With a booming economy and an enlightened environmental policy that devotes more than 21% of its land to protected parks and preserves, Costa Rica has, for over 100 years, earned its nickname as the “Switzerland of the Western Hemisphere.” More than 20,000 U.S. citizens already make their homes in Costa Rica. They are a testament not only to the government’s strong, consistent support of foreign investors, but also to the country’s abundance of valuable investment opportunities.
Our unique Platinum-level properties and packages range from condominium projects, to farm subdivisions, to large-scale, government-sanctioned marina development. Most are large in scale, and all are high value properties starting at over $1 million. Costa Rica Real Estate Services (CRRES) has the unique ability to not only find and present such exclusive opportunities, but to help guide you through the investigation and purchase process.
Living and Retiring in Costa Rica
Offering all the comforts of home in a relaxing tropical paradise, Costa Rica has become the ultimate relocation and retirement destination. The warmth of its people and its climate have attracted thousands of expatriates, but the advantages of living in Costa Rica extend far beyond its fun-and-sun reputation. Following are just a few of the country’s enticements.
Affordable cost of living – A favorable exchange rate, coupled with substantially lower costs of food, utilities, hired help and entertainment, enable many North Americans to live very comfortably on less than $1500 per month. Therefore, those with Social Security checks or pensions feel that they can get more for their retirement money in Costa Rica.
Modern communication amenities – From conducting a global business to staying in touch with family and friends, Costa Rica offers up-to-date means of communication. Easy Internet access, cellular phones, fax machines, and an efficient surface mail system are all at your disposal.
Excellent Healthcare – People feel secure in Costa Rica during their retirement as the Costa Rican socialized healthcare system comprises a network of hospitals, clinics, and complete medical services in all major cities. Considered to be among the best low-cost medical systems in the world with preventive and curative care, healthcare in Costa Rica is accessible, affordable and comprehensive.
Tax Advantages – U.S. law permits permanent residents to earn up to a certain dollar amount in Costa Rica that is U.S. tax free. (Please consult your CPA regarding proper filing procedures.) In addition, Costa Rica’s business taxes and property taxes are comparatively much lower. High interest bank accounts are also tax-free.
Entrepreneurial Opportunity – In addition to government-sanctioned incentives for businesses, many individuals find it feasible to start commercial enterprises on limited initial funds.
Connections to Home – With two top-notch English newspapers, and access to cable and DirectTV with U.S. channels, expatriates can still feel connected to the news, events, and entertainment in the United States. Plus, shopping malls, imported U.S. foods and clothing, and English-language books/movies assuage any potential homesickness.
- Excellent and inexpensive public transportation
- Very low incidence of violent crime
- Welcoming spirit toward foreigners
- Stable, democratic government with a focus on pacifism
Because a steady flow of CRRES clients travel to Costa Rica, we have been able to establish special rates through partnerships with some of the largest travel agencies in the country. Contact us to secure discounts on:
- Airline Tickets
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Vacation Packages
- Car Rentals
- Fishing Trips
Contact us for more information on how you can realize your dream of living in Costa Rica, or if you are interested in participating in a retirement preview tour.