Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Samara, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Playa Samara?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Samara, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Playa Samara should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's still important to budget carefully. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, with many doctors speaking English. The official language is Spanish, so learning the basics will make daily life easier, although many locals and expats speak English. The climate is tropical, with a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November. Playa Samara is a small town with a laid-back lifestyle, so it may not suit those looking for a bustling city environment. The local cuisine is a mix of traditional Costa Rican food and international dishes, with plenty of fresh fruit and seafood. The country has a stable democracy and is generally safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions against petty crime. Property can be more expensive in popular coastal areas like Playa Samara, but still often cheaper than comparable properties in North America or Europe. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for retiring in Costa Rica. While the process can be bureaucratic, many expats find it worthwhile for the chance to enjoy the country's natural beauty, wildlife, and relaxed lifestyle," said one expat in Playa Samara.
What do I need to know before moving to Playa Samara?
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 do I need to know before moving to Playa Samara?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Playa Samara?
- What is the average cost of housing in Playa Samara?
- How do I meet people in Playa Samara?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Playa Samara?
- What should I pack when moving to Playa Samara?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Playa Samara?
- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Samara?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Playa Samara?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Playa Samara?
- What is the social scene like in Playa Samara?
- What advice to expats in Playa Samara have about housing?
- What are medical services in Playa Samara like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Samara?
- Is the cost of living in Playa Samara high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Playa Samara?
- Why do people move to Playa Samara?