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Retirement & Relocation In Costa Rica

Retirement and relocation in Costa Rica are excellent options. Some 50,000 or so expatriates, nomadic workers and retirees now call Costa Rica home – at least part of the year.

Home prices and monthly rents are far below those found in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. And public services, internet bandwidth and health care are pretty darn comparable.

We’ve still got a few years to go before our own retirement. However, we’ve bought and sold houses, worked with a range of Costa Rican lawyers, realtors and relocation experts, and counseled scores of people thinking of making the big move.

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Know Your Options for Retirement & Relocation in Costa Rica

Many dream of retiring or working remotely from the beach. While others will want the peace and quiet and cooler temperatures offered up in rural mountain towns such as Grecia, Sarchi and San Ramon. Still others will feel most at home in the Central Valley, close to the nightlife, restaurants and shopping offered up by San Jose and the surrounding metropolitan area.

In Costa Rica, any of these dreams can come true.

Kids marching in a typical Costa Rican parade

Beware of the Potential Pitfalls of Living in Costa Rica

Still, this type of move is not for everyone. There are some serious aspects of such a big move to take into consideration. We understand the challenges and difficulties of adapting and living here. We’ve seen hundreds of others pack up and go home, either because they were unprepared for the full spectrum of the reality of living in Costa Rica, or worse, because they got burned in the process of moving here.

Language and cultural difficulties, unscrupulous lawyers and real estate brokers and a host of other minefields await most future expatriates and retirees contemplating Costa Rica.

We recommend making multiple trips prior to your retirement in Costa Rica. Explore different parts of the country. Be sure to come during the rainy season. It’s always a good idea to try a few long-term rentals before buying.

If you’re looking for a reputable realtor or lawyer, or a tailor-made tour to explore retirement possibilities, you’ve come to the right place.

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