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

Escazu, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 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?

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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.

What type of social life can someone expect in Escazu?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Escazu, they replied:

"Great area to relocate to full of folks who speak English and no Spanish like us," said another expat in Escazu.

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"We were able to make a new Tico friend who has been a enormous help to us. Our adjustment would have been MUCH harder without his help, especially not speaking Spanish," explained one expat living in Escazu.

What advice to expats in Escazu have about housing?

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"Housing is sooo cheap here versus San Diego, CA. And we completely remodeled our large condo for such an incredibly low cost vs. San Diego. We were in shock when the bids came back. And the high quality materials we used were also dirt cheap compared to San Diego. We replaced all major appliances (frig, stove top, TV's, oven, microwave, all plumbing fixtures, etc. etc. and the prices were comparable to the cost in the US. We had heard they would cost much more. They did not," remarked another expat in Escazu.

What are medical services in Escazu like?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Escazu, they replied:

"Escazu (and Hospital CIMA) is the # 2 reason why we moved her. #1 is the PERFECT weather," explained one expat living in Escazu.

What do I need to know about living in Escazu?

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

"I would advise them to spend time not as a tourist but as one might live here. Visit the grocery stores. I did not realize that some items I depended on were not available. The sales tax is almost double what it is in our town in the U S. I did not realize that mail is not delivered to one's house here. Check out the banks and see if you can open an account from which to pay your local bills. Check out the medical and dental choices here. We love Mario Garita Dental Group! If you want to have a Buyers's agent that is super awesome. Rudy Matthews is your man," explained one expat living in Escazu.

How do I meet people in Escazu?

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When we asked people living in Escazu about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"We have enjoyed the weekly farmers' market in Escazu and have met many of the farmers. We live in a condo and have met many of our neighbors and picked up helpful tips from them. Our realtor was a very helpful resource and has put us in touch with others he has helped. A driver that we frequently use has been an invaluable source of information," explained one expat.

Will I be able to find a job in Escazu?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Escazu, they reponded:

"As retired people we are not able to work in Costa Rica. It would be nice if we could as we would learn the language quicker. My husband is a pediatrician and would love to volunteer his services," explained one expat living in Escazu.

What is life like in Escazu?

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When we asked people living in Escazu what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"People seem to enjoy their families and church. We have met many interesting and friendly restaurant owners and enjoy going out to eat. The sodas are a great place to meet people both from Escazu and the rest of the world. Soccer is a favorite sport with the men for sure," explained one expat.

Is there a lot of crime in Escazu?

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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Crime is something that is always concerning no matter where you live. In our area, there are home invasions. We had this in Miami too. We are not flashy with jewelry (I only wear a simple silver wedding band). Petty theft seems to be an issue so many people have gates around their homes. I really hate this. We have been lucky so far with no incidents," remarked another expat in Escazu.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Escazu accepting of differences?

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"People have been very friendly and helpful. The taxi drivers are a wealth of information and very good about correcting my Spanish pronounciation," remarked another expat in Escazu.

About the Author

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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