Costa Rica retirement has received international recognition, and rightly so! The country is absolutely beautiful and offers diverse regions, modern infrastructure, a lower cost of living, accessibility, and a great relationship with the AARP.

Costa Rica Retirement

A look at a developing area in the Central Valley

In the September/October 2010 issue of AARP the magazine, Atenas – a town in Costa Rica’s Central Valley – was named one of the top 10 places in the world to retire abroad[1]; not only did the AARP acknowledge that the qualities mentioned about Atenas can be applied to countless areas in the Central Valley, but that the Gold Coast on the Pacific Coast was comparable, though different.

Most retirees opt for the Central Valley. Suburbs and towns in the area are placed in and around extraordinary wildlife, experience consistently beautiful, mild weather (roughly 75 degrees Fahrenheit year round), and in close proximity to modern infrastructure. San Jose and surrounding towns have state-of-the-art hospitals and medical care, great restaurants, and commercial centers for shopping. Additionally, there are communities scattered around the region geared towards Costa Rica retirement, which are filled with like-minded expatriates! Expatriates in Costa Rica are similar in that they came to this southern paradise for a simpler, more relaxed life and a greater connection to the natural environment, among many other things.

Many retirees find solace in the government here, as well. Costa Rica is a stable democratic republic with no standing army; however, there are enough internal forces to address any issues within the country. Overall, Costa Rica is protected by the US.

The northern Pacific coast is another extremely popular region for Costa Rica retirement. It is a haven for tourism, as well. The Guanacasate province has a number of great towns immersed in the region’s long, sunny summers and growing infrastructure; which includes a brand new Hospital and the country’s second largest international airport in the province’s capital Liberia.

Guanacaste Beach

A typical view of the Guanacaste coast.

Depending on the desires of anyone looking to settle down in Costa Rica, the right home (whether it be a condo, house, or townhome) can be found in the proper area and at the right price. Amazing homes, like this one, are occasionally available at fire sale prices.

For complementary information on Costa Rica retirement, read our other pages about residency and health care in Costa Rica.



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