Costa Rica: Cautionary Crime Stats:
It's easy to be misled by statistics so here is a comprehensive look at what these numbers mean. I've used the most up to date figures for the comparison below though years vary in available data. I've specified the years to try to correct inaccuracies.
Costa Rica has one of the lowest homicide rates of all the countries on the preferred list frequented by expats in Latin America. When compared to the US rate of about 4.8 per 100,000 Costa Rica's murder rate of nearly 11.45 per 100,000 seems high when viewed out of context. According to a comprehensive report published by the UN in 2013, Costa Rica is low compared to other popular expat destinations. Belize had 44.7 per 100,000 (2012) while Mexico, home of nearly a million Americans, had a murder rate of 22.8 per 100,000 (2011). In 2011, Costa Rica was at 10.0. Costa Rica has hovered around 11.4 since 2009, with a dip to 8.5 per 100,000 in 2012. Compare that to the Dominican Republic at 24.8 (2011), Panama 20.3 (2011), Ecuador 17.6 (2010), the Bahamas 34.7 (2011), Nicaragua at 12.5 (2011) and you will see that Costa Rica is one of the safer places in the Americas if you want to leave the USA or Canada.
Since 1955 the Americas including the US has consistently had levels of 5 to 8 times greater than Europe or Asia. China came in at 1.0 in 2010 while Japan was .3 per 100,000 (2011). In Latin America, nearly 70% of homicides are committed with firearms and 80% of victims are males. The high averages in the Americas are grossly influenced by countries like Honduras with one of the highest murder rates in the world at 90.4 (2012), Venezuela at 53.7 (2012)El Salvador at 41.2 (2012) and Guatemala at 39.9 (2012). Columbia was 30.8 (2011) and Brazil was 25.2 (2012) Canada helped the average at 1.5 (2011). The take away is that these crimes are frequently aimed at people involved in the drug trade or other illegal activity and especially in Costa Rica are rarely targeted at expats.
Pacific Lots (and Homes) of Costa Rica
Costa Rica: Best place to live on the Pacific Coast:
Check out Ojochal and Uvita Costa Rica. We actually run 4 day all inclusive proeprty tours to the area for $299 per person. Check out www.pacificlots.com
Costa Rica: Trump won:
It's a great time to take one of our 4 day all-inclusive property tours (just $299) to see if Costa Rica might help you retire sooner. See www.PacificLots.com for more information. As the large project in Costa Rica we are proud of our 17 different phases we've built along with the hundreds of custom homes we've built for our clients over the past 26 years. We'll be touring the US this winter as exhibitor in the Ideal Living show circuit as well as our continued participation with International Living Events for over 10 years now. We've been keynote speakers at the ARRP Life@50 events and built the largest master planned community ever built in Costa Rica. Our international residential community has been featured by HGTV's house hunters International and Conde Naste magazine described our area of Costa Rica as a top destination to visit in 2015. Come see what your options might be with no sales presentation, great healthy meals and even adult beverages included.
Costa Rica: Owning real property:
The elections in the US have already created a big spike in sales in our developments, many appear.disenfranchised with the choices and are already planning their exit. Our four day property tours have been filling faster than normal and I expect an additional increase as the elections get closer. After Obama was elected we had our best year ever and I expect the same whether Hillary or Donald win the election.
Pacific Lots of.Costa Rica
Costa Rica: Moving to Costa Rica from Colorado:
There's a great school in the southern Pacific zone that owners in our Pacific Lots development send their kids to called the Escuela Verde, They teach on kind of a Montesorri model and classes are taught in both Spanish and English and at this point many more affluent Ticos' have enrolled their kids so that now there's a mix of 50/50 Ticos and Expats. Great School and started by Expats who needed a better solution for their own children. Google it...
Costa Rica: want to move to Costa Rica:
Near the baech some like Jaco, all but the safe part shines through, some also like Manuel Antonio, good transportation up and down from Quepos but pretty touristy and busy in high season and more expensive than other areas based on demand. I like the southern pacific region (I sell property there) but you will surely get someone telling you it's stiffling hot and that you'll pay $100's of dollars for AC. Our roads are gravel, we have great grocery stores, we have pretty much everyone is looking for except public tennis courts (opportunity) and a strong expat community. Maybe 15% of our owners ever use AC but they will lump the southern region up the hill with the flood plains of Guanacaste in a desert like environment. Trees regulate temperature and the largest lowland forest on the entire Pacific coast from Alaska to Uraguay is located in the southern Pacific part of Costa Rica, as is 22,000 hectare of mangroves, which produce more oxegen than nearly any other plant on earth and also is the breeding grounds for fish, birds and animals. See us online at www.PacificLots.com and perhaps come on one of our 4 day all inclusive tours for $299. We have rentals in the area and offer full rental management if you are an owner.
Costa Rica: hopeful to move:
Consistently the southern Pacific region has proven to be the safest. Look at the crime records from denuncias and the OIJ and you will see this to be true.
Costa Rica: Orosi:
On the road down into the Orosi Valley from Paraiso, you'll drive by the Orosi Lodge. It's worth driving in their long driveway and checking out the restaurant, it has one of the most stunning views of the Orosi Valley you will find. The food is not great but they've done a great job of catering to many of the tour companies in the area to provide breakfast or lunch for your white water raft tour, hiking tour, etc.
Pacific Lots of Costa Rica
Costa Rica: Weather in May:
The roads in that area will be fine. Only rarely do we have any real issues in the area, like in 2008 when we received record rainfall (the most ever recorded in the area) from the rain bands resulting from Hurricane Thomas in the Caribbean by the Cayment Islands.
Costa Rica: Single woman in late 50's:
Ojochal Costa Rica is a good place for Single women. The community is large and everyone watches out for each other. There's a woman's club called the Costa Ballena Women's Club with several hundred members. Look at Ojochal, we run property tours there but with the intent of selling property, if you want to come on a tour, there is no sales presentation and you can learn more at www.pacificlots.com at the visit us tab. yes this is a shameless plug as a real estate sales person but I have traveled throughout Costa Rica as well as most other parts of the Americas and you will find the community, amenities and safety you are looking for in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica in both Ojochal and Uvita. Uvita is more of the commercial center of the area whereas Ojochal is more like a bedroom community for expats. Both towns have strong expat presence.