In recent months, many of my friends and family have reached the age of retirement. They are counting the months and days they will soon reach 65, 66 or 67. They are counting the amount of social security they will receive in monthly payments after working up to 50 years of their lives. For those fortunate to have a pension plus social security benefits it comes down to where in the world can they can live comfortably off the amount of money they expect to receive for the rest of their retirement lives. Wise Boomer Chics in Costa Rica recently took a trip to South America to check out retirement opportunities for expats.

Map of Costa Rica

Map of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Even though the famous city of San Jose is far inland, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity. The views from the mountains are spectacular with homes built on the hillsides and cliffs.

Our very hospitable Costa Rican hosts, expats Robert and Karla, provided guided tours of real estate properties. We visited a chalet high in the San Roman mountains; three beautiful wooden homes, a main house and two smaller on several acres with a view of the mountains and the ocean. Hand built by a Canadian couple who, after 24 years in Costa Rica, were selling in order to move to Ecuador.

Woco Jacó for Surfers

Jacó is a beautiful, energetic beach town that’s located within two hours of Costa Rica’s capital and is known for its carefree party atmosphere and exceptional aquatic activities. If you seek peace and quiet, a house in the mountains and a visit every now down to the beach may work for you. There is new commercial and residential development with condos pre-selling for $120K.

With the right retirement budget you can purchase a piece of property in Costa Rica. It just depends on where you want to live, whether you’d liked to be on the beach, in the mountains, on the Pacific or the Caribbean Costa Rica offers many options. You also have the option of renting a beautiful home, villa, apartment for as little as $125/month. Renting for a month or two will give you a chance to really see the country and find your ShangriLa!

Speaking Spanish

Since Spanish is the official language, a few lessons would be helpful if you can’t speak it. Some English may be understandable, but imagine an Uber (yes they have them) driver that speaks only Spanish! I had dinner at one of the local restaurants near my hotel and the waitress could only speak Spanish. A helpful smartphone app I use when traveling overseas is the “Interper” App found in the PlayStore.

Wise Boomer Chic In Costa Rica

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Travel Distance: How far away from my family do I want to live?

Retirees who have close ties to their aging parents, children, grandchildren, and close friends, in addition to the need for American medical facilities, Costa Rica is only a 3hour 40minute plane ride away from Houston, and another 45 minutes to Dallas, Texas. Making Costa Rica a favorite destination for retirement; giving it very close proximity to “back home”. We flew Southwest Airlines from Dallas to Houston to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Who Flies to Costa Rica?

Both of the international airports in Costa Rica are served by US airlines as well as other international airways. US airlines that fly to Costa Rica include Alaska Air, US Airways, American Airlines, Frontier, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit. Thanks to my travelling family companions Thomas and Torri, (Southwest Airlines), for a smooth, fabulous trip and a wonderful hotel selection.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). This peak tourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. That said, the dry season is the most popular (and expensive) time to visit.

Which side of Costa Rica has the Best Beaches?

Playa Conchal. Playa Conchal’s sparkling white sand wraps around a gorgeous turquoise bay that’s perfect for swimming or snorkeling. Because it’s tucked away just south of underwhelming Playa Brasilito, Playa Conchal is overlooked by many visitors. But for those in the know, it’s paradise.

Thanks Mary, my seat mate on the flight back home, for sharing the love and pride for your homeland Costa Rica. I promise to spend more time on my next trip vising the places you suggested.

If you are considering Costa Rica as a retirement destination be sure to visit the country for at least a week, rent a car and drive to the places you think you may want to live. Your adventure could be amazing!

Wise Boomer Chic in Costa Rica

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