For years Costa Rica has been one of the world’s top retirement destinations and while other countries are gaining popularity and becoming more popular among retirees, Costa Rica is still considered one of the best places in the world for retirement.
Other Central Americans countries that were not even considered safe for general tourism 20 years ago, such as Nicaragua and Panama, are now seeing campaigns and residency programs to increase the number of retirees who emigrate each year. While these countries are gaining momentum as strong retirement choices, Costa Rica is still a favorite among retirees and tourists alike. While other Central and South American countries were facing civil wars, dictatorships, and other strife throughout the second half of the 20th century, Costa Rica was enjoying peace, stability, and a growing economy which has made it an enticing choice for retirees over the years. Costa Rica’s strong real estate sector makes investing in a retirement home, or even a vacation home, a smart idea and many retirees find they can live more comfortably off their pensions than they can in the United States or in Canada.
In addition to a stable and peaceful history and a strong real estate and overall economy, Costa Ricans are friendly and welcoming. Due to an economy based strongly on tourism, Costa Ricans have become very welcoming to foreign visitors and see people from all over the world as welcome guests in their home. Costa Ricans are very proud of their beautiful country and their culture and are eager to share knowledge and experiences with visitors and retirees.
Another reason that retirees continue to choose Costa Rica as the ideal retirement location is the healthy lifestyle that they adopt upon relocating. Costa Rica enjoys warm weather year round which leads to a more active lifestyle with walking, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Many retirees lose weight and become more active when they retire to Costa Rica and this new healthier and more active lifestyle leads to a happier life. Many retirees have lost up to 30 or even 40 pounds during their first year living in Costa Rica. Those retirees who live near a beach can swim, snorkel, kayak, and even surf, also helping create a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Costa Rica ranked fourth this year in International Living’s 2016 list of Best Countries to Retire and The Tico Times, Costa Rica’s largest English language news publication recently reported on two surveys that list Costa Rica as the top option for a healthy and comfortable retirement.
With a strong economy, a healthy real estate market, a peaceful and stable history, a welcoming populace, and a healthier lifestyle option it’s clear why Costa Rica has been and continues to be the best place to retire. While other countries may be making strides to becoming top retirement locations, Costa Rica continues to entice, invite, and delight retirees with it’s warm weather, beautiful splendor, and high standard of living.