It is time for a new chapter of your life. You worked hard your entire life, and you want to go on a well-deserved vacation? It’s never too late to make the next step, so pack your bags, and hit the road. Retiring abroad is easier and more affordable than ever. But with too many offers, it’s hard to choose the right one. If you need the place with low cost, pure nature and adequate health care, then Costa Rica is the right choice for you.
Why Costa Rica?
Every year, a number, of retirees who are choosing Costa Rica as their retirement destination, is increasing, which is not a surprise. This country can offer you a quality lifestyle, delicious food, generous and friendly people, fantastic climate, most affordable real-estates and low cost but high-quality health care. Besides all of those benefits, according to the LA test research in 2016, Costa Rica holds the title of the happiest country in the world. In the heart of the Central America, the natural environment, landscapes and warm climate, make Costa Rica a real tropical paradise destination.
Accommodations and health care
In Costa Rica you can choose between different types of accommodation. Living on a beach can be a dream come true. However, if you prefer slightly lower temperatures, you can find a house in the mountains surrounded by fresh air.
By searching through the real-estate markets, you can find a cheap house for sale, or you can rent one for a specific period of time. The advantage is that the foreigners have the same property rights as the local residents. It’s also easy to qualify for residence as a retiree with the pension program. All you need is $1.000 per month from Social Security, or pension. The main benefit of the program, is that it gives you the access to the government health care system known as Caja. Besides that, the costs of remedies are cheaper and more affordable than in other countries. Costa Rica has one of the best health care systems from all of the Latin America countries, which are well equipped and have high-quality working staff. There are many areas where you live for $1.500, or even less per month, including housing and medical costs.
Lifestyle and advantages
There are many places and areas in Costa Rica, that can provide you with a comfortable lifestyle. For example, San Ramon is one of the top places in the world to retire to. There are not many tourists in this area and the prices are affordable. The Valley of San Ramon, surrounds the capital city – San Jose – providing you with a quick access to the main central stations, shopping centers and medical care. You can be on the beach in less than an hour. The city has farmer markets where you can buy fresh, organic products, which are healthy and cheap. Cars are very expensive, and so are the fuel and gasoline, but there are cabs and public transports, which can easily take you anywhere you need to go. In Costa Rica everything is 30% cheaper than in the USA, and if you’re a foreign citizen, you’ll be tax free on your retirement income. Also, it’s a big plus that almost everybody speaks (and understands) English, which allows you to communicate with locals without any problems.
Spending time in Costa Rica
Citizens of Costa Rica are very casual, and according to them, there’s no need to rush. You’ll have plenty of time to do whatever you want, or even try something that you always wanted to do.
If you are a nature oriented person, you can take tours across the whole country to see the beautiful sights, or get to know the culture and history of Costa Rica. You can spend your days relaxing on a Caribbean beach, reading a book, and simply enjoy yourself. Beautiful beaches are the best place for your favorite activities.