Some of us dream of moving to a tropical country and, with so many of us working remotely, this dream has the potential to become reality. Others imagine retiring to a sunny locale and spending lazy days strolling along beaches and warm nights dining in quaint local eateries. But it’s hard to imagine a place that could realize our dream without wiping out our bank account…until you consider Costa Rica.
This ruggedly beautiful country is located in Central America and boasts coastlines on both the Caribbean and Pacific. If you are considering buying property in or moving to a tropical location, we’ve gathered 4 reasons why Costa Rica should be at the top of your list.
Costa Rica was recently named one of the most beautiful countries in the world by Condé Nast Magazine…and it’s easy to understand why. The country is rife with lush, tropical jungles, breathtaking mountains, and endless, pristine beaches. Whether you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy invigorating hikes or long days relaxing on the beach, you’ll find everything you’re dreaming of and more in Costa Rica.
The Commitment to Environmental Protection
You’ll be happy to know that Costa Ricans are committed to protecting the beauty and health of their country. Nearly 25% of Costa Rica is protected by environmental laws which ensure the country’s diverse flora and fauna will be around for generations to come.
If you are an environmental advocate, you may be interested to know that Costa Rica is home to 12 unique ecological zones. Though the country itself is small, it is quite diverse ecologically—5% of the entire world’s biodiversity is found right here in Costa Rica.
Low Cost of Living
You’ll be happy to learn the overall cost of living in Costa Rica is more than 26% lower than that of the United States. A single person can live on $1,600 – $3,000 USD each month (depending on your preferences), which includes housing, transportation, food, entertainment, medical care, and utilities. And regardless of whether you rent or buy, your home in Costa Rica will cost less than what you would pay in the US.
The Pura Vida Lifestyle
The direct translation of pura vida is “pure life”… but this phrase, often use as a replacement for “hello”, “goodbye”, and “everything is good”, has become a way of living embraced by both natives and transplants alike. For many in Costa Rica, living a pura vida lifestyle means embracing family and friends and honoring those relationships. It encourages people to slow down, to savor life, and enjoy every moment with the ones you love.
Honoring your body is another important aspect of the pura vida lifestyle. Enjoying the delicious, nutrient-dense local food of the country and immersing yourself in the beauty of the country’s mountains, jungles, and coastline are all wonderful ways to embrace the pura vida mindset.
If you are considering making Costa Rica your occasional (or full-time) home, now is the time to pull the proverbial trigger and pick out a piece of property. It’s a heavenly country filled with friendly people and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Isn’t it time you owned your own slice of heaven?