As we so often recommend at International Living, renting before deciding to buy or build your dream home can be a good way to familiarize yourself with the lay of the land in your new home.
A twist of fate brought Cason Gaither from South Carolina to the golden-sand, surfer's paradise of Tamarindo, Costa Rica. "I heard about a job opportunity managing a restaurant in town through a friend on Facebook," says Cason.
According to the Global Property Guide, average listing prices for properties in Costa Rica have increased just over 6% year-on-year. In the last three years, about 80% of home sales have exceeded $200,000.
“Gold Coast” is synonymous with an idyllic beach paradise. Among the few stretches of coastline on the planet that share this nickname is Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast. And deservedly so. For me—and the thousands of expats who call this region home—this is beach living at its best.
I was born and raised in Michigan and lived in Chicago as an adult. Harsh winters have been the name of the game most of my life. When my husband and I decided to make a move abroad, warm weather and sunshine year-round were at the top of our list of criteria.
Surfers from all over the globe flock to Costa Rica each year, and it’s debatable among natives whether surfing or futbol (soccer) would be considered the most popular sport. While there are plenty of great surf spots in the land of Pura Vida, Tamarindo stands out from the crowd.
Margaret Schaffner spent the early days of her career among the high-end art community in East Hampton, New York. She jetted off for what was supposed to be a 10-day vacation with friends to Puerto Viejo.
Kathleen Evans and her husband Steve knew exactly what they wanted in their new overseas home. "We narrowed down our top contenders based on a set of criteria we came up with," Kathleen says.
People often ask me about a typical day in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. When my husband and I first movedhere, people asked us what we would do and if we would get “bored” of living in a vacation spot.
A fixer-upper in a foreign country could sound like a big, and potentially intimidating, project to many expats. But for Terry Anderson, this was the best decision for his family—his wife and two children.