Moving to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
Last updated on Apr 22, 2023
Summary: Expatriates move to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and abundance of outdoor activities. The area is known for its laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, making it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Additionally, the cost of living in Playa Jaco is relatively low, making it an attractive option for those looking to stretch their budget. With its close proximity to San Jose, expats can easily access the city's amenities while still enjoying the tranquility of the beach.
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:
"Before moving to Playa Jaco, there are few things to be aware of. Costa Rica is known for its picturesque beaches and dense jungles, so you should be prepared for the humidity. Also, the country is a popular tourist spot year-round, so accommodations can be expensive. Make sure you factor that into your budget when you plan your move. Additionally, Costa Rica is a tropical country and is vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes. Make sure your area is well prepared with an emergency plan and supplies. Lastly, while fluency in Spanish is not required, it is helpful to know some basics before you move. Locals will appreciate your attempt to speak their language," said one expat who made the move to Playa Jaco.
"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," explained one expat living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.
How do I find a place to live in Playa Jaco?
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.
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