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The choices for anyone planting roots and settling down here are virtually endless.  Costa Rica has a multitude of towns and regions that are wide and varied. Some are tiny farming communities, some are remote mountain towns, some are bustling beach towns or even urban sprawl. But only a handful of these areas are best suited for those wanting to retire, relocate or purchase a vacation property.


Where YOU decide to settle depends entirely on your present lifestyle as compared to your desired lifestyle, your budget, and the activities you wish to pursue. And there are also specific needs you may have such as proximity to health care, schools, shopping, activities, and transportation. It’s possible for people of all types, ages, singles, couples, families and investors to satisfy almost any preference in climate and lifestyle amenities when moving to or buying real estate in Costa Rica.  In deciding which lifestyle appeals to you, we have put together a comparison table below as well as a guide to each area.

Main Locations

Tips on choosing a location

  • Lifestyle: understand what the location must have to fit the lifestyle you want to have.

  • Visit various locations:  each area of Costa Rica is different, from the climate to the services & amenities.  Just driving 30 minutes everything changes in Costa Rica.

  • Speak to other Expats:  when in the area talk to local expats, ask them what they like and dislike about the area.  Ask them what mistakes have they seen people make.

  • Rent before buying: don't rush into buying Real Estate.  Rent to make 100% sure you like the area as Real Estate doesn't sell quickly here in Costa Rica.

If you need help or some friendly advice on which location would best fit your lifestyle, contact us today.  We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people here in Costa Rica.

Locations Comparison Table

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Costa Rica Expat Communities

Oro Monte - Naranjo, Costa Rica



2-3 bedroom homes

1500 sqft homes, stunning valley views, 40 mins to the airport, expat community

Investment Community of the Month

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Tailored Real Estate Consulting

We are not Realtors.

We found that people looking to purchase or invest in Costa Rica needed guidance and help on the best locations to fit their lifestyle, to fit their investment goals, and to fit their future. 

We take a different outlook to real estate, where we represent YOU, the buyer. We use our 20+ years of experience in Costa Rica to help you find the right location and property. You can rest assured that we’re there to offer advice before, during, and after your purchase. 

You pay an affordable flat rate fee that ensures we’re there for you and have your best interests at heart. We know this isn't normal, but we believe it's the best way to make sure we are here and impartial for you.

"We weren't sure where we wanted to buy, and Richard and his team asked us questions to understand our goals, shortlist properties, and then toured with us while in Costa Rica.  Their knowledge of the whole of Costa Rica was invaluable."  Alex & Angela, TX 

Contact us today to have a no-obligation chat.


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