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Costa Rica Retirement

There are many reasons why people chose Costa Rica as the ideal retirement location. Aside from the warm weather, lower cost of living, and affordable housing market, Costa Rica provides many golf courses, natural attractions, and hot spring and spas to help you really enjoy your Costa Rica retirement.

The area surrounding San Jose offers many golf courses. Along the Pacific side, you will also find golf courses with great ratings on WorldGolf.com. Regardless of where you have decided to spend your retirement in Costa Rica, you will have access to these golf courses as Costa Rica is a small country, and in just a few hours, you can drive from coast to mountains to city and back again. If you would like to spend some of your Costa Rica retirement playing golf, you will find many options to fulfill your desires. Check in with our realty team that can help you find a home on a course.

In addition to wonderful golf courses, Costa Rica has a multitude of national parks and wildlife preserves. There are 20 national parks and 8 wildlife preserves set up throughout the country, making Costa Rica the country with the highest percentage of protected land in the world. This setting provides you with hundreds of miles of land to explore and thousands of species of plants and animals to discover as you enjoy your new life in Costa Rica. The parks and preserves are maintained by the National Parks Services, and you can set up tours, accommodations, and overnight excursions throughout the country. You can utilize the Send me South concierge service to book your adventure to start exploring your new home. Costa Rica is a bird watcher’s paradise, and there is a good chance, depending on where you live, that you will get to encounter many species of birds right on your back porch. From toucans to parrots, monkeys and sloths, butterflies and lizards, Costa Rica provides many encounters with wildlife. What better way to enjoy your Costa Rica retirement than to be surrounded by tropical rainforests?

You may decide that it’s time to really treat yourself while you settle into retirement. Costa Rica is home to several active volcanoes, which means there are natural hot springs throughout the country. Some of these are in a completely natural state, and can only be accessed by using a local guide in your area. There are other hot springs and spas that have been refined for maximum enjoyment. In La Fortuna, the town near to Volcan Arenal, you will find a variety of hot spring options. Many of these resorts also offer accommodations, restaurants, bars, massage, and spa services. While there are other hot springs throughout Costa Rica, the resorts at La Fortuna are some of the nicest in the country, and spending some time here is an excellent way to treat yourself, or relax after you have finished moving.

There are many other ways to enjoy your Costa Rica retirement, but now you have a few ideas of what Costa Rica has to offer. Whether you enjoying golfing, bird watching, exploring rainforests and waterfalls, or relaxing in a natural hot spring, you find there is something for everyone in Costa Rica. Take time to explore all that your new home has to offer.

Where to live in Costa Rica

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to live in Costa Rica. While it is a small country, with a population of just over 4 million people, and land area about the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica has 12 microclimates, two coastlines, both the Caribbean and the Pacific, mountains, volcanoes, cloud forests and rain forests. As such, you will want to put some thought into where you want to live in Costa Rica. The climate, the cost, and the infrastructure and services available in an area are some of the main points to consider when deciding where to live in Costa Rica.

When people think of Costa Rica, they think tropical paradise, and this is mainly true. But, while there are many hot, humid, lush parts of the country, there is also a lot of variety in weather and terrain. Believe it or not, it’s not just one big jungle! Along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, temperatures run hotter throughout the year than they do in the Central Valley or mountainous regions of the interior of the country. In the cloud forest region of Monteverde, you may even find yourself needing warm clothing as the nights, and some days, can be quite cool. Even if you are along one of the coasts where it is warmer, the rainy season can still bring cool days and evenings, with no sun and dampness for days at a time. The Atlantic slope, which runs all along the Eastern side of the country and boarders the Caribbean Sea, sees more rainfall annually than any other part of the country. If you don’t like rain, but want to be by the beach, the Pacific might be the right place for you. The temperatures can be quite hot along the Pacific coast with a dry period of up to six months out of the year. You’ll need to ask yourself if you want to live somewhere with more or less rain, hotter or cooler average temperatures.

Next, consider the costs of the different parts of the country. Towns and cities that see more tourism tend to have higher costs for food, drinks, and activities. Renting or purchasing a house or apartment will cost more or less depending on the demand and availability of housing options in a given region. When deciding on where to live in Costa Rica, think about how much money you are planning on spending each month for living costs. More affluent neighborhoods in the San Jose area will have higher housing costs than more remote parts of the country. On the flip side, more remote areas of the country will have higher costs for goods being delivered. Groceries, car parts, and medicine can all be costly if they have to be driven in from San Jose.

Infrastructure is the next thing to consider when deciding where to live in Costa Rica. If you are moving to Costa Rica for work, this will determine where you live. If you have children that need to attend school in Costa Rica, finding a place to live with a school that fits your child’s needs will be an important factor in choosing where to live. Having a hospital or clinic nearby may be more or less important to you based on your health needs and conditions. Also, think about what amenities and activities are important to you. If you like to do yoga, golf, go to the movies or the theater, you will want to find a place to live that offers these services. Think about how far you are willing to travel to do simple errands like go grocery shopping, do your banking, or see a doctor. These factors are all very important when deciding where to live in Costa Rica.

While Costa Rica is a stable country with great education and healthcare systems, there are many parts of the country that have a very “off the grid” feel and location to them. Take some to think how removed from the hustle and bustle of city life you want to be. If you are moving to Costa Rica to “get away from it all”, you might want to be further from San Jose, but this means being further from certain things you might be used to. Living in more secluded parts of the country can be very enjoyable and is appealing to many people, but be sure you are prepared to do without certain amenities and services within close proximity.

Wherever you decide to live in Costa Rica, you will find the country welcoming, exciting, and beautiful. Before you start searching for your desired location, take some time to consider the climate, costs, and infrastructures of each region of the country. Once you have a good idea of the region of the country you want to live in, you can begin the process of looking for housing options in your dream location. Ask us about the Send me South scouting trips and orientation tours.

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