By Chrissie Long
Tico Times Staff | firstname.lastname@example.org
For Lou Aguilera, Costa Rica has all the makings of a retirement destination: a comfortable climate, top-notch health services, close proximity to the United States and Canada, and a stable democracy.
Living Well: Lou Aguilera, the force behind a new retirement community designed to attract an aging international population to Costa Rica, shows of the model of the Pacific Plaza project in Liberia, in the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste. Ground will be broken in May for the ambitious project, which will include a satellite hospital of the upscale CIMA Hospital in Escazú, west of San Jose.
While the country has been successful at marketing itself as an eco-friendly destination and a go-to place for medical tourism, the retiree population persists as an untapped market.
“This represents a bigger potential for Costa Rica than recreational tourism represented 25 years ago,” said Aguilera, who moved to Costa Rica in 2006 to begin work on an over-age 55 development in Guanacaste. “The graying of America is irreversible, and Costa Rica is in a position to service this population.” Read the entire story here.