Costa Rica is an extremely friendly place for expatriates and should be strongly considered by anyone interested in moving out of their home country. Whether it’s to retire, for the weather and lifestyle, or to escape a home country, there is a long list of benefits in making Costa Rica a primary or secondary residence.  People moving to Costa Rica include retirees, college graduates, families with young children, wandering surfers, and more!

Costa Rica Family Expatriates

A happy American family enjoying life in Costa Rica.

First off, what many people know about Costa Rica is that the weather is amazing. What they don’t know is the diversity of climate zones given the size of the country. Due to varying wind patterns, changes in altitude, and proximity to the ocean, average temperatures in Costa Rican towns range from 70-90 degrees. The Central Valley in Costa Rica is extremely popular among people relocating given its extremely beautiful, mild weather, and its proximity to the infrastructure located in San Jose and Alajuela. Many young expatriates enjoy beach towns to meet world travelers, partake in nightlife, and spend time on the beach. However, there are large populations of all age groups in central Costa Rica and on the beaches.

Living a healthy lifestyle – mentally and physically – is another very apparent benefit to living in Costa Rica. Many people around the world are enamored by popular culture, whether they like it or not.  However, without the major corporations of westernized culture constantly forcing themselves upon society, people in Costa Rica are extremely connected to one another and the natural world, nearly free of commercialized personalities and excessive material desires. In Costa Rica, expatriates naturally adjust to a life with more living and less clutter. It’s good for the mind and soul. The aforementioned naturally transitions over to the physical aspects. Amazing hikes and swims are always at one’s disposal, and sports – like surfing and soccer/futbol/football –are prevalent at beaches and fields. Maintaining a healthy diet is also significantly easier. Fresh vegetables and fruits can be bought in abundance at cheap prices, and poultry, seafood, and beef come fresh and all natural. Testimonials from expatriates in blogs, books, and various websites recurringly discuss their decrease in stress levels while living here.

Costa Rica is also a very easy country to adjust to. For one, it’s extremely accessible; with major international airports in San Jose and Liberia, and seaports on the Caribbean and Pacific, it’s easy to fly here and to ship any needed items from home! Friends and family will constantly be jumping at the bit to visit. For any initial culture shock expatriates might experience at first, the large quantities of North Americans and Europeans already here can help newcomers acclimate. Of course, we at CREC (CostaRicaRealEstate.Com) will gladly help anyone throughout the transition. Some things can be very expensive; like gasoline, appliances, electronics, and sometimes food. Many homes and condos come pre-equipped with appliances and electronics, so a good portion of expatriates don’t have to worry about such costs initially. High quality food, though expensive in some areas, can be found at extremely friendly prices once the right places to shop are discovered.

Costs of living in other areas can also be very friendly to expatriates. Depending on prior affluence, high quality homes can be found across price ranges, as low as $100,000 for a 3 bedroom. Yearly fees for taxes and maintenance are miniscule compared to other countries. It is often suggested to take a trial run at living in Costa Rica before committing to a full-fledged move. For those that take this approach, renting a high-quality, pre furnished condo or home can be surprisingly cheap! Costa Rica is also renowned for its health care. Public and private health care are affordable and have the highest quality. For residents, it can cost next to nothing (feel free to reach out to us any time for information and guidance towards becoming a resident). Prestigiously, American and European trained doctors practice in Costa Rica, many of who speak great English. They are scattered in offices across the country and can also be found at major hospitals in Liberia and San Jose.

Cima San Jose Expatriates

The state of the art hospital in San Jose

Many people are leaving their homes in North America and Europe because of the political climate. Costa Rica has a stable democracy geared towards the middle class, with strong involvement in human rights and sustainable growth (environmental concerns).  Additionally, Costa Rica has no standing army. War is not a concern within the country. Police and other coercive forces are available when needed, though they are almost invisible. Thus, the population’s taxes can address other issues – like healthcare and education.

Costa Rica boasts an extremely high literacy rate. Public education is very available to locals, though their school system is much different than traditional First World education. For expatriates, private education is wide spread and of a very high quality. Schools are bilingual and have college/university trained teachers from North America and Europe. With the influx of expatriates in recent years, schools all over the country are growing in size. Kids will have plenty of peers in their age group, and can even participate in sports teams that compete with private schools in surrounding towns.

Various parts of Costa Rica are experiencing an expanding population of expatriates recently graduated from college, or of a similar age. Because of cheap costs of living, young entrepreneurs and adventurers are flocking to popular areas of Costa Rica. It’s not uncommon to go to local stores, bars, and restaurants to find an expatriate running shop. Many of these people are very successful and loving life in Costa Rica!

For anyone considering a move to Costa Rica, please reach out to us at CREC! We’d be happy to answer any questions and provide continuous guidance towards a prosperous life in Costa Rica.