Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
Last updated on Jul 04, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Playa Flamingo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Flamingo, they said:
"Playa Flamingo is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly locals. Before retiring there, it's important to understand the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many Western countries, but higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats can join the public healthcare system for a small monthly fee, but many choose to also have private health insurance for more immediate care. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life and integration into the local community easier. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The country uses the Costa Rican colón as its currency, but US dollars are widely accepted. It's advisable to have a local bank account for paying bills and local expenses. Costa Rica has a stable political climate and low crime rates, especially in comparison to its Central American neighbors. However, petty crime can be an issue, so it's important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. The climate in Playa Flamingo is tropical, with a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November. It's important to prepare for this, especially if you plan to buy a home. Costa Rica has a residency program for retirees known as the "pensionado" program. To qualify, you must demonstrate a monthly income of at least $1,000 from a pension or retirement fund. Finally, it's important to understand that while Costa Rica offers a slower pace of life, it also comes with a different culture and way of doing things. Patience and flexibility are key to enjoying your retirement in this beautiful country," explained one expat living in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica.
What do I need to know before moving to Playa Flamingo?
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 Playa Flamingo?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Playa Flamingo?
- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Flamingo?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Playa Flamingo appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Playa Flamingo?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Playa Flamingo accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Playa Flamingo like?
- How are healthcare services in Playa Flamingo?
- What are medical services in Playa Flamingo like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Flamingo?
- What are emergency services like in Playa Flamingo?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Playa Flamingo?
- How are local medical facilities in Playa Flamingo?
- As a foreigner living in Playa Flamingo, 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?