Capital City: San Jose
Climate: Temperate Tropical
International Dialing Code: +506
President: Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Costa Rica is an amazingly beautiful country, with a variety of landscapes. There is something to offer every lifestyle, from wave-breaking beaches to magnificent mountains. Many of the countries best beaches are still clean and clear of over-development.
About three decades ago, this country decided to make a business of the foreign retiree. The Costa Ricans invested in a formal and successful advertising campaign, targeting Americans primarily. Tens of thousands of would-be retirees from the States took up the invitation and relocated to this beautiful land teeming with rainforests.
The benefits were terrific: tax breaks, special retiree discounts, great weather, and, especially, the super-cheap cost both of living and of owning beachfront real estate.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and, thanks to investors and speculators, Costa Rica isn’t so cheap anymore, neither its cost of living nor its beachfront real estate. Meantime, prices have risen dramatically and infrastructure hasn’t improved much at all.
In Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recently for meetings with the new builder I’ve engaged for my Los Islotes community on Panama’s...Read more
Costa Rica and Mexico have long been favorite countries for American expats. They remain among the first names that people associate with living overseas. It’s easy to see why. Both benefit from great weather, lower cost of living, and the chance to live a healthier stress-free life. But which is the best country for you? By comparing Costa Rica and Mexico on the factors that matter to expats, we can get a better idea of which you should be moving...Read more