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Moving to Playa Potrero, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 06, 2023

Summary: Moving to Playa Potrero, Costa Rica: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Playa Potrero.

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

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

"Playa Potrero is a small, tranquil beach town located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, known for its stunning beaches and relaxed lifestyle. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic phrases before moving. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. The local currency is the Costa Rican colón, but US dollars are widely accepted. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is highly rated, with both public and private options available. It's important to note that while Costa Rica has a tropical climate, Playa Potrero can get very hot, especially between November and April. The rainy season, from May to November, can bring heavy downpours, but usually only for a few hours in the afternoon. The town is safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions against petty crime. Public transportation is limited, so many expats choose to buy or rent a car. The food in Playa Potrero is a mix of traditional Costa Rican cuisine and international options, with plenty of fresh seafood. The town has a tight-knit expat community, making it easier to settle in and make friends. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and environment, as Costa Ricans are very proud of their country's natural beauty and biodiversity," explained one expat living in Playa Potrero, 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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