Retire Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Retire In Costa RicaRetirement in Costa Rica’s Tropical Paradise

Many of us dream to retire to somewhere warm where we can kick back our shoes and dream away our days. In North America, those thoughts usually turn to the southern sunny States such as Florida or Arizona. With the world appearing to be smaller retirees are looking past their borders to retire and have their sites set on beautiful Costa Rica.

Why Costa Rica? The reasons are Bountiful.

To start, the lifestyle. The country and its inhabitants are known to be quite laid back. Life is enjoyment for them with focus on family and the pleasures of life. This is translated into the culture of the country. The economy is stable. Unlike certain areas in North America which are under recession, Costa Rica is stable and growing.

Primarily known for its agriculture, Costa Rica’s economy is growing with focus on computer technology including the establishment of an Intel plant just outside of San Jose which employs over 5000 people. Costa Rica is also home to Hewlett Packard that employs about 7000 people, making Costa Rica a source for computer technology and infrastructure for companies to locate their plants in this country. Costa Rica is also known for its second largest industry, tourism, followed by agriculture whose exports include coffee, bananas and pineapples.

Tax Friendly Costa Rica

Low Taxes are another draw when considering a move to Costa Rica. There is no capital gains tax. Property taxes are .25% of the declared value of the property…. yes you read correctly. Foreigners are able to purchase property and hold property as they would in North America.

Communications and Weather are Top Notch

Staying in touch with family and friends is also relatively easy as Costa Rica is telephone, cable and high speed Internet ready in most areas. Cellphones are commonly used with service available through most of Costa Rica. I suspect however that once the move is made to retire in Costa Rica, you will be hosting more visitors and family will crawl out of the woodwork.

Finally, the weather and climate of Costa Rica is a big draw. With two seasons, dry and rainy, the weather is relatively predictable. The dry season usually runs from December to May. The weather during this time period is warm to humid depending on location with generally good sunny weather. The rainy or green season runs from late May to Late November. During this season, the rain usually falls later in the day with most mornings being sunny. Temperatures range depending on the region. In the Central Valley, temperatures vary from 65 degrees to 85 degrees. On both coasts, the temperatures are similar to those of Florida in the spring or fall. Costa Rica is positioned near the Equator so temperatures do not vary drastically as in parts of North America where there are established seasons.

Costa Rica is simply beautiful with its eco-diversity, beaches, volcanoes and waterfalls. How can you not fall in love with this paradise and set your sights on retiring in the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

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  2. Teri Green says:

    Costa Rica is indeed a relaxed and laid back type of place definitely fitted to every retirees, however you need some advance planning and research too just to be prepared on how much really is the cost of living in this place.

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