Costa Rica Country Guide
Everything you need to know about moving to Costa Rica
Costa Rica Overview
Find anything you’re looking for in the land of pura vida
With an estimated 100,000 American citizens residing in the country, Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for Americans retiring abroad or looking for a second home overseas. Besides offering flexible visa and residency options and strong home ownership protections, Costa Rica boasts solid quality of life at affordable prices, good healthcare, a friendly local culture, and incredible diversity of habitats.
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1. Costa Rica Overview
StartAbroad's High-level Relocation Checklist
At StartAbroad, we provide our clients detailed, tailored checklists that cover every aspect of their move. By clicking the link below, you can download a high-level relocation checklist that covers the basics of your move abroad. While it is not exhaustive, this checklist is designed to help you get started with planning your move to Costa Rica.
Why Move to Costa Rica?
Safe and stable, having abolished its military in 1948
#2 place to retire in 2022, according to International Living
15th happiest country in the world per the Happiness Index
Multiple visa options, covering different needs and price points
One of the top healthcare systems in Latin America
On CST/MDT, and only a 2.5 hour flight to Miami
Cost of living is 27% lower than the U.S. on average
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On the ground support, a tailored to you
We work with retirees, digital nomads, young families, professionals, and investors make the move to Costa Rica
Costa Rica client reviews
We would highly recommend using StartAbroad for your relocation needs… [Their relocation] program is very comprehensive and they anticipated our every needs to make sure that our move went smoothly.
We would have made many mistakes on our own… [StartAbroad was] worth every penny and now looking back we can’t imagine having made this move without their assistance.
Clay & Sarah (& Sam)
Costa Rica Concierge Clients
It was an ultimate pleasure working with StartAboard, from start to finish they took care of every minor detail. Their service took loads of pressure off my hands as you can imagine all the small details and variables you have to consider when moving to a different country.
I would highly recommend StartAboard if you are looking to relocate.
Costa Rica Concierge Client
[The team at] StartAbroad were absolutely fantastic… These guys saved our family so much time – it’s quite difficult to quantify the value of their service. One thing for sure, for the small amount that they charged us for facilitating our digital nomad visas – in comparison to the huge amount of time we saved, is substantial!
Very pleasant to work with, very professional, clearly they care very much about what they are doing and their work reflects this.
Digital Nomad Visa Support
Frequently asked questions
Yes. While StartAbroad’s services are designed to be your one-stop-shop, if you would like to speak with a shipping specialist, medical provider, tax professional, or attorney that can manage your Inversionista, Rentista, or Pensionado visa, please send us an email at [email protected], and we can put you in touch with a vetted service
Yes. Clients realize savings when they book two or more services via our bundled approach. While we do have standard bundles — including our Concierge Relocation Support and Digital Nomad Bundle — which meet many of our clients’ needs, if those bundles do not cover the type of support you are looking for, we will work with you to create a bundle of support services tailored specifically to you.
Yes. We offer free 15-minute consultation calls. If you would like to spend more time on a call with an international relocation specialist, we offer coaching calls for 30 or 60 minutes.
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