According to International Living magazine Costa Rica is a beautiful country, with long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches…
dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes and rivers…
Not only that, but the country offers a great climate year-round, neighborly atmosphere, no-hassle residence programs, excellent healthcare,
a stable democracy, and safety and security. It does not hurt that many retired couples report living well on $2,000 a month—that includes all their costs.
For these reasons, as well as the welcoming locals who are warm and friendly to new foreign neighbors, Costa Rica has been an expat heaven for more than 30 years.
An Amazing Climate
Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. It does however have a rainy season from May to November.
It’s a ‘Blue Zone’
Longevity, Happiness, and The Blue Zone of Costa Rica. A “Blue Zone” is a region of the world where people commonly live past the age of 100 years.
Healthcare is top-of-the-line and inexpensive, which has brought a new kind of tourism to the country: medical tourism. Hospitals in the capital of San Jose offer world-class care. Procedures including dental work, surgeries, and more are available at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. and are extremely high quality.
The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). This peak tourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. That said, the dry season is the most popular (and expensive) time to visit.
Costa Rica is covered in natural wonders. Epic volcanoes with spewing lava that create natural hot springs you can soak in, and tall mountains you can climb to see the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Hundreds of miles of shoreline varying from black to pink to gold to white. It has dolphins and whales for you to watch on and off shore. The sea varies from enormous waves for exciting surfing to calm and still for snorkeling and diving.
U.S. Retirement/S.S. Carry Over
For most retirees, the cost of living in Costa Rica is much lower than it is in the United States. If you are a single, budget-conscious retiree, you can live very comfortably in Costa Rica for about$1,300 to $1,600 per month. A couple can cut per-person costs even further by sharing housing expenses.
Costa Rica’s government is very stable. In fact, Costa Rica is considered the moststable country in Central America and even in all of Latin America. Costa Rica is a constitutional democratic republic and abolished its army in 1949, allocating the national defense budget to education and health care.
Pura Vida Lifestyle
¡Pura Vida! Costa Rica Lifestyle. … Simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”, but here in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying—it is a way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool.
Generous Local Culture