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Expats in Costa Rica: Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: 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.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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PeaceTerrorist
Oct 8, 2018 11:25

The health care system is good here with the caja. BUT the recent problem, the Pharmas control the medical system here. Pushing drugs and vaccines to everyone. The Pharmas are trying to make people addicted to their pills. CAFTA brought most of this here and the fast foods poisons. A back health plan is always good to have. Taxes are cheaper here. BUT the central bank will make efforts over time to abolish the socialism structure here and bring in their buddies to buy up the common services. Privatized them. Yes a problem is the North Americans coming down here with their exceptionalism attitude. They flaunt their wealth to the locals. Setting themselves up for robberies. And to not learn Spanish. You will not go far to blend in with the locals. As for me, I didn’t move down here to meet other gringos. But to learn the people and culture. My general rule here, If you want to live lie a gringo, You’ll pay as a gringo. If you want to live like a Tica, You’ll pay as a tico. You have to remember the central bank owns CR. So austerity is getting forced on the people. There has been a month long strike of government workers for higher pay to meet the living expenses. It is beautiful here, in the rain forest. I am in the southern Pacific zone. Plenty of fresh water and food here. Would never want to live in San Jose. Still with all of the issues, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. My kids grew up here, and are doing so much better than they would of in the US. We been here 13 years.

hockeyrick
Jul 29, 2019 15:12

Saw the 10 tips for living in CR and, wait, its over 10 years old, gimme a break. How can you refer a 10 yr old article, much has changed, Keep it fresh.

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