Escazu, Costa Rica
Escazu, Costa Rica
Escazu, Costa Rica

Escazu, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 07, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Escazu, Costa Rica: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Escazu?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Escazu responded:

"The weather is absolutely perfect in Escazu! Much better then San Diego even. What has been the best is it does not rain as much as we were led to believe it would. It might say 100% chance of thunderstorms each day but then there is no rain. Love it! No need for heat or A/C ever. The town has everything that is familiar to being in the US. You can even see movies at the MultiPlaza in English! Some of the best Italian food we have ever had is here. We are close to the international airport which allows us to make our regular forays to Europe and Caribbean easy. It is also a relatively quick trip back to the US to see our large families and grandkids (and for them to come stay with us here). The closeness to the US, weather and cheap housing was why we chose CR, and once we spent time at the VERY hot and humid beaches, easily settled on the weather in Escazu. Everyone we have met is Pura Vida and so friendly and helpful, so different then the US. Yes we are probably being taken advantage of but we have so much and they have so little so that is not a negative to us. Yes you have to be very patient for anything involving citizenship, money transfers, setting up local bill paying and banking - not easy at all. And the language challenge is significant but Goggle Translator is an amazing help for this. Without it it would have been much more frustrating. And yes traffic and the condition of the roads are a negative compared to the US including how long it takes to get from Point A to Point B even though it is technically only 20 miles. We have yet to use a bus but love that they have Uber here and used it a lot until we bought a car. That purchase in itself was challenge but we used a English speaking service via our attorney group (Outlier Legal) and went well. We have used Outlier Legal for so many things. They have been (and continue to be) amazing. They even sent an agent with us to open a bank account 3 years ago! We could go on and on...," said another expat in Escazu.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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