Costa Rica continues to be one of the world’s best and most sought after retirement destinations and it’s easy to see why. With a solid economy, a stable government, a peaceful past, a moderate cost of living, and some of the beautiful real estate on the planet, many people make Costa Rica their retirement home.
While other countries throughout Central America are getting attention as top retirement spots, countries such as Nicaragua or Panama, Costa Rica remains the top retirement choice. Through the 1970’s and 1980’s many Central American countries were dealing with civil wars, political turmoil and very low standards of living. While it’s neighbors were struggling to deal with these and other problems, Costa Rica peaceful and stable growth. As things began to settle throughout the region, Costa Rica saw a rise in tourism, investment, and real estate interest. The infrastructure in Costa Rica grew steadily and the late 1990’s Costa Rica was known not only as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, but also one of the best retirement locations.
Infrastructure remains strong throughout Costa Rica and advances in medical care, finance, and education continue to keep Costa Rica at the top of many lists. Neighboring Panama and Nicaragua are also improving their infrastructure and while they offer pensionado residency programs for retirees, like Costa Rica, they can’t compete with the decades of stability that Costa Rica enjoyed during their years of strife.
With amazing beach front property along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Costa Rica provides retirees with an array of options for luxury retirement at a cost that would be unimaginably low for beach front property anywhere in the United States. And while certain parts of the country have been popular for years, different regions are becoming more and more accessible and developed with housing and residential investment in mind.
Costa Rica has seen a steady interest from retirees over the years but thanks to the government high emphasis on environmental projection, the country has not been over developed and the lush beauty of the country is still very much alive and thriving. The Central Valley region, home to the country’s capital city, San Jose, and the main international airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport, is a great location for many retirees who are still hoping to be close to all the modern amenities of home. Great shopping, a vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene, top of the line medical facilities, and affordable yet modern housing options make retirement in the Central Valley an enticing option for many retirees. Retirement communities exist throughout the region as well, making it easy for new comers to make friends and find other retirees who opted for a life in Costa Rica as opposed to retirement in the U.S. or Canada. And while Costa Rica may not be the cheapest of all the Central American countries, it is still an affordable retirement choice, and one that comes with some of the most cohesive infrastructure and highest standard of living in the Americas.