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Davao City, Philippines
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Retire in Davao, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Davao, Philippines. DATASENTENCE What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Davao?

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What is it like to retire in Davao?

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"Recreation is great for me as I am a swimmer. Nightlife is mostly at Hot Legs bars which offer temptations which are not supportive of my fidelity to my wife. A night out is mostly people watching or a restaurant meal," added another person in Prudential Village, Daliao, Davao City.

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"The life here is somewhat chaotic and unorganized. I miss the clean streets and organized living of Canada. I find the poverty disturbing. The Filipino men can be abusive to their wives and drink way too much alcohol. Last week an out of town family group abandoned a little 4 year old girl where we sit at the beach. She didn't even have clothes. That bothers me," commented one retiree living in Prudential Village, Daliao, Davao City, Philippines.

What are the most challenging aspects of retiring in Davao?

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"The lack of infrastructure, heat & humidity, stark grinding poverty, and the increase of price for Westerners," said another retiree in living in Prudential Village, Daliao, Davao City, Philippines.

What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in Davao?

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"An affordable 2 bedroom home 5 minute walk to the beach. Very minimal property tax. Cheap transportation and food costs. Friendly people. Loving wife. Not having cloudy, wet & cold weather. Not having to shovel snow and ice and pack firewood for my wood stove," commented one retiree living in Prudential Village, Daliao, Davao City, Philippines.

How do I meet people in Davao?

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

"Diving, rotary, NGO like tree planting or animals or street children. Church groups," said another retiree in living in Davao, Philippines.

What is life like in Davao?

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When we asked people living in Davao what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Socializing, eating, drinking, living a nice and happy life in and surrounded by nature," commented one retiree living in Davao, Philippines.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Davao?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Davao, they said:

"The best is to have some work over internet from outside the country. It is more an investment country over here than a job finding country," said another retiree in living in Davao, Philippines.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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