Retire in Santiago, Chile

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Santiago, Chile. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Santiago?

How do I meet people in Santiago?

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

"Sports at a reputable club. Meet the residents in the. Holding where one s to live. Get in loved in the s books your children (if any) go to. Sign up for a soccer (futbol) club," remarked another retiree in Santiago.

"My experience from visiting the last 2 years is to just start a conversation with someone who speaks english. DON'T rush. They do things much slower in Chile then the US. Relax- and just let things happen. It is surprising how well you can get to know someone over a 10 minute conversation. Get a drink or coffee- whatever you do- If you want to make friends- DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MEET THEM," said a retiree who moved to Santiago, Chile.

"Finding other expats here in Santiago is not very difficult at all really. Just take a stroll down Isidora Goyenechea or El Bosque and you´ll feel as though you found a street somewhere in the U.S. On one side of Isidora you have Bennigan's and directly across from that you find Starbucks's, Ruby Tuesday's and Hooter's. If you walk down the street just a bit farther you will come across TGI Friday's as well. In any of these places (especially at Bennigan's and Starbucks) you will find PLENTY of expats. You can also find, in the same area on Roger de Flor, a place called Cafe Melba which is run by a woman from New Zealand and caters specifically to the expat, English-speaking community. Not too far from there is the NY Bagel. There is certainly no shortage of places in Santiago to find fellow expats," said another retiree in Santiago.

What is life like in Santiago?

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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