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Santa Ana, 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 Santa Ana, 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 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," wrote one member in Santa Ana.

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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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