One of the barrier islands on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Annalisa Weller photo
I just finished reading several articles from a variety of unrelated sources about how wonderful it is to visit or live in Costa Rica. The articles appeared in magazines in print & online for AARP, AAA, a cooking magazine, an airline magazine & in International Living. I know first-hand the beauty of the land, the water, the food & the people. I was fortunate to visit Costa Rica this last summer. It was much too short of a visit, as it always is when I travel to a country with so many things to offer.  I hope to return this winter or early spring.  Please go to my Facebook page or my website to view more photos & a Visual Tour I took while in Costa Rica. I also have a property for sale listed on my website. 

 

 

 

Beach in Costa Rica. Annalisa Weller photo

The following excerpt is from An International Living Report  entitled

Revealed: T he Caribbean’s 10
 
 Most Affordable Beach Towns
 
 and Islands
 
 
 Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries in the world for second home buyers, and it’s not difficult to
 understand why…The country’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts enjoy tropical climates, while much of the Central Valley experiences spring-like weather all year around. It’s also a small country—about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined—meaning you can travel from the Valley to the shore in less time than it takes many Americans to commute to work.

Costa Rica is a prime location for outdoor activities. Popular hobbies here include fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and horseback riding. If this level of activity sounds too strenuous…you can dine and dance under the stars, or just relax around your backyard pool. 

Apart from these delightful advantages, Costa Rica has a stable government, well-educated people, and a large expat community of North Americans and Europeans who enjoy a moderately low cost of living. Depending on their lifestyle, most expats say they can live well in Costa Rica for a little more than half of what it takes in the U.S.

Moreover, the country is rapidly expanding its excellent hospital system and improving its infrastructure—including highways and ports. Costa Rica offers some of the best health care in Latin America, both public and private. As always with nationalized health care, you can expect red tape and long waits, but the overall quality is excellent. High quality, private health care is also available at very affordable prices. On average, health care in Costa Rica costs about a third of what you would pay in the U.S. Few doctors, for instance, charge more than $50 per visit. Drugs are much cheaper, and you usually don’t need a prescription to buy medication at a pharmacy. 

The Caribbean Coast 

The Caribbean Coast has attracted foreign tourists for decades, but has lagged far behind the Pacific in terms of luring expats in search of second homes… 

However, big changes lie ahead for the Caribbean. The government has launched a multimillion-dollar development plan to: 

*Build a “megaport” for cruise ships and marinas for smaller vessels.

*Stimulate the local economy through investments.

*Undertake badly needed urban renewal projects in and around the neighboring port cities of Limón and Moin.

What has always attracted people to the Caribbean Coast—a rugged region that stretches from the border of Panama to the border of Nicaragua—is a combination of beautiful beaches, excellent fishing, great water sports, and seemingly endless opportunities for getting close to nature. Among the wildlife refuges is the world-famous Tortuguero National Park, where turtles go to nest. 

The Province of Limón is home to most of the remaining Native Americans in Costa Rica, including the Bribri, Cocles, and Cabecar communities. Puerto Limón, once a major banana port, is a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean culture—music, language, food, and a laid-back lifestyle. 

 Today, property developers are stepping up the pace and building residential communities, not just along the coast but a few miles inland. More and more hotels and restaurants are opening, so there’s plenty of nightlife—particularly in Limón, a city of about 75,000 residents, nearly half of whom speak English. The city also has up-to-date supermarkets and a modern hospital.

  Revealed: The Caribbean’s 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns and Islands    An International Living Report      www.internationalliving.com   

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