How to Buy Costa Rica Real Estate
What Region of Costa Rica is Best For Me?
Over the years, working in Costa Rica Real Estate, it has become clear to me that there’s only a handful of property ‘types’ that attract most people to this country to retire, relocate or purchase vacation property. Where YOU decide to settle depends entirely on your present lifestyle, your desired lifestyle, budget and activities you wish to peruse. And there’s also specific needs you may have such as proximity to health care, schools, shopping, activities and transportation. Before you proceed, answer the questions in the Lifestyle Checklist below to clearly define your lifestyle needs in Costa Rica.
The Lifestyle Checklist:
- What activities do you enjoy (golf, beach, gym, nightlife)
- What is your budget (purchasing power and monthly budget)
- Proximity to work and commute time
- Health Care considerations (proximity to hospitals, clinics, doctors and emergency care)
- Proximity to schools (elementary, colleges and universities – public and private)
- Transportation (proximity to highway, airports, public transportation)
- Proximity to worship facilities (church, temple)
- Lifestyle (urban, rural, beach, mountain, jungle)
- Will I learn Spanish?
Listed below are the most commonly sought after property features that most buyers gravitate toward here. With each property type, I have noted the region, or regions it can be found in. Cross reference those regions with the map above to see where it is in the country. I then listed popular towns in those regions you might consider, plus basic information to give you a good idea as whether it’s right for your consideration.
Which Lifestyle Appeals To You?
For your convenience, I’ve created info pages for the property attribute that may be most important to you. Click on the link below that appeals to you the most for extensive information on that property type.
Close to Culture, Shopping, Dining & Night Life:
There is really only 1 metropolitan area in Costa Rica that can offer all 3 of those things, and that’s San Jose proper in the Central Valley. The city of San Jose is huge and quite populated and there’s really not much of anything by way of the aforementioned that you can’t find there. There are plenty of secure, high rise condominiums and gated condo developments you can live in around the greater San Jose area, but you don’t have to live IN the city to enjoy it. Settling in any one of the surrounding towns in the Central Valley offers quick access to the big city and all it has to offer.
Other Popular Options in the Central Valley Include: Escazu, Santa Ana and Heredia. For those interested in a cool tranquil setting that remains close to the city we also recomend Atenas, Puriscal & Orotina.
Beach Town Lifestyle:
There are miles and miles of coastline in Costa Rica which offers a variety of lifestyles and virtually NO oversaturation. One could visit a popular beach on a Sunday morning in the most popular area of the most popular region in Costa Rica, Esterillos in the Central Pacific for example, and be hard pressed to see more than a dozen people. But if you want more action, good restaurants, clubs, and night-life can be found in many of the North Pacific beach towns like Tamarindo, Flamingo, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, and on the Caribbean Coast, Limon. Though these towns tend to get active as the sun goes down, they’re still sleepy little beach towns, and it’s rare to see them open until the wee hours of the morning as is common in San Jose and most major cities. My experience is that’s exactly how the residents of these areas like it.
There’s several golf communities in Costa Rica, but the most popular are Los Suenos Golf Community and Maria in Herradrua in the Central Pacific Region, Cariari Country Club in Cariari in the The Central Valley, and Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed, 18-hole championship golf course in Flamingo or the Four Seasons Papagayo Hotel and Resort with their 18-hole, Arnold Palmer golf course in Liberia in the North Pacific Region. All of these communities offer a wide range of homes to purchase, from upscale luxury estates to more affordable condos and every point in between. These places offer a slice of American style resort lifestyle while in Costa Rican paradise.
For The Nature Enthusiast: