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Moving to Costa Rica

Apr 02, 2017
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For many years now, Costa Rica has been high on the expat list of great countries to move to. Perhaps it’s due to the majestic shoreline with waves seen in many a surfer’s dreams, or maybe it’s the lush rainforest, the volcanoes or the friendly people living in the country. Combine all those things along with a stable economy and beautiful places to live and plenty to do day and night, and you can have a vacation every day of your life.

The Homes are Beautiful

Investing in real estate in Costa Rica is a great way to plant your roots in this country. With many mountaintop, jungle and ocean view homes to choose from, you can live in simplicity or even in luxury. It is all up to you and the budget you may have for housing, but even the simplest homes can feel like luxury when you take time to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the country. Costa Rica is a country where you can find some of the most innovative modern homes in the world. If you plan to live in Costa Rica part time, you may find that it is best to move into a home with a full staff, or at least with a caretaker who can work year-round to ensure the home is well taken care of when you are home and when you may be out of the country.

Live the Pura Vida Life

Nature is one of the biggest aspects you’ll find in Costa Rice. Home to many rain forests, you can expect fresh air, beautiful views and a plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. While surfing and snorkeling are on many peoples list of things to do in Costa Rica, others enjoy hiking, biking and taking time to admire the scenic views. In Costa Rica, the locals live the Pura Vida life. This means various things to different people, but in general, it means they are laid back, healthy and love taking full advantage of the joy life brings from one day to the next. Be sure to learn a little basic Spanish if you plan to spend a great deal of time in Costa Rica. While English is spoken in most places, Spanish is still important and will help you communicate if you travel away from the more touristy areas of the country.

Stable and Safe

Whether vacationing or contemplating a long-term move to Costa Rica, you will find the people are laid back and typically friendly to newcomers. Many families with children have made Costa Rica home. There are several options for school, but many expats have chosen to home school during their stay in the country. You can rest assured knowing that when you make a move here, you’re going to become a part of the culture that has developed over the years. It is easy to feel comfortable walking the beaches during, as well as strolling through the market or meeting friends at a nightclub in the evenings. If you are worried about the crime rate,  things are usually safe from violent crimes, but petty theft has been known to occur on the streets, so take precaution when carrying money and try to avoid wearing expensive jewelry when you head out for a night on the town.

Importing Your Personal Property to Costa Rica

When you invest in property and plan to live in Costa Rica, you may need to consider having some of your personal property shipped to your new home. You can purchase new furnishings when you arrive, but you may want to check pricing on some of the household goods that you could ship over to determine whether it will be more economical to ship or buy new. You need to speak to a few international movers to find out the criteria for delivery, but you will need some important legal paperwork for customs as well.

Documents Needed for Household Goods Shipping:

  • Passport
  • Itemized List of Goods – Model and Serial Numbers of Appliances Included
  • Bill of Lading
  • Authorized Release Form
  • Insurance Coverage Documentation

Some people bring their personal car with them when they move to Costa Rica. While many cars are available for sale, the saltwater from the ocean often causes rust and can lead to low car value quickly. Also, it is not always easy to find a car that has been well taken care of in Costa Rica, just as in other countries. There is public transport including buses in the large cities and taxis that travel in the city and occasionally to the rural areas as well. Often, you will see people hitchhiking, bicycling or walking in the local towns. If you believe you will need your own car, preferably a 4WD, to travel outside of your home area, bringing a car may be a good idea.

Documents Needed for Vehicle Shipment:

  • Passport
  • Title and Registration
  • Bill of Sale

For more information on shipping a vehicle internationally to Costa Rica, visit https://www.a1autotransport.com/international/.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and a great location for expats looking to live a luxury lifestyle and have plenty to do day or night. It is a good idea to take a short vacation prior to moving so you can find the areas that most interest you while considering the many choices of real estate available. Once you make the move, you will quickly understand the Pura Vida life and will be well on your way to seeing your dreams come true in this majestic country.

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