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This is based on the quality of life, ease to settle in, and cost of living, according to the surveys.
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Published Friday, May 21, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica was recognized among the top destinations to live and work abroad in 2021. This is based on the quality of life, ease to settle in, and cost of living, according to the surveys published in the two business magazines, Forbes and Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg reviews in their InterNations Expat Insider 2021 Survey, Costa Rica ranks  as the third top spot to live and work after Taiwan and Mexico.

“Some 85% of respondents said it was easy to settle down in Mexico, while 91% of expats described Costa Rica’s population as “generally friendly.” Four in five expats in Mexico said they were satisfied with their financial situations, and 84% of expats in Costa Rica said their disposable household income was “enough or more than enough” to cover all their expenses,” according to Bloomberg’s article, “These Are the Places Ranked Best for Expats in 2021.”

According to Forbes's study InsureMyTrip, Costa Rica is the seventh-best place to live for digital nomads, behind Norway, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Iceland and Greece.

The study released in the article “The Best Destinations for Digital Nomads: A New Survey” analyzed seven key categories: “internet access and speed, apartment rental costs, language difficulty, openness to digital nomads, cost and access to a work visa and length of the remote working visa.”

In March, Costa Rica was selected, for being at the forefront of sustainability, among the five best tourist destinations of 2021 in the "Best of Green 2021: Sustainable Travel" awards.

TripSavvy and Treehugger organized the competition through their digital media, the Ministry of Tourism said.

The New York-based Treehugger, with more than 120 million readers each year, is recognized as the world’s largest information site dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

The other New York-based, TripSavvy, is recognized as one of the top-10 travel information sites in the world as measured by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. Each year, TripSavvy editors award the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions around the world.

“With Costa Rica's remarkable dedication to sustainability, we were not surprised at Treehugger and TripSavvy to see the country among our selection of winners for the destination category," Melissa Breyer, Treehugger's managing editor said. "We especially like that Costa Rica encourages visitors to offset their carbon emissions by traveling there.”

The quality of Costa Rican tourism was also awarded by a second jury in the "Best Experiences" category, in which the Safari surf school established in Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula, was recognized in 1999.

“Costa Rica has become a model for sustainable practices in the region and around the world and we are encouraged to see that the country has been rewarded for its great work,” Breyer said.


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