Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Moving to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Playa Jaco (aka Jaco Beach) is on Costa Rica's pacific coast in Puntarenas Province. Playa Jaco is a very popular area for expats, surfers and retirees who love it for its lower cost beachfront property. The golden rule of rent before you buy will give you time to understand the property market and find the perfect place. Packing tip: bring lightweight bedding, extra walking or hiking shoes and leave the warm clothes behind.

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What do I need to know before moving to Playa Jaco?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Jaco, they said:

"Spend time in the area and get to know it's full time residents. Participate in community activities, fundraisers, church activities if you are inclined. Eat at the local restaurants, shop locally, go to the local farmers market. Visit your prospective neighborhood at various times of the day especially at night to see if crime is a problem or noise issues. A community feels very different when you spend time with its full time residents and not tourists. You can truly gauge the area determining if it's a good fit for you, your family and your lifestyle. Get an honest lawyer to determine if the house you are interested in has a clean title (and the same for raw land). Get references for doctors and medical facilities in the area. In a nutshell, tourist activities are fun but it's far from reality of every day life. Think about what your day entails in your home country and perform the same activities in your prospective desired area," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

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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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