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Rentals in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

Summary: If you are looking for a rental in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, get advice from expats, digital nomads and retirees living there about how to find a place and more. Plus, search below for apartments and homes for rent in Playa Jaco.

How do I find a place to live in Playa Jaco?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Our first home in Costa Rica (CR) was strictly by word of mouth. We had lived in the area for a few months and told just as many people we trusted that we were looking. In just a few months time, we looked at many properties. We got to know the area very well by renting so we knew the neighborhoods we liked and knew what a good price was to pay. We were in no hurry as we were renting at the time so we didn't appea anxious or desperate to the seller. The purchasing process was a breeze. After 8 years in that same location and home, we decided we wanted a quieter area and we finally were able to realize our original dream of having a water view property. 17 years total in CR ... it's working for us," said another person in Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Playa Jaco?

"We live in single family home in a remote and mountainous area. The other homes in the neighborhood are the same. However, the beach closest to us is primarily condos due to the proximity to the water. Being a popular beach town, the condos are privately owned and very popular seasonal rentals," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

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What is the average cost of housing in Playa Jaco?

If you are thinking about moving to Playa Jaco, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Our housing costs are lower than in the states. Taxes are very inexpensive in CR and the taxes in the states substantially higher. Private home insurance is less expensive in Costa Rica from our experience. It is very hard to determine the average cost of housing. In this area, the closer the location to the beach, the higher the price. Direct waterfront may cost well over $500,000 to the millions depending on amenities. However in a lower profile condo building with less amenities, you can absolutely find something at half that price. Knowing the market is really key here and return on investment must be weighed in if you plan to rent the unit, seasonally or long term," explained one person living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.

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Should I buy or rent a home in Playa Jaco?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Playa Jaco, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"We purchased our own home. This was an easy process as you do not need to be a resident to own property in Costa Rica. However, I would advise anyone whether renting or purchasing property to hire a reputable attorney to assist with the process," commented an expat living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.

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What are the most popular areas to rent in Playa Jaco?

When we asked expats and digital nomad where people rent in Playa Jaco, they said:

"The most popular are beachfront and beach view condos noted as Vista Las Palmas, Bahía Azul, Diamante del Sol, Bahía Encantada, The Palms, Acqua Residence, La Paloma Blanca. These properties are the top of the class in Jaco Beach with full amenities and security. Of these listed, Las Palmas and Diamante del Sol are the highest structures in Jaco and entirely upscale due to their proximity to the beach. Naturally they are the most expensive to rent. Just one block to the beach you will find mid-range condo properties such as Monaco, Monte Carlo, Jaco Bay, Condos Costa Linda and Macaw Ocean Club. Although these are in the mid-range pricing but still very upscale. On a lower scale, Condominio Villas Paraíso and Suenos del Paraíso. These are within walking distance to the beach, amenities are fewer but budget friendly. ," said another person in Playa Jaco (Jaco Beach).

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Are there any special precautions expats should take when renting a property in Playa Jaco?

We asked expats in Playa Jaco what are the most popular neighborhoods in Playa Jaco to live in. They said...

"I would suggest visiting the property at all times of the day and night prior to renting. Make special note of close nightclubs, active bars, noisy neighborhoods, nearby construction. Is the security alert and responsive? Does the immediate neighborhood appear safe and well kept? If you do not have a car, are you able to freely walk to banks, stores and shops?," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Playa Jaco (Jaco Beach).

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What are typical rental prices for expats in Playa Jaco?

We asked expats in Playa Jaco about any special precautions they should take when renting a property in Playa Jaco. They said....

"$1000 per month will be a condo with lesser amenities, smaller square footage, pool access, security. At this price range or slightly less, you will be expected to pay for electric but generally cable, wáter and internet is provided. At the $1,200 - $2,000 price point, an upper scale condo or a private home. The condo will have pool access, security, upscale appliances and a spacious layout. Generally three bedrooms and Americanized features. You most likely will be responsible for the electricity payment with cable/water, internet included. Over $2,000 - $3,000, you will find larger homes and upper scale condominiums. You will definitely have Americanized features such as upscale kitchens, bathrooms, furnishings, exclusive security, covered parking. Your utilities may be covered as some condos have "cooling towers" for air conditioning which will substantially reduce individual electric bills. The maintentance fees for these rental units are high so be aware if you are responsable for any portion of maintenance fees especially with these types of rental units. In condo complexes with buildings of several floors, the higher floors will have higher rental rates as these are the most popular and exclusive. Penthouse units will have exclusive entrances and these will be of the highest price range," said another person in Playa Jaco (Jaco Beach).

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What appliances are typically included in a rental?

We asked foreigners in Playa Jaco what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included:

"Generally rental properties are fully applianced. Lower scale rental units will have the basics, no dishwasher, possibly only a stove top and not an oven. A washer may be included but generally not a dryer. On the higher end scale, these will be fully appliances with American style refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer. Be especially observant if the condo complex has a community área with tables, chairs, sink/wáter availability, bathrooms and BBQ grill. This is especially attractive for entertaining friends and family," said another expat in Playa Jaco (Jaco Beach).

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What should newcomers know about renting in Playa Jaco?

We asked foreigners in Playa Jaco what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included...

"The advice I would give is to shop around as the área and availability is very diversified. It helps to have something specific in mind so you are not reviewing rentals that do not meet your criteria. Be realistic in your needs and wishes. If oceanfront is a must, expect to pay the highest rents. If you can accept being one block from the beach, you will have a greater variety to choose from in many price ranges. Jaco Beach is walkable with many taxis. You do not need a car to enjoy the área! Keeping in mind that you can rely on public and taxi transportation, your monthly budget for a rental car can be eliminated and used towards a rental unit," explained one foreigner living in Playa Jaco (Jaco Beach), 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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