1. Cheaper cost of living
We all pay more and more to live in the United States but get less and less in return. However, you can still live very well on a modest budget in Costa Rica with some planning and discipline. For retirees that factor in things like healthcare costs, it can be far less expensive than living in the United States for a better standard of life.
Believe it or not, you can live comfortably for $2,000 - or less - per month in Costa Rica. Of course, there are more expensive areas and it all depends on your lifestyle, but the fact is that your money will go much further in Costa Rica, offering a better quality of life.
2. Better medical care
Costa Rica has a top-notch system of medical care with plenty of options for expats, from utilizing their state-run socialized system for residents, opting for affordable private healthcare insurance, paying out-of-pocket, or mixing in a combination of U.S. and travel insurance coverage.
You should be encouraged by the quality of Costa Rican medicine, too. It’s no coincidence that Costa Ricans are some of the healthiest people in the world, with higher life expectancy and lower infant mortality rates than those in the United States.
3. Modern infrastructure
Costa Rica is a modern, progressive, and even cosmopolitan nation for the most part, so expats will enjoy a strong infrastructure and all of the amenities and comforts they need. From banking to attorneys, buying a car to shopping, opening a business to healthcare, and even arts, culture, and food, you won’t be left missing home when you live in Costa Rica.
4. Warm, tropical weather
Costa Rica’s climate is tropical, with warm weather in the 80s most of the year. However, the climate here varies because there are two seasons: dry season and rainy (or “green”) season. Either way, you’ll learn to embrace and enjoy the warm, sunny weather and change of seasons.
There are also plenty of microclimates and cooler areas in the hills and mountains, in fact, the average daily temperature in the Central Valley is a moderate and cool 71 F (22 C), with a consistent breeze from the coasts passing through.
5. Remarkable nature
Costa Rica is one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth, a true nature lovers dream. From the tropical rainforests to the mangrove swamps, the cloud forests to the pristine beaches, Costa Rica boasts more than 10,000 species of plants, 1,300 species of orchids, 800 types of ferns and well over 100 different trees. Of course, you’ll also experience an astounding variety of birds, fish, butterflies, jungle animals and other beautiful creatures.
In fact, despite being only the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 different species, making up an astounding 5% of all the plant, insect and wildlife species on the entire Earth!
6. So close and easy to get to from the U.S.
Costa Rica is SO close to the U.S. and SO easy to get to and from! In fact, to reach most major U.S. cities, it only takes 2 to 5 hours and there are new routes and direct flights every month. With all of these short, nonstop flights, you can get to the airport in New York by breakfast and be on the beach in Costa Rica by lunch. And if you’re in Houston or Florida, you’ll spend more time waiting for the flight than you will in the air.
7. Expat and foreigner friendly
Costa Rica welcomes expats, and foreigners make up a small but significant portion of the country’s population. Likewise, there are about 2.7 million foreigners visiting Costa Rica every year, and tourism contributes heartily to their economy. Costa Rica is generally very friendly and accommodating to expats and foreigners, and even the visa and residency status requirements are simple to navigate once you get the hang of it.
8. Stable, safe, and secure
The reality is that you have to be careful no matter where you are in the world, but with some common sense, life in Costa Rica is super safe. Of course, every country (including and especially the U.S.!) suffers fromsome street crime in major cities, but you won’t find political upheaval or kidnappings, etc. in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has the oldest Constitution in Latin America, is the most stable democracy there, and they don’t even have an army or any military forces because it’s such a peaceful nation!
9. Foreigners can own real estate
Foreigners can buy real estate in Costa Rica and own a piece of paradise! When it comes to buying and selling property in Costa Rica, you’ll notice that there are a lot of similarities to the real estate ownership in the U.S. and Canada.
These days, the biggest demographic for home buyers in Costa Rica is actually U.S. Baby Boomers, who are retiring and looking to downsize or simplify, live a better quality life, or just move to a warmer climate.
10. Relax and enjoy the pura vida lifestyle!
The pura vida or mañana culture means don’t worry about things today - just relax and enjoy and deal with it tomorrow. This attitude reduces stress, improves happiness and leads to a number of health benefits. Over time, you’ll find yourself relaxing more and enjoying the warm Latin culture without all of the stress and tension that comes from the rat race in the U.S.
Once you do get down to Costa Rica, please allow yourself to embrace it. Slow down. Smile. Feel the warmth. Live the life you’ve always dreamed about, because you deserve it!
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