LIVING IN COSTA RICA
Experience the Pura Vida Dream!
Costa Rica’s spectacular natural beauty draws foreigners from around the world, and many travelers who initially visit as tourists decide they want go from staying in a vacation rental to actually living in Costa Rica. We are drawn by a country known as the “Switzerland of the Americas” for its commitment to peace, education and democracy. We are charmed by the friendly locals who are quick to smile and lend a hand to strangers. We are awed by the many protected parks and nature reserves, spectacular beaches, amazing climate, and eco-philosophy.
Costa Rica’s high quality of living that includes all of the above along with world-class medical care and convenient international access encourages some of us to make the pura vida dream a reality, to purchase real estate in Costa Rica so that we can live in paradise part or full time.
Happiness and Healthy Living
Foreigners often choose to live in Costa Rica to experience happier and healthier lives. Costa Rica has been named the Happiest Country in the World many times over the past decade in various studies such as the Happy Planet Index published by the New Economics Foundation (a British research center that promotes global well-being and sustainable development) and the University of California Berkeley’s Science of Happiness survey.
Costa Rica also enjoys a higher life expectancy than many developed countries despite spending just 15% of what America does on health care. In fact, the Nicoya Peninsula where Tamarindo is located was found to be a Blue Zone, a location where there is a high concentration of persons over age 100. The term was popularized by Dan Buettner in his 2008 book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” Buettner credits longevity to an interaction of factors that include a focus on family and friends, spirituality and faith, healthy diet and hard drinking water, and daily doses of sunshine.
Stable Political Environment, Literacy and Medicine
Costa Rica has enjoyed a stable democracy for more than 100 years. In 1949 the Costa Rican government made the unique decision to abolish its army and dedicate all would be military expenses to education and health care. As a direct result, the literacy rate in Costa Rica rose to 95% and still continues to be one of the highest in the world. Locals have access to social medicine and employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance.
Costa Rica also boasts three hospitals with the prestigious JCI (Joint Commission International) designation – CIMA, Clinica Biblica, and Hospital Clinica Catolica. Modern clinics at Liberia – the hub that serves North Pacific Gold Coast towns like Tamarindo – include CIMA and Clinica Biblica satellites and the highly respected Hospital San Rafael Arcangel.
Eco-Conscious Philosophy and Biodiversity
Living in Costa Rica means spending less time in your car or at the mall, and more time outdoors interacting with nature. Nearly 25% of the country is preserved in national parks. Building codes are strict to protect sensitive ecological areas like estuaries, primary growth forests and turtle nesting sites. And Costa Rica sets goals to reduce its ecological footprint. For instance, Costa Rica achieved an incredible clean energy milestone at the beginning of 2015 when it powered the country with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days.
Although Costa Rica encompasses only .03% of the earth’s surface, our small country contains 5% of earth’s biodiversity – a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. When you live in Costa Rica, you’ll be surrounded by wildlife that includes tropical birds, monkeys, pizotes, mapaches and lizards. You’ll enjoy protected mangroves at the beach and tropical flowers that bloom year round in your garden.
Eat Healthy – Feel Healthy!
Living in Costa Rica is a banquet for healthy eating. Anti-oxidant rich tropical fruits and vegetables like pineapple, mango, watermelon, avocado, cataloupe and coconut are available year round. Fresh fish is a normal part of our diet. Costa Rica’s mahi mahi, red snapper, tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea food are the finest and freshest in the world. And the coffee? The best you will ever drink – guaranteed.
Since more foreigners are living in Costa Rica, our favorite foods from home can also be found at even the smallest markets. You’ll find wasabi and ginger for your fresh tuna, gnocchi for your home-made pasta sauce, and cranberries for your holiday turkey in Tamarindo area grocery stores like the popular AutoMercado and Masai.
Costa Rica has potable water in the majority of the country, which makes living and traveling easy. Moreover, Costa Ricans are very conscious of cleanliness, and it is safe to dine out at restaurants, bars and sodas throughout the country.
No wonder our agent Chris Simmons moved his family from Vancouver to Costa Rica nearly 20 years ago. His satisfied clients have traveled from around the globe to purchase their piece of Costa Rica real estate paradise. Living in Costa Rica – it IS all about the pura vida lifestyle.