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An Expat Talks about Living in Matapalo, Costa Rica

Nov 03, 2017


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.

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

Matapalo

How long have you lived there?

7 years

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

Matapalo is one of Costa Rica's sailing centers. Lots of fun activities for all age groups.

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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.

The Matapalo area is fairly diverse. I have not seen any group or individual being discriminated against.

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

Tourism. Cattle raising.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Activities in this part of Costa Rica revolve around the beach.

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

If you are moving to Matapalo, Costa Rica, prepare yourself to blend in & be prepared to slow down. Try to make everything you experience a learning experience. Do not stress out if things do not go the way you are use to. Nothing you have ever done will prepare you for living in a foreign county. Be happy!

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