Ranked as the world´s happiest country in 2010 by the New Economics Forum Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is a green nation that boasts some of Latin America best social indicators. Amongst the happy residents of this country are a number of expats, which have relocated to the country and invested in Costa Rica homes for sale. With property appreciation values continuing their solid upward trend, many retirees are relocating to Costa Rica to enjoy a better quality of life.
Considered to be one of the best countries to retire in, Costa Rica is positioned in the top 10 of International Living Magazine´s annual World Retirement Index. Rated highly for its thriving real estate market, Costa Rica homes for sale offer retirees a secure investment. Saving money through low property tax, affordable hired help and low cost fruit and vegetables, prices for purchasing Costa Rica homes for sale are still very affordable. With many attractive deals for buying Costa Rica homes for sale throughout the country, many retirees either opt to live on the sunny Pacific coast or the west side of the San Jose province.
The Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers retirees an active lifestyle with a range of outdoor activities. With sports fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, canopy tours and sailing, retirees can enjoy coastal living at its best. Areas such as Santa Ana and Escazu in the Central Valley are developed real estate markets and offer a variety of Costa Rica homes to choose from. The locations of Santa Ana and Escazu are well suited for retirees looking to enjoy a lifestyle full of modern amenities. With a variety of fine restaurants and bars, country clubs, gyms, malls, clinics and world class hospital, this area is perfect for those looking for a tropical lifestyle without sacrificing modern day luxuries.