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Considering Relocation to an Eco Village in Costa Rica? Here's What You Need to Know:

Why Choose Costa Rica?

Relocating to Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity for families seeking a lifestyle change. Known for its stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and warm climate, Costa Rica has become a popular destination for those looking to live more sustainably. The country offers a slower pace of life, a focus on eco-friendly living, and a welcoming community of like-minded individuals. This is particularly true in Nosara, a town renowned for its eco villages and commitment to sustainable living.
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Getting the Decision

Deciding to relocate to an eco village in Costa Rica is a significant step that requires thorough consideration. Evaluate your family’s needs, lifestyle preferences, and long-term goals. Reflect on the type of community you wish to be part of and the environmental impact you want to have. Discuss with family members to ensure everyone is on board and excited about the move. Research extensively about the country’s culture, laws, and the specific area you’re interested in. Visiting Costa Rica and experiencing the lifestyle firsthand can also help solidify your decision.

Education in Nosara

Education is a primary concern when relocating with children. Nosara provides excellent educational opportunities with private schools like the Nosara Waldorf School -Casa de las Estrellas, which emphasizes sustainability, creativity, and personal growth. For those seeking a more international environment, the Del Mar Academy offers language and cultural immersion, fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. These schools ensure that your children receive a high-quality education while embracing the eco-friendly values of the community.

Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish is a great advantage of moving to an eco-village in Costa Rica. Being in a Spanish-speaking environment helps you and your family pick up the language quickly, making daily interactions easier and more enjoyable. It also allows you to experience and connect with the local culture fully. Many eco-villages offer language classes or have residents who are happy to help newcomers practice, making the transition smooth and enriching.

The Cost of Living

Living in Costa Rica, especially in eco-friendly communities like Nosara, comes with its expenses. Here’s a breakdown of some typical monthly costs:

  • Pool and gardening: $150
  • Property management: $150
  • Electricity bills: $250-700
  • Internet: $80-120
  • Water: $60
  • Food: $2500
  • Gas: $200
  • Private schools: 700$-2000$ per child
  • House rent: $4000-5500

 

If you’re considering building a house, expect lot prices between $160,000 and $300,000, with construction costs around $1500-1600 per square meter.

* Note: The prices provided are estimates and subject to continuous fluctuations. They may also depend on individual consumption habits.

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Tips for Saving Money

Relocating to Costa Rica can be expensive, but there are several ways to save money while maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. Here are some practical tips to help you manage your expenses:

  1. Cook your food:
    Cooking your food is one of the best ways to save money! Nosara has an organic market every Tuesday where you can purchase fresh, locally-grown produce. Not only does this support local farmers, but it also helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
  2. Eco-friendly Lifestyle:
    Embracing an eco-friendly lifestyle can also lead to savings. For instance, using solar panels can significantly reduce electricity bills, and rainwater harvesting systems can lower water costs. You can also create your own veggie garden or use the one you have in the eco village like we plan to have in Nanku eco-village.
  3. Minimalist Living:
    Adopt a minimalist lifestyle to reduce unnecessary expenses. Focus on essential items and avoid over-consumption.
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Transportation: Buying a Car

While eco village lifestyle encourages walking and cycling, having a car can be essential for families.
When buying a car in Costa Rica, consider the following:

  • Opt for a Used Car: New cars can be expensive, so look for reliable used vehicles. Ensure the car is suitable for Costa Rica’s terrain; four-wheel drive is often necessary for rural areas.
  • Maintenance Costs: Factor in maintenance costs. Due to Costa Rica’s road conditions, cars may require more frequent servicing.
  • Insurance: Don’t forget to include the insurance cost in your budget. Comprehensive coverage is advisable to protect against accidents and natural events.
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Income and Work Opportunities

Supporting your family financially is crucial. Many expats work online for companies abroad, thanks to reliable internet connectivity in Costa Rica. The digital nomad visa, introduced in July 2022, allows you to stay for a year with the possibility of an extension, making it easier for remote workers to settle. Starting a business is another option. While tourism-related ventures are common, remember that owning a business requires hiring local staff unless you obtain permanent residency.
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Residences in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers various residency options for those looking to relocate, each with its own set of requirements and benefits. Understanding these options can help you make an informed decision about your move.

Permanent Residency
Permanent residency can be requested after completing three years as a temporary resident or through a family link with a Costa Rican (parent, minor children, adult children with disabilities, minor siblings, and adult siblings with disabilities).

Temporary Residency
Temporary residency is granted for a specified period and can lead to permanent residency. Main subcategories include:

  • Residence as the Spouse of a Costa Rican: Requires a marriage certificate. If the marriage occurred abroad, it must be registered in the Civil Registry.
  • Residence for Investors: Requires a minimum investment of $150,000 in the country.
    Residence for Pensioners: Requires proof of a lifetime pension of at least $1000 per month.
  • Residence for Digital Nomads: Requires proof of stable monthly income of at least $3000 for individuals or $4000 for families.
  • Work Permit: Typically takes around nine months to process.
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Nanku Eco Village: Your New Home

Nanku Eco Village in Nosara is an ideal choice for families looking to relocate. This eco-village is just 10 minutes from Nosara Center and 15 minutes from the beach, offering breathtaking views of the Nosara River, the ocean, and the mountains. Our village is designed to enhance your lifestyle with amenities such as a pool, event area, and a recycling facility. Living in Nanku means embracing an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle while being close to nature and like-minded neighbors.
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By choosing Nanku Eco Village, you’ll be joining a vibrant village committed to sustainable living, making it an ideal place for families to thrive.

Ready to Make the Move?

If you’re excited about the possibilities and ready to embrace a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle, contact us to learn more about making Nanku Eco Village your new home.



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