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Top 30 Home Buying Destinations in the Americas


#4 Costa Rica – 39,620 monthly searches from the U.S.

Living in a tropical paradise such as Costa Rica would be a dream come true for many of us. The country’s motto ‘Pura Vida,’ meaning ‘Pure Life,’ captures its sense of peace and tranquility perfectly. The country ranks fourth in Americans’ preferences for buying a second home, falling two spots compared to 2015 when it was second.

Costa Rica is still recovering from the disaster caused by Tropical Storm Nate last October, but it has much to offer. Here are the top 5 most looked-up Costa Rican destinations by Americans:

Tamarindo is U.S. residents’ favorite spot, with 1,920 searches per month this past year. A long-time surfer’s haven, this beach is perfect for both beginner and advanced wave masters.

The second most sought-after location in Costa Rica is Jacó, accounting for 1,380 searches. Jacó Beach is known for catering to those who want to live a life of luxury.

The province of Guanacaste comes in third (790 monthly searches), and is already famous to U.S. retirees who seem to be fueling local development.

The fourth place is held by Santa Teresa, or ‘the Next Tulum’ as it is also called, with 610 searches, and the fifth by none other than capital San José (560 searches), which has recently been named a top destination on the rise by TripAdvisor.

For the median price of a U.S. home (~240,000 USD), in Costa Rica you can buy:

a 3-bedroom condo in Tamarindo
a 2-bedroom oceanfront apartment in Jacó
a 3-bedroom apartment in San José

with access to private swimming pools for each.

Hot Spots: Top 30 Home Buying Destinations in the Americas

Let’s face it, we all dream of owning a vacation home in some exotic location where the sun shines brighter and the weather is warm all year round. Or how about a remote place for retirement where tranquility is the natural order of the day? We wanted to see exactly what locations people in the United States look up online the most when they think about buying a second home. To do this, we checked out U.S. users’ Google searches from January 2017 to January 2018, using keywords regarding homes for sale abroad, in countries located in the Americas, and we then ranked these countries based on average monthly search volume. The findings are quite surprising. Here are the 30 most popular destinations in which to buy a second property in the Americas today: