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Where to Retire in Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Where to Retire in Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

So, you are considering retiring somewhere in the Caribbean-side of Costa Rica? Awesome!

If you haven’t studied up on the geography of the region, here is a quick refresher for you. The Caribbean coast extends from the northern border, adjacent Nicaragua, and the northern border of Panama in the south.

The coastline is reported to be 150 miles long. 18 kilometers of that land is comprised of a handful of beautiful beaches and beach settlements, between the beaches of Cahuita and Manzanillo. The Caribbean Coast is approximately four hours away from the capital city of San José. (approximately 250 kilometers). The journey from the capital will take you through the famous rainforest named Braulio Carrillo National Park, down through costa plains with many “Tico” restaurants located along the highway. 

It is appealing to the young and old who like amazingly beautiful tropical settings (lush green forests, coconut trees, monkeys, surfing and more..) The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is known for its vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture and “laid-back lifestyle”.

There is a large and thriving expat colony from Europe and The United States.

Here is a quick summary of the two famous beaches where to retire in the Costa Rica Caribbean Coast:


This beautiful beach is located 25 miles south of the city of Limón.  Many expats own/operate hotels in and around Cahuita.

Also located next to Cahuita National Park. The park includes a strip of the jungle that runs along the bay and covers the point just to the south. The park is home to sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and all manner of birds and insects. It also includes a marine park to protect the coral close to the shore and the more than 500 species of fish endemic to the reefs.

Trivia: The endangered leatherback turtle breeds within the park.

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is 12 miles south of Cahuita. It is a little town with an awesome  Jamaican-like vibe. It is perfect for those that love the Caribbean lifestyle and activities such as snorkeling and surfing.

Many people are relocating to the Caribbean and buying small plots of land to build their homes, cabins or businesses.

Others are buying ready-built properties, which is a result of the growing interest in “Baby Boomers” looking for a great place to retire. Also, a good majority of home buyers are couples, families and young adults that want a less hectic lifestyle compared to living in other parts of the country.

We hope you enjoyed the sharing of this information and if we cross paths in the Caribbean, Pura Vida!



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