The country is famous for its neutrality and as the most stable country in Central America and the CIA World Fact Book lists the country as “a Central American success story”. Citizens happily boast that they are so peaceful a nation they have no need for an army, that school children are able to preside over crowd control at election time and that the country has more teachers than it does policemen! An added lure for investors and those looking to move to the country or retire in Costa Rica is the favourable low taxation regime that the country has adopted. Add to this the fact that land ownership is widespread and property ownership rights in Costa Rica for non-residents or foreign citizens are unrivalled across the whole Central and Latin American region and you begin to get a feel for how attractive the country is.
With active and inactive volcanoes, stunning mountains, rain forests, an abundance of rare flora and fauna, the stunning Caribbean Sea on one side and the wild North Pacific Ocean on the other, Costa Rica has an ideal climate, beautiful scenery and offers something for everyone! For those interested in relocating to Costa Rica the cost of living is low, health care services are incredibly sophisticated and affordable with most doctors and specialists being US trained. This has actually resulted in a new industry developing in the country for low cost health care and cosmetic surgery performed by world class doctors at Central American prices! Education and literacy standards are very high, most Costa Ricans have an excellent command of English, the legal system in the country is based on the Spanish system, the country is democratic and its economy is strong, stable and based on tourism, agriculture and the export of electronics. The boom in the property market has not upset this balance at all and the economy is not reliant on the real estate market meaning it will remain stable and property prices are not being artificially talked up.