Retire in Escazu, Costa Rica

Retire in Escazu, Costa Rica

We can’t very well write about retiring in Costa Rica without telling you about Escazu.   This mountain town is actually in the San Jose metro area and is the wealthy section of town.   Just over 13,000 live here and this is a favorite expat haven.  A little cooler than the capital city, Escazu sits at 3,600 feet in the lush mountains of central Costa Rica.   You will find a country club golf course, high end shopping and restaurants, beautiful homes and lots of things to do in Escazu.    There are plenty of healthcare facilities, pharmacies, spas and markets in the area.  The major airport is 20 minutes away.

Those who retire in Escazu, Costa Rica will enjoy strolling the town square in the evening to enjoy a cocktail or gelato while visiting with the locals and other expats.   The hummingbirds are very entertaining and are attracted by all the flowers.  A big white church and historic homes surround the square.   Escazu has an IMAX theatre and just recently opened a Starbucks coffee shop.   Costa Rica has some of the finest coffee in the world!

Escazu is a very desirable neighborhood and million dollar homes are certainly available.   We saw several, however, for less than $200,000 with a view down to San Jose.   One in particular was listed at $179,000, 3 bedroom, 3 baths, with a pool and a view.    Condo’s are popular properties for those who are not going to live here full time and those are much less.   We saw one for $133,000 on the 4th floor with a nice balcony, very modern kitchen and 2 bedrooms.    Rentals vary as much as the prices, but a good rental agent will help you find just what you want.

Many people in Escazu speak English so language is not the issue it is in other parts of  the country.   We loved this town, the people, and all it has to offer in beautiful Costa Rica.

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Michael is a retired, single, world traveler who enjoys being outdoors, a good pint of beer or glass of wine, and museums.