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Pros and Cons of Living in Tamarindo

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Tamarindo, Costa Rica include its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and vibrant culture. Tamarindo is also a great place to learn Spanish, as it is a popular tourist destination and many locals speak English. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive option for those looking to live on a budget. The cons of living in Tamarindo include the lack of public transportation, which can make it difficult to get around. Additionally, the area can be quite touristy, which can make it difficult to find a sense of community. Finally, the area is prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, which can be a cause for concern.

What are the pros and cons of living in Tamarindo?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Tamarindo responded:

"Expatriates and digital nomads living in Tamarindo enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, the stunning beaches, and the abundance of outdoor activities. They also appreciate the friendly locals, the low cost of living, and the easy access to amenities. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the lack of infrastructure and public transportation inconvenient, and the high levels of tourism can be overwhelming," said one in Tamarindo.

"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.

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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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