Retire to Palawan
If you choose to retire to Palawan you will live in a truly beautiful place.
This is the place I picture when I think of paradise. Powdery white sand beaches, pristine clear blue waters, exotic looking offshore islands,and rugged mountains in the background.
Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island
Palawan's almost 1,200 miles of irregular coastline are dotted with roughly 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. It also harbors a vast stretch of virgin forests that carpet its chain of mountain ranges. The mountain heights average 3,500 feet in altitude, with the highest peak rising to 6,843 feet at Mount Mantalingahan.
The province has two types of climate. The first, which occurs in the northern and southern extremities and the entire western coast, has two distinct seasons – six months dry and six months wet. The other, which prevails in the eastern coast, has a short dry season of one to three months and no pronounced rainy period during the rest of the year. The southern part of the province is virtually free from tropical depressions but northern Palawan experiences torrential rains during the months of July and August. Summer months serve as peak season for Palawan. Sea voyage is most favorable from March to early June when the seas are calm. The average maximum temperature is 31 degrees C with little variation all year.
Palawan is very safe. There are no earth-quakes, no typhoons, no volcanoes, and a very low crime rate. There are nine provincial government hospitals, two national government hospitals, one military hospital and nine private hospitals in the province.
You would have almost everything anyone could want if you retire to Palawan.
This was rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the best island destination in East and Southeast Asia region in 2007, and the 13th best island in the world having "incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes." Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted its beaches, coves and islets as the tourist destination with the best beaches in Asia, and renowned underwaterexplorer Jacques Cousteau has described the province as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world.
The biggest city on Palawan is Puerto Princessa which has a little over 200,000 people. Here you will find most of the modernamenities that we are used to in the western world including a full range of English language TV and high speed Internet.The city also has an airport and can be reached from Manila in about 1 hr and 15 minutes. The city itself does however have a dingy and old feel -- like small town USA in the 1960s.
The cost of living is very low here and you can live quite well, with servants, on an income of $1,000 a month. Another great reason to retire to Palawan.
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Beautiful white sands
long empty beaches
View from dock
Isla Puting Buhangin
Puerto Princessa baywalk
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