11. Nosara, Costa Rica

Monthly cost of living: $3,775

Laidback Pacific beach town
Weather: 80s F year-round
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10. Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Monthly cost of living: $2,000–3,000

Pacific coastal town
Weather: Hot, dry climate; year-round sunshine
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9. Akumal, Mexico

Monthly cost of living: $2,240

Sits on clear bay with easy beach access
Weather: Low 70s in winter, low 80s in summer
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8. Bocas del Toro, Panama

Monthly cost of living: $1,095–2,200

Part-mainland, part-archipelago with lush rainforest growth
Weather: Warm and muggy year-round
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7. Lucca, Italy

Monthly cost of living: $1,800–2,100

Tuscan city with easy access to Florence and to the province’s best beaches
Weather: Average 36 F in winter, 87 F in summer
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6. Lagos, Portugal

Monthly cost of living: $2,080

Hillside town overlooking a marina
Weather: 52 F wintertime, 75 F summertime
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5. Nazaré, Portugal

Monthly cost of living: $1,845

Situated on the country’s central Atlantic Silver Coast
Weather: 50s F in January, 85 F high in summer
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4. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Monthly cost of living: $1,760

Caribbean island
Weather: Upper 80s F in summer, low 80s F in winter
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3. Placencia, Belize

Monthly cost of living: $1,760

Seaside town at tip of a peninsula
Weather: Range from 72 F to 88 F
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2. Canggu, Bali

Monthly cost of living: $1,266

Up-and-coming island village still largely undiscovered
Weather: Annual maximum 86 F, annual minimum 73 F
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1. Langkawi, Malaysia

Monthly cost of living: $900

Island group in the Straits of Malacca with easy access to Thailand
Weather: Low 80s F year-round
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Small-town life appeals to many retirees. They like the friendly neighbors, safe streets and simple living that these places can provide. Some of the most attractive ones are located abroad.

International Living has compiled a list of 11 good-value, small-town communities in Latin America, Asia and Europe that retirees may want to consider. Check out the gallery to see these towns, ranked by average cost of living, and their typical weather.