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.