Uvita, Costa Rica
Uvita, Costa Rica
Uvita, Costa Rica

Retire in Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Costa Rica? Retirees share their experiences living in Costa Rica.

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What is it like to retire in Costa Rica?

"So far for me it's like being on vacation. I haven't plugged into the retirement community yet since I don't know anyone. But I'm sure that will change. There are plenty of touristy things to do. It's Costa Rica, there's nightlife in various areas if you're interested in that. I like just getting on the public transportation and exploring the country," commented one retiree living in San Isidro de Heredia, 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," explained one retiree living 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," said another retiree in living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.

"For me there is not enough cultural activity in San Jose and you really, morally have to pay attention or you'll miss an event, show, performance. Things are poorly promoted here. I don't go in for nightlife but in general Costa Ricans are not late night partyers like other Latins. I do not mingle with expats, but I know there are a LOT of them. My routine is walking all over the city, taking pictures, soaking up the atmosphere," explained a retiree in San Jose.

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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, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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