80% Expats Love Guimaras as Retirement Destination

I retired to the Philippines almost ten years ago with my lovely Filipina wife. Because my spouse was born and raised in Guimaras, we moved to this island province. While this post’s survey is strictly informal, I believe “80% Expats Love Guimaras as Retirement Destination.”

80% Expats Love Guimaras as Retirement Destination

Seems like there is no firm figure on how many foreigners actually live in Guimaras. Figures run from 200-300 all the way to 1,000.

While annual tourism figures report about 1,700, visitors come to the isle; I only have met around 60 or so expats that actually live here.

Not every foreigner that retires in Guimaras stays, however. Furthermore, some “part-timers” split their time between their home country and the Philippines.

April at Raymen Beach in Guimaras

Our niece April at Raymen Beach

Guimaras Has Lot to Offer Retirees

Guimaras has a plethora of sandy white beaches, little nuggets of paradise like Raymen Beach. If gardening is your hobby, you can plant trees, flowers and plants year round.

In contrast, if you enjoy spending your time at the local “watering hole,” Guimaras has an abundance of those also. Because there’s no organized Wednesday afternoon expat meeting anymore, that I know of, you might have to drink alone with nobody else.

New Businesses Springing Up in Guimaras

Guimaras, with a population of approximately 163,000, is divided into five major municipalities.

A new Jollibee’s will be opening up. Jollibee’s will be driving out a lot of local businesses like my wife’s Cousin Emma’s Jade Market. A large swath of land, near “The Crossing” has been sold to The Bee.

Jade and Joe Michael Mrktg in Guimaras

We also already have a “Chooks to Go” and Goldilocks.

There’s a collection of churches in Guimaras representing many different denominations for the saints. In contrast, for the sinners, there’s also a mixture of KTV bars.

80% Expats Love Guimaras as Retirement Destination

Not every foreigner that retires in Guimaras stays, however.

Some have moved onto new adventures in different countries.

Several expats have moved to nearby Panay Island to enjoy big city life in Iloilo.

Monetary issues are sometimes the issue.

However, not everyone that dislikes living in Guimaras has left. There are foreigners that hate living in the Philippines. Despite this, they remain.

Why?

I honestly don’t know.

Frankly, those expats would probably complain no matter where they resided.

Hence, while I will grumble about the occasional power outages we have and trike and jeepney drivers, Guimaras is a great place to live.

Speeding Guimaras Jeepneys Crash; 17 injured

Mostly quiet and safe. Friendly people. It’s not paradise. However, it’s not far off the mark most of the time.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.