Costa Rica Named the World’s #1 Place to Retire in 2018 —

IL The Worlds Best Places to Retire 2018

This is a country that’s stable and steady

Costa Rica takes the top spot for the first time in’s 2018 Global Retirement Index.

It topped the categories of healthy lifestyle and healthcare while scoring well in the fitting in, governance, entertainment and amenities, and climate categories.

“Costa Rica has it all! Perfect year-round tropical climate, your choice of Caribbean or Pacific beaches, mountains and volcanoes, big cities and nightlife or tranquil rural settings,” says John Michael Arthur, IL Costa Rica Central Valley Correspondent

“There’s state-of-the-art healthcare at about one third the cost of the U.S. and the cost of living reflects that reduction in expenses, too. Adventure waits around every corner. And with the relaxed Pura Vida lifestyle, living is easy. What’s not to love?

“Costa Rica is laidback and slower-paced. And there’s none of the drama that’s coming out of the United States right now. This country is one of the most prosperous and politically stable in Latin America.”

In an increasingly uncertain world, Costa Rica is a beacon of dependability—a country that “has its act together.”

“Expats report regularly that the Costa Rican people are gentle and welcoming, the politics are low-key, and there’s a truly ‘live-and-let-live’ feel about the place,” says Jennifer Stevens, International Living’s Executive Editor. “This is a country that’s stable and steady, and that definitely appeals to retirees who are ready to be done with the relative volatility at home.

“A perennial front-of-the-pack finisher in our annual Global Retirement Index, we’re thrilled to award it top honors this year, for the first time. It’s a safe, good-value, beautiful country that offers a wide variety of climates and lifestyles amid what can only be described as a natural wonderland,” Stevens says.

Costa Rica invests more in education and health as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product than the U.K., for instance. As a result, Costa Ricans enjoy a literacy rate approaching 98% and a long life expectancy. The country regularly wins accolades as having the happiest people on earth.


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