Pineapples for a dollar: Retiring in Costa Rica

The most beautiful beaches on earth, a temperate climate year round, and pineapples for only a dollar–it’s no wonder more and more people are moving here!

Costa Rica has found itself with an influx of retirees from the United States who have decided to call it home.

And why not? Coupled with the beautiful beaches and lush landscapes, life in Costa Rica provides its residents a lower cost of living that can be sustained on an average of $1500 to $2500 per month.

Check out this interesting article recently published in The Huffington Post. Bloggers Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher listed a very helpful breakdown of the smaller things in life that can quickly add up. How much could you be saving in Costa Rica?

  • Ticket to see a movie in a modern theater — $5
  • Tickets to see a cultural event at the National Theater start at $2
  • Ticket to see a National Soccer Team Match in the brand-new stadium — $20
  • Fresh Red Snapper — approximately $2.50 per pound
  • A pound of beans — $0.90 per pound
  • A pound of rice — $0.50 per pound
  • Four avocados — $2
  • Pineapples — $1 each
  • A bottle of Imperial beer — $1.25

The Happiest Place on Earth

What about quality of living? Would you be happy retiring in Costa Rica? The people at Happy Planet Index tend to think so!

In fact, this independent organization found that Costa Ricans are “the happiest people on the planet.” Their reports shows that “Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world, and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the Americas (second only to Canada).

Lower cost of living AND higher happiness index… what more could you ask for?

When to Save, When to Invest

It’s true that you will save money for the rest of your long and happy life in Costa Rica! But remember, some things are definitely worth the investment. While Costa Rica has a lower crime rate than other countries in Central America, it’s not crime-free! Don’t take any chances with the safety of your retirement home and loved ones. Check out the advanced Intelligent Security solutions from Signal Secure before your big move to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Thinking about moving the beauty of Costa Rica?

Have you considered moving to another country for retirement? We invite you to share your thoughts, experiences, and to join us in the conversation at Signal Secure – Costa Rica’s foremost security experts.

Being Prepared – Beyond Home Security

While you have the capacity to protect your home and loved ones through the advancements of Signal Secure technology, there are unforeseen natural incidences that are beyond your control.

In a recent article by the Tico Times, three earthquakes were reported by Costa Rica’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory on January 24, occurring at approximately 1:08 am.

The quakes measured a magnitude of 5.2, with the epicenter located in the Pacific region or Turrubares, San Jose.

Fortunately, as you probably know, there were no damages or injuries were reported, but these smaller quakes are still reason for alarm. We all know that the possibility of widespread damage could leave our cities and communities crippled, without power and services for hours, days, even weeks.

Just as a well-designed and executed security system is essential to protection from potential crimes and break-ins, disaster preparedness plays an important role in the overall safety and security of your family as a whole.

As our northern neighbors are equally susceptible to the same natural disasters (such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding), the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests that all households have a checklist of the following items in the event of a disaster or emergency — a checklist that can be used by families everywhere.

  • One gallon of water for every person in the household
  • A three-day supply of food
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust masks in case of contaminated air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage and trash bags for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to shut off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Maps
  • Paper and writing utensils
  • Books, puzzles, games and activities for children

You may also want to consider other items to add to the list, such as prescription medications, emergency cash, blankets and sleeping bags, and whatever else is of importance to the safety of your family.

Being prepared is the key to survival, so talk with your family about what to do, and what steps to take in the event of disasters and other emergencies.

We at Signal Secure are in the business to keep your family safe, in all aspects of home safety and security. Our advanced security systems can alert your family of potential dangers within the home the moment a disaster is detected, with sensors that detect gas leaks, water leaks, and broken windows.

If you’re away from home during an emergency, you can still stay in the loop! We offer remote capabilities that can shut down the electricity, and video surveillance to check the status of your home — all from the convenience of a computer or your smartphone.

Is your family prepared in the event of an emergency?

Share with us your experiences, thoughts, and join in on the discussion at Signal Secure – Costa Rica’s home security experts.