More and more, you hear people say they want to move to Costa Rica. Or, at least, visit. And, why not? Costa Rica offers many advantages:
- Costa Rica is known as The World’s Top Retirement Destination
- Those who live in Costa Rica are some of the Happiest People on Earth
- The cost of living is lower than in the US, Canada and Europe
- Non-citizens can own property outright, just like back home
- It’s a great place for kids and to raise a family
- It’s a peaceful haven in a dangerous and uncertain world
- It’s a place of unspoiled nature and sustainable living, powered by renewable energy
Costa Rica Is A Great Place to Live – and An Awesome Country to Visit
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination – more than two million tourists visit this small country each year. They love the country’s natural beauty, pretty beaches and wildlife-packed forests. Many tourists put down roots here as expats, retirees and second-home buyers. Below are ten reasons why Costa Rica is a great place to live:
- It’s a stable, democratic, peaceful country. In fact, it officially abolished its army in 1949. It’s the only Latin country listed in the 22 most steadily democratic countries since 1950.
- It’s close to the US. It’s a 2 hour & 40-minute flight from Miami and 5 hours from New York. With so many major airlines flying here, and budget groups like Southwest, you can take advantage of low-cost fares to visit friends and family back home…or they can come visit you.
- It has a growing economy, up by 3.6% in 2010. The total amount of foreign direct investment was second only to Panama in the Central American region in 2010. And, 2014 was a record year for tourism – more than two million tourists visited Costa Rica.
- It’s stunningly beautiful. Costa Rica has an abundance of natural wonders…volcanic peaks, a craggy spine of mountain ridges twisting its way through the center of the country, limpid lakes, thundering waterfalls, pristine beaches, and rich cloud and rain forests. About 27% of the land lies in parks and reserves. One area, the immense Corcovado park in the Southern Zone (covering more than 100,000 acres), ranks as the most biologically intense place on the planet, according to National Geographic. Fluorescent frogs, scarlet macaws, secretive tapirs, sociable monkeys, gigantic butterflies…you can’t help but spot wildlife in this place.
- Medical care is top quality and affordable. In San Jose, the capital, hospitals like CIMA provide world-class care at a fraction of the cost you’d pay back home. Costa Rica is a popular choice for North American medical tourists looking to cut the cost of major procedures (dental treatments, joint replacements, eye surgery, etc). Costa Rican residents pay a low monthly fee to join the CCSS national health care system and can use CCSS hospitals and clinics. Fees for private medical cover start from around $50 a month.
- Costa Rica boasts a superb quality of life. Life expectancy is high, at 77.7 years on average. The country also regularly tops the Happiness Index. The index is a measure of health, life satisfaction, and environmental footprint. A score of 8.5 for life satisfaction places Costa Rica almost a full point ahead of its closest rival in this category. Costa Rica’s easygoing, friendly, family-centered, low-stress outdoors lifestyle plays a big factor in longer life-spans and feeling content.
- The climate is warm year-round, outside the Central Valley (where temperatures hover in the 60s). Wave goodbye to freezing winters, ice and snow. Temperatures average in the 70s and 80s, with no tornadoes or hurricanes. If you enjoy spending time outdoors…sport fishing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, zip lining, horse riding, hiking, wildlife watching…the climate in Costa Rica will allow you to enjoy these activities pretty much all year.
- You have a choice of residency options. You can become a resident if you can prove income of $1,000 a month, for example.
- Costa Rica is already home to an estimated 40,000 North American expats who own property in Costa Rica, or live here full or part time. They have a long-established association of residents with a bi-monthly newsletter, and they help newcomers get settled in.
- It’s affordable. It’s not just the health care. Property taxes are low, at around 0.25% of the recorded or municipal-registered value of the property annually. That’s around $462 on a $185,000 property…annually. You can afford domestic help, too.
Ready to visit now? Fill out this form and we’ll help you plan your trip. Want to just vacation and maybe see a few sample places to rent or purchase. We can do. Want to do a house-hunting trip and maybe try to fit in some fun? We can do that too. While Costa Rica may be a relatively small country, the number of towns, the variety of climates and scenery affords many choices. We’ll help you think through what type of place…and we’ll then help you design your visit around the best places to see and do during your stay. If you want to be left alone check things out yourself, that’s great. Or, if you’d like to meet with a MyPlace team member in each town you visit to see sample places to rent or purchase, then we can arrange that too.