by Ivo Henfling
Quite often I get emails from clients in the US and Canada who are looking to retire in another country and have read about retirement in Costa Rica. Some ask how many golf courses we have in the community and others how many homes there are in the community.
Some ask if you have any views from the homes in the community and what the community amenities are.
For so many years Costa Rica has been in the news as one of the best retirement destinations in the world that some people have started to believe that Costa Rica is a community.
Is Costa Rica a retirement community?
Well, let me first set some things straight here. Costa Rica is NOT a retirement community; it is a country in Central America, located between Panama and Nicaragua. Costa Rica is NOT an island and if you thought it was, you’re mixed up with Puerto Rico.
The capital city is San Jose, not to be mistaken with San Jose in California and San Juan in Puerto Rico, in case you hop on the wrong flight.
Costa Rica has been the best place to retire for thousands of retirees for over 50 years, due to the democracy, the great weather and the nicest and happiest people on earth living here. Most retirees or expats live in the Escazu and Santa Ana areas but in the last 10 years newer locations like Atenas, Naranjo and Grecia have been sought after. These newer locations are very much like Escazu was 30 years ago, very laid back and a very easy going population while the most important services are available right there or a short distance away.
Large communities in Costa Rica
Though we have had thousands of retirees from the US and Canada move to Costa Rica, there were never enough of them, nor do we have enough available cheap land to be able to create the master planned retirement communities you will find in Florida. In Costa Rica, even gated communities are small and the largest communities don’t have more than 80 – 90 homes. Besides, Costa Rica is full of hills and mountains, so few locations are flat enough to do a golf course or communities that would fit retirees.
Most people who retire to Costa Rica are under 65 years old and looking for active adult communities. Well, the good news is that Costa Rica and mainly the Central Valley has a zillion things to do for active adults and at the same time offers all the amenities that a retiree can need, within reasonable driving distance.
Your options are plenty
So if you are planning to retire abroad and you are looking for an active adult community or a retirement community, have a hard look at Costa Rica. Our GoDutch Realty agents are all well trained and more important, located in those communities that will suit you well. You can choose from Golf communities like Valle del Sol, Los Reyes or Cariari, as well as well-known gated communities as Villa Real, Bosques de Lindora, Roca Verde and many others. You'll find it very easy to find people of your age who also speak your language. If you enjoy cultural meetings, concerts, the theatre, play bridge and have other hobbies you'd like to keep, there are lots of organizations like the Newcomers Club and the Women's Club of Costa Rica that will get you the entertainment you are looking for. The Tico Times lists lots of organizations for you to contact if you feel lonely or bored. Contact us NOW if you have any questions or are looking to see property.
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I DO want to remind our readers that we appreciate any referrals you can send us. I know you all meet people on the plane, in the supermarket, at yoga, at the gym, at the Blooms ladies club, at the potluck organized by your community. Please remember the GoDutch Realty agents when you talk about your home in Costa Rica, when you meet someone who wants to purchase one, we appreciate it.