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Costa Rica Fast Facts

Costa Rica Fast Facts
Population: 4,872,543
Capital City: San José
Climate: Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April);
rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Time Zone: GMT-6
Language: Spanish (official), English
Country Code: 506
Coastline: 1,290km

Costa Rica is a beautiful country, with long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes and rivers…

Not only that, but the country offers a great climate year-round, neighborly atmosphere, no-hassle residence programs, excellent healthcare, a stable democracy, and safety and security. It doesn’t hurt that many retired couples report living well on $2,000 a month—that includes all their costs.

For these reasons, as well as the welcoming locals who are warm and friendly to new foreign neighbors, Costa Rica has been an expat haven for more than 30 years.

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Enjoy a Great Lifestyle in Costa Rica

Enjoy a Great Lifestyle in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most popular retirement havens in Central America. Expats have been flocking here for more than 30 years. And when you are living in Costa Rica you will enjoy the country’s long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches, on the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, mountain villages, bustling market towns, quiet rural areas, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls. All these things, and much more, make living in Costa Rica such a draw for retirees and other expats.

Whether you choose to live in Costa Rica full- or part-time, you will relish the ideal climate, safety and security, neighborly atmosphere, welcoming attitude of the locals, low cost of living, low-cost and high-quality healthcare, stable democracy, bargain real estate—whether you rent or buy, and countless ways to have fun.

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Reasons to Move to Costa Rica

Reasons to Move to Costa Rica

Why would you want to move to Costa Rica? As thousands of expats will tell you, Costa Rica offers a fantastic lifestyle at a reasonable cost.  Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a modern capital city, reliable utility service, clean water, lush rain forests, long stretches of deserted tropical beaches, fun beach towns, quaint rural villages, bustling cities, cool mountain getaways, and pristine lake regions.

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Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica Real Estate

One of the great appeals of Costa Rica real estate comes from the advantageous property laws offered by this beautiful Central American nation. Property laws in Costa Rica are the same for nationals and foreigners. You don’t need to live in the country to own land or property, and the country has no property tax. All property titles are registered with the Registro Publico. The country practices a “first in time, first in rights” policy, so if you have your eye on a property, you’ll want to hire a lawyer or real estate broker to research the title for you, or research it carefully yourself. You’d hate to be all settled in and get a knock on the door from someone who holds claim to the title going back a few generations! Title insurance is available in Costa Rica, and we highly recommend that you purchase it when you buy property here.

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Why Buy Real Estate In Costa Rica?

Why Buy Real Estate In Costa Rica?

A couple of decades ago, Costa Rica was near the top of the list for almost anyone interested in a “second home in the sun.” Then things started to change. Prices rose, the bureaucracy became stifling, and the country abandoned its famed pensionado program that provided financial incentives to foreigners on a fixed income.

Today the situation is improving for the foreign investor. Prices have leveled off throughout the country, though cars and some other items are still unreasonably expensive. The bureaucracy is far from streamlined, but it’s forging ahead with transportation improvements, as well as reformed property rules that will make title searches more efficient. You can now live in a growing number of inexpensive areas that were once too remote to consider before highway and airport improvements. And if you want to apply for residency in Costa Rica, you can now make the application from your home country.

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