Retire in San Jose, Costa Rica
Last updated on Mar 02, 2023
Summary: San Jose, Costa Rica is a popular destination for retirees due to its beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, and affordable cost of living. There are several retirement communities in San Jose, offering a variety of amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, and social activities. The cost of a nice two bedroom home in San Jose is typically around $150,000 USD, while a nice three bedroom home can cost around $200,000 USD. The weather in San Jose is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit.
What is it like to retire in San Jose?
"Due to its excellent infrastructure, well-established expat community, and great climate, San Jose is a popular destination for retirees. Expats often join local clubs or organizations, such as the American-Costa Rican Association or the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, both of which provide a great opportunity to make friends and stay connected with the local culture. The city features a variety of entertainment, recreation, and cultural attractions, such as wildlife spotting, horseback riding, and thermal spas. There are also a range of restaurants and bars, providing plenty of options for social gatherings and nightlife. San Jose also serves as a great starting point for further exploration of Costa Rica, with its many conservation areas, national parks, and stunning beaches only a short drive away," said one retiree in San Jose, Costa Rica.
"For me there is not enough cultural activity in San Jose and you really, morally have to pay attention or you'll miss an event, show, performance. Things are poorly promoted here. I don't go in for nightlife but in general Costa Ricans are not late night partyers like other Latins. I do not mingle with expats, but I know there are a LOT of them. My routine is walking all over the city, taking pictures, soaking up the atmosphere," commented one retiree living in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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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.
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