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Jaco, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

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

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

"Before retiring in Jaco, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it is one of the higher ones within Central America. They should be aware that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language can be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Expats should understand that the healthcare system in Costa Rica is highly rated and affordable, with both public and private options available. They should also know that the country has a stable democracy and is generally safe, but like anywhere, crime can be an issue, particularly petty theft. It's important to know that Jaco has a tropical climate, with a wet and dry season, and it can be very hot and humid. Expats should be aware that they will need a residency visa to stay long-term in Costa Rica, and the process can be lengthy and requires proof of income. They should also know that Jaco is a popular tourist destination, known for its surfing and nightlife, which means it can get crowded and noisy, especially during the high season. Finally, expats should understand that while Jaco has many amenities, it is a small town and for more specialized goods and services, a trip to the capital, San Jose, may be necessary," explained one expat living in Jaco, Costa Rica.

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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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