Why Relocate to Costa Rica, an Expats Guide


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A look at why Costa Rica is attracting record numbers of North Americans and Europeans to relocate, build second homes, rental properties and invest in land. A look at the political, social and economic reasons why over 100,000 foreigners have chosen Costa Rica as their home.

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  • Playa at sunset
  • Beach
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Lots of activities in the area, diving, surfing, kayaking, fishing
  • Whale’s tale beach
  • Homes nestled in mountains
  • Why Relocate to Costa Rica, an Expats Guide

    1. 1. Costa Rica is in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama
    2. 2. It’s about the size of West Virginia Costa Rica is less than a 2 ½ hour direct flight from Miami.
    3. 3. Costa Rica is less than a 2 ½ hour direct flight from Miami.
    4. 4. Home to 4 million residents
    5. 5. It’s also home to 100,000 foreigners
    6. 6. Including more than 50,000 North Americans
    7. 7. Costa Rica has a Strong Economy Yet the average Costa Rican earns less than $10,000 per year.
    8. 8. The US is Costa Rica’s largest trading partner. Intel (the chip maker) is the largest employer.
    9. 9. Tourism is the #1 source of income Over 2 million tourists come to visit each year for Vacation, Eco-Tourism and Health Tourism
    10. 10. Tap water is safe to drink in Costa Rica
    11. 11. 27% of the country is protected land.
    12. 12. The country contains more than 100 types of ferns, 1,000 orchards and 2000 kinds of trees.
    13. 13. Costa Rica is home to a dizzying array of fauna. Toucans Tree Frogs Blue Morpho Butterflies More than 50 kinds of Hummingbirds
    14. 14. Humpback Whales Olive Ridley Turtles Squirrel Monkeys Sloths
    15. 15. 860 bird species reside in Costa Rica; More than in the US and Canada combined. 25% of the country is protected land.
    16. 16. Arenal Volcano South Pacific Coast Beach La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica is loaded with Natural Wonders Diving off Cocos Island
    17. 17. San Jose National Theater Cartago Cathedral Casinos And man-made ones
    18. 18. A myriad of activities are available; for adventurers…
    19. 19. And for those of us who prefer to relax.
    20. 20. The temperature in the southern Pacific averages 81˚ year round.
    21. 21. “ Green Season”, the local’s favorite, is from May until November. The mornings are sunny and late afternoon showers are typical.
    22. 22. Costa Rica is a Democracy guaranteeing rights for residents and foreigners alike. Freedom of speech, press and assembly are exercised daily. They are the oldest democracy in Central America. The government consists of three branches: Executive: Costa Rica’s President, Dr. Oscar Arias, is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. He studied at Boston College and attained a Doctorate Degree in Political Science from The University of Essex, England. Legislature: 57 elected officials responsible for laws and taxes (39% are women). Judicial: 22 Supreme Court magistrates.
    23. 23. Costa Rica, a peaceful country, neutral for 200 years, was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.
    24. 24. Focusing spending on Education (boasting a 96% literacy rate) spending instead on education Costa Rica is proud of a 96% literacy rate among its citizens; among the highest in Latin America and…
    25. 25. Cost of an outpatient visit in Costa Rica is approximately $17 ; in the US it’s $366 Costa Rica is a well known Health Tourism Destination
    26. 26. Cost of a hospital stay in Costa Rica is approximately $52 ; in the US it’s $907
    27. 27. The pace of life is slower. Perhaps that’s why Costa Ricans have a longer life span than those in the US.
    28. 28. Fresh, pesticide free produce and meats are abundant and inexpensive.
    29. 29. Surprisingly; world class, gourmet restaurants abound in our community.
    30. 30. Foreigners have the same right to property ownership as Costa Ricans do.
    31. 31. Property ownership is Fee Simple and Title Insurance is readily available.
    32. 32. Taxes are very low; approx. $1.95 per $1000 in value A home valued at $300k owes only $585 per year!
    33. 33. Home insurance is approximately $487 yearly for a home worth $200,000.
    34. 34. Costa Rica is situated below the hurricane belt
    35. 35. What are you doing to protect your retirement? How well will you be able to afford to live?
    36. 36. Our community is located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
    37. 37. Easily accessible via a paved road from San Jose, or a short commuter flight.
    38. 38. Ojochal We have a brand new hospital nearby and a new international airport coming soon.
    39. 39. Our tranquil public beaches include Playa Torguga, Ventana, Pi ñuela and Bellena.
    40. 40. We offer Ocean and Mountain view home sites. Prices start at only $40,000.
    41. 41. All of our home sites come complete with roads, water and electricity on the lot.
    42. 42. Our properties are deeded and fee simple and we offer full financing on home sites.
    43. 43. We will build your custom luxury home for only $100 per square foot. ($1076 per square meter)
    44. 44. We offer amazing ocean and mountain view home sites.
    45. 46. Completely Custom Luxury Homes at $100 per square foot
    46. 48. In an area that is amazingly beautiful.
    47. 49. You may also choose to build your own home, hire any builder of your choice, or opt to simply hold the land as an investment.
    48. 50. We are pretty talented in our building skills, come see for yourself.
    49. 51. Some of the homes we’ve built
    50. 52. Established over 20 years ago. We are the largest builder of custom homes in Costa Rica.
    51. 53. Build YOUR dream home, not OURs
    52. 54. Hand crafted woodwork is included
    53. 55. Solid wood custom cabinets, windows and doors are included in every house we build.
    54. 57. Spectacular Ocean and Mountain Views
    55. 58. We also offer full rental management services allowing you to earn income while your property appreciates.
    56. 59. Our community offers numerous restaurants, grocery stores, a new hospital, hotels, schools and shopping opportunities.
    57. 60. The pace of life is more enjoyable here.
    58. 61. Ticos (Costa Ricans), Americans, Canadians, French, Dutch, German, Students, Retirees, Professionals, Farmers, Entrepreneurs, Artists, Bakers, Families…. The people of our community include…
    59. 62. Ask about our guest house visit. See for yourself why we’ve chosen Costa Rica as our home.
    60. 63. Join us on a four day Discovery Tour. The cost is $250 per person and is pretty much all inclusive. We apply the cost of the tour to any purchase and also give you $1000 travel credit if you buy.
    61. 64. <ul><li>Home Sites start at only $40,000 </li></ul><ul><li>No time limits to build </li></ul><ul><li>Full financing </li></ul><ul><li>Deeded, fee simple </li></ul><ul><li>5% discount for cash </li></ul>
    62. 65. We offer a variety of ways to visit our projects. Visit our website at www.PacificLots.com
    63. 66. Come swim in our pool, hear the birds, breathe our clean air, taste our ripe fruits and vegetables.
    64. 67. Find out why so many North Americans are moving to Costa Rica.
    65. 68. Come visit our guest house, tour our properties, admire our luxury homes, imagine yourself living here.
    66. 69. <ul><li>For More information on our Discovery tours, our newsletter or periodic updates via email about Costa Rica, contact us at [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>We offer a variety of tours but the favorite is our 4 day Discovery Tour. </li></ul><ul><li>These tours cost $250 per person and are nearly “all inclusive”. </li></ul><ul><li>We pick you up at the airport in San Jose when you arrive and drop you there at the end of the tour. We house you and feed you throughout the trip. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a real estate tour and we will be visiting our property, touring homes and viewing available home sites for sale. There is no sales presentation… </li></ul><ul><li>We apply the visit fee to any purchase you may choose to make and also give you $1000 credit to offset your airfare to Costa Rica so the cost of the trip is basically free if you end up purchasing in any of our developments. </li></ul><ul><li>We cater to your dietary requirements during the visit. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on visiting us, see www.PacificLots.com/visit . </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t wait until the new international airport is finished and you can’t afford it! </li></ul>
    67. 70. Having international property holdings in your portfolio is a great way to hedge against a loss in the value of the dollar.