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aromora
5/10/2019 12:33 EST

Hello!
I have visited Costa Rica more times than I can count and have debating on moving for some time now and am in the research phase. Ideally I would like to move by September 2019. For informational purposes, I am a woman in my mid 20's.
I want to be closer to my dad's side of the family and to escape Midwestern winters but, my family doesn't have accommodations to house me and I would prefer to live nearby but, separately from them anyway. They reside in the central valley.

What I was wondering about is:
-Where would be the safest areas to live that and I can get around without a car? Being near an expat community would be nice, too.
-How much would I need to live comfortably? Looking at cost of living comparisons online, Costa Rica is less expensive in almost every category expect for gas, cellphone service, and milk.
-For housing I have looked into house sitting, volunteering, staying in a hostel, WWOOFing, and renting. Are there any other options I am unaware of? Which of these would be my best bet when initially moving?
-What are some options I have for work? I was thinking of getting TEFL certified. I do hold dual citizenship and I don't know if that helps with securing a job.
-Any items I should definitely bring besides sunscreen, books, and clothes?
-Should I disconnect my US phone number & obtain a Costa Rican number?
-Is there any other information I should be aware of?

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Blueridgeboy1
5/10/2019 14:07 EST

You might wish to read through the many previous postings on this forum regarding these topics. Especially regarding work visas. You can search through prior posts by keyword and find hundreds of answers to your questions. But the work visa issue might be your biggest concern if you thought you'd earn a living while in CR.

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aromora
5/10/2019 14:15 EST

Haha I have looked through previous posts but, since many of them seem to be related to retirement I wanted to ask for my specific situation.

Would I still need a work visa even if I am a citizen?

Thanks =)

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Kohl
5/11/2019 09:23 EST

No, a work permit will not be required.

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