Expat Guide to Living in San Jose
Whether you're already living in San Jose or preparing to move to San Jose, our Expat Guide to Living in Costa Rica offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in San Jose. For answers to specific questions, visit our Costa Rica Forum to talk with expats in San Jose.
The majority of expats in San Jose, actually choose to live not in the city, but outside of it. There are great options in the surrounding area, including places that are closer to the coast than San Jose.
A woman who moved to San Jose, Costa Rica talks about her dreams and expectations vs the reality of life in San Jose. She had envisioned a Hemingway-like lifestyle, but has found that the reality is much different.
A U.S. expat retiree in San Juan, Costa Rica offers comprehensive advice on retiring and living there. Housing, crime, health care and more are covered.
More Culture Shock Reports for San Jose
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in San Jose handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in San Jose:
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More Living in San Jose Reports
What are people's priorities in San Jose - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in San Jose:
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More Moving to San Jose Reports
What should you take with you when you move to San Jose? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in San Jose? Below are some of the responses from expats in San Jose:
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Reviews of Schools in San Jose
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in San Jose. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in San Jose:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in San Jose Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to San Jose. If you are already living in San Jose, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in San Jose:
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Retiring in San Jose Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in San Jose, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in San Jose:
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Having a Baby in San Jose Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in San Jose? Below are some of the reports from expats in San Jose:
Working in San Jose Reports
What's it like to find a job in San Jose? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in San Jose? Below are some of the reports from expats in San Jose:
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