Our goal is that you find here useful information about what Costa Rica has to offer; beautiful beaches, low cost of living, warm weather, low crime rate, a friendly community and a happy country overall.
Currently there are approximately 70,000 North Americans living in Costa Rica, retirees forming the majority of expats. Costa Rica’s biodiversity, political stability, and its relative low-cost health care make for a very appealing combination of benefits to many.
Many Americans have also purchased vacation homes with the intention to retire in Costa Rica and are using the rental income to pay off the property in the interim.
There are many different ways to get involved and be part of the community. Although language can be a barrier, locals will always try to help and encourage those who try to speak Spanish.
Depending on your spare time, volunteering in a local organization is a great way to get to know your new community.
Other ways to find like-minded people in Costa Rica is through the many Facebook groups that now exist online. Like ours…
Local Costa Ricans or “Ticos” are extremely friendly, respectful, non-confrontational and a bit shy. Courtesy and good manners will go a long way with them.
It goes without saying, visiting is not the same as living in Costa Rica or anywhere and to minimize Culture Shock:
- Be flexible and curious in the face of new information and finding out more about their way of living.
- Try not to complain when encountering behavior that might be frustrating to you and always give the benefit of the doubt. Assume good intentions and wait to be proven wrong.
- Be proactive about getting information, getting involved and getting help.
- Remember you are in Costa Rica to kick back and enjoy the “Pura Vida” attitude so give yourself time and enjoy the journey!