International Living Announces Winners of the Dream Retirement Overseas Competition to Granada, Nicaragua

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Americans Bill and Nancy Mattox have won International Living's Dream Retirement Overseas competition.

The couple will spend a month “test driving” a retirement in Granada, Nicaragua, all expenses paid. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, a 4-week stay in a furnished house, and $1,500 spending money.

After receiving more than 300 video entries, chose Bill and Nancy Mattox as the winners of its Win a Dream Retirement Overseas competition. The couple will head to Nicaragua before the end of this year to try out an early retirement for a month in the colonial city of Granada. will provide the couple with two round-trip airfares, a 4-week stay in a furnished colonial home, and $1,500 in spending money.

Nicaragua is one of International Living’s top retirement havens for 2013—and one of the world’s best-value destinations. The colonial city of Granada is a community embracing rejuvenation. Today you’ll find there nice restaurants and cafes, an active town square, lovely cathedrals, and pastel-splashed colonial homes that hide garden-filled courtyards. Granada is well-located along the banks of Lake Nicaragua, just two hours from Pacific-coast beaches.

The winners will also receive a weekend away at Rancho Santana, an upscale Pacific-coast resort Forbes has called “simply stunning.” It boasts five sandy beaches and ample ranch land for horseback riding and hiking, swimming and surfing. The ranch will provide transportation to and from Granada, two nights in a 2-bedroom villa near the main clubhouse, and a complimentary horseback ride and spa treatment per person.

Living in Arkansas, Bill and Nancy say that they’re motivated to retire overseas by the prospect of a lower cost of living, a better climate, less stress, and the appeal of experiencing a different culture.

“Nicaragua is not on our short list of places to which we might like to retire; it is our entire short list,” says Bill and Nancy. “This is not a special vacation, but an exciting opportunity to thoroughly investigate Nicaragua as the place where we might spend the rest of our lives. Granada will make an excellent base camp to branch out from, to familiarize ourselves with different aspects of the country and four weeks is a great amount of time to accomplish our goals,” they said. will ask Bill and Nancy to report back details on the cost of living, general impressions of Nicaragua and any surprises about living overseas.

More details about the Dream Retirement Overseas competition can be found here: Win a Dream Retirement Overseas.

Bill and Nancy's winning video entry can be found here: Winning Video.

See here for 10 reasons why you should consider retiring to Nicaragua: Ten Reasons to Live in Nicaragua.

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