10 Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Move To Costa Rica

By Casey | Buying Real Estate In Costa Rica
So, you’re ready to escape the rat race and reconnect with nature. You’re not alone. After a year of lock-downs and screen time, more people than ever are asking the question: If I can Zoom from anywhere, why not do it from somewhere with spectacular ocean views, abundant wildlife, and pristine, palm-fringed beaches? A move to Costa Rica certainly fits the bill.
Long the poster child for sustainable living, Costa Rica continues to beckon travelers of all ages and lifestyles who are ready to embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle. But don’t just take it from us. Costa Rica tops nearly every 2021 list for “World’s Best” for a reason.

“Imagine a country that’s one-quarter national park, a place where you could hike in a rainforest in the morning and surf tropical waves in the afternoon. Imagine an adventure Eden where sustainability was a strategy long before the world caught on, where jaguars prowl in the jungle, harpy eagles fly, and Jesus Christ lizards walk on water before your eyes.

That country is Costa Rica. 2021 is the bicentennial of its independence, an anniversary it aims to celebrate by becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral country.”

Does moving to Costa Rica get any more compelling than that?

Of course, a move to Costa Rica isn’t for everyone. If you haven’t taken our quiz “Are You Ready To Live In Costa Rica?” then we recommend starting there to see if life in the tropics is a good fit for you. We also suggest reading our list of 15 things you absolutely must know before buying real estate in Costa Rica.

Now, if you’re ready to learn more about why we chose this paradisiacal land to call home, here are our top 10 reasons why we love living in Costa Rica:

10 Fantastic Reasons Why You Should Move To Costa Rica In 2021

1. Costa Rica Is Full-Blown Wilderness

A verdant region of misty rainforests, cascading waterfalls, golden sand beaches, and diverse wildlife, Costa Rica is truly paradise on Earth. Add to the mix a long-standing commitment to ecotourism and sustainability, and it’s hardly any wonder that Costa Rica’s lush abundance is mesmerizing—day in and day out.

Despite its fame as a tourist hot-spot in Central America, undiscovered natural treasure troves remain above and below land. Head to remote Corcovado National Park, a tropical fjord that doubles as one of the world’s most biodiverse places. Or hop over to Cano Island to discover an innate web of marine life. Both are just a stone’s throw away from our Costa Ballena backyard.

If you’re ready for a lifestyle that’s at one with nature—where vibrant sunsets, colorful toucans, troupes of howler monkeys, and warm sea breezes are a daily way of life instead of vacation highlights—a move to Costa Rica might be for you. Learn all about the process for buying real estate in Costa Rica here.

2. Experience An Elevated Lifestyle In Costa Rica

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It’s no secret that living in Costa Rica promotes a healthier lifestyle. Fresh, organic produce is abundant and affordable. Costa Rica is home to one of five Blue Zones globally, and living beyond a century is common. State-of-the-art hospitals and healthcare are inexpensive, and if you apply for residency, you get access to the National healthcare system for a low monthly fee. Jungle hikes, warm water surf sessions, and waterfall swims keep you moving on the daily. It’s hardly any surprise then, given the above, that Costa Rica is consistently dubbed one of the happiest countries on Earth.

There’s a definitive quality of life in Costa Rica that is beyond what many can imagine. Sure, there are trade-offs, like giving up two-day Amazon shipping. But for those willing to embrace a slower-paced way of life centered around the outdoors, Costa Rica delivers all the trappings for a healthy lifestyle.

3. Costa Rica Has A Stable Government

Costa Rica is one of the most politically stable countries in Central and South America, in large part because it has been a democracy for over 120 years. The government abolished its army in 1950—a fact locals are proud to celebrate. Even in the middle of the global pandemic, Costa Rica’s housing market continued to thrive, as foreign buyers bought properties in Costa Rica sight-unseen in anticipation of open borders.

As more and more people decide to follow their dreams and diversify their portfolios, Costa Rica continues to be one of the smartest international locations to invest in real estate.

4. A Landscape And Lifestyle For All

Costa Rica promises an extensive array of activities for all lifestyles and interests. The Costa Rica lifestyle is teeming with adventure, wonder, and beauty, from consistent warm-water surfing to world-class deep-sea fishing trips. This incredibly diverse landscape makes it possible to live here for years yet still encounter new magical moments every day.

Our home in Costa Ballena is known as where the mountains meet the sea. Our dramatic landscape makes it possible to enjoy refreshing mountain breezes (with no need for air conditioning) and striking ocean views—yet still be at sea level in no time at all. So whether you prefer cooler temperatures at altitude or tropical beach living, real estate in Costa Ballena promises a little something for everyone.

5. Comfortable Year-Round Climate Without The Hurricanes

Hurricanes rarely hit Costa Rica—a reason why many decide to leave Florida or the Caribbean and instead buy real estate in Costa Rica. The average temperature over the year is 24 degrees Celsius, but those wanting cooler or warmer climates can easily find them. Even during Costa Rica’s rainy season, you can expect morning sunshine.

6. Moving To Costa Rica Means A Lower Cost Of Living

Don’t move to Costa Rica if you’re expecting “screaming” deals. However, you can expect to enjoy all the benefits of a community with newly paved roads, state-of-the-art doctor and dental offices, fiber-optic internet, and world-class restaurants—all for a fraction of what you would pay in cities like Boston or Austin.

Property taxes are meager at only .25%. Residential and commercial properties in Costa Rica have seen consistent sales and pricing growth since 2018, yet the country still offers accessible pricing compared to tropical investments in the United States or Mexico.

7. A Welcoming Community of Expats and Locals

Locals, also called Ticos, are warm and welcoming to foreigners who decide to move to Costa Rica, so long as you are respectful of this divine place we all call home. A large expat community of foreigners from around the globe means you’ll likely have friends from all backgrounds and ways of life. Costa Rica legalized gay marriage in 2020—and was the first country in Central America to do so!

Costa Ballena has a strong sense of community. It’s typical to run into neighbors at the grocery store and restaurants, and this strong sense of camaraderie means there’s always someone to call on when you have questions about living in Costa Rica.

8. Proximity To North America

Costa Rica’s proximity to North America means it’s easy to find affordable daily flights to main international hubs. This makes it convenient and straightforward to stay in touch with family and friends—and have loved ones come visit to experience what your life is like in the jungle!

Are you working online in Costa Rica? A Central Standard Time Zone makes it easy to hop on meetings during regular working hours on either coast.

9. A Commitment To Conservation

When you buy real estate in Costa Rica, you rest assured that your investment is in a country that doesn’t only boast a proven track record of conservation but is also one with its eyes on the future of sustainability.

In the middle of the global pandemic, Costa Rica announced its 30th National Park, San Lucas Island. A haven for howler monkeys, hammerhead sharks, hikers, and history fans, this only added to what is already over 25% of protected land in Costa Rica. Costa Rica aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral country and is continually making efforts to attract international investors without sacrificing the land’s bounty.

10. The Pura Vida Mentality

Pura Vida is so much more than a slogan slapped on t-shirts and travel souvenirs. This way of life truly encapsulates living in Costa Rica. A country where things move a bit slower, giving way to live in the present moment, relishing the extraordinary gifts of Mother Nature.

It’s this signature combination of stunning natural abundance, a welcoming local community, and a safe, progressive culture that makes Costa Rica the spectacular tropical paradise—and smart investment opportunity it is.

Ready to make a move to Costa Rica? Reach out to us today, and we’d be honored to support you on this new and exciting journey!

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