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Should I rent or should I buy a house in Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Buying and Selling Property in Costa Rica, FAQ's, Investing in Costa Rica

Should I Rent or should I Buy in Costa Rica

A very common question I receive when people begin looking at moving to to Costa Rica is, “Should I rent or should I buy a house in Costa Rica“? People make the point that you should rent in Costa Rica for a while, to make sure you like it before you buy. There is obviously some merit to this and of course each person has a different opinion.  Personally, I have always been a firm believer in home ownership as that is the American Dream, right?  

I have owned many properties in my life, buying my first house at 23 years old. I have never wanted to rent a property for quite a few different reasons.  First of all, it isn’t MY property.  So I can’t do what I want.  I can’t paint it the color I like, build the BBQ I need, or plant the landscaping I want to see every day.  I am at the mercy of the owner and must live by their rules.  Now, if the owner happens to be a great guy, who is very flexible, then that might work out ok.  But what if the owner isn’t easy to deal with?  We have all heard the horror stories of crazy landlords and I have never wanted to put myself in that situation.  I have owned every property I have ever lived in, and I also own the real estate that my businesses operate on.

Can I bring Pets to Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers

Can I bring pets when moving to Costa Rica?  YES definitely, and it is very easy.  Costa Rica is very dog and cat friendly.  All you need to do is get a current health certificate from your Vet and stamped by the USDA , that is issued less than 10 days prior to your flight, and bring it with you.  Check out this link to the US Embassy in Costa Rica where they outline all the steps you need to take to bring your pet into Costa Rica.

Can I bring Pets to Costa Rica

When you arrive in Costa Rica at the airport, show the health certificate and your pets are welcome in.  There is no quarantine of any kind.  Most of the major airlines allow pets to fly.  The smaller ones can ride with you in the cabin, under your seat, in an approved travel bag. The larger dogs are checked with the luggage in the cargo hold, in an approved carrier.  Check with your airline for price. 

Also, there is an amazing company here in Costa Rica that will handle EVERYTHING for you. So you won’td have to worry about a thing. The owners name is Jose Daniel Seco and his website is

The veterinarians in Costa Rica are AMAZING, better in my opinion than the ones I had in the USA, and the prices are a fraction of what you are accustomed to paying back home.

The best Vet in our town Playas del Coco is Sharinne Alice.

Her website is Her email is or  Or for Whatsapp consultations (506) 8307-8400

We also have an incredible groomer her name is Meli Gonzalez.

The Costa Ricans overall, are huge animal lovers, and most of your maids and caretakers will treat them like family.

If you go out of town, there are even animal sitters who will gladly take care of your fur children. Just ask me and I will introduce you to them.

Unique animals, like exotics or horses, need special permits and approvals so you should check with a Costa Rican attorney about the qualifications for bringing them.

If you need someone to pet sit then check out this new service

Looking forward to meeting your furry friends!

Michael D Simons
Co Owner/Broker
RE/MAX Tres Amigos/Prestige Ocean Properties/Ocean Village
Office 011-506-2672-4100
Cell    011-506-8812-2242
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