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Caribbean Living in Costa Rica: What home you can buy for under US$250,000

Caribbean Living in Costa RicaCaribbean living in Costa Rica is so different from living on the Pacific coast. It is like living in another country, and that’s exactly what you are looking for, right?

A white sandy beach at your feet while watching a turquoise ocean, the lush jungle in your back, while listening to “no woman, no cry”, can you imagine that?

If reggae, rice and beans, and being greeted with a “hey mon, what happen” is the lifestyle you think you can easily adapt to, the Southern Caribbean of the Costa Rican province of Limon offers just that.

Not only the food and the lifestyle are that gives the flavor to the Caribe Sur, as we call the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Caribbean living is so different from the rest of the country. Construction style and Caribbean home decoration are also very different, similar to what is customary on the Caribbean islands.

Decoration and construction

Construction materials and construction styles as native hardwoods and thatched roofs give the homes this rustic feel. Lots of balconies, terraces and open spaces will give the beach and jungle touch to all the Caribbean homes you will find. Add to that the colorful Caribbean decoration for ambiance and you’re set for Caribbean living.

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The Glass Tree House in Playa Chiquita

The locals speak English

Our Caribbean coastline offers a lifestyle that is quite different from the rest of the country. This is due to the Afro-Costa Rican ancestry of 24% of the population of the province. Most of them are descendants of Jamaican immigrant workers.

That gives you, the future expat, a huge advantage. The black population of the Limon area speaks English as well as their Limonese Creole or Mekatelyu.  That includes all the beach towns of the Southern Caribbean like Cahuita, Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Playa Negra and Punta Uva.

And talking about our coastline, the white sand beaches are just totally incredible and the turquoise ocean offers amazing surfing and diving.

The food

Have you ever tried Rice ‘n Beans, Patí, Pan Bon, and other exciting exotic dishes from the Costa Rican Caribbean coast? Have you ever had a chance to enjoy the Carnival in Limon during the month of October? Maybe it’s time to do so because it is the essence of Caribbean living.

The availability of our inventory of homes in the Caribbean under $250,000 as in any other budget, changes daily and for this reason, I am not going to give you more than this link to the Caribbean properties. Here are a few samples of the lovely homes you will be able to purchase to find Caribbean Living in Costa Rica for under $250,000:

Caribbean homes for sale

Address: Puerto Viejo, Punta Uva, 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms $199,000

Live below a lush forest canopy and be able to walk to two beautiful Caribbean beaches.  This amazing Caribbean home offers the outdoor Caribbean living in the Gandoca  Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

The terrace overlooks the jungle. Land size 1,054 m2 – 0.25 acre. Contact us now for more info.

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Live below the lush canopy in your Punta Uva home
Caribbean Living in Costa Rica
Jungle sitting room in Punta Uva home

Address: Puerto Viejo, Playa Negra, 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms + guest studio, $239,000

Beautiful Caribbean-inspired 2 BR / 2 BA house nestled in the lush jungles of Playa Negra, only a 5-minute walk to the beach. Easy rental studio apartment or mother-in-law/caretaker above the carport.

Built with fine tropical woods, this gem offers beautifully manicured gardens and is only a 15-minute walk from Puerto Viejo. Land size 1,150 m2 – 0.25 acre. Contact us now for more info.

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Lots of hardwood and colors used in construction and decoration in Playa Negra home
Caribbean Living in Costa Rica
A Caribbean inspired 2 bedroom Playa Negra home nestled in the lush jungle

 Address: Puerto Viejo, Cocles, 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms $249,000

Open loft style designed home on 3-levels with open living – dining – kitchen on one level, master suite and balcony on 2nd level and 2nd bedroom on the top floor. Part of the property is landscaped with a number of mature exotic tropical and fruit trees and the rest is a lush tropical jungle.

This amazing property can be used as a private residence, a private jungle retreat, a small hotel, or B & B. Land size 1.4 hectares – 3.5 acres. Contact us now for more info.

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Thatched roofs are common Cocles homes in Costa Rica
Caribbean Living in Costa Rica
Getting the feeling of the jungle around you in your Cocles home for sale

Address: Puerto Viejo, Playa Negra, 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom $150,000

A slice of heaven! This small Caribbean home is a perfect vacation rental investment or that vacation home in heaven. Funky and colorful, very much Caribbean style. Landsize 500 m2 – 5,500 sq.ft. Contact us now for more info.

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Lovely open floor plan in Puerto Viejo home
Caribbean Living in Costa Rica
Small Puerto Viejo home for sale is the perfect vacation rental

Enjoy Caribbean living too

An additional advantage of buying a home in Puerto Viejo and enjoy Caribbean living is that your Caribbean home could easily make an additional income by using it as a vacation rental. Our Caribbean area affiliate, Jose Tercero can fully inform you about the options for purchasing a vacation rental, using your retirement funds to do so, and the return on investments possible on such a property.

Any of the above Caribbean homes for sale might not be available when you read this article. If you are interested in more information about buying a home in the Caribbean of Costa Rica, contact Jose Tercero now.

Other vacation home info

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Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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