Why Costa Rica? The Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A gorgeous paradise ***
  • Ranked #3 safe Haven in the World *
  • Rated #1 Happiest Country in the World ***
  • Plentiful food *
  • Cost of living
  • Long life expectancy (longer than the US)*
  • Peaceful, tranquil, stress-free culture
  • Healthy lifestyle***
  • No need for heat or a/c in most areas ***
  • Huge expat community ***
  • No military – peaceful nation ***
  • Eco friendly ***
  • Abundant water***
  • Many locals speak English
  • Good Internet
  • #1 in expat satisfaction
  • Close to the US for traveling***
  • 1st Class airfare from the US - $1,000
  • Flight time from the US – 3-4 hours
  • Large white population (can ‘fit in’ and not stand out)
  • Property costs
  • Educated populace – high literacy rates (higher than the US)*
  • Ideal climate in the highlands*
  • Real estate investment possibilities***
  • Freedom (Ranks ahead of the USA)*
  • INEXPENSIVE high quality health care*
  • Ease of immigration*
  • Nature, the wildlife, birding, waterfalls,

Cons

  • Tropics – bugs
  • Heat and humidity along the coasts
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Capital city San Jose traffic
  • Infrastructure (roads are so-so)
  • Cost of automobiles and electronics are more than in the US
  • Ticos driving (either very slow or very fast)
  • The 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime (it is light by 5:30am and dark by 6pm), year-round.

*** Means this country is the best in this category of the Top 7 Safe Havens
*     Means this country is worth noting in this category, a big plus

Here is why you would absolutely NOT choose Costa Rica:

  • Tropical diseases concern you.
  • You HAVE TO HAVE 4 distinct seasons.
  • You hate beaches, jungles, tropical fruit, and rain.

Here is why you absolutely WOULD choose Costa Rica:

  • You HAVE TO HAVE 1st World.
  • A lush green tropical paradise is a priority. And you LOVE nature.
  • You have to be close to the United States.
  • The long list of pros listed above rock your boat.
  • Peace, tranquility, and happiness are at the top of your list.
  • A huge expat community excites you, comforts you, and motivates you.
  • You personally went there, compared it to at least two other Top 7 Safe Havens (like #2 Chile and #1 Uruguay), and liked it best for various personal reasons.