Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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

What are the pros and cons of living in Tamarindo?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Tamarindo responded:

"I enjoy the Tamarindo area and surrounding quite well but I prefer the Paquera area and Saint Therese. The infrastructure needs a lot of work here. There are many businesses and expats, lots to do and plenty to see. It is a super area for young and active," explained one expat in Tamarindo.

What are the pros and cons of living in Tamarindo?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Tamarindo responded:

"Just as anywhere else, pick your friends and associates carefully and be alert at all times," said another expat in Tamarindo.

What advice to expats in Tamarindo have about housing?

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"This area is overpriced for housing and the regulations are increasing as are taxes. Better to rent," said another expat in Tamarindo.

What are medical services in Tamarindo like?

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

"The caja is randomly assigned and not really a great value for what you get, private care is better and expat insurance isn't inexpensive. I do better to have my home health insurance and pay cash for services in CR however the providers here are excellent," said another in Tamarindo.

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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