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What do I need to know before moving to Puerto Viejo?

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

"Puerto Viejo is a small coastal town known for its laid-back lifestyle, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culture. Before moving there, expats should know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life and integration into the community easier. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's still higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. Housing can be affordable, but utilities like electricity can be expensive due to the tropical climate. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is highly rated, but in Puerto Viejo, medical facilities are limited. For serious medical issues, you may need to travel to the capital, San Jose. The town is known for its relaxed pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to a fast-paced city lifestyle. Shops and services may not be as readily available or as quick as in larger cities. Public transportation is available but not always reliable, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the roads can be rough, especially in the rainy season. The weather is tropical and humid, with a rainy season from May to November. It's important to be prepared for this climate, both in terms of wardrobe and home maintenance. Safety can be a concern in Puerto Viejo, as petty crime is common. It's important to take precautions like not displaying wealth openly and securing your home. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and environment. The town is home to a diverse mix of indigenous, Afro-Caribbean, and Costa Rican cultures, and it's surrounded by stunning natural beauty, both of which should be appreciated and respected," said a member in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

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