Costa Rica Once Again Ranks In Top 5 Best Retirement Destinations

 
 
 

To those who’ve come to Costa Rica and/or pay attention to what is developing in this tiny latin american nation, the thought of retirement in Costa Rica is on the minds of many.

Being reigning champion for it’s election as the happiest place on the planet, also contributes to the intriguing allure Costa Rica holds over it’s neighbors.

For the past few years Panama and Costa Rica have been competing for retirees from foreign countries and both offer similar benefits like quality of life, healthcare, affordability and more. All of which contributed to placing Costa Rica as the number 5 retirement haven in International Living’s rankings of the best places to retire in 2013.

Costa Rica received a score of 84.4, while Ecuador, a longstanding top retirement destination, got first place and received a 91.9 score.

Other considerations in the study included real estate, special retiree benefits (foreign/local), cost of living, ease of integration, culture, entertainment and amenities along with healthcare, infrastructure and of course climate.

Costa Rica retirement had it’s own “mini boom” throughout the 90s and early 2000s however these days the once thriving market of retirement tours has slowed significantly.

Country Real Estate Special Benefits Cost of Living Integration E&A Health Ret. Infra Climate FINAL SCORES

Ecuador 99 99 90 90 95 83 79 100 91.9
Panama 83 100 86 93 95 85 81 88 89.0
Malaysia 89 77 92 90 100 93 85 75 87.6
Mexico 92 71 82 100 100 84 74 78 85.1
Costa Rica 89 85 87 90 94 86 73 71 84.4
Uruguay 87 72 69 83 94 91 82 92 83.7
Colombia 94 75 70 90 82 84 83 86 83.0
Spain 87 57 80 83 96 80 93 83 82.5
Thailand 82 57 97 87 96 81 77 81 82.3
Malta 87 82 71 100 68 82 77 75 80.1
Portugal 75 69 86 67 81 82 95 85 80.1
Nicaragua 94 63 89 90 77 83 68 73 79.7
Ireland 78 79 67 97 84 73 85 73 79.5
France 72 82 57 64 100 89 87 85 79.5
Philippines 78 57 100 87 79 83 84 69 79.5
New Zealand 82 74 57 90 88 71 86 87 79.3
Italy 76 77 66 74 98 70 89 83 79.0
Brazil 80 70 80 60 76 84 69 85 75.5
Chile 85 69 81 57 88 78 83 57 74.8
Honduras 76 85 80 87 64 76 67 62 74.6
Belize 78 72 85 83 57 79 66 64 73.2
Dom. Rep 91 63 70 64 74 68 75 64 71.0

*E&A = Entertainment and Amenities;

Ret. Infra. = Retirement Infrastructure

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