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Relocating to Costa Rica provides a unique opportunity to live amidst natural splendor, experience a vibrant culture, and enjoy a high quality of life. With its welcoming community, affordable living, excellent healthcare, and diverse recreational activities, Costa Rica is a dream destination for those seeking a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle.

In a country with a population of just over 5 million people, it speaks volumes of its desirability, that half a million of them (10%) are expats.  With an estimated 120,000 American citizens now residing in the country, Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for retirement, families, or digital nomads.

Flamingo Beach Realty can assist you in finding the best course of action for relocation to Costa Rica.

Retiring in Costa Rica


As a retiree (also known as a pensionado) in Costa Rica, you have unique needs, expectations, and requirements. Your livelihood might rely on your pension, retirement savings, or investments. However, you refuse to compromise on your desired lifestyle and comforts.

Costa Rica delivers a healthy lifestyle for retirees, with fresh quantities of locally-grown food in abundance, consistent temperatures throughout the year, and areas that welcome a healthy lifestyle, Costa Rica has fast become the most enticing of retirement destinations.

Costa Rica offers a welcoming and peaceful environment. The country is renowned for its friendly locals, known as “Ticos,” who embrace a laid-back “pura vida” lifestyle, promoting a stress-free and content way of living.  Many retirees enjoy this laid-back, free way of living and enjoy making friendships with other retirees who feel the same.  There are book clubs, card and trivia afternoons, hiking meet-ups,  paint nights, and golden years cooking classes among other activities to keep you busy in your retirement in Paradise.

The nation boasts a comfortable and affordable standard of living. Retirees find that their pension or savings stretch further in Costa Rica, allowing them to enjoy a higher quality of life without breaking the bank.  Services labor such as maids, gardeners, cooks, drivers, and nursing support are significantly cheaper in Costa Rica compared to  North America.  Many retirees report these costs are 80% less in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s natural beauty is unparalleled. With its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife, the country offers a paradise-like setting for relaxation and outdoor activities, promoting a healthy and active retirement lifestyle.

The healthcare system in Costa Rica is well-regarded, with modern facilities and skilled medical professionals. There are public and private healthcare options available.  This provides retirees with peace of mind, knowing that their health needs will be well taken care of.

The warm climate and abundance of recreational activities cater to a wide range of interests, from golfing and water sports to birdwatching and hiking, ensuring retirees have ample opportunities to stay engaged and active.

Costa Rica’s stable political environment and pro-expat policies make it an attractive and secure choice for retirees seeking to make a permanent home in a foreign country. Retirees can obtain residency through “Rentista”, which means they have a minimum of $1000/month pension coming in or by purchasing a property for a minimum of USD 150,000.

Costa Rica’s allure as a retirement destination lies in its friendly culture, affordable living, breathtaking landscapes, excellent healthcare, and opportunities for a fulfilling and relaxed retirement lifestyle. It’s no wonder that so many expats choose to call this tropical gem their home for their golden years.

Raising Your Family in Costa Rica

Costa Rica stands as an exceptional destination for families and ex-pats seeking a harmonious blend of adventure, education, and a high quality of life. The country’s family-friendly environment and numerous benefits make it an ideal place to relocate with loved ones. Long considered one of the happiest countries in the world, Costa Rica is ideal for families of all sizes. Costa Rica’s dedication to the health and well-being of children ensures your family has access to outstanding education (private and public), modern healthcare, and a lifestyle that brings the entire family closer to nature.

Costa Rica boasts a safe and stable society, providing a secure environment for raising children. The “Ticos” are known for their warm hospitality and family-oriented culture, welcoming expat families with open arms.

The nation takes immense pride in its excellent education system. With a focus on sustainability, creativity, and global awareness, Costa Rica offers a range of public and private schools that emphasize holistic development.  Be sure to check out our Info section on schools in Guanacaste.

The country’s stunning natural landscapes serve as an outdoor playground for children and families alike. From lush rainforests and captivating wildlife to beautiful beaches and thrilling water activities, Costa Rica offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.  Living at the beach in Guanacaste means your children will be living and playing outside 350+ days of the year.

Costa Rica’s emphasis on environmental conservation instills in children a deep appreciation for nature and sustainability. This eco-consciousness helps to raise environmentally aware global citizens.  Opportunities to learn and care for the environment will keep your children curious about our planet and will keep your family working together to make a difference in our world.  Costa Rica is a place of wonder for young minds and allows you and your family numerous opportunities for adventure and learning together.

The availability of modern healthcare facilities and a commitment to wellness ensure that families have access to quality medical services, providing peace of mind to parents.  In Guanacaste, there are many 24-hour medical clinics.  Most of them bring in specialists such as pediatricians orthodontists or psychologists on a bi-monthly or monthly basis. Healthcare in Costa Rica is extremely affordable.  You may choose to use the public or private system.  Healthcare insurance is also available for families.

The sense of community in Costa Rica fosters strong connections among families, both local and expat, making it easier to build a support network away from home.  Beach meet-ups are very common for expat families.  With the outdoor playground of sand and water, children can be entertained for hours!  There are many after-school activities and groups children can join.  This is a great way to make friends.

Costa Rica’s family-friendly atmosphere, excellent education system, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and focus on sustainability create an ideal environment for families and expats seeking a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle. Relocating to Costa Rica with your family can be a transformative experience, providing memories and opportunities that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Digital Nomads in Costa Rica


Costa Rica has become a magnet for digital nomads, offering an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, modern amenities, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it an ideal destination for remote workers.  The digital nomad visa in Costa Rica, known as an estancia or right to reside, has unveiled an entirely fresh realm for remote workers, freelancers, and individuals engaged in online work.

Combined with a lower cost of living, a Pura Vida lifestyle, and one of the world’s most splendid natural environments, Costa Rica has attracted more remote workers in recent years than many popular European nations. And, its close proximity to North America means digital nomads are never too far from their loved ones.

The country’s reliable and high-speed internet infrastructure is a crucial factor for digital nomads. Whether working from a beachside villa or a cozy mountain retreat, you can stay connected without any interruption.

Costa Rica’s stunning landscapes, including pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and picturesque mountains, provide an inspiring backdrop for work and leisure. This natural beauty promotes a  healthy work-life balance, allowing digital nomads to recharge and explore during their downtime.  Moreover, the “pura vida” lifestyle of Costa Rica encourages a relaxed and stress-free environment, conducive to productivity and creativity. The friendly locals and expat community add to the sense of belonging, making it easier to adapt to a new environment.

Costa Rica’s abundance of co-working spaces and cafes equipped with modern facilities cater specifically to the needs of digital nomads, fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment.

The country’s stable political environment and safety make it a secure place to work and live, giving digital nomads peace of mind while focusing on their projects.

Costa Rica’s winning combination of reliable internet, breathtaking landscapes, laid-back culture, vibrant community, and safety make it a top choice for digital nomads seeking an enriching and fulfilling experience as they explore the world while maintaining their professional careers.

How Flamingo Beach Realty Can Help With Your Relocation to Costa Rica


At Flamingo Beach Realty, we possess a first-hand understanding of the relocation process. We’ve also served over 560 individuals and families in finding their dream life in Costa Rica. This makes us well-equipped to provide you with the guidance and services needed to navigate the relocation process.

We can assist you with the following:

  • Destinations
    Popular locations, available rentals, and real estate
  • Due Diligence
    We can show you the areas, schools, homes available, and more
  • Logistics
    References to freight forwarding companies and shippers
  • Visas and Residency
    Navigating the legal landscape of obtaining the right type of residency
  • Healthcare and Insurance
    Helping you understand Costa Rica’s healthcare and your options
  • Pet Relocation
    Assisting you with understanding the requirements for bringing your furry friends
  • Taxes
    Advice on who to speak to about your tax obligations as a homeowner, worker, or business owner
  • Schools
    Referral to the area’s best private institutions

Let’s Get Started!

Ready to hear more? Book a private 1-to-1 call with Melanie Engel today. In this 30-minute call, Melanie can outline the next steps you need to take in your relocation efforts. From there, we can assist you in crafting the perfect relocation plan that ensures your migration to Costa Rica is seamless and worry-free.

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