American Retirement in the Philippines




 

*AUTHOR’S NOTE – Many of us Americans did not save enough for retirement. It’s time for a reality check. If we did not save for retirement, it’s time to make a plan. It’s better to start looking for a retirement place that we can afford AND enjoy. The longer we put off finding the right retirement place for us, the more difficult it will be to retire comfortably…soon.

My husband and I will be retiring in a couple of years. We are doing this research in advance for our own benefit. We are unsure if we will be able to afford a quality retirement life here in the U.S. when the right time comes, so we searched overseas.

We were looking for a country where the cost of living is affordable, where the climate is mild (not too hot/not too cold), where living is safe and secure, where people will welcome us, and where there is no language barrier. Many of the best options for enjoying an enormously enriched retirement lifestyle on even a very modest budget can be found overseas, especially in Asia.

Well, what do you know? We’ve found the country that’s exactly just that – with affordable cost of living, a tropical climate, relatively peaceful, American-friendly, and English-speaking people! We have agreed – our choice for our retirement is the Philippines! This little country seemed to be the best place for American retirement!

Knowing that there are other retirees on the same boat as we are, I am sharing this research with you. With the help of a native, I am presenting the Philippines to you, so you can pick your own location. I am sure anywhere we choose, we will enjoy a quality retirement life that we so deserve!

My posts will help you decide exactly where in the Philippines you would like to retire. We have different outlooks in life – some prefer to retire near the beach, some in the farm, some in the city, some couldn’t care less! You can view my posts about the different places in the Philippines, and find an area that you feel has a certain connection to you. Have a tour of the Philippines and visit that place, and find the connection, before you retire there permanently. I hope I can be of help.

 

 

 

 BORACAY BEACH RESORT

 

Boracay Beach ResortPhoto from:  divezone.net

Oh, My God, I can’t believe what I am seeing!  You will be amazed at these information and pictures that I will show you today!  It’s like a paradise island in the Philippines

This may be the perfect place for us to retire, except maybe for the costs of living here which would probably be higher than normal in the Philippines!  It’s really a retiree’s paradise on earth!  Go ahead and judge for yourself!

These are my findings:

Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards numerous times. Boracay was awarded in the “Travelers’ Choice 2011″ by TripAdvisor as the second best beach (out of 25) in the world.

 

Boracay made a debut appearance on the Top 10 Islands list in the Travel + Leisure travel magazine World’s Best Awards 2011.

 

boracayPhoto from:  boracay-paradise.com

 

Boracay Beach

Photo from:  southwesttoursboracay.com

 

White ripples of sand formed in the pristine waters as small sailboats glided peacefully in the horizon. The water is beautiful with many different shades of blue colored like a pastel painting. Seeeing that it can be easily understood why Boracay Island was known as the “Jewel of the Philippines”. This pearl among tropical islands was well-guarded secret paradise, until 1970s. From around that time Boracay island slowly graduated from a private travellers hangout to a favourite tourist destination in the Philippines and place with the best beach in the world.

 

Boracay BeachPhoto from: flickriver.com

 

Boracay is a tropical island in the Philippines, an hour flight from Manila. The island is approximately seven kilometers long, dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide. Island is famous for its powder-fine white sand, clear warm water and nice, pleasant weather all year round.

 

Boracay Beach

Boracay Beach

Photo from: idntourism.com

 

Take a boat trip around the island and you’ll discover many beautifull beaches. Boracay’s two primary tourism beaches, White Beach and Bulabog Beach, are located on opposite sides of the island’s narrow central area. White Beach faces westwards, it’s 4km long and can be crowded. Skimboarding has come to Boracay in a big way. Skimboarding is a clean and cheap sport, and has become popular along White Beach. The locals teach visitors the basics. A large variety of gourmet restaurants with food from many cultures are all within walking distance this magnificant white beach. Fine French cuisine, swiss food, several true Italian restaurants and wooded oven pizzerias, local Philippine food, sea food, Chinese and Thai food, Korean and many other food specialties. Bulabog Beach faces eastwards and presents the best kiteboarding and watersport beach in Asia, due to the unique wave breaking reefs and ideal wind situations. There are numerous competitions and events here as well. It is also less developed and quieter than White Beach. Visit Kingfisher’s Farm where you can fish for your lunch and the staff will grill up your catch. Diving is extremely popular around Boracay. The waters surrounding Boracay have excellent sites for beginners and experienced divers alike. The waters are packed with vibrant fish and reefs, wreck sites, caves and canyons. There are 30+ great dive sites within 30 minutes of Boracay.

 

Boracay Beach

Boracay Beach

Photo from: calypso-boracay.com

 

boracay scuba divingPhoto from: boracay-condos.com

 

On the north there is also the beautiful and undeveloped Puka Shell Beach which is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island. While here you can visit Bat Caves home to thousands of giant fruit bats. At twilight, thousands emerge from these caves and fly over White Beach in search of fruit on Boracay and other surrounding islands.

 

Puka Shell Beach

Puka Shell Beach

Photo from: beacheszone.com

 

Puka Shell NecklacePhoto from: kaboodle.com

 

Shuttered in from the rest of the island by flamboyant greens and great hills, the Newcoast Beach at Boracay’s edge remains one of the best-kept secrets of Boracay where the old ways of enjoying the island are pretty much left untouched. The Dead Forest, a scenic spot believed to be populated by elemental spirits, is likewise located within the boundaries of village Manoc-Manoc. A product of ecological disturbance, the Dead Forest, also known as the Sunken Forest was created when a dam that kept off the saltwater broke down, destroying the swamp and killing off the mangroves that grew in it. With dead tree trunks sticking out of stagnant water, the Dead Forest presents a highly romantic scene surrounded by old folk tales about ghosts and goblins. Local folk believe supernatural occurrences take place here, particularly on full moon nights.

 

BoracayPhoto from: tripadvisor.com

 

BoracayPhoto from: tripadvisor.com

 

Boracay is a vacationer’s paradise, with luxury 5 star hotels, through traditional bungalows; something for anyone’s budget and taste. Choose from native, so-called nipa huts (cottage made of wood, bamboo and Nipa-palm leaves, modern and spacious cottages, all kind vacation houses along the beach and on hilltops overlooking the sea, and modern resorts and hotels with swimmingpools and spas. Boracay is above else famous for it’s nightlife, with pubs and bars of all kinds that are jumping until very late at night. If you are looking for perfect place to spend your honeymoon – look no further. Romantic scenery will surround you on every step you make on Boracay island.

 

boracayPhoto from: cheaphotelflight.com

 

Boracay Beach Wedding

Boracay Beach Wedding

Photo from: boracay.travel

 

High Season starts in October and ends in May, when the wind blows out to sea, leaving the beach pristine clean and generally calm.

Open your eyes and heart and enjoy the natural scenery of this tropical pearl among Pacific islands. Perfect place to relax and enjoy life.

Getting to Boracay is easy. Fly to the Philippine capital, Manila, then hop on a domestic plane to Caticlan Airport. Once in Caticlan, Aklan, take a five-minute ferry ride across the channel to Boracay.

 

boracayPhoto from: boracayislandhotel.com

 

boracayPhoto from: globeimages.net

 

In Boracay, the main indicator of the switch between the NorthEast and SouthWest seasonal patterns is the switch in wind direction. In most years this transition is abrupt and occurs overnight. In some years there is a period of perhaps a week or two where the wind will switch between NorthEast and SouthWest patterns several times before settling into the pattern for the new season. As a general rule of thumb, Boracay will be in the NorthEast weather pattern from sometime in September or October to sometime in May or June and in the SouthWest weather pattern for the remainder of the year. These dates can vary in individual years, though.

Daytime temperatures on Boracay generally range from 77-90°F from the beginning of the NorthEast Wind season into February or March, and increase to the 82-100°F range with the onset of the SouthWest Wind season. Tropical Storms can impact Boracay most likely during the SouthWest season when the temperature can be lower than 68°F.

Partly because of its wind and weather patterns, tourism in Boracay is at its peak during North East Wind season. During th NorthEast Wind, the prevailing wind blows from the east. Boracay’s main tourism area, White Beach, is on the western side of the island and is sheltered from the wind. During the NorthEast Wind season, the water off White Beach is often glassy-smooth. On the eastern side of the island, hills on the northern and southern ends of the island channel the NorthEast season wind from the east onshore, onto Bulabog Beach in the central part of the island’s eastern side. This makes the reef-protected waters off that beach ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding and kitesurfing.

 

Leisure activities

Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, and beach relaxation.

 

boracayPhoto from:  boracay.travel

 

Boracay Kite Surfing

Photo from: weekendtrekker.com

 

boracayPhoto from:   enjoyphilippines.com

 

Boracay Beach

Boracay Beach

Photo from:  outoftownblog.com

 

Boracay is the site of a world-class 18-hole par 72 golf course designed by Graham Marsh. Fairways & Bluewater Golf Resort Boracay is on the beautiful island holiday destination of Boracay.

 

FAIRWAYS & BLUEWATER GOLF RESORT

boracayPhoto from:  primepropertiesfort.webs.com

 

The golf course is nestled in the hills with absolutely stunning ocean views, the water here is incredibly clear that laps onto the beach with it’s powdery white sand.  The golf course is immaculate, the resort is 5 star as is the golf!

Someone once remarked that walking through the gate of the Fairways and Bluewater Boracay Club was like walking into a postcard paradise!

Actually I couldn’t agree more. This 18 hole Par 72 golf course was designed by Graham Marsh and keeping true to Graham Marsh’s views of what an ideal golf course should be, this 6034 yard golf course is sculptured with every hole to give every player a sporting chance.

The fairways are dominated by gentle mounds and dotted with bunkers which test the skills of the experienced golfer and yet giving the high handicapper a fair and rewarding game.

 

In addition, as of 2010, Boracay has in excess of 350 beach resorts offering more than 2,000 rooms ranging in quality from five-star to budget accommodations, so tourists are sure to find whatever they are looking for.

 

boracayPhoto from:  travel.groovenet.ph

 

 

 

Boracay Beach

Boracay Beach

Photo from:  boracaykitesurfing.com

 

In addition, Boracay offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

 Text from: bestplacetotravel.com

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Maybe we will have another post covering this magnificent island!  This place is so unbelievably beautiful, I just need to show you more pictures that I have found!  Is this the perfect place for our retirement or what?  Please let me know what you think!

 

 

 

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