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Costa Rica

The Central Valley's outlying towns boast temperate, dry days, natural beauty—and so much more.

Best Places to Retire Abroad (COSTA RICA)

From left: Costa Rica expats Donna & Skip Anderton on their neighbors' back porch; view of the Central Valley from Atenas. — Jason Varney

Costa Rica is where you go to live the lush life. It is lush with nature—misty rain forests, extraordinary wildlife, active volcanoes, and fabulous beaches—as well as such comforting amenities as malls, supermarkets, restaurants, museums, and social clubs. U.S. retirees have flocked here for years, drawn by its mild climate, its prosperity (relative to other Central American republics), its literacy rate, its health care, and, significantly, its stable government—with no army. Another plus: Costa Rica's commitment to a thriving natural park system that is second to none in Latin America. This is as biodiverse a country as you’ll find anywhere.  … Back to Article

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