Friday, 26 September 2014

Living off the grid in Costa Rica ...

Considering a move to Costa Rica to live off the grid ? Costa Rica's traditions of peace, democracy, and universal education have long attracted retirees and vacation home owners. The nation is also a world leader in ecological preservation, boasting proportionately more square miles of national parks than anywhere else on earth. Costa Rica offers a very low cost of living, while also providing all the modern conveniences.

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica first in its 2009 Happy Planet Index, and once again in 2012. The index measures the health and happiness they produce per unit of environmental input. According to NEF, Costa Rica's lead is due to its very high life expectancy which is second highest in the Americas, and higher than the United States. The country also experienced well-being higher than many richer nations and a per capita ecological footprint one third the size of the U.S.

With more than 90% of its electricity generated from renewable energy sources and goals to reach 95% by 2014, Costa Rica is certainly one of the greenest countries on the planet. It also is on track to become the world’s first carbon-free economy.

Costa Rica is among the Latin America countries that have become popular destinations for medical tourism. In 2006, Costa Rica received 150,000 foreigners that came for medical treatment. Costa Rica is particularly attractive to American tourists because of its proximity and short flight, the quality of medical services, and lower medical costs.

Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army.Costa Rica has consistently been among the top-ranking Latin American countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), placing 62nd in the world as of 2012. Christianity is the predominant religion, and Roman Catholicism is the official state religion according to the 1949 Constitution, which at the same time guarantees freedom of religion.

According to the most recent nationwide survey of religion, conducted in 2007 by the University of Costa Rica, 70.5% of Costa Ricans are Roman Catholics (44.9% practicing Catholics), 13.8% are evangelical Protestants, 11.3% report that they do not have a religion, and 4.3% belong to another religion. Because of the recent small, but continuous, immigration from Asia, other religions have grown, the most popular being Buddhism.

A "Renewable Paradise" Mother Nature has greatly influenced Costa Rica’s commitment to renewable energy. The country is blessed by copious amounts of rainfall – most of the country receives more than 100 inches of rain per year. Thus, it’s no surprise that over 80% of Costa Rica’s electricity is generated by hydro facilities. The country also boasts considerable geothermal power as well as growing wind assets, solar, and biomass facilities.

The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 94.9%, one of the highest in Latin America. When the army was abolished in 1949, it was said that the "army would be replaced with an army of teachers." Elementary and high schools are found throughout the country in practically every community. Universal public education is guaranteed in the constitution.

Costa Rica's "Dry Season" (sunny and warm Beaches ) extends from December to April. The "Green Season" (lots of rain) is from May to November. So you have 5 months to collect Solar power and 7 months to collect water. A perfect balance. I will post affordable properties, small houses and land available for sale below ...

How about building and living in a Treehouse ? Finca Bellavista


  1. I have dreams of visiting costa rica someday! I want to wade may feet on the shore and do some sun bathing. Wow is that a tree house? I would love to one in our place at Marina Bay Residences can you imagine a tree house in the middle of CBD? hahaha

  2. Is there a community that will just accept you to live off the grid with??? I want to live off the grid..someplace warm. But I am single and alone and cannot do it myself...I dont know where to go? Any suggestions on how to find a community to join??