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Playa Samara, 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 Playa Samara, 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 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.

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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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