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Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

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17 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats with its tropical climate, eco-friendly culture, beautiful beaches, welcoming people, good healthcare system and relative safety. Many expats warn newcomers about the high cost of housing and food. In this updated version of the best places to live in Costa Rica we cover many more locations such as Playa Flamingo, Nosara, Lake Arenal, Jaco Beach and Ojochal.

Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats with its tropical climate, eco-friendly culture, beautiful beaches, welcoming people, good healthcare system and relative safety. Many expats warn newcomers about the high cost of housing and food. In this updated version of the best places to live in Costa Rica we cover many more locations such as Playa Flamingo, Nosara, Lake Arenal, Jaco Beach and Ojochal.

15-Best-Beach-Towns-in-Central-America15 Best Beach Towns in Central America
People are flocking to Central America to enjoy a lower cost of living, the laid-back beach lifestyle and adventure. In this article, we explore 15 of the best places to live on the beach in Central America according to expats.

Costa-Rica-vs-PanamaBest Places to Live Overseas: Costa Rica vs. Panama
When expats consider a move to Central America, there are more and more options available to them. Often, the conversation will turn to Costa Rica vs. Panama. Read what expats who have lived in both of these countries have to say.

13-Best-Places-for-Families-to-Live-in-Costa-Rica13 Best Places for Families to Live in Costa Rica
Expats in Costa Rica talk about the best places for families to live in Costa Rica. From the cool climate of the Central Valley to the beautiful beach towns in Gaunacaste and Costa Ballena, proximity to international and bilingual schools, safety and lifestyle are all taken into consideration.

Best-Places-to-Live-in-Costa-Rica7 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a relatively safe, eco-friendly, expat-friendly destination with gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. Many expats say that housing and food prices in Costa Rica are high. We've gathered information submitted by expats about Tamarindo, Dominical, Ojochal, Atenas, Escazu, Grecia and others popular towns.

Healthcare in Costa Rica

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Healthcare in Costa Rica

Costa Rica 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 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.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in Costa RicaMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Costa Rica

Expats in Costa Rica offer advice about healthcare in Costa Rica..

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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about healthcare and health insurance for expats, digital nomads and retirees in Costa Rica.

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Additional information about healthcare and health insurance for foreigners in Costa Rica.

8-Things-to-Know-Before-Having-a-Baby-in-Costa-Rica8 Things to Know Before Having a Baby in Costa Rica
Expats discuss their experiences giving birth in Costa Rica. Topics covered include public (CAJA) hospitals vs. private hospitals,high C-section rates, maternity coverage, dual citizenship, permanent residency for expat parents with babies born in Costa Rica, baby stores and formula options.

8-Important-Tips-about-Healthcare-for-Expats-in-Costa-Rica8 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Costa Rica
Expats living in Costa Rica discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in Costa Rica.

Medical Care Options in Costa Rica
Overview of healthcare in Costa Rica, including CAJA, INS, Private Medical Insurance and the best hospitals.

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance Santa Ana, Costa Rica in Santa Ana

An Expat Exchange member talks about healthcare services, hospitals and health insurance in Santa Ana.

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Quepos

An expat in Quepos, Costa Rica talks about Max Teran Hospital, public vs. private healthcare, traveling to the Central Valley for specialized care and more.

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Playa Jaco

An expat in Costa Rica talks about socialized medical care, private health insurance, public and private hospitals in Playa Jaco. The quality of care at the hospitals she and her husband have visited surpassed the quality of care in the US.

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.

Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Cortez

An expat in Costa Rica enjoys the low cost of healthcare (a fraction of the cost in the US) and is impressed with the new CAJA Hospital de Osa in Cortez. He offers advice about how an expat qualifies for the public healthcare system (CAJA).

Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Tamarindo

An expat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica recommends private health insurance for a sufficient safety net. The private hospital is a 45 minute drive and a public hospital is a 90 minute drive. If you need an MRI, it's a 5 hour drive to San Jose. And, most non-narcotic drugs are available without a prescr...

Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare Expat Health Insurance and Healthcare in Grecia

An expat in Grecia, Costa Rica advises other expats to head to San Jose for medical care. He hasn't heard any good things about the local CAJA hospital.

Moving to Costa Rica

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Moving to Costa Rica: 8 Things to Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Moving to Costa Rica has become more popular among expats. Making this choice requires a lot of research to ensure the expat experience you hope for will be realized. Expats that live there stress that it should start with a trip there before any major decisions are made.

Moving to Costa Rica has become more popular among expats. Making this choice requires a lot of research to ensure the expat experience you hope for will be realized. Expats that live there stress that it should start with a trip there before any major decisions are made.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Costa Rica Expats Talk about Moving to Costa Rica

Expats in Costa Rica offer advice about Moving to Costa Rica.

Real Estate & Rentals in Costa Rica

Tips for Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica Tips for Buying a Home in Costa Rica

Members in Costa Rica talk about the Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica.

Living in Costa Rica

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2023 Expat Guide to Living in Costa Rica

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Costa Rica.

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Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Costa Rica.

Living-in-Costa-Rica-GuideLiving in Costa Rica Guide
Our Living in Costa Rica Guide is a primer on everything about living in Costa Rica: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

10-Tips-for-Living-in-Costa-Rica10 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.

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Information for expats living in Costa Rica about banking in Costa Rica, wire transfers, banking fees, banking limitations for those on a tourist visa and more.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Rica Pros & Cons of Living in Costa Rica

Members Costa Rica talk about the pros & cons of living in Costa Rica.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Costa Rica Retiring in Costa Rica

Retirees in Costa Rica talk about life in Costa Rica.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Costa Rica Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Members Costa Rica talk about the Cost of Living in Costa Rica.

Cost-of-Living-in-Costa-RicaCost of Living in Costa Rica
If you're moving to Costa Rica, you'll want to understand the cost of living in Costa Rica. Lifestyle, location and health insurance are part of the formula. Expats talk about real estate prices, rents, international school tuition, travel expenses and the fun stuff - travel, dining out and more.

Pros-and-Cons-of-Living-in-Costa-RicaExpats in Costa Rica: Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Rica
Expats in Costa Rica offer some advice on the pros and cons of living in the Central American country. Topics covered include the health care system, where to live, and also some general information about the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

Visa & Residency

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25 Countries Introduce Digital Nomad Visas

Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Mexico and others have joined the growing trend.

Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Mexico and others have joined the growing trend.

Costa-Rica-ResidencyCosta Rica Residency
Applying for residency in Costa Rica can be a daunting process. Which type of residency is right for me? Do I need an attorney? Do I have to leave the country every 90 days? What is a cedula? This article answers these and many other questions.

What you need to know to become a resident of Costa Rica
Straight-forward advice about obtaining residency in Costa Rica from Lic Giovanna Barrantes. Covers Pensionado, Rentista, starting a business and working as a Representante.

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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about visa, residency & work permits for expats in Costa Rica.

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Escazu

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Expats' Guide to Escazu

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Escazu.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Escazu Expats Talk about Moving to Escazu

Expats in Escazu offer advice about Moving to Escazu.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Escazu Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Escazu

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Escazu.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Escazu Retiring in Escazu

Retirees in Escazu talk about life in Escazu.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Escazu Expats Talk about Real Estate in Escazu

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Escazu.

Grecia

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Expats' Guide to Grecia

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Grecia.

Expats Talk about Healthcare Advice in Grecia Expats Talk about Healthcare in Grecia

Expats in Grecia talk about healthcare in Grecia.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Grecia Expats Talk about Moving to Grecia

Expats in Grecia offer advice about Moving to Grecia.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Grecia Pros & Cons of Living in Grecia

Expats in Grecia talk about the Pros & Cons of Living in Grecia.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Grecia Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Grecia

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Grecia.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Grecia Retiring in Grecia

Retirees in Grecia talk about life in Grecia.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Grecia Expats Talk about Real Estate in Grecia

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Grecia.

Mal Pais

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Expats' Guide to Mal Pais

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Mal Pais.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Mal Pais Expats Talk about Moving to Mal Pais

Expats in Mal Pais offer advice about Moving to Mal Pais.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Mal Pais Pros & Cons of Living in Mal Pais

Expats in Mal Pais talk about the Pros & Cons of Living in Mal Pais.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Mal Pais Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Mal Pais

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Mal Pais.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Mal Pais Retiring in Mal Pais

Retirees in Mal Pais talk about life in Mal Pais.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Mal Pais Expats Talk about Real Estate in Mal Pais

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Mal Pais.

Montezuma

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Expats' Guide to Montezuma

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Montezuma.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Montezuma Expats Talk about Moving to Montezuma

Expats in Montezuma offer advice about Moving to Montezuma.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Montezuma Pros & Cons of Living in Montezuma

Expats in Montezuma talk about the Pros & Cons of Living in Montezuma.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Montezuma Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Montezuma

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Montezuma.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Montezuma Retiring in Montezuma

Retirees in Montezuma talk about life in Montezuma.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Montezuma Expats Talk about Real Estate in Montezuma

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Montezuma.

Ojochal


Expats' Guide to Ojochal

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Ojochal.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Ojochal Expats Talk about Moving to Ojochal

Expats in Ojochal offer advice about Moving to Ojochal.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Ojochal Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Ojochal

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Ojochal.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Ojochal Retiring in Ojochal

Retirees in Ojochal talk about life in Ojochal.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Ojochal Expats Talk about Real Estate in Ojochal

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Ojochal.

Playa Jaco

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Expats' Guide to Playa Jaco

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about Healthcare Advice in Playa Jaco Expats Talk about Healthcare in Playa Jaco

Expats in Playa Jaco talk about healthcare in Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Playa Jaco Expats Talk about Moving to Playa Jaco

Expats in Playa Jaco offer advice about Moving to Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Playa Jaco Pros & Cons of Living in Playa Jaco

Expats in Playa Jaco talk about the Pros & Cons of Living in Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Playa Jaco Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Playa Jaco

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Playa Jaco Retiring in Playa Jaco

Retirees in Playa Jaco talk about life in Playa Jaco.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Playa Jaco Expats Talk about Real Estate in Playa Jaco

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Playa Jaco.

Quepos


Expats' Guide to Quepos

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Quepos.

Expats Talk about Healthcare Advice in Quepos Expats Talk about Healthcare in Quepos

Expats in Quepos talk about healthcare in Quepos.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Quepos Expats Talk about Moving to Quepos

Expats in Quepos offer advice about Moving to Quepos.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Quepos Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Quepos

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Quepos.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Quepos Retiring in Quepos

Retirees in Quepos talk about life in Quepos.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Quepos Expats Talk about Real Estate in Quepos

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Quepos.

San Jose

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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.

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.

Expats San Jose
2023 Expat Guide to Living in San Jose

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in San Jose.

Expats Talk about Healthcare Advice in San Jose Expats Talk about Healthcare in San Jose

Expats in San Jose talk about healthcare in San Jose.

Expats Talk about the Moving to San Jose Expats Talk about Moving to San Jose

Expats in San Jose offer advice about Moving to San Jose.

Expats Talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in San Jose Pros & Cons of Living in San Jose

Expats in San Jose talk about the Pros & Cons of Living in San Jose.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in San Jose Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in San Jose

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in San Jose.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to San Jose Retiring in San Jose

Retirees in San Jose talk about life in San Jose.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in San Jose Expats Talk about Real Estate in San Jose

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in San Jose.

Tamarindo

Expats Tamarindo
Expats' Guide to Tamarindo

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Tamarindo.

Expats Talk about Healthcare Advice in Tamarindo Expats Talk about Healthcare in Tamarindo

Expats in Tamarindo talk about healthcare in Tamarindo.

Expats Talk about the Moving to Tamarindo Expats Talk about Moving to Tamarindo

Expats in Tamarindo offer advice about Moving to Tamarindo.

Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Tamarindo Expats Talk about the Cost of Living in Tamarindo

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Tamarindo.

Expats Talk about the Retiring to Tamarindo Retiring in Tamarindo

Retirees in Tamarindo talk about life in Tamarindo.

Expats Talk about the Real Estate in Tamarindo Expats Talk about Real Estate in Tamarindo

Expats offer advice about Buying & Renting Homes in Tamarindo.

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