Uvita, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Uvita, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Uvita?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Uvita, they said:
"Uvita is a small town located in the Puntarenas Province, known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and the famous Whale's Tail sandbar formation. Before retiring in Uvita, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Costa Rica due to its popularity with tourists. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases to communicate with locals. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is highly rated and affordable, but it's important to note that while there are local clinics in Uvita, the nearest hospital is about an hour away in San Isidro de El General. The climate in Uvita is tropical, meaning it's hot and humid year-round with a rainy season from May to November. Expats should be prepared for this type of weather and the potential for tropical storms. Uvita is a small community, so while it offers tranquility and a slower pace of life, it may not provide all the amenities and entertainment options that one might be used to in a larger city. However, it's a paradise for nature lovers with plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, bird watching, and surfing. Regarding residency, Costa Rica has several options for expats including pensionado (retiree) and rentista (income-based) statuses. It's recommended to consult with a legal expert to understand the requirements and process. Finally, while Costa Rica is generally safe, petty crime can be an issue. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their homes and belongings," wrote one member in Uvita.
What do I need to know before moving to Uvita?
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 Uvita?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Uvita?
- Will I be able to find a job in Uvita?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Uvita appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Uvita?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Uvita accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Uvita like?
- How are healthcare services in Uvita?
- What are medical services in Uvita like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Uvita?
- What are emergency services like in Uvita?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Uvita?
- How are local medical facilities in Uvita?
- As a foreigner living in Uvita, 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?