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