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Mal Pais, Costa Rica

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: People describe Mal Pais, Costa Rica as a laid-back beach town with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning natural beauty. Expats love the small-town feel, the friendly locals, the abundance of outdoor activities, and the easy access to the beach. The weather in Mal Pais is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living 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 range from $700 to $1,000 per month. The approximate population of Mal Pais is around 1,500 people.

What do I need to know about living in Mal Pais?

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

"Before retiring in Mal Pais, it is important to understand the local laws and regulations. Make sure you have secure legal residency, and that you are in compliance with all required documents to secure a visa and stay legally in the country. Know the tax implications and other financial planning that comes with retiring abroad. Additionally, be aware of the climate and terrain in the area, and the healthcare, telecommunications, and other infrastructure that is available in the region. Make sure you research the area before committing to a permanent retirement and understand the local culture and language," remarked one expat living in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.

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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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