THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 106

G lobal property buyers are looking for a safe, stable place to invest. Costa Rica real estate has everything they are looking for – foreigner-friendly property laws, a democratic political system, welcoming locals, exceptional schools, top-quality healthcare and easy accessibility. Costa Rica ticks all the boxes. The country boasts bewilderingly diverse culture, climates, flora, fauna, and landscapes. From rainforests, to dry tropical and temperate forests, to volcanoes, to Caribbean and Pacific beaches, to high mountains and marshy lowlands, it is all available for family enjoyment in Costa Rica. 106 Costa Rica is a stable, prosperous country, with a highly educated population and free trade incentives for investors. Consequently, the country has attracted one of the highest levels of foreign direct investment per capita in Latin America. The 2012 World Bank Study for Global Governance Indicators ranks Costa Rica No. 2 in Latin America for political stability. The educational system is ranked 20th in the world and the highest in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014. There are almost 500 private schools and high schools registered with the Ministry of