5 best off-the-radar foreign retirement spots

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    By Robert McGarvey/TheStreet

    Forget Ecuador. Really forget Costa Rica. As for Italy, sure, if you win the lottery. All these are played out retirement locations -- once hot, once affordable but no more.

    Do you dream of retiring abroad, but also want to live on your Social Security check, which is what something more than one-third of us will do?

    Read on for a short list of places that deserve a second look, maybe more. They are affordable. The weather is nice. The politics are (reasonably) stable. Americans are welcome (though you may have to learn at least a little of a foreign tongue).