The Gambia is an exotic haven of year-round sunshine, golden beaches, and beautiful scenery, less than six hours flight from the UK. After a lifetime of work, where better to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation? The Gambia is home to thousands of ex-pats, many of whom have lived there for decades. It's an ideal destination, whether you're looking for somewhere to retire all year round, or somewhere to spend six months of the year.
For all those hoping to retire overseas, here's why The Gambia ticks all the boxes....
The Gambia is an English speaking country known as The Smiling Coast. It's renowned for the friendliness of its people - you'll always receive a warm welcome from everyone you meet. Crime rates are remarkably low in The Gambia, as is the cost of living. Its infrastructure is steadily improving: there are excellent roads, and electricity and water supply is generally good.
Situated on the West Coast of Africa, facing the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia is close enough to the UK to visit friends and family on a regular basis (less than six hours flight), yet far enough away to enjoy a tropical climate.
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to property in The Gambia. Property is highly affordable when compared to those in the UK and other hotspots such as Spain. Plus, the country's conveyancing laws are relatively straightforward. One of the most popular recent property developments in The Gambia is Brufut Gardens (visit www.tafgambianproperty.com to find out more).
The Gambia has a rich and vibrant culture, with great food, music and local traditions. Its thriving ex-pat community are incredibly welcoming, and will soon help you integrate and make new friends. There are plenty of restaurants if you enjoy eating out and a wide choice of bars for those who are looking for a lively night-life.
The Gambia offers something for everyone. Nature lovers can visit its spectacular nature reserves or travel up-country by river. It's a favourite destination for bird-watchers, with hundreds of bird species to spot. If you love shopping, you can visit one of Gambia's bustling craft markets such as Albert Market in Banjul, while golfers will enjoy the popular Fajara Club. Fishing is also a popular pastime, with a variety of options such as beach-casting, creek fishing and deep sea fishing. These are just some of the activities you can enjoy...and there's plenty more to discover.
What to do next...
If you'd like to look further into retiring to The Gambia, the next step is to visit this beautiful country and start researching the properties available. Good luck in your new adventure!