Costa Rica Country Guide

Everything you need to know about moving to Costa Rica

How to Move to Costa Rica

Moving to Costa Rica can change your life. Make sure to do it the right way.

Moving anywhere is challenging. But Costa Rica is worth it. With its breathtaking landscapes, warm climate, and abundant biodiversity, this country provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and relaxation. Costa Rica’s stable political environment, quality healthcare system, and solid education options make it an appealing choice for retirees, families, professionals, and Digital Nomads. In this guide, we break down how to make the move to Costa Rica go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

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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.

How to Move to Costa Rica as a Retiree

Why Retire to Costa Rica?

Safe and stable, having abolished its military in 1948

Excellent visa options, specifically the Pensionado

Affordable, high-quality healthcare

Ranked #2 place to retire in 2022

Vibrant, active expat communities

Lower cost of living than the US or Canada

15th happiest country in 2021

How can you retire to Costa Rica?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Costa Rica. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

 

  1. Define your goals for your life in Costa Rica 
  2. Set your retirement budget
  3. Decide on your relocation timeline
  4. Visit the country at least once on a scouting trip
  5. Decide your residency route, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Choose where to live in the country
  8. Decide if you’ll buy or rent
  9. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  10. Create a medical plan, including health insurance, access to medications, access to specialists, and an emergency care plan
  11. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  12. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  13. Book your ticket!

 

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Costa Rica!

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How to Move to Costa Rica as a Family

Why move your family to Costa Rica?

Safe and stable, having abolished its military in 1948

Diverse, highly rated school options

Affordable, high-quality healthcare

Accessibly priced real estate

Excellent visa options, including the Rentista and Inversionista

Lower cost of living than the US or Canada

15th happiest country in 2021

How can you move your family to Costa Rica?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Costa Rica for families. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

 

  1. Start with schools, and work your way out from there
  2. Set your budget
  3. Decide on your relocation timeline
  4. Visit the country at least once on a scouting trip
  5. Decide your residency route, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Choose where to live in the country
  8. Decide if you’ll buy or rent
  9. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  10. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  11. Understand the medical landscape, make sure that your families needs are covered
  12. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  13. Identify childcare if necessary
  14. Book your ticket!

 

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Costa Rica!

How to Become a Digital Nomad in Costa Rica

Why become a digital nomad in Costa Rica?

Safe and stable, having abolished its military in 1948

Excellent visa options, including the Digital Nomad Visa

Vibrant, active, like-minded community

US time-zones make remote work easier

Excellent internet speeds

Lower cost of living than the US and Canada

Access to incredible nature

15th happiest country in 2021

How can you become a digital nomad in Costa Rica?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Costa Rica for digital nomads. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

 

  1. Define your goals + length of stay
  2. Set your budget
  3. Speak with your employer or work with an employer of record
  4. Get started on your Digital Nomad Visa
  5. Understand tax implications of your move
  6. Decide where your home base will be
  7. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  8. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  9. Ensure that you’ll have fast enough internet where you’re staying
  10. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  11. Book your ticket!

 

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Costa Rica!

How to Move to Costa Rica as a Professional

Why move to Costa Rica as a professional?

Safe and stable, having abolished its military in 1948

Excellent visa options, including the Digital Nomad Visa, Rentista, and Inversionista

Significant tax benefits after the first year

Excellent internet speeds

US time-zones make remote work easier

Accessibly priced real estate

Lower cost of living than the US and Canada

How can you move to Costa Rica as a professional?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Costa Rica for professionals. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

 

  1. Confirm that your employer has Ok’d the move, and understands the tax implications
  2. Define your goals + length of stay
  3. Set your budget
  4. Decide were in the country you will live
  5. Decide your residency route, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Decide where your home base will be
  8. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  9. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  10. Ensure that you’ll have fast enough internet where you’re staying
  11. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  12. Book your ticket!

 

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Costa Rica!

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