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Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 06, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Playa Jaco, Costa Rica is around 10,000 people. People describe Playa Jaco as a vibrant beach town with a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love living in Playa Jaco for its close proximity to the beach, its vibrant nightlife, and its easy access to other parts of Costa Rica. The weather in Playa Jaco is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s 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 cost around $700 to $1,000 per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Playa Jaco?

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

"Before retiring in Playa Jaco, it is important to understand the local culture and regulations. You should research the area and familiarize yourself with the cost of living, healthcare options, taxation, living options, and other legal and lifestyle considerations. It is also important to investigate safety and security in Playa Jaco, as well as other factors such as the availability of transportation and entertainment. You should understand the local politics, the economy, and the rights and opportunities for expats. Additionally, you should consider any language barriers you may face. Generally, it is a good idea to have a basic level of local language proficiency in order to maximize the quality of life you could have in Playa Jaco," remarked one expat who made the move to Playa Jaco.

"Relax, enjoy and slow down. Life at the beach is carefree, easy going and free of many stresses. Take in a sunset, have a fresh cup of local coffee and chat with a Costa Rican local and/or expat. Visit the feria (public farmers market) on Friday morning. Watch a local futbol match or take in many of the Artify Jaco murals and local art galleries. Enjoy the great restaurants which the area offers, visit the beaches and national parks within an hour of the area for day trips," explained one expat living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.

"Be ready to live, love and relax. This is a beautiful country and we live in paradise," said one expat in Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

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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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