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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 02, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Tamarindo, Costa Rica is around 5,000 people. People describe Tamarindo as a vibrant beach town with a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the beautiful beaches, the friendly locals, the abundance of outdoor activities, and the easy access to other parts of Costa Rica. The weather in Tamarindo is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Tamarindo for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $700 to $1,000 per month.

What do I need to know about living in Tamarindo?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tamarindo, they said:

"Tamarindo is a popular destination for expats looking to retire. Before making the move, it is important to understand the cost of living, the availability of healthcare, and the local culture. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations, as well as the climate and weather patterns. Additionally, it is important to understand the language barrier, as Spanish is the primary language spoken in Costa Rica. Finally, it is important to research the local job market and the availability of recreational activities," said one expat in Tamarindo.

"My wife and I lived in Tamarindo for 5 years. (We now live in southern Nicaragua near our daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.) When we first visited Tamarindo, it felt like driving into a California beach town from the 1960's. We liked the beach front road and string of beach restaurants. But it is also very popular for tourists, so the town is often packed with tourists, which can get a bit annoying. However, there are also low tourist seasons when the town is very pleasant. We liked that we could easily walk to many restaurants in town, And we owned a nice condo with a great view of the bay," said one expat who made the move to Tamarindo.

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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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