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12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa RicaHow far are you willing to go to buy a second home? Some people drive for days to get to their second home and don’t realize that it is quicker to fly to Costa Rica.

How would it be to own a vacation house or a condo in Costa Rica? The idea to buy a second home in Costa Rica is often emotional. But, it’s not like you’re buying a new flat screen TV. It’s a big adventure and an even larger investment.

Before you dish out the money, ask yourself if you can afford to buy a second home in Costa Rica? It’s not only the purchase, the monthly financial burden is also very important.

Owning a second home in another country can be a hassle. You need someone on the ground to take care of things, like a property manager. Are you ready for all that?

Have you now covered the negative part? Okay, then let’s go for those 12 reasons that should help to take the decision to buy a second home in Costa Rica, or not.

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

1. Not that far

Costa Rica is not as far as you might think. There are lots of non-stop flights to Costa Rica.

This allows you to get on a flight and arrive at your second home in Costa Rica the same day.

2. Two international airports

Such a small country, but we have two international airports. If you’d like to buy your second home in a beach location in the North Pacific or the Nicoya Peninsula, you can fly into Liberia International Airport (LIR).

Planning for having a second home in the Central Valley, the Caribbean or the Central/South Pacific? Then San José International Airport (SJO) is your destination. From San José, you can also fly many national locations in case you don’t want to drive.

3. Coffee

If you like quality coffee, you’ve arrived in the right country. Did you know you can order your own private label for yourself and your acquaintances? Don Evelio Gourmet Coffee offers private label service, so you can have your coffee with your own name on it. You can even use their re-seller program and turn it into a business.

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

4. Soccer

Different from football and baseball, soccer is the national sport. Everybody talks about soccer in Costa Rica, before, during and after a game. Costa Rica went to the world cup in Russia and they did terribly. But a week later, everyone forgot about it and life goes on again. If you love soccer, Costa Rica should be your favorite for buying a second home.

5. Birds

Is birdwatching your thing? Bring your top of the line birdwatching and photography equipment. Because we have 850 bird species of which 630 are resident species and only 19 are endangered.

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

6. Beaches

Looking to swim, surf, snorkel or getting a nice tan? Costa Rica has over 300 beaches on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean coast. Bring plenty of tanning oil, you might need it.

7. Smoke Pot

I’m not a smoker myself, but I’m Dutch. Marijuana is still illegal in Costa Rica but you can buy it everywhere. If you need marijuana for medical treatment or just to get high for the fun of it, this can be a great reason to buy a second home in Costa Rica.

Don’t call me for your daily supply though, we only sell property in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Be aware that you can be arrested even for possession if you’re not careful.

8. Adventure

There is no lack of adventure in Costa Rica. You can do rainforest adventures or river adventures.  Try some of the most interesting urban adventures such as a craft beer tour, a chocolate adventure or the Pura Vida Experience.

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

9. Nature

Do you enjoy nature? You and your guests can knock yourself out when visiting 27 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, 11 forest reserves and 8 biological reserves.

10. Extreme adventure

Looking for the extreme? There’s plenty of that here. Living in Costa Rica can be pretty extreme, depending on how well you are at preventing culture shock.

If you can survive that, you should also try Gravity Falls and Canyoning, Bungee jumping or Ultra-light flights.

11. The tax man

Buying a second home in Costa Rica can also have tax advantages if you plan to rent it out to third parties. Learn all you want to know about vacation rentals here. Check with your tax man.

12 Reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica

12. On hydrogen

If you hurry up, you might be one of the first to use clean fuel in your car in Costa Rica. New President Carlos Alvarado wants to introduce clean energy by the use of hydrogen for fuel. Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang plans to produce hydrogen and existing governmental agencies in charge of fuel were ordered to cooperate with this plan.

Ready to buy a second home?

If you need any more reasons to buy a second home in Costa Rica, I suggest you catch a flight and make an appointment with one of our expert agents. They will show you the property that will make you ask yourself why you didn’t do this before. Ready for this? Then contact us now to see property.

The grammar of the Spanish version of this blog was checked and corrected by Wagner Freer of Spanish School for Residents and Expats. We strongly recommend this language school as your best choice to learn Spanish, click here to contact them.

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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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