Friday 17 September 2021

Costa Rica Facing Competition From Panama And Nicaragua For Retirees

Paying the bills

Latest

500 Intel drones illuminated the night of celebration of the Bicentennial of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - During the celebration of the Bicentennial of...

Covid-19 contagion rate drops, but hospitals still under pressure

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 once again...

More than 1.1 million vaccines against covid-19 have been received so far in September

QCOSTARICA - With the arrival of 157,950 doses of...

Chile reopens borders to visitors ahead of summer tourism season

Q24N - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile announced plans to...

Chile among the 5 countries that are opening up and living with Covid

Q REPORTS - London (CNN) - More than 18...

Why buy a flat in Dubai

Investing and getting a good income is one of...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 17: Plates ending in “9 & 0” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Friday, September 17, vehicles with...
Paying the bills

Share

Main dive site in Belize, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America

Costa Rica has for some time been the region’s preferred destination for American and Canadians, but that may not be so true anymore, as Panama, Belize and Nicaragua are increasing competition.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, new luxury developments, outfitted with spas, restaurants, marinas and golf courses in neighbouring countries are appealing to affluent North American buyers.

- Advertisement -

The WSJ report that says Americans who receive Social Security payments in Panama increased 65% to 2.164 between 2006 and 2011. In Nicaragua, the number doubled during the same period, from 595 to 1.322. Belize’s number, too tiny for the Social Security Administration to track in years past, was 560 in 2011.

The WSJ reports that Panama’s explosive growth — gross domestic product increased by an average of 8.5% annually since 2008, according to International Monetary Fund estimates — has drawn American workers and businesses to Panama City over the past decade. Now, local developers are courting another population, focusing on building amenity-rich planned communities outside the city to appeal to North American retirees.

Boquete, a town about 65 kilometres from the Costa Rican border, offers high-end gated communities, an established expat community, cool mountain temperatures and tropical-rainforest landscape, says the WSJ report.

Costa Rica’s  neighbouring countries now offer residency packages and tax breaks that imitate the pensionado program, which was introduced in 1971 and helped set the groundwork for a boom in retiree emigration from North America.

Nicaragua added such a law in 2009, offering foreigners with retirement incomes tax breaks on everything from cars to construction materials. Last year, Panama, which has a long-established retiree program, created a path to citizenship for retirement residents and introduced a new residency program for people under retirement age that has lowered requirements for investment in property, business and other ventures.

In an interview with the WSO, “the message of this law is simple,” says Panama City-based attorney Manoj Chatlani of Panama Offshore Legal Services. “It’s ‘Come to Panama.’ ”

- Advertisement -

Costa Rican tourism officials are aware of the strides that both Nicaragua and Panama have been making in attracting North American retirees, but insist that Costa Rica isn’t losing ground.

The WSJ confirms that, saying that despite the inroads made by Costa Rica’s neighbours, they still don’t attract the same numbers. The WSJ report says that in 2011, more than 5.000 Americans collected Social Security in Costa Rica.

The WSJ report cites crime and security problems are still a major concern for people looking at relocating in Central America.

Working in Costa Rica’s favour, at least for the time being, is the U.S. Department of State labeling the crime rate in Nicaragua “critical” and the murder rate in Belize “extremely high,” though concentrated in Belize City and not in tourist areas. In Costa Rica, petty crime such as theft and “smash and grab” muggings have increased in the past couple of years, along with home invasions.

- Advertisement -

In Panama, murders and gun violence have decreased in recent years, but reported rape and theft have increased. “Panama remains relatively safe when compared with other Central American countries, yet crime rates are higher than one would encounter in most of the United States,” says the State Department’s 2013 report.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia, Live in Costa Rica

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.