Expat havens for those who hate Trump and Clinton

Published:  4 Nov at 6 PM
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Whichever way this horrendous US presidential election goes, there’ll be thousands of voters who simply can’t live with the results and decide to depart for politics-free havens overseas.

At least 23 USA celebrities have already decided to leave should their favourite get trashed, and are happily scouting luxurious hideouts on private islands and other such hi-so haunts. Everyday Americans, however, may well have less extensive choices, mostly involving affordable overseas locations well south of Trump’s much vaunted Mexican wall.

Mexico, conveniently close to the USA’s southern borders, is already the retirement destination for many thousands of US citizens, with its cheap cost of living and modern amenities the main attractions. The exchange rate right now is favourable, and cable TV, a good internet service and no import duty are all contributing to ease of resettlement.

Puerto Vallata, made famous by the Gardner/Burton movie Night of the Iguana, has modern apartment blocks overlooking the ocean at 25 per cent of the price of similar in San Francisco. Mexico’s historic towns, friendly people, superb countryside and inexpensive property all attest to the country's popularity with retirees.

Americans fleeing from the results of Friday’s vote could do worse than look at Panama’s Pensionado Programme, one of the best of its kind anywhere in the world. The low cost of living is a major attraction, as is the fact that the country uses the US dollar. Close by are verdant regions, easily and cheaply accessible by taxi should retirees not wish to purchase a car.

Panama City is the main expat hub but, for those wanting peace and quiet in a superb country setting, the highlands along the Santa Maria River are perfect. One couple arrived in 2006, bought 10 acres, built their home, established vegetable gardens and a fruit orchard and now have their very own flock of sheep. US social security covers their monthly bills, and their lifestyle is all they’d dreamed about when they left the USA.
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