Latin America a hot spot for American retirees

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With its miles of beaches, lush rainforests, and welcoming colonial towns, Panama — like much of Latin America — has become a hot spot for American retirees. They come for the scenery, the weather and, perhaps more important, the low cost of living.

‘‘We were looking for a simple, cheap life,’’ said Linda McKee, 61, of Bonita Springs, Fla., while enjoying a glass of wine with her husband, Eric Carlson, on the porch of their home in Boquete, a mountain town in western Panama where many US retirees live. The couple moved to Panama six years ago after first trying Costa Rica.

International Living magazine, which for 30 years has published a ranking of the top 10 ‘‘havens’’ for retirees, included six Latin American countries in its most recent ranking.

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