# 8: Costa Rica
If you’re ready for la pura vida, “the pure life,” you might want to consider a Costa Rica retirement. This country of just over 4 million is 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 has a lot going for it…it’s a nature-lover’s dream, with green-carpeted mountains, oh-wow volcanoes, and that blue, blue ocean.
It’s got top-quality, affordable healthcare and is known as one of Latin America’s most peaceful nations (it has enjoyed over 60 years of uninterrupted
democratic rule). Costa Rica has a wide variety of inexpensive housing, along with a wealth of every imaginable activity to keep you busy and happy.
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.