Costa Rica Property For Sale
Located in Central America, Costa Rica is renowned for its incredible wildlife, tropical jungles, glorious beaches, and endless opportunities for adventure. What it lacks in size it makes up for in personality, and both visitors and investors from around the world have been falling in love with the diversity of Costa Rica for years.
Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, you would be forgiven for granting Costa Rica the somewhat cliched title of "Paradise on Earth."
The wildlife here is so rich it's almost as though it has a monopoly on nature. In fact, Costa Rica is home to over half a million species, and you can expect to see monkeys, toucans, tapirs, sloths, and ocelots to name but a few, all roaming wild and free. Furthermore, more than 25% of the whole country is protected with national parks and reserves.
Costa Rica At A Glance
With its two distinct coastlines comes two very different cultures. On the Pacific side you will find the Ticos (Costa Ricans) whilst on the Atlantic side, it is English speaking with a distinct African-Caribbean influence.
The country is divided into seven provinces: San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon.
The provinces of Alajuela and Heredia in the north are home to much of the country's stunning cloud forests as well as an abundance of coffee plantations. Some of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes are also found in Alajuela, including the mighty Arenal Volcano.
The Caribbean coastline, and in particular the province of Limon, is a favourite destination for thrill seekers looking for their next white water rafting adventure. Whilst up on the northern end of the coast you'll find the Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica's version of the Amazon rainforest.
San José in the Central Valley is the country's capital and is a vibrant city which houses more than a third of Costa Rica's 4.9 million inhabitants. Whilst Cartago, also in the Central Valley, is a quiet, colonial town, full of natural wonders.
Puntarenas is a surfer's paradise and this lush peninsula with its spectacular Pacific coastline played host to the 2009 World Surfing Games. The tropical forests of Corcovado National Park and secluded beaches with thousands of nesting sea turtles are obvious Puntarenas highlights.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica for tourists, investors and second home owners alike, Guanacaste is well-loved for its pristine shoreline, stunning mountains, and dramatic volcanoes.
Located in the northwestern corner, Guanacaste is the warmest and driest of the seven provinces and is home to just 400,000 people. Fondly referred to as Costa Rica's Gold Coast, 65 of the country's 300 beaches can be found here and they vary from being remote and almost untouched, to being the life and soul of buzzing beach communities.
Playa del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, and Nosara are the most popular residential beach areas amongst the expat community and each one offers a plethora of conveniences for daily living. You'll most certainly be able to enjoy the ease and tranquility of beach living but with enough modern-day amenities to ensure you don't miss many of your familiar home comforts.
Of course, you won't find all of the conveniences of the Central Valley here but this corner of the country is developing all the time, only increasing its appeal to the expat, investor and second homeowner markets.
The Guanacaste Lifestyle
Life in this region is laidback and offers a beautiful representation of "Pura Vida" or "Good Life" - the common slogan of Costa Rica. Residents are relaxed, especially when it comes to timekeeping and the traditional Spanish mañana mentality and obligatory afternoon siesta are very much alive here.
An incredibly friendly place to be, both locals and expats alike are known to be warm, welcoming and always willing to help. The mutual attitude is that life is for living and should be enjoyed to its fullest with a peaceful and happy existence.
Guanacaste is also said to hold the secret to eternal youth and people have been drawn to the region for years for its healthy lifestyle. Family and social networks are important and form the backbone of everything, giving residents a strong sense of purpose and ensuring they feel loved well into old age.
To help you keep active, water sports are very popular and a regular feature of daily life. There's plenty of options from surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving to paddle boarding, kayaking, or fishing. If that all sounds a little intense then the pristine beaches with calming ocean views also offer the perfect place to practice yoga and pilates.
Why Invest In Guanacaste?
Guanacaste is one of the fastest growing real estate areas of Central America and is particularly popular amongst retired baby boomers as well as young families.
For the boomers, Guanacaste fulfills the desire to enjoy a healthy lifestyle through the purchase of a secure investment whilst young families are drawn to the excellent schools such as the CRIA School (previously called Country Day School), La Paz Community school, and the Educarte school, all of which offer bilingual education to international standards.
As well as the above, accessibility and a sound infrastructure together with those stunning beaches, perfect climate and wonderful locals all make Guanacaste a top destination for retirees, expats and investors.
Explore the wonderful Costa Rica in greater detail and view our current selection of local property.
IMPORTANT - Disclaimer :
All information provided is believed to be current and provided free of charge. No liability can be accepted for the reliability of the information and statements made as this is obtained from 3rd parties. We always recommend you take legal advice from a fully qualified Lawyer or Notary before buying a property overseas.
Set in 2.5 acres of land is this exceptional 5 bedroom furnished villa with pool and separate apartment, enjoying breathtaking sea views, located within the 900 acre gated community of Mar Vista in Pl...
- Floor Size: 1,022 square metres
- Bedrooms: 5
Lovely sea view villa in an exclusive gated residence with ocean and panoramic views, swimming pool and attractive interior. The spacious 425m2 property is found in the exclusive Altos de Flami...
- Floor Size: 425 square metres
- Plot Size: 697 square metres (0.07 hectares / 0.17 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
Immaculate recently totally refurbished 10 bedroom boutique hotel, with a vast total built area of 2,023m2, set within a large enclosed plot with a welcoming swimming pool, ideally situated right in t...
- Floor Size: 2,023 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,700 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
- Bedrooms: 10
Impressive and spacious modern villa set in half an acre of landscaped ground with terraces and swimming pool in Tamarindo. The 4 bedroom property features open plan living with rich teak woo...
- Floor Size: 2,077 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,077 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.51 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Just 2 minutes from the beautiful Prieta Beach is this spacious 2 bedroom villa with swimming pool, and with a little updating, could be a really fabulous property. With beautiful views of the...
- Floor Size: 173 square metres
- Bedrooms: 2
Spacious and stunning two property opportunity - detached villa with panoramic views to the ocean set in over an acre of land with infinity pool as well as an additional 2 bedroom guest house, als...
- Floor Size: 307 square metres
- Plot Size: 5,000 square metres (0.50 hectares / 1.24 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Superb and spacious 3 bedroom villa with outstanding views on the south ridge of Playa Flamingo, offering luxury and comfort surrounded by the beauty of the tropics. Spread over a single le...
- Floor Size: 279 square metres
- Plot Size: 279 square metres (0.03 hectares / 0.07 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
Outstanding luxury ocean view estate with 6 bedrooms and a privileged location on the southern ridge of Playa Flamingo. No expense has been spared to provide the ultimate in high quality furnis...
- Floor Size: 929 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
A most impressive luxury villa in Reserva Conchal, the prestigious beach and golf resort in the area of Guanacaste, with stylish designer features offering comfort and convenience. Featuring a...
- Floor Size: 472 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
An exciting new luxury developmentt in Playa Langosta, the first high rise development in over 10 years, set amongst magical white sand and a turquoise water ocean, just one block from the beach and...
- Floor Size: 2,391 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,391 square metres (0.24 hectares / 0.59 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3