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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Manuel Antonio?

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

"Expats considering retiring in Manuel Antonio should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, the cost of living in Manuel Antonio can be higher than in other parts of Costa Rica, particularly for housing and dining out. However, local markets and grocery stores offer affordable options for daily necessities. Healthcare in Costa Rica is generally of high quality, with both public and private healthcare systems available. Expats may want to consider purchasing private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage and access to private hospitals and clinics. Manuel Antonio is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife, making it an ideal location for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. However, the area can be quite humid and hot, so it's essential to be prepared for the tropical climate. Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica, and while many locals in Manuel Antonio speak English, it's beneficial for expats to learn some basic Spanish to help with daily interactions and assimilation into the community. Public transportation in Manuel Antonio is limited, so expats may want to consider purchasing a car for more convenient travel. However, traffic can be challenging, and road conditions may not be up to the standards of some expats' home countries. Safety is generally not a significant concern in Manuel Antonio, but it's essential to be aware of petty theft and take precautions to secure personal belongings. Finally, it's crucial for expats to research and understand the visa and residency requirements for retiring in Costa Rica. There are several options available, such as the pensionado or rentista programs, which require proof of a stable monthly income. It's essential to consult with an immigration attorney or expert to ensure all legal requirements are met," wrote one member in Manuel Antonio.

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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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