Buying Guide to Land, Home and Properties in Costa Rica

Visiting Costa Rica, whether on business or vacation, is always inspiring. So many people fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle and easy living, the delicious national produce, and the warmth of Tico hospitality, that they often find they never want to leave. Vacationers return year after year, and there's always something new to discover in this rich and vibrant country.

 For many, the thought of owning their own little piece of paradise becomes irresistible, and they start to look into buying a second home, investment property, or even land in Costa Rica. In this buying guide, we'll explore some of the key things about purchasing real estate in this Central American country.

Why Buy Property in Costa Rica? 

Advantages of Investing in Real Estate

Many visitors to Costa Rica are drawn to the special expat lifestyle, where they can enjoy a higher standard of living at a much lower cost. The cost of services and amenities, such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure, are not significantly different from those in western countries such as the US. However, housing costs are much lower and gives expats a higher chance of becoming homeowners than in other countries. 

Additionally, with low crime rates, a stable democratic government, expats can relax and enjoy the best of this progressive country. Another plus being that there is no defense taxation thanks to Costa Rica's decision to disband its military in the 1940s.

Opportunity for Capital Gain

The Costa Rican property market offers significant opportunities for capital gain. The country's growing economy and stable government make it an attractive option for long-term investments. In fact, at the moment houses at the higher end of the market are rising fast in price. This trend is most definitely continuing upward and investing now would be wise for buyers. By investing in real estate in Costa Rica, you can create a valuable asset that appreciates over time.

Opportunity for Rental Income

The demand for vacation rentals in Costa Rica is constantly rising, making it an ideal location for real estate investments. Good returns can be had on beach vacation rentals and coastal properties, particularly in the Northwest where a large expat community already exists. A broad selection of land and property is available here, and the large number of tourists passing through every year help to keep demand high.

Benefits of Buying Land or Homes in Costa Rica

Property in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's natural beauty is one of the main reasons people look for properties here. Owning a vacation home or land in Costa Rica has many benefits, such as affordable prices and the chance to enjoy everything the country has to offer at your own pace. The fact that English has become widely spoken here, and with many speaking it at a very high level, streamlines the process of buying and selling property. It also makes it easier to communicate with locals. 

Investing in Real Estate in Costa Rica

While Costa Rica has certainly been a buyer’s market for a long time, the rising demand is beginning to make long-term investments look like a wise bet for investors. The high end properties are rising rapidly within the market and continue to rise, making them some of the best investments. 

Additionally, Costa Rica's stable government and growing economy make it a safer and more profitable investment opportunity. It is truly the perfect opportunity for anyone looking for both investment potential and a personal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What may seem like a big financial investment now, is proven to return to your ten fold.

Property Taxes in Costa Rica

Owning property in Costa Rica can be a financially rewarding experience, and understanding the country's property tax system is an important part of that process. Property taxes in Costa Rica are based upon the value of the property and are paid annually, with the tax rate set by each municipality and ranging from 0.25% to 1.5%. 

Even though property taxes are an unavoidable cost, there are smart ways to pay less in taxes. You can pay less by taking advantage of exemptions and deductions, investing in energy-efficient or environmentally friendly projects, and staying up to date on any changes to tax laws and rules. 

Despite recent reforms that require foreign investors to pay a 3% tax on the assessed value of their properties and a 1% tax on rental income, Costa Rica still offers some of the most attractive real estate investment opportunities in Latin America. With careful planning and a thorough understanding of the tax implications, investors and property owners can take advantage of these opportunities.

Buy A Slice of The Paradise Pie in Costa Rica


Buying land, a home, or other property in Costa Rica means not only financial benefits, but also the chance to enjoy all the country has to offer on a regular basis. Plus, who wouldn't love having an excuse to visit this tropical haven more often? It's truly the perfect opportunity for anyone looking for both investment potential and a personal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

How to Find Your Dream Property in Costa Rica: Let Us Help You

If you are ready to start finding your dream property in Costa Rica, get in touch with us. We can help you find the perfect plot of land or dream home to fit your needs. With affordable land and housing options available, Tamarindo in Costa Rica offers you the chance to purchase a vacation home or even create a lucrative rental property. There are plenty of reasons to love Tamarindo and to start planning your new life in this gorgeous beach town. 

Buying land, a home, or other property in Costa Rica doesn't only mean financial benefits (although that's a big plus we can't deny). It also means immersing yourself into this amazing country, something you might never have done unless you took the executive decision to make the investment. So, why not consider making this tropical paradise your own slice of heaven? We'll be here to help you every step of the way..

Important Things to Know About Buying Property in Costa Rica:

Q1. Can foreigners buy property in Costa Rica?

Yes, foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Costa Rica. In fact, the country has a very open real estate market, and there are no restrictions on foreigners owning land or property here.

Q2. Are there any taxes or fees associated with buying property in Costa Rica?

Yes, there are some taxes and fees associated with buying property in Costa Rica. These include a transfer tax of 1.5% of the property's declared value, as well as legal fees and registration fees. It's important to work with a reputable real estate agent or attorney who can help guide you through the process and ensure you're aware of all the costs involved.

Q3. What types of properties are available in Costa Rica?

There is a wide variety of properties available in Costa Rica, including beachfront condos, luxury villas, jungle retreats, and mountain cabins. You can also find properties at a range of price points, from affordable fixer-uppers to high-end luxury estates.

Q4. What should I look for in a real estate agent in Costa Rica? 

When choosing a real estate agent in Costa Rica, it's important to look for someone who is knowledgeable about the local market and can help you navigate the buying process. You'll want to work with someone who is responsive, transparent, and has a good reputation in the community. It's also a good idea to ask for references from previous clients.

Q5. Are there any restrictions on building on property in Costa Rica?

There are some restrictions on building on property in Costa Rica, particularly in areas that are designated as protected or environmentally sensitive.  It's important to work with a real estate agent or attorney who can help you navigate these regulations and ensure you're following all the necessary rules and requirements.


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Laurel and Tony,
The both of you were fantastic with us throughout the property search and purchase process. As we had mentioned, two other attempts to find thorough, attentive, responsive agents to work with in Tamarindo were failures. I expect that we are more work to deal with than many others as we asked a lot of thorough and analytical questions and expected responses to all of them. You two never failed to deliver. The organization and execution of our condo shopping trip in January was excellent and the fact that you two devoted 2 full days to us, around our schedule, to get this deal done was key to our success. The selection of properties that Laurel planned out, including a few places above and below our target zone helped us to refine our interests. We truly appreciated your interest in our success. This could easily have been very stressful for us, and yet, it wasn’t. Thank you very much.
As a side note, when we walked into the Coldwell Banker office randomly with no appointment in November had we not found your office staff patient and accommodating from the start we would have simply walked on to the next agency. Your staff deserves special mention for getting us interested in the agency to begin with.
We will give you some advance notice before we make our first trip down so that we can plan to get together for lunch or dinner. We are tentatively planning on somewhere in the last 2 weeks of May, as soon as our son gets out of school for the summer.

Dan Batliner, Costa Rica

While my computer is still running here, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your help during our stay.
When we first came to your office, we were in dire straights and in desperate need of assistance. Andrea was extremely compassionate, spoke with candor, and had a "can do attitude" that was of immense help.
In addition, Andrea has put us in contact with Steve, with whom we are working, preparing to view a little property that might be just what we are looking for at this particular time.
In addition, having gotten to know Andrea personally as well as professionally has been our great pleasure. I wanted to let you know what a tremendous asset she is to your company. She is a great treasure -- a one in a million.

Tina Parker, Costa Rica

We are- UNHAPPILY- home safe. Would much rather be back in Tamarindo. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING you did to make our stay a joy ! We look very much forward to seeing you on our next trip to Costa Rica. PURA VIDA !

Steve Perry, Costa Rica

We had so much fun at Buena Vista. Thanks for arranging that with Memo.
I also want to say many thanks for all that you have done. We have enjoyed Costa Rica and I have found you so helpful with everything and a pleasure to deal with that it was a very stress free vacation. When I do come back here hopefully you will still be doing what what you do.
Our last couple of days will be spent enjoying the sunshine and eating at great restaurants. Sincerely,

Tara, Kevin and Roy., Costa Rica

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