to expats looking for the best place to retire. Medellín offers you a variety of benefits of a big city with a cost of a small-town prices.
With an estimated population of 2.5 million, Medellín is not an little town, it’s a big city with his own mentality. The city is broken up into six different zones: Northeast, Northwest, Center East, Center West, South oriental , and South occidental, with 16 communes (communities) spread out between those zones, each offering a slightly different feel and atmosphere than the other.
Whether you’re shopping at the el hueco in the center on the city or in a modern Centro Comercial as is Santa fé in El Poblado, sipping a café latte at one of the many coffee houses found in Laureles, or browsing the thriving art scene in La Candelaria, Medellín has it all, connecting all of these communes is one of the best metro systems and the only one in Colombia. Fares running you roughly 80 cents. Or jump in one of the many cabs found cruising the streets, and you’ll be at your destination with only paying $3 to $5 (depending on traffic). By the way if you need a taxi driver with fair prices I know Henry, this paisa (person from Medellin) taxi driver knows all the city and he is very cool, his prices are not high, call him at +57 3012858706 or go to his website www.taxienmedellin.com .
There are many restaurants to be enjoyed within the city. From Italian food to Mexican, and all the flavors in between, you’re bound to find a delicious meal at prices that are a third of what you’d pay back home. A full course meal including drinks and dessert can run you on average of about $15 to $25 per couple for a fancier restaurant, while you’ll find plenty of places to eat for under $15 per couple.
If enjoying a day at a museum is your idea of a good time, then look no further that the Museo de Antioquia in downtown Medellín. For less than $6 you can explore its many floors of art by famed Medellín native artist Fernando Botero, as well as many other local artists. When you’ve filled your senses by looking at the art, you can enjoy a lunch on the outside patio of the museum’s cafe and enjoy an incredible meal for under $10, while enjoying your view of famed Botero Plaza. This is truly people-watching at its best.
Finding an affordable place to stay in Medellín is easy to do, as apartments for rent are plentiful. Rents can run you in the range of $300 to $900 per month for a furnished apartment (depending where the apartment will be located), with many apartments offering you modern amenities like a gym, or 24-hour gat-ed security.
There are condos and apartments to fit anybody’s style of living. If the fast pace of downtown living is for you, then check out the commune of Buenos Aires. This area is just walking distance away from downtown, while still offering you that neighborhood feel. Or enjoy upscale living in one of the many apartments of El Poblado. With its high-end grocery stores like Carulla and Éxito to its retail lined streets, you’ll forget you’re not living in a city like New Jersey o Queens in New York.
In Medellin also its very common to find Pharmacies around, they sell medication without prescription and in most of the cases this medicines will be very helpful. In case that you may have ED (Erectile Disfunction) you can find Viagra, Cialis, Levitra at very low prices.
The nigh life at Medellin it has his pros and cons, areas as El Poblado and close to parque Lleras its very crowdedly and noise, there is a lot of discos, bars and girls looking for men, also if you live around la 70 in Laureles it is very busy at night the 7 days, so avoids those areas if you don’t like to much noise.
If you are planning to retire and have fun but also enjoy a beautiful country Colombia its waiting for you, Medellin it’s the city of eternal spring, you will love the weather the exchange rate at this time is 4500 for 1 dollar so if you have a retirement of 1500 dollars a month, that’s 6 750.000 pesos colombianos, that’s good money.
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I hope you made your mind and you choose to come to live to Medellin.