Costa Rica, the World’s #1 Retirement Destination in 2018, has a lot going for it, no question…
There’s bargain real estate. Even desirable walk-to-the-beach home or mountain-view homes can be had for under $100,000. Rents start at $400—and that’s fully furnished, by the way. Sacrifice a view outside your back porch and you can buy for $60,000.
A long record of safety and stability. Costa Rica has had no army since 1948, and a strong democratic government since then.
The healthcare is cheap. In the government-run medical system, couples pay between $100 and $200 per month (the exact amount depends on income) and receive free care after that: prescriptions, doctor visits, diagnostic testing, surgery—the works. And costs in the private system are 1/3 or less than what you’d pay in the U.S.
Slightly smaller than West Virginia, this tiny country hosts a huge variety of climates and landscapes: palm-tree lined deserted beaches, steamy rain forests, high mountain forests, hillside farms, and more. There’s something for everybody.
A community for every lifestyle—from bustling market towns to isolated beachside outposts to big city suburbs to quiet farming villages—and everything in between. You can find an escape here that suits you perfectly.
Natural beauty that won’t ever disappear. Development in Costa Rica is sustainable thanks to a commitment to conservation made by the government and private landowners. A full quarter of this nation’s land is set aside as national park or private reserve.
A Costa Rica Snapshot
The army was abolished by constitutional amendment in 1948, with the money going to education and healthcare instead. And the country has been a peaceful and stable democracy ever since.
Officially citizens of Costa Rica are costarricenses. But most just call themselves tico, for a man, or tica, for a woman.
Costa Rica is a small country, about the size of West Virginia, but it has an amazing 5% of the world’s animal species—more than 500,000 in all. That makes it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its energy through renewable sources like wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric.