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Playa Potrero, Costa Rica: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Playa Potrero | Expat Exchange
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Playa Potrero, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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

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

"Playa Potrero is a popular retirement destination due to its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and relaxed lifestyle. Before retiring there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living. While it's generally lower than in many Western countries, it's higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. This is due to the area's popularity with tourists and expats. Secondly, healthcare is a crucial consideration. Costa Rica has a high standard of healthcare, with many doctors speaking English. However, private healthcare can be expensive, so it's worth considering health insurance or the public healthcare system, Caja. Thirdly, while Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken in Playa Potrero due to the large expat community. However, learning some Spanish can make everyday tasks easier and help you integrate into the local community. Fourthly, it's important to understand the local culture and customs. Costa Ricans, or Ticos, are known for their friendly and relaxed attitude, but they also value respect and politeness. Fifthly, the climate in Playa Potrero is tropical, with a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November. It's important to be prepared for this, particularly if you plan to buy property. Lastly, it's worth noting that while Costa Rica is generally safe, petty crime can be an issue. It's advisable to take precautions such as not displaying wealth and ensuring your home is secure. In conclusion, retiring in Playa Potrero can offer a relaxed, beachfront lifestyle, but it's important to do your research and be prepared," remarked one expat living in Playa Potrero, 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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