12 Best Beach Cities in the World to Retire

On: May 18, 2020
By: Abhishek Dey

The lapping waves. The majestic views. The vitamin D. Who can resist the siren song of life at the beach—and why would you want to? A growing body of research is confirming that waterfront living is good for you as any people dream about retirement in a beach town. But a remote beach area isn’t always the right fit for retirees, who also need access to amenities and services, such as quality health care and transportation options. Here is a list of potential beach retirement spots, including data on housing affordability, happiness, desirability, and access to quality health care. If you’re someone who lives in the US, the UK, Canada, Israel, Denmark, India, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, do take a look at the highest-rated coastal places to retire.

11. Beirut Beach, Lebanon

Often called “Paris of the Middle East”, Beirut is a thriving hotspot for shopping, socializing and sightseeing, despite many wars and unrest. The city has been rebuilt several times, with modern architecture sharing space with Ottoman and colonial French buildings. There’s nothing keeping you from enjoying the jewel of Beirut. This gorgeous public beach is open to everyone. Gaze into the vibrant blue waters as you walk along the coast. Enjoy fresh seafood and delicious Lebanese cuisine at one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants. You’ll find everything you need, including beach balls, inflatable floaters and goggles. Sit down with your friends and a hookah by the beach. Or just take in the gorgeous sunset.

Population of Beirut: 1.3 million
Median House Value in Beirut: $354,000
Median Monthly Rent in Beirut: $1,429
Happiness Index: 4.77 (Country rank 111)

Lebanon has a lot of beautiful villages around Beirut where you can live and be between the city and the mountain/beach. Only a few places in the world have both beaches and mountains in close proximity, and Beirut is one of them.

  • Accessibility: 10/10
  • Atmosphere: 8/10
  • Sand and Water Quality: 8/10
  • Annual Days of Sunshine: 324
  • Average Annual Temperature: 35 C
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