Every year, many people from all over the world decide that retiring in Costa Rica is right for them. With the warm weather, friendly people, and affordable housing, it’s a wonderful idea. Once you have visited Costa Rica and decided that it’s right for you, you will want to handle a few things to make transitioning to your new home that much easier.
Once you have your housing secured, you will want to look into other aspects of life, like getting a local cell phone, setting up a bank account, and making sure utilities for your house are in your name. Companies like Send Me South, have systems in place to help you handle these affairs so that you can enjoy your retirement in Costa Rica. Local cell phones in Costa Rica are inexpensive and easy to use. Having a local cell phone will allow you to start making friends and have a way for people to contact you regarding other business you may be handling, like buying a car, or finding a doctor. Send Me South can have a phone waiting for you at the airport, and they can help you with transport to your new home.
Setting up a bank account in Costa Rica can be difficult without residency. If you are in the process of applying for residency, but would like to get a bank account set up to make your retirement easier, you can create a corporation. A personal corporation in Costa Rica can hold assets such as cars, real estate, cell phones, and utility accounts. Retiring in Costa Rica can be that much easier with a personal corporation, and the process of setting up bank account to manage your finances is faster with a corporation. Send Me South can help you set up a corporation so that you can begin to put your retirement life in order.
Depending on where you will be retiring in Costa Rica, your utilities will be handled differently. If you are renting a house, utilities can probably stay in the name of the home owner. If you purchase your retirement home, you will want to put utilities in your name. Utilities in Costa Rica work essentially the same as in your home country. Many houses in Costa Rica have hot water through electrical heaters, not gas, and often times you purchase a gas tank at the local grocery store to cook your food, so gas is not commonly a utility you have to set up. As Costa Rica enjoys so much rainfall year round, some houses are set up to collect rain water, so you may not have a water bill at your new retirement home either. Again, Send Me South can help you figure out which utilities you will be responsible for and which ones you don’t have to worry about. Using the personal corporation that Send Me South can help you form, putting utilities in your name can be hassle-free.
Whether you are planning on retiring year round in Costa Rica, or simply wish to spend the winter months in a warmer climate, you will find that Costa Rica makes an excellent retirement location. Making use of Send Me South and the services they provide will allow you to enjoy your retirement and not worry about some of the more mundane or tedious aspects of moving and retiring. After all, you’ve spent years working; now it’s time to enjoy and let someone else do the work for you! And, if you are still a few years away from retirement, it’s never too early to start thinking about Costa Rica. If you have any fears, concerns, or worries, don’t hesitate to contact us and see how we can help you with the process of retiring in Costa Rica.