Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is on most retirees' bucket lists. A place that's widely known for tropical scenery, laid-back living and happy locals would be. Costa Rica active adult communities continue to gain popularity as a result.

There are 21 different microclimates Costa Rica alone. So, it’s not uncommon to see rain in the mountains as the sun shines on the beaches. A stunning rainbow-filled sky is usually the result. And, while the rain maintains Costa Rica’s lush backdrop, sun-seekers on the beaches remain undisturbed.

Consistently ranked number one on the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica's culture and residents are known to emit a vibe of contentment. And, upon arrival in this lush, tropical paradise, there are few who feel a need to ask why.

Live Well in Paradise

Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula is a ‘Blue Zone’, one of only 5 world-wide. In addition to allowing for fresh fruit, vegetables and fish year round, it also means that all produce is GMO-free.

So, it's no surprise that Costa Rica is known for a culinary explosion of flavors and combinations. There are, in fact, few bland meals to be had in this country.

Most Costa Rica active adult communities have equestrian centers, and amenities that are common in most communities. The uncommon bits are crystal blue waters, world-renowned surf, and a tropical lifestyle that will have you singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in no time. Request more information below to discover paradise.

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Arenal Hills

Tres Esquinas, Provincia de Alajuela, Los Angeles, San Ramon, CRI
Luxury villa homes starting at $385K.

Arenal Hills is Costa Rica’s finest luxury community for those seeking a truly unique international location for their retirement or vacation home.

Set in a 123-acre valley surrounded by mountains, rivers, and rainforests, the Arenal Hills residences feature panoramic views. The one- and two-story villa homes offer a choice of five floor plans with up to 3,600 square feet of total indoor/outdoor living space. Interiors feature native laurel, teak and bamboo milled on-site and furniture built by Costa Rican craftsmen. Accents include granite countertops and Peruvian marble flooring, plus large balconies with waterfall pools and Jacuzzi tubs. Every home comes with a four-seat golf cart for getting around in the community and hi-speed Internet service to stay connected with family and friends.

Arenal Hills homeowners enjoy complimentary shuttle service and VIP access to the nearby Springs Resort & Spa. This renowned vacation destination includes four fine-dining restaurants, 28 artisan hot springs, and hiking, biking, horseback riding, and kayaking in the surrounding wildlife sanctuary. Among the on-site amenities taking shape at Arenal Hills are Club Vida with pools, a fitness center, and pickleball courts, as well as the lakeside Club Lago for casual gatherings and a full-service equestrian center.

Request more information below to get started on the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica and the luxury community of Arenal Hills.


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