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Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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.

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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," said one expat who made the move to Playa Flamingo.

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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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