Intro Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a small 51’100 sq. km 19’730 sq. mi, peaceful, democratic country, located in the heart of the Americas. Its diverse topography, two oceans, volcanoes, an array of tropical microclimates and rich wildlife render Costa Rica the status of Biodiversity Jewel.
A long democratic tradition…more
The climate in Costa Rica is made of two seasons: the dry season from December to May, and the rainy season from June to November. The weather is very pleasant all year-round. During the rainy season mornings are mostly sunny and it usually rains only in the afternoons.
Due to a wide range of topographical differences, temperatures vary greatly from one region to another. On coastal areas they can easily reach 38 degrees Celsius 100 F, and in mountainous regions they can drop down to 10 degrees C. 50 F. or less.
In La Fortuna the temperature averages 27 degrees C. 80 F. all year-round.
Peace of mind is probably high up on your priority list before choosing to invest or move to a foreign country.
Security and tranquility in Costa Rica have considerably better rate factors than in many other Latin nations.
The reason probably lays in a decision that ex-President “Pepe” José Figueres made in 1948; constitutionally abolishing any form of belligerent institution in Costa Rica. He became the Grandfather of the nation and is still nowadays recognized for his wise political choices.
For three generations the government has invested it’s public resources in education, health, social and environmental programs, conceiving Today’s Costa Rica:
Historically non belligerent * environmentally conscious * friendly and educated people * low crime rate * police security * political, economical and social stability * low business and very low property taxes * full legal rights for non-residents to own land or conduct business and contracts * easy access to quality banking, goods, international food and services * and last but not least a sanctuary of nature and wildlife *
Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before coming under Spanish rule in the 16th century.
The lack of resources such as silver or gold, made it into a poor, isolated region for the Spanish Empire.
In 1838 Costa Rica formally and peacefully proclaimed it’s sovereignty. It has since, remained among the most, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Following a brief but bloody civil war, it permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first sovereign nation without a standing army.
Costa Rica has held 16 democratic elections since, the latest in 2014. All of them have been widely regarded by the international community as peaceful and transparent. With uninterrupted democracy dating back to at least 1948, the country is the region’s most stable. www.wikipedia.org
Due to its unique geographical location and specific climate, Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals, estimation is around 500’000 species.
An array of wild animals can be seen on the Land:
Monkeys, sloth, boas, dears, colibries, ocelots, mapaches, tepescuintle, jaguars, fish, many colorful and beautifully singing birds, ant-bears, toucans and scarlet macaws, to cite only some exotic ones.
Over 840 species of birds, 1250 species of butterflies, 225 species of reptiles, 175 species of amphibians, 250 species of mammals, 1500 species of orchids, 295 species of trees have been identified in Costa Rica .
While the country has only about 0.1% of the world’s landmass, it hosts an impressive 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
Over 25% of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world.
In the developing world it averages 13% and in the developed world it averages 8%. Source: www.wikipedia.org
COSTA RICA DETAILS
Costa Rica is a small 51’100 sq. km 19’730 sq. mi, peaceful, democratic country, located in the heart of the Americas. See Map01CA. Its diverse topography, two oceans, volcanoes, an array of tropical microclimates and rich wildlife render Costa Rica the status of Biodiversity Jewel.
A long democratic tradition has lead its almost 5 million people to cultivate a natural inclination for peace, tranquility and respect.
Social and political stability have promoted an outstanding academic level for its population. Long-term environmental and educational programs allowed conservation of nature to be a national priority today.
This ability to balance education, nature and technology has led Costa Rica to announce plans to become the first carbon-neutral country in 2021.
This mostly explains why Costa Rica has turned into a highly popular and attractive place for Eco-tourists, retirees, investors, corporations, and just about anyone who wants to live a more peaceful life it is time to buy land in Costa Rica.
The Financial Times Intelligence Unit elected Costa Rica as “The Caribbean & Central American Country of the Future 2011/12″ for its success in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) as first in the region.
Foreign direct investment in Costa Rica has grown more than 100% between 2010 and 2013. (World Bank published data)
Costa Rica is a safe and attractive place to invest, and the forecast for it’s real estate boom is to last at least another 10 years, experts say…
Its growing fame worldwide makes it even more attractive, so how can you not invest in Costa Rica now ?
If your wish list reads like the following, and you haven’t found your dream place yet, remember this land has it ALL:
* Unique Size * Great Location * Safe and Private *
* Pristine River * Optimal Road Access * Flexibility *
* Exclusive Topography * Breathtaking Panorama *
* Opulent Natural Bio-diversity * World Proximity *
* Easy Electricity Water Internet and Phone Access *
Twenty years ago most of the world didn’t know Costa Rica existed; nowadays most people have a story to tell about it.
This rise in popularity generated major changes in Costa Rica’s economy.
It shifted from mainly exporting agricultural goods such as coffee, bananas and pineapples, into an economy based on tourism, high-tech, and financial trade with foreign investors. Traditional exports have still grown in recent years, receiving wider and better acceptance worldwide.
With that new income level the country, government and people, made some good educational choices, wise investments, thus enhancing the quality and acceptance of the goods and services they trade.
Costa Rica put great emphasis on caring for its number one economic resource : NATURE; creating national parks and reserves, attracting more visitors.
In the last 20 years tourism has grown from 780’000 visitors a year, to more than 2.5 million in 2014.
Between 2010 and 2013 the GDP has gone up from 36.2 to 49.6 Billion U$, and since the 90’s, medium and luxury real estate prices in Costa Rica have been on a constant rise.
Given the almost globalized challenge for people to thrive in healthy environments today, the Green Gold trend is becoming one of the fastest growing sectors, and likely for a while.
Worldwide demand for places like Costa Rica has exploded, giving a powerful boost to its already thriving Green economy.
Costa Rica welcomes and fosters foreign investors.
REAL ESTATE in COSTA RICA
Costa Rica and its Real Estate market have made a quantum leap within two decades. It turned into heaven for private investors, corporations, retirees and tourists.
More and more people are leaving crowded cities, as heavy droughts, pollution, freezing winters, insurances, taxes, medical bills, insecurity and the general cost of life or retirement become to high, and settle under brighter skies.
Costa Rica and its attributes make it a supreme choice becoming a favorite for visit-invest-ors. Positive media coverage abounds on that small great nation and most tourists spread the word.
Costa Rica is the most visited country in Central America, with 2.5 million visitors in 2014. About 75% of them tour the Arenal region, and most of those visitors go to the Waterfall…
Since the 90’s real estate prices have risen, between 4 to 1’500 times the original price of land in extreme cases. Common gains although range more in the 10 to 80 folds for a two decade investment. Now is an auspicious time for buying real estate in Costa Rica.
The growing demand for Costa Rican Green Gold
is going from “viral” to vital.
WHY COSTA RICA ?
Have you ever wondered where the happiest place on earth might be and why?
– ”Costa Rica permanently abolished its army in 1949.”
– “In 2007 the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021.” www.Wikipedia.org
– ”Costa Rica was ranked as the greenest country in the world by the NEF in 2009.” New Economics Foundation
– ”Costa Rica…being the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability.” UNDP Human Development Report 2011
– “In the 2011 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, Costa Rica ranked 44th in the world and second among Latin American countries after Mexico.” Jennifer Blanke and Thea Chiesa, Editors (2011). “Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011″, Geneva, Switzerland.
– “The Financial Times Intelligence Unit awarded Costa Rica as “Caribbean and Central American Country of the Future 2011/12″ for its success in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) as first in the region.”
– “Costa Rica has consistently performed favorably in the Human Development Index (HDI), placing 62nd in the world as of 2012, among the highest of any Latin American nation.” UNDP Human Development Report 2012
– “it has also been cited by the United Nations Development Programme as having attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels.” UNDP Human Development Report 2010
– “It is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.” Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy / Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. “2010 EPI Rankings”.
– “The country also experienced well-being higher than many richer nations and a per capita ecological footprint one-third the size of the United States.” Nic Marks (2012-06-14). “Measuring what matters: the Happy Planet Index 2012″. New Economics Foundation.
– “Costa Rica stands as the most visited nation in the Central American region, with 2.3 million visitors in 2012 and a new record year for 2014 with 2.5 million visitors.”www.Wikipedia.org
– “The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica first in its 2009 Happy Planet Index, and once again in 2012.” www.Wikipedia.org