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Playa Panama, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Playa Panama, 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 Panama?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Playa Panama should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of Costa Rica, due to its popularity as a tourist destination. However, it is still generally lower than in many parts of the United States or Europe. 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, or opt for private insurance. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic phrases before moving. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by many locals. The climate in Playa Panama 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're not used to living in a humid environment. The local culture is friendly and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on family and community. It's common for locals and expats to socialize together, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in community events and activities. Safety is generally not a major concern in Playa Panama, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic precautions. This includes not leaving valuables unattended and being aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Costa Rica. This can be a complex process, so it's recommended to seek advice from a legal professional or expat organization," said one expat who made the move to Playa Panama.

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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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