San Rafael, Argentina
Last updated on Jan 15, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of San Rafael, Argentina is around 100,000 people. People describe San Rafael as a vibrant city with a great nightlife, plenty of outdoor activities, and a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its proximity to the Andes Mountains, and its many cultural attractions. The weather in San Rafael is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit (10-30 Celsius). The average cost of living in San Rafael for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $600 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in San Rafael?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Rafael, they said:
"Learn Spanish before you come. Lack of Spanish won't stop you from achieving anything, but you'll miss out on some fantastic social situations. Other than that, be ready to eat some fantastic steaks and drink some incredible wine," said another expat in San Rafael.
How do I meet people in San Rafael?
When we asked people living in San Rafael about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"There's a small but very friendly group of about 40 expats - so there's always someone to take you for a game of squash at the squash club or tennis at the tennis club. Weekends are usually spent having an asado with friends in either Valle Grande or Los Reyunos where you can also go rafting, hiking, camping, paragliding or just swim in the lakes and rivers. Then there's always Scottish dancing at Mike Stewarts! There are plenty of gyms and martial arts establishments to join, it's a very outdoors, fit lifestyle," said another expat in San Rafael.
Will I be able to find a job in San Rafael?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in San Rafael, they reponded:
"Agriculture and tourism. There are opportunities in export if you have the right contacts, most foriegners here at the moment are either working on their own farms or have set their own businesses up. Because of the resurgence of the Argentine economy there are some fantastic opportunities if you're prepared to work. English teachers are always in demand," said another person in San Rafael.
What is life like in San Rafael?
When we asked people living in San Rafael what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Life here definately revolves around family and friends. Socializing is a big part of Argentine life. Siestas offer families and friends the opportunity to eat together and you'll still see families wandering the streets for an ice cream at 1 in the morning. Sport plays a heavy part in life here, cycling is very popular as are sporting events like Triathlons. Rafting, kayaking, and hiking attract lots of people at weekends. There are also a speedway track and motor racing track, which get a lot of use. There are a number of museums in town along with a cinema and outdoor theatre," explained one expat.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in San Rafael accepting of differences?
"Not in the least diverse! Well over 90% catholic and well over 95% of European descent. The main employment in the area at the moment is in agriculture, but tourism is rapidly gaining a hold. People here are pretty relaxed about everything. Their reaction to people pretty much depends on your own attitude," added another person living in San Rafael.
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.