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Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 06, 2024

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 are the pros and cons of living in Costa Rica?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Costa Rica responded:

"Paying bills can be a big challenge so try to get auto pay set up where it is available. Most people wait in lines to pay bills at the bank or most markets offer computer bill pay. Cash only. Passport or other picture ID required. Costa Rica has no real street address system and the mail is terrible there. Some addresses are like 400 meters West of the World Gym," remarked one expat in Santa Ana.

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the laid-back lifestyle and friendly people in Costa Rica. They also enjoy the country's stunning natural beauty, with its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and active volcanoes. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. On the downside, the infrastructure can be unreliable, and the language barrier can be a challenge for those who don't speak Spanish," explained one expat living in Costa Rica.

"My only dislike is the postal system. The system is impossible to navigate when trying to receive a package. I have learned that it is easier for me to order something, and divert the government postal system altogether," said one expat in living in Florencia, Costa Rica.

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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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