Expats are attracted to Costa Rica for numerous reasons, which include the low cost of living, excellent healthcare, modern telecommunications structure, beautiful beaches, rainforests, lush valleys, and cool mountains…not to mention the theaters, art galleries, and fine dining.
There are more than 50,000 expats already living in Costa Rica in many well-established expat communities.
“The living is very easy here,” says 68-year-old Lynda Henry. “It’s a much different pace. More like the 1940s or 1950s. You can be as social or as alone as you want.”
She and her husband Tim, 67, live on a hill above the shores of Lake Arenal in northern Costa Rica. Their porch, full of hummingbirds, offers a 180-degree view of the lake. A huge picture window in their bedroom (they put the bed facing it) and another by the bathtub means they can see the lake from almost everywhere in the house.
“We wake up every morning grateful to be in this country and happy to be here,” says Henry. “You have to get used to waking up and not having an agenda. Having breakfast at six…or 10, or maybe start reading first. After a busy life with work and kids, that really does take some getting used to.”