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Playa Grande, 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 Grande, 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 Grande?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Playa Grande should be aware that the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of Costa Rica due to its popularity as a tourist destination. They should also know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language can be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, but it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance. The country has a tropical climate, with a wet and dry season, and Playa Grande can be particularly hot and humid. Playa Grande is known for its strong sense of community, so expats should be prepared to get involved in local events and activities. The area is also a renowned surfing spot, and outdoor activities are a big part of life in Playa Grande. Expats should be aware that while Costa Rica is generally safe, petty crime such as theft can be an issue, so it's important to take precautions. In terms of housing, it's possible to buy property in Costa Rica as a foreigner, but it's recommended to rent first to get a feel for the area. Finally, expats should understand that while Costa Rica has a slower pace of life which many retirees enjoy, this can also mean that services and processes may not be as efficient as they are used to," explained one expat living in Playa Grande, 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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