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.

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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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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