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Where should you look to purchase a farm in Costa Rica

Where to look for farms in Costa Rica
Use the AE MLS to look for farms on the inventory

Often, I received a buyer’s request for a ranch or a farm in Costa Rica, but the buyer doesn’t know exactly in which area to purchase.

Often, the buyer does not specify what kind of farm or ranch he is looking for. Usually, our conversation goes as follows:

“I am looking for a ranch or farm in Costa Rica”. A one sentence questions is often as much as I get. When I call the buyer and she tells me that she has never been to the country but “would like to purchase a farm in Costa Rica with at least 20 acres near the Pacific coast”.

Costa Rica has a lot of agricultural activity and farms and ranches for sale are very important on our inventory. In Costa Rica, we are lucky enough to have 763 miles of Pacific coastline, so there are too many options and we need to narrow those options down to look for a farm in Costa Rica. Your choices are to be on the North Pacific, the Central Pacific or the South Pacific Ocean.

My next questions are “Do you want the property for farming, or just to build a house on it and have your privacy? Are ocean views important? Could you give me a budget to work with? If you are able to give me the answers to those questions, I can connect you with the right affiliate agents that work the coastal areas.

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You have arrives at the right website to get better informed about a farm in Costa Rica. Where do you start looking? At the American European real estate group of course, we have 23 affiliates all over Costa Rica and each is an expert on her/his particular area. Any farm or crop you are looking for, we will find you the right location for you.

As you probably know, Costa Rica has many different micro climates. This makes it possible for you to pick not only the climate you like best but to also pick the type of farm in Costa Rica you’d like to own. You have so many choices, you won’t believe it.

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Choose your farm in Costa Rica

  1. Gentlemen’s farms
  2. Eco farms (help protect nature)
  3. Hotel development farms
  4. Residential development farms (with or without ocean view)
  5. Farms for commercial development
  6. Cattle ranches
  7. Horse farms
  8. Dairy farms
  9. Chicken farms
  10. Palm oil farms
  11. Coffee farms
  12. Sugar cane farms
  13. Banana farms
  14. Pineapple farms
  15. Rice farms
  16. Vegetable farms such as corn, beans, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetable crops
  17. Other crop farms such as mango, orange, papaya, avocados,
  18. Pig farms
  19. Organic farms
  20. Fish farms
  21. Timber farms
Ocean view development farms for sale
Find ocean view farms for sale on our MLS

Industrial farming

To be able to do large scale farming, producing large quantities at a low production cost, you need to have a reasonably flat topography. Costa Rica offers a flat topography only in certain areas (Guanacaste – Southern zone) and due to the fact that Costa Rica has only 19,700 square miles of land territory, your chances to find a large farm for sale anything over 3,000 acres will be an uphill battle. Costa Rica has 227 square miles of territorial waters but the maritime zoning will not allow for any underwater farming.

You will find industrial rice farming, sugar cane farming as well as black bean farming on the large plains of Guanacaste. Guanacaste is also big on cattle.

The Northern zone (San Carlos toward the Nicaraguan border) has a lot of pineapple, teak, milk and beef cattle, ornamental plans and biofuel crops.

On the Caribbean side of the country, you will find mostly bananas, a bit of cocoa and sugar cane around the Turrialba area.


Let us know your budget and we will find the right farm for you
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Cattle ranch & chicken ranch

In Costa Rica, we don’t have ranches like they have in Texas or in Bolivia. In Costa Rica 45,000 livestock farms employ at least 12% of the Costa Rican workforce and occupy over 35.5% of the territory. Let us know if you’re looking for beef, milk, chicken or any other livestock.

Medium sized farms

There is quite an abundance of medium sized farms in Costa Rica. The advantage if the micro climates in Costa Rica is that you can pretty much pick the area where you’d want to purchase farm, depending on the crop you are looking for. Costa Rica has volcanic soil throughout the country and you can pretty much “stick it in the ground and it grows” as the locals say.

Where to look for farms in Costa Rica
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Gentlemen’s farm and eco farm

If you are looking to live off the grid, or just out of town and still want to be close to hospitals and shopping, we have all those options for you. Our affiliates usually have quite a nice inventory of gentlemen’s farms for sale. Some have construction with an owner’s house, worker’s home, barns and other infrastructure and others only offer potential. The local expert on our network can guide you through the type of crops you can grow and introduce you to the local culture and suppliers.

If you are into eco-farming, we can assist you and connect you to all the experts in the field. One of our own affiliate agents, William Turley is an expert in being self-sufficient on a farm. Sustainable organic farming is well known in Costa Rica too and the options we can offer are unlimited.

Fruit farms

You will find corn, melon, papaya and cattle farms on the Central Pacific and South Pacific and mango farms a little bit more inland, such as Orotina. If you’re looking for citrus farms, you will find them mostly between la Cruz de Guanacaste and Upala.

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Cattle farms for sale in Costa Rica

Farms for development

Farms on the mountain ridges along the coast are usually used for cattle and are more apt for residential development. You will find many development farms advertised on our website, most with ocean view or valley views, all along the North Pacific, Central Pacific and South Pacific coast.

Coffee farms

Costa Rica is famous for coffee, mostly Arabica coffee and grows well in all the higher elevations (3,900 – 5,600 feet) of the Central Valley, the Cartago and Los Santos Valley (Valle de los Santos) and all over the Southern zone. Costa Rica has over 70,000 coffee farms.  If you are interested in buying a coffee farm, contact us, so we can send you options depending on the size of the farm you are looking for.

Perfect Hotel site with Arenal volcano view for sale
Our MLS offers farms for tourist development for sale

Vegetable farms

In the cooler areas of the country, which are the higher mountains around Turrialba, the Los Santos valley, the Cartago mountains and valleys and the higher areas around La Fortuna and Sarapiqui, you will find crops like potatoes, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, mushrooms, avocado and most other vegetables.

Contact the AE MLS Costa Rica

By now, you are probably convinced that if you are in the market for a farm in Costa Rica, you have arrived at the best real estate connection in Costa Rica. Contact us now for any questions or requests and we will connect you to the affiliate agents in the area of your interest.

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Ivo Henfling

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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