For many years the country has been considered a “nature lover’s Disneyland” because of its many natural wonders. Those interested in surfing, hiking bird watching zip lining, river rafting and the outdoors in general, will fall in love with this beautiful country.
Recently, Conde Nast Traveler published it’s ranking of “The 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World” and Costa Rica tops the list. The magazine took the top 30 countries listed in the “attractiveness” section of the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report and polled their editors for their personal choices to come up with a final list. Costa Rica, Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Dominican Republic, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Mauritius and Spain make the top 10. Mexico, Australia, Greece, Kenya are also part of this selection.
In addition, because of the country’s stellar international reputation it is considered one of the world’s premier retirement and relocation destinations. Costa Rica like every country in the world has its share of internal problems. But on the world stage the country is a bastion of sanity when compared to most places.
A few disgruntled expats nitpickers complain about the way the locals do things. Essentially they are would be unhappy anywhere they lived. That said let’s look at why Costa Rica is tops on the list of relocation and retirement havens.