For­get Panama, get your papers for Costa Rica

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Internatio­nal - FOR SALE LIVE A ‘PURA VIDA’

The Cen­tral Amer­i­can na­tion that has been grab­bing all the head­lines of late has been the tax haven of Panama. Yet its neigh­bour Costa Rica is at­tract­ing in­vestors for the right rea­sons. The lush coun­try full of forests, wa­ter­falls and jun­gle-fringed beaches that es­pouses the “pura vida” – a care­free sense of life – is of­ten rated one of the “hap­pi­est places on Earth”, and is in­creas­ingly viewed as a safer al­ter­na­tive to Mex­ico.

While the bulk of sec­ond home own­ers – in­clud­ing Char­lie Sheen and Michael Jor­dan – hail from North Amer­ica, the num­ber of Euro­peans is ris­ing slowly. What’s more Bri­tish Air­ways launched the first di­rect flights from Bri­tain this month to the cap­i­tal, San José, twice a week (a jour­ney of 10 hours 50 min­utes).

The an­tic­i­pa­tion of the new route has trig­gered an in­crease in Bri­tish hol­i­day-home hunters. “Costa Rica is on a lot of peo­ple’s radar at the mo­ment, and this year I have had four en­quiries from Bri­tish buy­ers,” says Tina Wal­lace of agency Prime New Two and three­bed­room vil­las in the lux­ury res­i­dence club of The Palms near Playa Flamingo.

Brits are com­ing around to the low prices and high qual­ity of life, says Liz Rowl­in­son

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