Retire in Morocco

Learn about local food, customs, accommodations, money and more if you are planning to retire in Morocco.

| January/February 1971

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    Morocco is in the northwest of Africa.
  • Moroccan Art Market
    Time seems to slow down in this country, so embrace the pace at every turn. Take your time shopping at an old Moroccan art market.
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    Camels are a common sight near Tangiers and south of Casablanca.
    Photo by Carol J. May

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  • Moroccan Art Market
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Whether you're retiring for good after a full career of nine-to-fives or just getting out of the system before it gets you, why not get way out? Past the air-polluting traffic, sonic booms, billboards and lingering clutter of the plastic society. Why not go some place where the cash you've saved in the land with the highest standard (and cost) of living will go much, much further?

Where? Morocco, North Africa. A penny-pinchers' paradise for the adventuresome (but not for the convenience-spoiled or timid). If you make the move, you can groove among veiled fatimas and turban-topped Mohammeds instead of living next door to insurance salesmen and week-end rioters. You won't see many cars on the streets, but donkey and horse carts make much less noise and their "pollution" can be swept up and put on the garden. Instead of a picket fence around your pad, you might have a cactus hedge surrounding semi-tropical flowers and palms.

One of the best reasons to retire in Morocco has to be the fantastically low prices. I'll list specifics later, but to give you an idea of what it's like, the average Moroccan earns only about $350 a year. So, unless you want everything to be "just like the good old USA," a couple can get along nicely on an annual budget of $1,350.

Almost as good a reason to go is the easy living. It might take you a few days to get used to the idea that there's no need to sweat it, but pretty soon you'll find yourself really hanging loose and enjoying every day without the hectic frustrations of Western civilization. You may be bugged by busses and trains that run at random, but, on the other side of the coin, if you're a month late with the rent, nobody will get shook.

I've been living in Morocco for 10 months, and another reason I like it here is the climate. The country is much like Southern California, and spring has sunny days in the 60s and 70s. Summer averages in the 80s, but occasionally gets up to 130. Before you say "forget it," you should know that many summers pass without such extremes — and when the temperature does shoot up, it's only for a few days. The high this past year was 105, but it was dry and more comfortable than Chicago at 90.

Fall is about the same as summer: Nothing changes color, but temperatures cool a bit and the skies are still mostly clear. During the three-month rainy season, which begins in December, two-week-long rains are common, but the temperature never goes below 40. Still, you'll need some warm clothes against the damp.

8/31/2017 4:38:32 PM

It'd be great to see an update...noted date on article was 1971...I bet there's been some changes to the annual income of average Moroccan, and, the annual income needed to live 2017...Wouldn't pushing 50 years later, make a huge difference, not only on cost of living, but the area's chronic politics?

4/11/2015 3:51:12 PM

Hi is this info updated. I would love to live thiS way at this price but cannot find anything else besides this site that mentions prices this cheap please help

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