Retire in Costa Rica
Last updated on May 08, 2023
Summary: Retirees are attracted to Costa Rica for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant culture. The country also offers a low cost of living and excellent healthcare. The weather in Costa Rica is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit.
What is it like to retire in Costa Rica?
"When we first moved to Costa Rica, I went to Women's groups and my husband and I went to Expat gatherings. We also attend a English speaking non-denominational church called Unity. It is very easy to meet other expats in Costa Rica, but I would recommend putting yourself out there. Volunteer work is another great way to meet people," said a person in Escazu.
"We are thankful there is an active expat community. Many expats meet others at the local church which helps to organize funding for in-need local families. Additionally, there are environmental clubs for turtle preservation and dogs/cat in need of assistance from street life. The beach is the center of the community and you will find family beach/surf day or family fun activities. Expats gather to play cards, play horseshoes, sponsor children from other areas to experience the beach, It is very much all about giving back to the community and the country that adopted For the expats in the area, community service is key. For those enjoying nightlife, Jaco and Hermosa often have live music. The public community park hosts festivals several times a year focusing on art, culture, music, dance, crafts and local/international food," remarked one retiree in Playa Hermosa de Jaco.
What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Costa Rica?
- How do I find a place to live in Costa Rica?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Costa Rica?
- What is the average cost of housing in Costa Rica?
- Should I buy or rent a home in Costa Rica?
- What should I pack when moving to Costa Rica?
- What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Costa Rica?
- Why do people move to Costa Rica?
- How are healthcare services Costa Rica?
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- What are typical rents in Costa Rica?
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