Argentina provides prospective expatriates with a wide range of climates and multiple geographical landscapes. You can have tropical climate in the northern part of the country; a sub-polar climate in the south; or ocean front views with a variety of different climates from Buenos Aires all the way to the tip of South America.
Argentina is not as frequently mentioned as some other South American countries (including its neighbor to the north, Uruguay) as a retirement destination, but has a combination of features that tend to attract many retiring expats. It is obviously of interest to many expatriates and future expatriates or it would not rank as high on lists of possible retirement destinations as it has in recent years.
Its mixture of European and indigenous American cultures have made Argentina a top ranked destination for Europeans and Americans who like the familiarity of Argentina’s European heritage. For one who would like to possibly retire to Europe but finds the costs to high, Argentina’s cheaper cost of living provides a good alternative. The fact that the Argentine culture, lifestyle, and even architecture so closely resemble that of Europe makes it a popular choice for retiring Europeans. Buenos Aires is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and could easily be substituted or even mistaken for many metropolitan areas of Europe.
Argentineans are noted for their love of soccer, wine, and tango dancing. In the interior part of the country the Argentine cowboys (gauchos) herd the beef cattle for which the country is famous. Their vineyards and the popularity of their homegrown wines run a close second. Many of these vineyards historically go back to the early Italian immigrants who brought the occupation with them from Italy.
Like all prospective expatriate destinations it has it positives and its negatives. The cost of living is relatively low when compared with Canada, the United States, and most of the European Union countries. Visas are not difficult to get. You can get a temporary one-year residency visa renewable annually. After several years these temporary visas can be converted into a longer term visa with the possibility of citizenship.
Historically inflation has been a problem. Although in recent years this has not been a major problem, it still can be a currency exchange problem. In recent years, there has been increasing crime among some expatriate settlements. Again, you have to realize that the good and the bad tend to be localized and any comment about either can not be generalized to the general population. You simply have to get detailed information on your choice of location within the country and decide whether the good and the bad equate to a situation in which you would feel comfortable living.
As in all expatriate destinations, ultimately you have to decide what you want. In any case, Argentina is definitely one of those countries which should be considered.
Dr. Lamar Ross, a cultural anthropologist by training, has a special interest in training individuals for expatriate living and providing information on unique travel destinations. He is an author, educator, photographer, internet entrepreneur, and international traveler. He has lived in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and India and has traveled extensively in 29 different countries.
He presently splits his time between the U.S. and the Republic of Panama. He speaks both English and Spanish fluently and has a basic ability in several other languages. For more information on expatriate living, check out the blog Expatriate Traveler Notes. Check out also his Everything Travel Blog.