Costa Rica is often regarded as nothing more than a whimsical travel location, just a fun spot to get away to on your vacation. However, this beautiful area actually offers much more. It is a wonderful, relaxed, and affordable place for families to live, and it is a great living option for those individuals who seek a more simplified way of life away from the hustle and bustle of the states. This article will discuss a few of the many reasons why you might decide to live, work, and (of course) play in Costa Rica.
First of all, you should know that, on average, the cost of living in Costa Rica is actually much more affordable than living in the states, even if you don’t reside in a major city or a high income area. While it is true that many people live an expensive “life of luxury” here, you really don’t have to. If you don’t dine out or visit expensive touristy locations every night, you will most likely be living the average middle class life of a Costa Rica citizen. These individuals spend only an estimated $1,500 to $2,500 per month. You can live even cheaper than this if you buy your food from street vendors (not the big supermarkets mostly there to attract American tourists) and if you live as far away from the expensive San Jose as possible. Rent is also much more affordable in further away areas, with some citizens paying as little as $100 monthly rent for a three bedroom apartment!
This is also the place to be if you’re looking to get close to the true beauty of nature. Nowhere else in the world will you find more pristine (and free to visit) beaches and beautiful natural landmarks. Popular destinations for real life residents and tourists alike include the North Caribbean, the South Caribbean, Central Valley, the Northern Plains, Monteverde, North Guanacaste, South Guanacaste, Puntarenas, the Mid Pacific, and the South Pacific. Depending on where you go and what you and your family like to do, you can visit incredible museums, learn all about a new culture, or simply get in touch with real relaxation.
Living in Costa Rica is all about experiencing life and life to the fullest. People here do not waste their time sitting in front of the television or having pointless, mundane conversations. Instead, towns and villages work and function as close knit families who enjoying spending time together and really getting to know one another. This is not to say that you won’t have access to night life, movies, theatre, and all sorts of culture, but you’ll find that the people here prefer genuine company and conversation. Life in Costa Rica is not for everyone, and it’s not “bad” or “wrong” if it’s not for you and your family, but you should definitely take the time to do a little research and make an informed decision. In short, we’re not telling you to move here, but we definitely think that if a move is in your future, you shouldn’t discount this beautiful and majestic land.