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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in La Fortuna, 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 La Fortuna?

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

"Expats considering retirement in La Fortuna should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, with both public and private options available. La Fortuna is known for its warm, tropical climate, so retirees should be prepared for hot and humid weather. The town is located near the Arenal Volcano, offering stunning views and a range of outdoor activities. However, this also means that it's in a seismic zone, so occasional tremors are not uncommon. Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, so learning some basic Spanish would be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The local culture is friendly and relaxed, with a focus on family and community. Retirees should also be aware that while Costa Rica is generally safe, petty crime such as pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. In terms of residency, Costa Rica offers several options for retirees, including the Pensionado Program, which requires a proof of a monthly income of $1,000 from a pension or retirement fund. Finally, it's recommended to hire a local attorney to help navigate the legal aspects of moving and buying property, as the process can be complex," wrote a member in La Fortuna.

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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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