Exploring Costa Rica First as a Tourist May Motivate You to Move Overseas
All I’d heard was that Costa Rica was a hot vacation destination. Great beaches, lots of activities, beautiful women, and reasonable prices were the descriptions thrown around. Needing to get away from the grind for a few weeks I booked a flight into San Jose and planned a three-week trip to Jaco beach for some sun, sand, and surf and relaxation. That was six years ago and I’m still here. Only now I’m married to a Colombiana, have a beautiful baby girl, and I’m the Broker for the most prestigious real estate firm in the country 2 Costa Rica Real Estate. I’m a radio host and expert on expatriation to Costa Rica for Overseas Radio Network, and there’s no limit to how far this can go. So how did I do it? Moreover, how can you?
The first step is: Prepare to take small steps. Packing it all in and moving to Central America sounds great around the water cooler or over a pitcher after work. The reality of making these decisions is much more complex. That said, make the first move small and easy. Book a vacation to Costa Rica and sample what this country has to offer, but make that vacation a chance to do a little scouting at the same time. There are many great areas of Costa Rica to consider. Though I fell in love with (and in) Jaco beach, this community on the Pacific coast is just one of several incredible destinations to explore. What makes Jaco Beach great is you can make it your home base in Costa Rica and travel on day trips to everything from museums in the city to active volcanoes.
The clear choice for many is Jaco beach. This beautiful town on the west coast of Costa Rica is known for its perfect weather, friendly laid-back atmosphere, and enough amenities to satisfy the most discerning tastes. Jaco is a short 1hr drive away from the capitol city of San Jose and its international airport (Juan Santamaria – SJO). Jaco is not only a great place to stay, it serves well as a central point from which you can easily explore the coast and visit communities north and south of this beach town. Long and short-term real estate and investment opportunities abound in this region, and development is booming. English is widely spoken and the people are friendly and accommodating to foreigners. This is a great place to settle in, have a cold drink and a great meal, and plan your ‘battle strategy’.
Getting around the country is a breeze – sort of. There are countless ways to navigate Costa Rica, from the dozens of rental car companies, to in-country flights, to busses, taxis and private shuttles. Many of the hotels provide shuttle services, and most day trips can be booked with transportation provided. If you are the adventurous type, a car rental with a GPS certainly provides you with the most freedom. If you’re planning to explore several different regions on your trip, then a day tour with small company is the way to go. For example, a day trip to Arenal volcano with a jungle canopy tour and horseback ride can run you around $150 per person with hotel pickup and meals included. This is a great way to have a guided, hassle-free trip and see some of the popular destinations in Costa Rica. If you’re scouting investment opportunities and considering purchasing real estate, then a rental car is optimal. Costa Rica is a small country and has a decent network of highways and roads. Though driving around the Central Valley surrounding San Jose can be an interesting experience, a few hours behind the wheel here and you’ll easily settle into navigating the roads.
One thing that is true of Costa Rica is that once you’ve been here there’s a great chance you’ll be back. Taking your first trip here as an exploratory vacation often leads to a second, third, and for many an eventual permanent move. With reasonably priced homes, great vacation rentals, and a country whose economy is heavily rooted in foreign investment, Costa Rica is one of the best choices for those looking to escape the day-to-day grind. Even with all the people coming here, opening businesses, buying property, and living their dreams, I can still walk out on the beach in front of my home, look to the left and the right, and find myself to be only one of a handful of people strolling the shoreline. There is a lot of room here to grow, and there’s no way I’m leaving paradise. It’s just too good here. If you want to book a vacation to Costa Rica contact us at www.cb-jaco.com and we will point you in all the right directions and maybe one day we will be neighbors.
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