David and Wife Asked Recommend Small Towns Abroad
Costa Rica is what other Central American countries strive to be. Costa Rica is the only country with such a large diversity of expat offerings from mountain living in places like Escazú and Lake Arenal to beach towns.
The neighboring countries look 20 years behind. (Yes, that includes Panama too.)
It ain't that much more expensive. I pay $300/mo all inclusive on a place to live with an average $800 budget.