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What do I need to know before retiring in Puerto Viejo?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Puerto Viejo, they said...

"Expats considering retirement in Puerto Viejo should be aware that the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. They should also know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language can be beneficial, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Healthcare in Costa Rica is of a high standard and affordable, with both public and private healthcare systems available. However, it's important to note that while the public healthcare system is free, it can be slow, so many expats opt for private healthcare. Puerto Viejo is known for its laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle, with a mix of cultures including indigenous Bribri, Afro-Caribbean, and expat populations. The town is small and walkable, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and amenities. The weather is tropical, with a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. The area is also prone to earthquakes and tropical storms, so it's important to be prepared for these natural events. Real estate can be more expensive in Puerto Viejo compared to other parts of Costa Rica due to its popularity with tourists and expats. Renting before buying is often recommended to get a feel for the area and understand the local real estate market. Finally, it's important to understand the residency requirements in Costa Rica. There are several options for obtaining residency, including through pension income, investment, or starting a business. Legal advice is recommended to navigate this process," said another expat in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

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