Retire in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
Last updated on Apr 18, 2023
Summary: Playa Jaco, Costa Rica is a popular destination for retirees due to its stunning beaches, lush rainforest, and vibrant culture. Retirees are also attracted to the low cost of living and the availability of quality healthcare. There are several retirement communities in Playa Jaco, offering a variety of amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, and social activities. The average cost of a nice 2 bedroom home in Playa Jaco is around $150,000 USD, while a nice 3 bedroom home can cost up to $250,000 USD. The weather in Playa Jaco is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit.
What is it like to retire in Playa Jaco?
"We are thankful there is an active expat community. Many expats meet others at the local church which helps to organize funding for in-need local families. Additionally, there are environmental clubs for turtle preservation and dogs/cat in need of assistance from street life. The beach is the center of the community and you will find family beach/surf day or family fun activities. Expats gather to play cards, play horseshoes, sponsor children from other areas to experience the beach, It is very much all about giving back to the community and the country that adopted For the expats in the area, community service is key. For those enjoying nightlife, Jaco and Hermosa often have live music. The public community park hosts festivals several times a year focusing on art, culture, music, dance, crafts and local/international food," said a retiree who moved to Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica.
What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?
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.
- What should I pack when moving to Playa Jaco?
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- Will I be able to find a job in Playa Jaco?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Playa Jaco appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Playa Jaco?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Playa Jaco accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Playa Jaco like?
- How are healthcare services Playa Jaco?
- What are medical services in Playa Jaco like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Playa Jaco?
- What are emergency services like in Playa Jaco?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Playa Jaco?
- How are local medical facilities in Playa Jaco?
- As a foreigner living in Playa Jaco, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?