Retire in Costa Rica: Central Pacific

Living abroad has become an increasingly popular option for retirees looking for a change of scenery, a unique cultural experience, access to affordable healthcare, lower cost of living, and great weather.

Costa Rica has become one of Latin Americas top retirement destinations. Those that retire in Costa Rica enjoy a world class service industry, an affordable tropical lifestyle, and eco living at its finest. Costa Rica’s exceptional work in conservation, eco-tourism, and renewable energy has made it the world’s poster-country for first class eco adventure experiences and sustainable living.

If you are looking at retiring in Costa Rica, it’s well advised to plan a recon trip for at least three months. Use this time to investigate the primary area or regions Costa Rica offers. While there are many hidden paradises to discover in Costa Rica, the three primary areas retirees gravitate too; Guanacaste, Central Pacific and the Central Valley.

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific still remains the #1 retirement destination and it’s easy to see why! Tropical forests meet Pacific Ocean along with amazing sunsets creates one of the most spectacular, cascading coastlines in all Central America.

The Central Pacific’s primary business, vacation and retirement hub is Jaco Beach (Playa Jaco). With its own unique flavor and vibe, Jaco Beach continues to be a popular destination for retirees, Baby Boomers as well as a growing wave Gen Xers, and now even Millennials are landing here and calling this bustling beach town home.

Expats started to flock to Jaco Beach in the mid 90’s and the trend continues today as more and more baby boomers come to Costa Rica to explore the possibilities of settling here. Retiring in Jaco Beach offer expats the best of Costa Rica, great weather, lots of exciting eco adventure, surfing, top notch restaurants for the foodies, sizzling night life, and that famous Pura Vida lifestyle Costa Rica is known for.

There are a number of other retirement destinations on Costa Rica Central Pacific coast which runs from Puntarenas in the Nicoya down to Manuel Antonio and Dominical. In between there are some amazing beach towns and resorts such as, Los Suenos at Hurradura, Esterillos, Bejuco, Palo Seco and many others.

Proximity is an important factor in the Central Pacific’s development over the past 10 years. With building of the new Caldera Highway that connects San Jose, the Capital of Costa Rica and the main international airport – Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), to the Central Pacific coast in a little over an hour, has further stimulated the areas growth. Jaco Beach is the closest major beach town to Central Valley and so draws large numbers of people from the Central Valley down to the coastal lowlands for some fun-in-the-sun every weekend – which is great for business in the region.

If you are thinking of escaping the rat race, reinventing yourself, or retiring and living abroad, then plan a visit to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific and discover for yourself why this coastal paradise is the destination of choice for so many retirees.