11) Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
There’s no question that Costa Rica is a well-traveled country. Surfers, nature-lovers and eco-tourists, all flock to Costa Rica. It’s also a common place for ex-pats to snag gorgeous beachside property. Unfortunately, its popularity has resulted in a rise in prices and development, especially on the Pacific Coast. That’s why the area to look now is on the Caribbean coast. Places like Puerto Viejo maintain the true Pura Vida lifestyle for which Costa Rica has become famous. It has also managed to maintain the cheap real estate prices. Rent a 2-bedorom condo in a gated community near the beach for $600 a month. Looking for something more permanent? Purchase your very own jungle-home within walking distance of the beach for just $90,000. A weekly supply of fresh produce and poultry can be bought at the local markets for under $50. This is laid-back living at its finest (and cheapest).
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