For many retiring Americans, heading to Mexico makes a lot of financial sense. It’s International Living’s overall winner, with a score of 90.9 and similarly high scores for housing (94) and cost of living (89). Retiring in Mexico is convenient, with flights back to the United States both affordable and quick. Expats love the beaches as well as the cheap, delicious cuisine, shopping, and historical attractions. International Living cites Lake Chapala and the Riviera Maya(and San Felipe, Baja) are retirement meccas and Americans can live well for about $1,200 a month.