Retire in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

Retire in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

If you are into sailing or sports fishing, this just may be the place for you!   Boasting one of Costa Rica’s finest marinas on the west coast, and an hour from the San Jose Airport, Herradura is an emerging beach town with a lot to offer.    There are several resorts in the area, supermarkets, a golf course, restaurants, a good sized medical clinic and pharmacy, vacation rentals, condos and resort homes.    The tropical jungle slopes down to the horseshoe bay with dozens of luxury homes and apartments with great views of the ocean and surrounding area.  We’ve heard over and over that those who retire in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica have found a beach paradise.  Imagine sitting on your deck, watching the boats come and go, in a lush tropical neighborhood.   Your biggest concern is where to get some of those little umbrellas for your afternoon cocktails!

The nearby Carara National Park is famous for crocodiles in the Tarcoles River and the birds of every color in the rainbow.   See toucans, long-tailed manakins, macaws, all kinds of frogs, armadillo, monkeys, parrots, kingfisher and herons.   There are hiking trails, guided tours, and boat tours.   Bring some bug repellant!

You will not be the only gringo in town if you rent or buy property here!  About 10,000 people live here, and 500 are expats.  But first of all, this is a hot vacation place and short term rentals are very expensive.   Great if you are a movie star or rock god!   We did find long term apartments in outskirts of town in the $600 range and homes in the $165,000 range, but not in a gated community.   There is also a lot of vacant property for sale.  As always, we recommend that you take a trip, visit several areas, and decide what is right for you.   There is a lot of property for rent that was purchased as an investment by US/Canadian owners.  This area is considered pretty safe by the locals, but beware that property left unattended is at risk. 

We think you will agree that Herradura is a great place to spend some time.  If you are at all tempted by a retirement in a warm sandy beach town, try this one on for size!  The weather is a pretty consistent 80 degrees, year round.

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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.