Monteverde, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Monteverde , Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Monteverde?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Monteverde, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Monteverde, Costa Rica should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, with both public and private options available. Monteverde is known for its cooler, misty climate due to its high altitude, which may not suit everyone. The town is small and rural, offering a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to city living. Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, so learning some basic Spanish would be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The local culture is friendly and welcoming, with a strong emphasis on family and community. The country has a stable democracy and is generally safe, but like anywhere, crime can be an issue, so it's important to take standard precautions. Costa Rica has a straightforward residency process for retirees, but it's recommended to seek legal advice to navigate the process. Finally, it's important to note that while Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity and natural beauty, it also has a rainy season that can last from May to November, which can affect travel and outdoor activities," wrote one member in Monteverde .
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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.
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