Costa Rica took first place on International Living's Retirement Index 2018, beating out Mexico (2), Panama (3), Ecuador (4), Malaysia (5) , Columbia (6) and Portugal (7) for the top spot. International Living compiles the top 24 retirement destinations worldwide based on criteria such as cost of living, healthcare and climate.
In an increasingly uncertain world, Costa Rica is known for its stability. Costa Rica has been quietly transforming into a model country, with a steadily growing economy that attracts multinationals like Amazon and Microsoft who have major operations here.
Costa Rica’s friendly locals and pura vida lifestyle took it to second place on the InterNations list of top global expatriate destinations for 2017. According to one expat, he chose Costa Rica because it "provides the freedom to live a peaceful, happy life, surrounded by peaceful, kind and happy people." We wholeheartedly agree!
Costa Rica ranked in the top 10 for four of the five indices studied by InterNations: (1) Finding Friends; (2) Quality of Life; (3) Ease of Settling In; (4) and Family Life. Costa Rica scored first place in the Finding Friends subcategory, taking the top ranking for every question. Expats say it’s easy...