Why Costa Rica?
Why Should You Consider Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s fame as a retiree destination is richly deserved. You’ll find the tropics along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, while most of the mountainous Central Valley is temperate year-round—no AC needed. If you find it difficult to choose which climate you prefer, you will be glad to know that the mild temperatures of the Central Valley are less than two hours by car from the tropical beaches of the Pacific coast.
This is why more than 20,000 U.S. expatriates already live in Costa Rica, enjoying one of the highest standards of living in Central America. Many live in well-established expat communities throughout the country.
Expats are attracted to Costa Rica for numerous reasons, which include the low cost of living, excellent low-cost healthcare, modern conveniences like high-speed internet, laidback living…not to mention the movie theaters, art galleries, and fine dining in the large cities.
Tucked between Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica may truly have it all: a year-round tropical climate, modern cities, Caribbean beaches, Pacific coastline, rainforests, lush valleys, and mountains.
Costa Rica is a middle-income, developing economy, with a tradition of democracy. The life expectancy at birth here is one of the world’s highest–outstripping both the U.S. and the U.K., in fact. Thanks to its long history as a destination, tourist facilities are extensive. And because English is a second language for many Costa Ricans, the country feels visitor-friendly.
And, of course, the weather is simply made for leisure. The dry season is December to April; the rainy season is May to November. As you would expect, it’s cooler in the highlands. The higher in elevation you go, the cooler the average temperatures.
Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s dream. The country has a progressive approach to conservation, which ensures that its jungles, coasts, wetlands, and other environments with their renowned biodiversity, continue to be home to a truly mind-boggling assortment of species, from birds to butterflies, monkeys to wild cats, and hothouse flowers. Sea turtles nest along both coasts. Have you ever heard of a more enchanting place?
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