Why we like the southern zone of Costa Rica
The coastline of the southern zone is one of the few in all of Central America where the lush green tropical forested mountains extend all the way to the ocean. There are miles of unspoiled beaches with the beauty and splendor of a tropical forest environment (think Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs). The beaches in the area are far from crowded and each one offers a unique adventure for exploring, playing and relaxing. There truly are very few other places like this in the world. The beautiful landscapes are breathtaking.
Getting to this part of Costa Rica is not as easy as other areas but that is also part of the appeal. Driving from San Jose by car or bus will take you three - five hours depending on your Southern Zone destination. The Costanera highway along the coast from Dominical to Palmar Norte is one of the best roads we’ve driven in Costa Rica (this country is known for its potholes). There are also daily flights from San Jose to Palmar Sur and Quepos, (the two closest airports in the area) about a 45 minute flight.
The towns along the coast are moderate in size and there are no issues with over crowding in this area. The mountainous terrain will help keep the southern zone from being over developed while affording amazing ocean views and appreciating investments for those who decide to buy here.
The southern zone had escaped interest in development for the most part because of its location. The northern part of Costa Rica with an International airport in Liberia along with its dryer climate (less rain year round) turned Guanacaste into the real estate hot spot of Costa Rica for many years.
Now the northern markets have matured along the Guanacaste coastline, and down through Puntarenas, Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Prices for land and development have soared with larger corporations like Marriot building huge projects. If you are looking for property with an ocean view, close to the beach and still a good value then the southern zone is the place to invest.
The infrastructure here is catching up quickly with the increased interests in real estate and growth in this area. San Isidro is rumored to be the fastest growing city in all of Central America offering most things you would find at home including: a hospital, private and public medical facilities, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, movie theater, hardware stores, banks, attorney’s, insurance agents and just about everything else you’ll need for a comfortable lifestyle. There is also a new hospital being constructed on the other side of the southern zone in the city of Cortez making medical assistance readily available to this whole region. The government of Costa Rica has announced plans to build a new international airport in the southern zone near the town of Sierpe. Although this could be years away it will only help increase investments in this area.
The southern zone is the last jewel in this country that still offers a good value on real estate. With its unique landscapes and pristine beaches you’ll be hard pressed to find a more desirable place to invest in. The expanding infrastructure and future growth also makes this a solid investment; ownership in paradise.