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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.

5 Tips For Living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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.

8 Real Estate Tips for Expats in San Jose, Costa Rica

8 Real Estate Tips for Expats in San Jose, Costa Rica

An expat offers invaluable tips about buying real estate in San Jose, Costa Rica. He advises expats to rent before you buy, wait until you have legal residency to buy, hire a lawyer (or two) and much more. It's a must read for anyone thinking about buying a home or investment property in San Jose or the surrounding suburbs.

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in San José

An expat in San Jose, Costa Rica offers an incredibly insightful report about public and private hospitals, doctors in Costa Rica and the costs of prescription medicine.

Dream vs Reality of Living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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.

Retirement in San Jose, Costa Rica

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:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

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:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

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:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

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:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

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:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

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:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

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:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Culture-Shock-in-Mal-PaisAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

An expat in Mal Pais, Costa Rica provides a detailed culture shock report that offers a great example of someone who has learned to roll with the punches that come with expat life in a somewhat remote location. Covers everything from mosquitoes, to finding products from the local grocer, to getting your laptop repaired. And don't for get about the fruit bats and monkey poop!

An expat in Mal Pais, Costa Rica provides a detailed culture shock report that offers a great example of someone who has learned to roll with the punches that come with expat life in a somewhat remote...

Living-in-MatapaloAn Expat Discusses Living in Matapalo, Costa Rica

An expat in Matapalo, Costa Rica talks about living in this laid back beach town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. He advises other newcomers to be prepared to blend in and slow down.

An expat in Matapalo, Costa Rica talks about living in this laid back beach town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. He advises other newcomers to be prepared to blend in and slow down. ...

Healthcare in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is has both public and private healthcare systems. When you become a resident, you must enroll in the public healthcare system (CAJA). Many expats use the public system for routine healthcare and have private expat health insurance for specialists, surgeries and emergencies.

Costa Rica is has both public and private healthcare systems. When you become a resident, you must enroll in the public healthcare system (CAJA). Many expats use the public system for routine health...

10 Tips for Living in Costa Rica

Expats in Costa Rica love the Pura Vita vibe, Costa Rican's focus of family and friendship and being surrounded by nature. Can you live in Costa Rica on $1,000 a month? Is driving in Costa Rica dangerous? Expats share their tips and experiences living in Costa Rica.

Expats in Costa Rica love the Pura Vita vibe, Costa Rican's focus of family and friendship and being surrounded by nature. Can you live in Costa Rica on $1,000 a month? Is driving in Costa Rica da...

10 Expats Talk About What It's Like Living in Costa Rica

Expats living in Costa Rica talk about Pura Vida, deciding where to live in Costa Rica, meeting people and more.
Expats living in Costa Rica talk about Pura Vida, deciding where to live in Costa Rica, meeting people and more....

Top 5 Reasons Expats Move to Central America

From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.
From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America....

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