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7 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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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.

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PuraVida
Apr 14, 2014 11:52

Puriscal, one of the most typical towns in Costa Rica. Perfect climate, new CAJA hospital, nice views! About 1 hour to San Jose and an hour to the Pacific Coast beaches. Even though there are over 200 expats living in the Puriscal area, housing prices are still very reasonable. While Atenas has the annual chili cookoff, Puriscal is famous for its' "chicharonnes," deep fried pork. Our newsletter is: www.puriscaltimes.com

guest
Jun 23, 2014 17:06

Playa Grande!!!

guest
Jan 28, 2015 12:34

I believe you forgot to mention Cartago which is only 20 minutes from SJO

pebbalita
Mar 19, 2017 01:33

WOW Betsy I am amazed you never mentioned Heredia Hills ..NOT thankfully a "Gringo Gulch" but a VERY lovely tranquil UPSCALE area without the Gringo prices (even for fine Dining,..I think some of you should take time to learn that Heredia ince was the Capitol but now a modern yet STILL charming unlike many of the Gringo gulches which seem to gouge the naive gringos for thngs that we in Heredia hills pay a lot less for,,Try visiting it sometime. I moved here 26 years ago after trying out MANY places and scurried FAST out of most G.Gulches...Heredia town is SAFE and charming..and has about everything Escazu has and yet much cheaper, and in my opinion FAR nicer, Compare the more modern Pricemart in Heredia with that in Escazu.,or our Newer more charming Malls, and Country Club for the "Old money clients" not the "Neuveau Riche"... We have the BEST restaurants both UPSCALE and cheaper sodas ....THEN you may recommend Heredia especially our Climate in Concepcion de San Rafael de Heredia..oh yes and compare our well kept roads to those of Escazu and other places you may be shocked,,also unlike the gulches. we have Huge discount stores which snobs may turn up their noses at, but we love a bargain ..even if name brands are still the In thing.Just a nudge for you to check it out...email me If I have time I can show you around... Cheers from a well heeled lover of Heredia Hills and its FAMOUS mild sunny climate 75/85 deg.F year round ..I would not live for FREE on any of our beaches with stifling heat ,humidity and the high cost of A/C we do not need that awful "Artificial air" Fresh CLEAN air is our heaven :) I guess there is no accounting for taste here n CR ex pat community LOL

jdiz25
Mar 23, 2017 15:15

From Limon to Manzanillo. Beautiful beaches, slow pace, not over crowded. Loved it here and would love to know how to become an ExPat here.

Sulilly
Jul 18, 2017 08:15

The Golfo Dulce is our favorite place. We own and operate an ecolodge here, surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park behind us and the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce in front and described by National Geographic as the most biodiverse place on the planet. It is a natural wonderland. We have trail cameras here and have captured pictures of 5 of the 6 wild cats of Costa Rica, including the critically endangered Jaguar. Our lives here are rich with new experiences each day and we share those with the folks from all over the world who come to stay with us. I am 65 and my husband 70, we would like to retire and are have put our beloved lodge up for sale. If you are interested in taking over our amazing place check out our website for price and details: www.beachfrontecolodgeforsale.com Thank you and keep dreaming, Susan and Harvey

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Costa Rica.

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Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Costa Rica.

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