So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica

The U.S. is a great country and still the land of opportunity in many ways. I am happy to have been born there because otherwise I would have never had the chance to relocate to Costa Rica and live my dream. Despite all of the advantages of being an American, many people are disillusioned with the current state of affairs in the U.S. Some of the pet peeves are: an intrusive government, the constant threat of a terrorist attack, the IRS, foreign policy, racial tension, illegal immigration and many of other reasons. These factors are why more and more people are relocating to Costa Rica not just to retire.

The other day I was talking to a realtor to find out for what reasons his client are moving here. He confirmed what I mention above about people relocating because they are fed up with the U.S.

It is important that those who move here realize that many of the problems they faced in the U.S. are not going to disappear magically with the stroke of a wand. Newcomers confront many challenges when adapting to a new country and culture. That said there are many more good things here than bad .


Costa Rica one of the best year-round climates in the world. It is virtually springtime in the Central Valley year round. The country has no army, no threat of terrorism nor does it meddle in other country’s affairs. Also, there are scores of areas for living. Cheap utilities (except for the beach), excellent and affordable public transportation, friendly people who like Americans, a variety of entertainment and cultural events, good shopping with many American products available, satellite TV with U.S. programs, inexpensive private health care when compared to the U.S. with excellent specialists and intangibles.

On my monthly relocation/retirement tours and in my guidebook (The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica — the official guide to relocation) I make a point of discussing all of the above in great detail.

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One thought on “So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica”

  1. When I read most posts on Costa Rica by ex-pats (hate that term), it makes me question whether so many are naïve or live a completely different life style than my wife and I enjoy, or are just begging for more immigrants. For example; one woman asked whether or not the cost of living is really that cheap. It is, if you are willing to live on rice and beans or rice gruel if things get tough. Yet, you can live relatively cheaply in the US if you are willing to live the ultra Spartan life style.

    One other observation; NOBODY ever, ever tells anyone that the postal system sucks and takes forever.

    Does anyone ever see a post telling an inquirer that the streets have no names or numbers? Do they say why and how that makes navigating from one town to another a nightmare? “Why, all you have to do is get on the highway heading north and in 25 km take the left exit. Go to the catholic church, then 50 meters to the old oak tree (which often is not there anymore) and it is the 3rd building on the left.” (hypothetical direction) but very much on the mark.

    I have noted some of the more blatant disadvantages, I know. But, hey, lets get real people. Don’t ruin someone’s life by producing so much disinformation.

    Costa Rica’s medical system is not “world class”.

    Now, I must say that my wife and I have gotten accustomed to these “downsides” I have mentioned. But we still have found and endured, persevered, paid our dues (big time) and we love our life here. I might add that we came here from Hawaii to experience a new adventure in our retirement. But when asked by friends about the various situations in Costa Rica, we tell it like it is. No glossy photo-shop touch ups.


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