Attractive areas for Expats to live in Costa Rica
Costa Rica boasts so many wonderful things, including a green initiative, animal conservation, no army, a true democracy, and many other things. This makes it an ideal country to live in if you are an expat. Pura Vida is the way of life and here are a few of the popular areas that expats like to settle down in Costa Rica.
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#1 Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is a busy little part of the country located on the Pacific. It is a true tourist town and has so many things in close proximity including restaurants, bars, shopping and even more in the coastal city of Quepos not far up the road. Another aspect about Manuel Antonio is the amazing beaches and national park. As an expat, this is the perfect spot to settle down. Although housing can be a bit pricier because it is such a sought after area. Check out some of our rentals in Manuel Antonio.
Tamarindo is very similar to Manuel Antonio in that it is very touristy and has everything close by. It is situated on the Northern Pacific coast. And is surrounded by many many other gorgeous beaches. This area is great for surfing and isn’t quite as expensive.
#3 The Central Valley
The central valley consists of almost everything you might need as an expat, malls, stores, all conveniences you might think of. It is also a little more climatized, as in, it isn’t nearly as hot as the coast and stays a warn 25 degrees Celsius year round. There are many cities to choose from ranging from Escazu, San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, and many other areas scattered about. You can’t beat the views of this area, the entire valley is surrounded by mountains and three major volcanos, Poas, Irazu, and Turrialba. Although there are many perks there are also the downsides, including the traffic, amount of people in one area, and city life. but if you can put up with that then you will do just fine.
#4 La Fortuna
Another beautiful tourist area is La Fortuna or Arenal, this area is a choice point of the map for retirees. Close by to many stores, restaurants, and shopping. Also, nearby is the Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and La Fortuna waterfall. All these give you many fun things to do and the large community of expats means you have lots of people to make friends with that speak your own language.
#5 Puerto Viejo
This beautiful little community is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. It is not far from the Panama border making border crossings that much easier. Also, we can’t forget to mention how gorgeous this place is, it is your typical Caribbean town. There is all kinds of wildlife to see, Birds, sloths, Monkeys, plus endless flora and fauna. You will also find stunning beaches to relax, or just take a dip in the Caribbean waters.
Where ever you choose to settle down in Costa Rica make sure you make the right choice, each area has its own idiocracies and it doesn’t hurt to travel around a bit in each area before you choose.
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