REASONS NOT TO LIVE IN COSTA RICA
It took a while for my husband and I to pluck up the courage to sell our house and most of our belongings then move to Costa Rica, a continent we’d never visited before with a language we didn’t speak.
We weren’t strangers to taking risks and moving abroad though.
I’ve lived in eight different countries and we’d moved to New Zealand from the UK together ten years earlier sight unseen.
But this time, it was different. This time, we had three kids in tow. This time, we were responsible parents and respectable business owners.
Although most of our friends and family didn’t see it that way. When we told them we were moving to Central America they thought we were nuts.
You see we were already living the dream lifestyle, working from home with our own business on stunning Waiheke Island in New Zealand with its sub-tropical climate, laid back vibe and stunning beaches.
But once a traveler, always a traveler. No matter how great our lifestyle was, and we did know how lucky we were, the pull of adventure was too great to resist. The itchy feet got too much for us in the end.
So we chose to move to Costa Rica in Central America because we wanted to move somewhere which fitted these main criteria:
- A country where you could get permanent residency and buy property – so if we liked it we could settle down permanently;
- Non-English speaking but with a widely spoken language – because we wanted our kids to be bilingual;
- Cheap – because we had three kids to support and we’d be traveling for a while before we started working again;
- Somewhere we’d never been before (which excludes many places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia);
- Somewhere with amazing stunning beaches, nature and wildlife;
- Somewhere stable where our kids would be safe – we already felt guilty enough about uprooting our children from their peaceful existence, we didn’t want to put their lives in jeopardy too.
Choosing Central America was easy compared to choosing one country within Central America.
3 REASONS NOT TO LIVE IN COSTA RICA
Before leaving New Zealand we spent months researching which Central American country would be best for us before finally settling on Panama and rejecting its more popular neighbor Costa Rica which seemed to be:
1. Too touristy.
2. Too over-priced.
3. Too over-run by expats.
But we kept our options open and decided to travel around Central America and visit as many potential places to live as possible before deciding where to lay our many hats.
We traveled through Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica before finally deciding Costa Rica was the one and only place that really got us excited for permanent residency.
In the end, we knew living in Costa Rica would be the place we’d love most.