Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Playa Hermosa?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Hermosa, they said:
"Playa Hermosa is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly locals. Before retiring there, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in the U.S. or Europe, but higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, with both public and private options available. However, it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life easier, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The local currency is the Costa Rican colón, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted. It's advisable to have a local bank account for paying bills and managing local expenses. Property laws are different in Costa Rica, so it's important to hire a reputable attorney when buying property. The country has a tropical climate with a rainy season from May to November, and a dry season from December to April. Costa Rica has a slower pace of life, which can be a big adjustment for some. It's important to be patient and adapt to the local customs and lifestyle. Safety is generally not a major concern in Playa Hermosa, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions, such as locking doors and not displaying wealth. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements. Many expats live in Costa Rica on a tourist visa, which requires them to leave the country every 90 days. However, there are several types of residency visas available for those who wish to stay permanently," wrote one member in Playa Hermosa.
What do I need to know before moving to Playa Hermosa?
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.
- What should I pack when moving to Playa Hermosa?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Playa Hermosa?
- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Hermosa?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Playa Hermosa appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Playa Hermosa?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Playa Hermosa accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Playa Hermosa like?
- How are healthcare services in Playa Hermosa?
- What are medical services in Playa Hermosa like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Hermosa?
- What are emergency services like in Playa Hermosa?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Playa Hermosa?
- How are local medical facilities in Playa Hermosa?
- As a foreigner living in Playa Hermosa, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?