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By Nick Viale Published 11/29/2007 | Real Estate

Are you looking for more meaning in your life - a sense of happiness? Are you tired of days that blend into each other? Do you find yourself sitting in traffic feeling the heat rising up your neck? Fighting with your family members, coworkers or neighbors? Are you awakened night after night by the noise of the city? Maybe it's time to get away from it all: imagine a life where you can just get up in the morning, walk to the beach, have a fresh juice and enjoy the sun.

In fact, if you are feeling the grind, it may be affecting your health: chronic stress can cause or aggravate anxiety, depression, substance abuse, heartburn, chronic pain, high blood pressure, ulcers – the list goes on. Many Americans have discovered a way to put all this behind them. They've discovered a life where the pace of living is relaxed, and the worst day at the beach is better than the best day in the office.

They've discovered Costa Rica, land of "Pura Vida", where the locals enjoy life and take their time to celebrate it. Becoming more popular every year, this refreshing country is a lovely mix of local, North American, European and Argentinean cultures. The people are generally friendly and laid-back. The cost of living is 30 to 50 percent lower than most American cities and the stress levels are considerably lower.

With a well-developed health care system, good public education, a stable political situation and clean drinking water, Costa Rica is a very progressive country. In fact, Costa Rica was the first country to constitutionally abolish its army, disbanding it in 1948. It's also an environmentally blessed country: Costa Rica contains six percent of the world's biodiversity, and has 12 different climate zones to choose from. It's home to more than 850 species of birds, more than all of North America combined.

Owning property in Costa Rica is open to everybody – foreigners have a legal and constitutional right to own property. In fact, if you don't want to live here full time it's not a problem - there is no residency requirement. You can rent your property whenever you like, and sell whenever you like. Financing is very easy to obtain and there are no capital gains tax for the average property owner. Although foreigners without a work permit are not allowed to work, you can own a business here, or enjoy your retired life. Those who do earn income here will enjoy the exceptionally low income tax.

So, if you've ever dreamed of getting away from it all, Costa Rica could be your answer. Time to make this dream a reality - It's easier than you think: Costa Rica is truly the land of the dreams, and it's surprisingly painless for Americans to make this place their home.

This article was written by the team at Century 21 Coastal Estates, your online source for real estate in Costa Rica. Let us use our local knowledge to help you find your dream home, investment opportunity or Costa Rica vacation rental. All of our agents and brokers are licensed with the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors as well as the US National Association of REALTORS®. To view properties in Costa Rica visit us online at www.costarica1realestate.com