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Everything You Need to Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Country Guide

Where to Start

Visas, Residency and Citizenship

Expat Interviews

Cost of Living

Healthcare & Health Insurance

Cars & Transport

Popular Destinations in Costa Rica

Real Estate and Rentals


Pet Relocation



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Costa Rica Overview

Find Anything You’re Looking for in Costa Rica


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.

Major Advantages of Costa Rica for Expats


Safe and stable - having abolished its military in 1948


#2 best place to retire in the world (InternationalLiving, 2022)

Choose the type of life you want - Over a dozen climactic zones to choose from, from "eternal spring" to sunshine-filled beaches to jungle


15th happiest country in the world according to the Happiness Index 2021


One of the top healthcare systems in Latin America, with public access for all citizens and residents