Living in Costa Rica, whether for part of the year, for the full year, or even just for a short period of time, can be a great decision and a lot of fun. Costa Rica is a small country, located in Central America, with Nicaragua and Panama as its two neighbors. About the size of West Virginia, a state in the United States of America, Costa Rica has a population of just over 4 million people, based on the last census. For being such a small country, Costa Rica has a lot to offer and by living in Costa Rica, you can experience some of what has made this country one of the most popular tropical destinations that the world has to offer.
Some people think of Central America as it was years ago, during the time of the banana republic, or of the civil wars that plagued the region during the 1970’s and 1980’s. While some of Costa Rica’s neighbors did have more violent paths, Costa Rica has had a stable, peaceful history, setting it apart from many of its neighbors. The country abolished its army in the 1940’s and assumed a more tranquil approach to the problems facing the world. Over one quarter of Costa Rica’s land is protected as either national park, reserve or wildlife refuge. Costa Rica also has a literacy rate of about 95%. These statistics help paint a picture of which values are important in Costa Rican culture and history, and why it is such an inviting place for people to move to.
Foreigners living in Costa Rica make up somewhere between 5-10% of the population. That number is hard to determine as there is a large community of foreigners who live in Costa Rica for part of the year, but have never established permanent residency in the country. If you want to live in Costa Rica, you have several options of how you can do that. Some people live in Costa Rica for as long as their tourist visa lasts (the normal amount of time given on a tourist visa is 90-days, for most countries), and then return to their home country for the rest of the year. Other people who wish to live in Costa Rica year round, or for more than 90-days at a time, can apply for residency. There are several different types of residency that you can apply for, and you’ll want to look into which option is best for you. Many foreigners living in Costa Rica have residency because they are retired and have a fixed income, which allows them to qualify for Pensionado Residency.
Some families move to Costa Rica because they wish for their children to be enrolled in one of the many fine schools that Costa Rica has to offer. If you have children and are thinking of living in Costa Rica, you’ll want to look into all the different options of schooling for your child. This will also depend on if you are planning on living in Costa Rica year round, or for just part of the year.
If you have been dreaming of living in Costa Rica, it’s time to join with so many others who have turned that dream into reality. Costa Rica is full of great residential communities, like Punta Playa Vistas. It is a country blessed with so many natural riches, beautiful landscapes, a well-educated populace, a stable economy, and affordable housing; it’s no wonder each year more and more people make the decision to live in Costa Rica. Please contact us if you have more questions about the Guanacaste region, schooling or real estate opportunities.