Playa Panama, Costa Rica
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.
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," remarked one expat living in Playa Panama, Costa Rica.
What do I need to know before moving to Playa Panama?
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 Panama?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Playa Panama?
- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Panama?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Playa Panama appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Playa Panama?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Playa Panama accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Playa Panama like?
- How are healthcare services in Playa Panama?
- What are medical services in Playa Panama like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Panama?
- What are emergency services like in Playa Panama?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Playa Panama?
- How are local medical facilities in Playa Panama?
- As a foreigner living in Playa Panama, 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?