I need to find out what countries with cooler climates that are the cheapest and safest to retire in with a fixed income of about $3,000.00 net per month. How difficult is it to gain some type of permnant residence in these countries?
I don't know the first thing about MA, but in SA it typically only takes time and patience to gain residence; bureaucracies work slowly and inefficiently, and knowing some spanish (or having access to someone who does) is indispensable.
Cooler climates are mainly found in the higher areas (Andes), coastal regions and the southern part of the cone (Chile and Argentina). 3k a month isn't that much, so I figure Chile is out. For the rest, I'd suggest you go and have a look what destination you like best.
I don't know the first thing about MA,
Tnx Utrecht; that happens when switching languages thrice in one minute
What I meant of course is C(entral)A
With that amount of money you could think in Peru. You can rent a flat/apartment for US$300 or less. Food and services are super cheap. It is safe. People is very kind, culture is huge and meals are very special.
Hope this helps.
I would recommend looking into Costa rica. There are highlands that provide varied climate, and many other positives to consider. Costa Rica has a program which will allow you to become a citizen with 1200 monthly income per person. This entitles you the better than average national health program. If you are really interested in hearing more, there is a group of expats who have formed a yahoo group called costa rica living. Most of them are retired. Worth looking into