Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Retire in Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Guatemala? Retirees share their experiences living in Guatemala.

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How do I meet people in Guatemala?

When we asked people living in Guatemala about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are group of people biking, playing pokers, theatre. Saturday mid day at the center of town big bbq where lots of expats goes. Lots of NGO offering volunteering plans," explained one retiree living in Panajachel.

"The best thing a new-comer should do is take a 10-15 ride to Antigua there you can meet all the expats you want," said another retiree in living in Cuidad Vieja, Guatemala.

"Esquipulas is a small,friendly,laid back city. Most people will say "Hi" to you on the street. There are only 5 expats here, and we don`t have a club. But, we do help each other when asked. It's a fairly safe place, unlike the Capitol. You can walk down the street at 2AM in the morning without fearing for your life," explained a retiree in Esquipulas.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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