Uruguay – One Of The Best Countries To Live And Retire?

Many foreigners live and retire in Uruguay because of its fantastic nature and quality of life. Uruguay has a lot to offer those who decide to live and retire in Uruguay. Whether you dream of a restored colonial home with modern interiors and harbor views…A small cottage in a quiet courtyard…Or a lazy beach retreat where you can sit on the balcony and watch the waves crash on the sand…you can find it in Uruguay – one of the best countries to live and retire in the world.

Many recommend Uruguay as the best value for your second home dollar. This is the second smallest country in South America after Suriname.

The name Uruguay means river of colorful birds. Is related to the name Guyana: Arawak-Guayana, land of many wat

Punta del Este
Image by Jefferson Bernardes via Flickr

ers. The country has a predominantly low-lying landscape.

Unlike the South American neighbors, crime is not a serious problem in Uruguay. Like anywhere, you should, however sensible precautions are taken. That said, Montevideo provides the highest chance for a run-in with pickpockets. So maybe this should not be your first choice.

Uruguay has an extensive internal bus system. Non-local departmental buses leave from the Tres Cruces station that also serves international coaches. The buses are frequent, and many companies serving the same routes. Unlike other South American countries, taxis in Uruguay are safe and quite affordable.

In rural areas, hitch hiking is fairly common and as safe as hitching is everywhere. There are several places to visit in Uruguay offers a wide range of activities.

Punta del Este is the area most frequented by celebrities due to its vibrant nightlife. More than 100 hotels with charming roman architecture, 80 restaurants and numerous clubs and live music on the beaches all contribute to this country’s culture.

Set on the Rio de la Plata, it offers beautiful wide white sandy beaches, some perfect for swimming and others to surf (both with spectacular sunsets). Punta del Este is well located for day trips to the mountains for hiking, fishing and windsurfing, and boat tours to see sea lions, golf, horse riding and visit different beaches.

Known for its cave system, Las Grutas Beach is can be lots of fun to explore, and offers live music, exercise equipment, internet access and entertainment directly on the beach. Nearby Jose Ignacio is also a good place to go to see some local arc

Lobos Islands in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
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hitecture and eat some fresh seafood.

There are several places to visit in Uruguay offers a wide range of activities.

Approximately 60 percent of the population is covered by private non-profit public health organizations called mutualistas. Free coverage by the Ministry of Public Health covers about 20 percent of the population, and military and or police or private companies cover about 10 percent.

The contribution of the alternating conquerors and diverse immigrants has resulted in native traditions that integrate this diversity. Complete with its own music and dance; gaucho is about pride and dignity, individual integrity and national identity.

This is just a short glimpse into what makes Uruguay one of the best countries to live and retire. You can continue your research below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uy.html

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2091.htm

http://wikitravel.org/en/Uruguay

Best South Asia country to retire in?

I’m an American thinking about retiring in a South Asian country where the American dollar values well with the currency rate – Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia etc.. But I would still want to work because I want to not because I have to. Which country is easiest to get a job maybe teaching English, visas, and best for health care?

For easy teaching job and dollar value Bangladesh is good, but when you consider many other things I would recommend Malaysia. Good luck

What is the best country to retire in central america + warm weather-wise?

Affordable Housing, low crime, Hurricane free. decent Hospital care, close to Paradise but not to close; lots of years to go I Hope ?

Well none of the seven Central American countries have what you want:

*Affordable Housing: You can find it in all of the Central American Countries

*Low Crime: Oh man, this is hard. Central America is the most dangerous region in the world according to the UN. This situation is worse in the Northern Triangle (Specially in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador; but increasingly in Nicaragua, Belize remains as the safiest country in Northern Central America), but in Costa Rica and Panama the situation is not good either. These two countries have levels more similar to those found in South America, but they are still dangerous.

*Hurricane Free: Only Panama, and it still have risk of flooding.

*Decent Hospital Care: Costa Rica and Panama.

*Close to the paradise: San Jose is surrounded by volcanoes and rain-forest. Panama City has rain-forest as well. Guatemala City and Tegucigalpa lie between beautiful mountains. Belmopan, has rain-forest. Managua and San Salvador are close to lakes and beaches.

In resume none of the countries have all you need. Crime and Hurricanes are major problems.

Here are the choices:

*Belize: Only English speaking country in the region. It is a beautiful country, and the only country in Northern Central America with no maras. It has a well preserved rain-forest. Houses are really cheap. Devasting hurricanes from June to November. Coastal Flooding year-round. If you do not know spanish, Belize is your option.

*Guatemala: It is a real paradise: volcanoes, rain-forest, beaches, mountains…. The worst part: High crime levels, violent earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding… But you have to consider that the living cost is low, so it is a really good option. If you now how to take care about your safety, Guatemala should be your option.

*El Salvador: Well, rain-forest were cutted many years ago. But it still have beautiful volcanoes and small rain-forest areas in well preserved National Parks. People very friendly like in the rest of the region. Safety? 14 deaths daily because of the gangs, maras, etc. Natural Hazards? You’re in the Land of the Volcanoes (they are an attractive, but also some of them are active), earthquakes, some hurricanes. El Salvador is a good option, because is an small country with a lot of things. You won’t spent many money in transport. But safety is piece of sh.. here.

*Nicaragua: Let me see, you have the second largest rain-forest in Latin America here. Many volcanoes, the largest Lake in Central America (it even have sharks), rivers. Safety? it is a dangerous country but safer than Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. What about natural hazards? this country is EXTREMELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO HURRICANES, also destructive earthquakes, and of course volcanic activity. Landslides are not rare. As the poorest country in the region, the living coast is really low, so if you have money come to Nicaragua. But do not forget the political instability and take care on the streets.

*Honduras: Rain-forest, mountains, and some of the best beaches in the region (if not the best), Honduras is a real paradise. But it is a dangerous country, the most dangerous in the region. Despite being Volcano free (oh yes! no eruptions), Honduras is susceptible to hurricanes and earthquakes. The living coast is low, so Honduras is an attractive option. You have many places to go.

*Costa Rica: Rain-forest is the biggest attraction, also volcanoes, beaches and rivers. Costa Rica has political stability, a decent Hospital Care and Affordable Housing. But the safety is getting really bad; however is the safest of all the region’s countries. Natural Hazards? Costa Rica lies between two tectonic plates, so EARTHQUAKES ARE A MAJOR PROBLEM, also hurricanes along the Caribbean Coast. Costa Rica is also among the best ones, in fact many people retire here, but the living cost is higher than that of Northern Central American countries.

*Panama: Rain-forest, the Canal, beaches… Panama is the richest country in the region, it has the best Hospital Care. Panama is a little bit more dangerous than its northern neighbor of Costa Rica. But Natural Hazards are not a big problem, as Hurricanes rarely hit the country (for example the Hurricane Mitch did not affected it).

You have the last choice, I would choose either Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala or Honduras.

what branch of the military is best for me?

ok im 17, about to graduate high school in may. I know I am joining the military, but still undecided on what branch, I am leaning toward the air force because my dad was is retired army and he said its the best way to go.I will be going active duty. I want to leave in June, so i need to hurry and find out which branch im going to join so the job I want will still be open. I really still havent decided what job i want to do. I probably want to be an accountant some day,after i get out. I am somewhat smart, ive took a couple advanced classes i mostly make A’s B’s. i also like to play sports.i rather wouldnt want to go to iraq but the idea of going doesnt really bother me because sometimes you got to do what you got to do and do whats best for your country.
Any help you can give would be great
I have talked to all the recruiters, they all are BS, everyone of them from each branch all said that "We are the only branch to guarantee you your job". They all make it sound like the best thing ever. And I am not just joining just because my dad did. And i got 75 on PREASVAB so im pretty sure i can get any job i want, and im pretty sure im getting at least 60 on ASVAB

There are many well-intentioned people posting their suggestions here. But you have to realize that what was good for them may not be good for you.

The smart thing to do is to speak with all military recruiters and tell them about your civilian career goals. See what they all have to offer you that is related to your interests. If your military job is related to what you want to do as a civilian, that will help you when you leave the military. But you may also want to something totally unrelated to your civilian interests; something more adventurous like airborne or military intelligence.
When trying to narrow down your selections, consider the following.
If you want to live on a boat, Navy and Coast Guard are possibilities.
If you don’t mind camping out in the woods, Army and Marines are possibilities.
If you don’t mind flying, Air Force is a possibility.

Just remember one thing. If a recruiter promises you something and does not write it down in your contract, there is no guarantee you will receive that promise.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

the car u drive look at urs!!?

Alfa
Passionate and romantic, you fancy yourself. A bit unreliable, and can be eccentric too. You hate BMW drivers, but think and act just like them.

Audi
You would like to believe you are part of the new generation that is caring, environmentally conscious and family-orientated. Actually quite boring; nothing more than a glorified wuss. Will one day probably drive a Merc, but you still sometimes wonder if you shouldn’t have bought that Bee-Em.

BMW
Self-centred, ambitious, dynamic and assertive. Can be a big show-off pig. Likes impressing too. Buppies and kugels past sell-by date. You think you will be CEO one day. Actually an office weenie who thinks you are God’s gift.

Daewoo
Faceless, subservient and demure (except for Matiz drivers). To you, a good deal is to work from nine to five, get nothing for it, and still say thank you. And then you wonder why you don’t have money for a time after hours.

Ford
You still live in the 70’s, trying to cope with the 90’s (don’t even mention the millennium). A loyal, diligent worker, but baffled by office politics and labour policies. Next car will probably also be a Ford.

Holden
You are the ultimate on-road idiot. You think your 80s model Commodore is a V8 supercar, OR you think by owning a Barina you’re a true Holden fan. You’re either a redneck or a way-too-standard family parent – but either way, you most likely drive like you’re the only person on the road. You’re even ignorant enough to argue that the new Commodore is better than the new Ford.

Honda
You aspire to drive a BMW. You are an opinionated pain-in-the-butt. The ultimate suffragette, or the boss’s girlfriend (male or female!).

Isuzu
You like the smell of diesel and have secret fantasy of being a truck driver.

Hyundai /Kia
Quite progressive, intelligent and practical. But misguided. The kind of person who will suggest a sub-committee to find solutions to what the committee couldn’t. You will always maintain that a Korean car is better than any Japanese model.

Jeep
You would like to believe you are living the American dream and just love the great outdoors. The closest you get to it is by watching Days of Our Lives and the Adventure Channel.

Land Rover
You are a designer person with a designer life, who always pays too much for everything. Designer mud comes free with the badge. You’re a closet colonial racist and have fantasies about the Queen. If you have a Freelander, it was probably a break-up gift from your ex.

Mazda
A Ford driver with less money. Mostly staid boring with no image and less imagination. Lots of retired people drive Mazdas. You’re in the way and should get off the road.

Mercedes-Benz
Responsible, immaculate and conservative. Boring CEO clones with too much money, or the office super-geek who can’t remember what it’s like to have fun. Definitely not dating material.

Nissan
Good, solid, responsible, loyal office-fodder. You like to travel and maintain that you can sell ice to the Eskimos. Favourite answer: "It’s a company car."

Mitsubishi
Not as label-conscious as your Land Rover counterpart, but still suckered into believing in the ultimate Paris-to-Dakar, African adventure. You drive through puddles to create your own designer mud. You believe you’ve made the grade, but everyone else knows you’ve got a long way to go.

Peugeot
Thinks France is the best country in the world and bores everybody with your limited French knowledge and tales of the Louvre and the Sourbonne.

Porsche
Small dick or mid-life crisis.

Renault
An eccentric who likes doing things the wrong way around. Usually the one who asks all the silly questions at staff meetings. You fervently believe you have flair, but it’s less than that of a French cookbook. Most probably gay.

Ssangyong
A make-believe fool, because you’d like a Pajero but can’t afford it. Don’t actually know that the engines are made in India and not in Germany.

Toyota
Although there are thousands of them, you mostly can’t spot them in their zero-image cars. Toyotas are good, reliable cars and are bought by a wide variety of people who have zero personality to go with their cars and are basically chicken-shit scared people who will never take chances and will therefore be driving Toyotas forever.
The most zero-image car in the world?, … a white Corolla

Volkswagen
Highly overrated for dependability cars since the days of the Beetle, but they do have a good re-sale value. Usually practical, sensible people who like to drive fast where nobody can see them. They are usually loyal to their brand to the point of irritation due to the fact that they lost their virginity on a Beetle’s back seat.

Volvo
As square and safe as the car

Omg! That is just like me I drive a Jeep! I’m happy my boy friend doesn’t drive a Porsche!! LOL

Should I join the military or be a civilian?

Hello, im a freshman in college and I am having a problem deciding what to do with my life

I could join the air force and enjoy decent pay, great housing, chances to fly planes, etc. I have seen the air force officer benefits package and its ideally everything you would want ie security, health, education, base housing,etc. the problem with this is that it severely restricts your personal freedom.

While i like the above things i find that it would limit my life.Its too perfect. I feel like i want to be able to do things like backpack europe or be able to switch jobs whenever i feel like it, be able to live in paris for 4 months then move to canada for a month then japan for a week.

I’m also slightly ashamed to say this but if i did join the air force, serving my country would not be one of my main reasons. The reason for this is that i consider myself an "international citizen" and I also have a polish citizenship. I am not a typical average joe who thinks america is the best. Country borders do not mean much to me and while america is my home, i find that ethnocentrism is a very bad state of mind.

Some people tell me to join the air force because you can retire at 48. I don’t like this comparison as it assumes i want to quickly get through life and my career so i can retire. I want to enjoy my career. It also assumes that my life will be scripted and closed to change and new experiences. That is definitely not something i want, and while the air force could give me lots of good things, it could potentially make my life too scripted and planned out.
Its not like i feel forced to join the military. I have liked the military since i was little, i watch the military channel all the time and Im even almost finished pledging pershing rifles ( a military honor fraternity)

Hello Peter.

Your citizen of the world interest has helped to answer your own question.

You are not the kind of person who would do well in the military services.

Chance to fly airplanes? No. There is no chance to fly airplanes. Only about 3 percent of the Air Force will ever qualify to become an Air Force pilot. It will take 8 years of your life just to be qualified and proficient as a pilot. That is "IF" you are selected, if you pass the flight physical, and pass undergraduate pilot training, and graduate pilot training.

Don’t let the military spend $1 million + dollars on you if you are not serious about defending America or that America is a second best country in the world in your mind.

We only want "Typical Joes who think that America is best" to join up and serve together as a TEAM.

You would not be on our TEAM.

So, finish your college and get that plane ticket to Europe and back pack your way across the Continent. Go visit Poland and see how you like that country.

Best wishes,

Larry Smith
SMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
First Sergeant

Who do you blame more for high energy cost, the Democrats or the Republicans? Why?

The Dems are more interested in protecting the three toed wingless Wombat than alowing our own energy development.

The Republican’s have supported the interest of big oil over the needs of the country.

Wouldn’t it be best to retire both parties?

I blame the Federal Reserve.

Yea… go ahead and get rid of Democrats. That way it will cause you to have to think harder on what the actual problem is since it will still be there after Dems are long gone.

Where do you live and ….?

1) What country do you live in?
2) What do you like about living there?
3) What don’t you like about living there?
4) Where would you rather live (or what is your second choice)?

I’ll start:

I live in Canada.

I like the unrealized opportunity it presents. I like the values that are praised here – modesty, integrity, loyalty – and our idealistic policies. I like how we can maintain a public healthcare system with relatively low taxes. The value of family over wealth. Our attitude with the rest of the world.

I don’t like the cost of realizing that opportunity. The education system, while excellent, is extremely costly. The costs of making it big. This lends an image of not the best country to realize a dream. Unless your dream is family-oriented. Our image of insignificance, due to our small population.

Canada would be my first choice (I’ve only traveled to the US, so maybe I don’t know better yet). I’d like to visit New Zealand for the scenery, might be a nice place to retire. European countries for this history, although I’m not sure about living there for economic reasons.

Yours?
Yeah, i guess asking this on the American board isn’t asking for variety lol
Oh, pardon me bmovie…

I live in Fantasy Land

I like how we can maintain a public healthcare system with relatively low taxes.

I don’t like how people can insult my intelligence about a place I live, work and prosper in.

If I had a choice, I’d live in….Canada. Since according to you it is so much like Fantasy Land anyway 😉

1. USA
2. I like all the food and how people come to together were you live and everyone can just be good friends.
3. Wars, and some very mean people.
4.AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why is the USA the best country?

as an Englishman who is currently on business in the USA i feel i must ask this.
As M.D and travelling executive of HuGe LoNg BeLtS Ltd i have nothing but praise for the USA, my business is thriving and due to the USA profits i may now retire.
Thanks Yanks

Sid…this is amazing…and I suspect most unexpected on your part…

You have brought out a bunch of Hate America Firsters!

America is the best country because of:

1 – Liberty
2 – Federalism
3 – Rule of Law
4 – An insight offered by the Frenchman Marbois when discussing the price for the Louisiana Purchase (paraphrasing): "Think about what you are buying…you are not just buying land, you are buying no neighbors…no disputes."

These things make our *government* the best…people are no different anywhere.

Why are all these Senators and Congressmen deciding to retire or not to run for re-election?

Evan Bayh announced that he is retiring – joining a growing number of "no-shows" for the November election.

Who else do you think will join them? and if Obama’s agenda is so good for the country, and he’s doing such a ‘great job cleaning up the mess of his predecessor’ (their words, not mine), then why would all these Dems jump ship?

They’ve probably looked at their polling numbers and don’t want to suffer the humiliation of defeat.

Voters have every right to be angry and that anger will be demonstrated in Nov. Hopefully it’s not just the Dems who are aware of this but many of the neocons also need to go. It’s time to clean house and to revitalize this country.