We are often asked by our clients why people make the choice to retire in Costa Rica. Every person who has made the move will likely give you a different list of reasons. The following are some of the reasons most often cited.
The Happy Planet consistently places Costa Rica at the top of their rankings. This index takes into consideration life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint in producing a long, happy and sustainable life.
International Living consistently ranks Costa Rica in the top ten places for expat retirement. This index takes into consideration a vast number of factors including: cost of housing, cost of food, climate, healthy lifestyle, quality and cost of health care, accessibility from other parts of the world, technology, benefits and discounts for retirees, and ease of assimilating into the culture.
The Southern Zone of Costa Rica is known as the place where the mountains meet the sea. This presents a variety of options in terms of where to live. You can choose from a peaceful location in the mountains to one with sweeping ocean views or a combination of the two.
Temperatures in Costa Rica are tropical year around due to the proximity of the country to the equator. It is perfect weather for enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities including the beaches, mountains, parks, and waterfalls.
Many residents of Costa Rica are bilingual. It is ideal to learn some basic Spanish but it is possible to live in Costa Rica without speaking Spanish fluently.
Costa Rica is known for having quality health care, reputed to be some of the best in Latin America. Retirees in Costa Rica have a choice of the private system or CAJA, the universal health care system. Note that you must secure Costa Rica residency prior to participation in CAJA. Costa Rica is becoming a prime medical tourism destination which reflects the quality of care and reasonable costs.
Many of the “creature comforts” you are accustomed to in North America are available in Costa Rica. While this is important to some, immersing yourself in the local culture and traditions is the best way to fully experience the Pura Vida lifestyle.
The phrase Pura Vida can easily be used to sum up all of the reasons that people choose to retire in Costa Rica. Literally translated it means simple life or pure life. However, it is more than that. It is a way of life, an emotion, an attitude, something that you can understand only after you have experienced it yourself.
Your professional team at Osa Tropical Properties is ready to help you find your piece of paradise in Costa Rica. Contact us today to get your adventure started.
The information in this newsletter is for the purpose of assisting you by providing general information to help you get started with your personal discovery of Costa Rica. We use and cite reliable resources but encourage you to do additional research on topics of interest. As you move thorough the discovery process; financial, legal and topic specific experts are the best source of definitive information prior to making any important decisions.