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Expat Advice: Living in Escazu, Costa Rica

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An expat in Escazu, Costa Rica talks about retiring in Costa Rica. She advises others thinking about moving to the areas to spend time exploring the ins and outs of daily life - visit grocery stores, a bank, doctors and more.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?


How long have you lived there?

Over two years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

We have enjoyed the weekly farmers' market in Escazu and have met many of the farmers. We live in a condo and have met many of our neighbors and picked up helpful tips from them. Our realtor was a very helpful resource and has put us in touch with others he has helped. A driver that we frequently use has been an invaluable source of information .

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

People have been very friendly and helpful. The taxi drivers are a wealth of information and very good about correcting my Spanish pronounciation.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

As retired people we are not able to work in Costa Rica. It would be nice if we could as we would learn the language quicker. My husband is a pediatrician and would love to volunteer his services.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would advise them to spend time not as a tourist but as one might live here. Visit the grocery stores. I did not realize that some items I depended on were not available. The sales tax is almost double what it is in our town in the U S. I did not realize that mail is not delivered to one's house here. Check out the banks and see if you can open an account from which to pay your local bills. Check out the medical and dental choices here. We love Mario Garita Dental Group! If you want to have a Buyers's agent that is super awesome. Rudy Matthews is your man.

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