This is one of the most common questions I get – ‘What about shipping my stuff to Costa Rica?’, and my answer is always the same; it depends. Many of the homes that are for sale, come fully furnished, turnkey ready to go and there are also incredible interior decorating services and furniture companies who can handle everything for you on this end. Many people want to just rid themselves of all their “junk” they have accumulated in their life, and start fresh here in paradise, showing up like I did with a suitcase full of Tank Tops and Flip Flops and a pocket full of cash. Others just can’t fathom parting with family heirlooms or lifelong trinkets or have an entire home of relatively brand new furniture that they want to bring along in their move to Costa Rica.
Cars are generally about 30% more in Costa Rica than the USA, yet still substantially less than many other countries in the world, as there is an import tax on vehicles. The older the vehicle, the higher the percentage, as Costa Rica does not want a bunch of broken down, Katrina flood cars, sitting on the side of the road like you see in Belize or Mexico. So unless it is your “baby”, and you have to have it with you, my advice is to sell your cars at home and buy them here. You can purchase every type of vehicle in Costa Rica that you can anywhere else, as there is every type of dealership imaginable. There are also fantastic used car dealers close by who have great reputations for selling very reliable cars and SUVs at reasonable prices. I can send you more info on those if you ask me. But some people just have to have their old Jeep CJ7 or classic convertible mustang, or their vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle and nothing is going to convince them otherwise.
So these will have to be decisions you will make, when the time comes. But relax; you are in good hands if you do decide to ship. There are a few reputable companies here in Costa Rica who can deliver your goods door to door, with no stress, no delays and no issues. Ship Costa Rica is a company that many of my clients have engaged, with everyone being a happy camper on this end. You can contact the owner directly at email@example.com and he can give you an exact quote for your individual needs. Tell him I sent you and he will take extra good care of you.
There are of course other companies that you can use, and my only advice to you is to ask them for references from satisfied clients. Call these people up and confirm they had a good experience before hiring them for their services.
But whether you ship or not, do yourself a favor. JUST COME. You won’t regret it.