Costa Rica is rated as one of the top retiree and ex-pat locations, its exuberant nature and “pura vida” lifestyle makes it a great place to relocate and retire.  According to the U.S. Department of state, more than 20,000 expatriates live in Costa Rica, most of them as retirees; this is because Costa Rica has one of the highest standards of living in Latin America, the life expectancy is high, the welfare system is one of the best in the world, and there is nature everywhere you look, no wonder Costa Ricans are among the happiest people in the world.
Many retirees chose to live in the central valley, where they are close to major hospitals, shopping malls, airports, etc. Atenas is known for having “the best climate in the world” and also for being home to many expats that have retired in Costa Rica. Atenas is only 20 minutes away from San José downtown, by highway 27, though you can still get the feeling you are in a small town.  Atenas is also less than one hour away from the beaches in the central pacific.