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Costa Rica is beginning build a solid reputation for itself as one of the latest places to appeal to expatriates.
The country's capital city, San Jose, which is surrounded by mountains on a high plateau known as Central Valley, has long been a popular location for expats looking for somewhere with a bit of adventure.
A number of well-established expat towns already exist in the country, including San Ramon, Grecia, Atenas, Heredia, Moravia, and Alajuela.
These settlements are complemented by more up-and-coming expat havens such as Cuidad Colon and Puriscal, which are both situated in the south west of the valley.
And although Americans were the traditional expats to decide on living here, Costa Rica's appeal is now reaching out to Europeans, many of whom are searching for ready-made expat communities within an environment that features a comfortable climate and a tropical setting.
The Central Valley is capable of meeting such requirements, as despite the country being firmly placed within the tropics, the average year-round temperature is around the mid-70s F.
According to internationalliving.com, the region also offers numerous other practical benefits.
The capital city of San Jose is an hour-and-a-half away at most from almost anywhere in the valley, meaning you are never far away from the best shopping in the country.
The capital features many American-style malls, as well as restaurants and cinemas.
San Jose is also being noticed for its cultural events. Opera music and jazz clubs can befound in San Jose while there are also chances to catch some of the most famous names in music.
Some of the artists to have played here include Bob Dylan and Elton John.
It is not only access to the capital that makes living in one of the towns of Central Valley such an attractive proposition, as the natural beauty of the surroundings also holds a tremendous level of appeal.
Roberta Laidman and Harry Raabe, who have lived in Atenas, a town of about 5,000, for two years, said: "We’re just thrilled to be here. It’s like waking up in paradise. We eat breakfast on the balcony, and we don’t jump up when we’re done to do something else. The view is mesmerising. The environment calms the spirit."
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