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Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 04, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Costa Rica include its beautiful natural environment, with lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and active volcanoes. The country also has a stable democracy and a strong economy, with a high standard of living. Costa Rica is also known for its friendly people and its relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. The cons of living in Costa Rica include its high cost of living, especially in the capital city of San Jose. The country also has a high crime rate, and the infrastructure is not as developed as in other countries. Additionally, the climate can be quite hot and humid, and the rainy season can be difficult to adjust to.

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What do expats in Costa Rica appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Costa Rica appreciate the rich cultural customs and warm hospitality of the local people. They also enjoy the vibrant music, art, and cuisine that contribute to the country's vibrant culture. From experiencing the local festivals and holiday celebrations to learning about the centuries-old traditions of the many indigenous groups, expats get an appreciation for the colorful customs of Costa Rica. Furthermore, expats enjoy the outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and other adventure sports which offer a close connection to nature and the country's stunning natural beauty," said another person in Costa Rica.

"There are many things I appreciate about my new culture in Costa Rica! Family ties, friendships and a slower pace of life is key here. Costa Rica is not a consumer-based society. There is less pressure on acquiring objects of status, impressing others and "keeping up with the Jones's!" How refreshing! Community life of home, family and close friendships emphasize what truly is important in life! I believe it is important to remember such a simple aspect of life in Costa Rica. You will be admired for your goodness, kindness and willingness to learn and adapt. Monetary riches and displays of wealth and superiority have little value in a culture based on family and country," remarked another expat in Playa Jaco .

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats often find it difficult to adjust to the local language and culture, as well as to make social connections. Additionally, navigating legal and taxation issues can be a challenge. In some places, they may also find it difficult to find secure employment, reliable accommodation or healthcare services. In some cases, they may miss the comforts and familiarity of their home country," explained one expat.

"Roads can be terrible, power outages, language, keeping electronics working, trust, purchase and shipping of goods, getting use to what I consider rude behavior, ie people cutting in front of me in lines," said another person in Montezuma .

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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