Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Santa Ana, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Santa Ana?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Santa Ana, they said:
"Before retiring in Santa Ana, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but higher than other parts of Costa Rica. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases can be beneficial. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is highly rated and affordable, with both public and private options available. Santa Ana has a warm tropical climate, with a rainy season from May to November. It's important to be prepared for this weather pattern. The city is known for its safety and tranquility, but like anywhere, it's still important to take standard safety precautions. Expats should also be aware that while Santa Ana is a small town, it is close to the capital city of San Jose, providing access to more urban amenities. The town itself has a mix of traditional Costa Rican culture and modern conveniences, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Understanding the local customs and etiquette is also important. Costa Ricans, or "Ticos," are generally friendly and polite, with a laid-back attitude. Finally, it's crucial to understand the immigration and residency requirements in Costa Rica. There are several types of residency options available, each with its own requirements and benefits. It's recommended to consult with a legal expert to navigate this process," explained one expat living in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.
What do I need to know before moving to Santa Ana?
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 Santa Ana?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Santa Ana?
- Will I be able to find a job in Santa Ana?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Santa Ana appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Santa Ana?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Santa Ana accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Santa Ana like?
- How are healthcare services in Santa Ana?
- What are medical services in Santa Ana like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Santa Ana?
- What are emergency services like in Santa Ana?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Santa Ana?
- How are local medical facilities in Santa Ana?
- As a foreigner living in Santa Ana, 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?