Pluses And Minuses Of Retiring To Costa Rica

“Kathleen, have you lived in Costa Rica? I’ve been going my whole life on vacation there and have really bonded. I value your opinion and really love your writings and will be getting your book. I’m doing an early retirement in five years when I will be 57. I’m leaning toward the central valley, maybe Santa Anna in a gated estate home community.

“I’m a gardener here in the United States with a national garden radio show ( and hopefully can still do my show each week from Costa Rica. Please let me know your opinion. I love the plants, animals, etc., and feel so comfortable in the tropical environment. I’m now in central Florida.”

–Vince G., United States

No. I’ve traveled to Costa Rica probably 30 times over the past 30 years or so, but I haven’t lived there. I have friends who do.

Costa Rica isn’t my favorite place. I’ve written about why here.

Does that mean you shouldn’t plan your retirement there, given that you know the country well and have spent time there yourself over many years, as it seems is the case? Definitely not. Costa Rica isn’t for me…but it could be ideal for you. The most important factor for anyone making this big decision is instinct. Your gut response to a place. It sounds like Costa Rica feels right to you. Go with that. It counts for more than anything else.


“Kathleen, I would like to know what the pensioner’s residency requirements are for Colombia. What are the document requirements?”

–Robert C., United States

We’ve reported in detail on the visa options and requirements for Colombia here:

A Second Residency–All Important And Easy In This Top Retirement Haven

And, of course, this is a topic we’ll cover in even greater detail during our upcoming Live and Invest in Colombia Conference,with the help of our preferred local legal eagle, Juan Dario Gutierrez, who will present, compare, and contrast.

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