As you consider moving to Costa Rica it is inevitable that you will ask the question of why other expats made the choice to move to Costa Rica. The village of Ojochal, in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica, has expats from all over the world: the United States, Canada, England, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands. Every person has a bit of a different story but there are some recurring themes.
The weather is a big influence on the decision to move to Costa Rica. The country is located 8 to 12 degrees north of the Equator making it a year around tropical climate. The temperature in Ojochal is fairly consistent, ranging from a high of 29 to 33 degrees Celsius and a low around 22 year around. There are two distinct seasons, the blue sky filled dry season and the lush green rainy season. Don’t let the idea of a rainy season discourage you. Most expats who have been in the area for a while will quickly tell you that the rainy season is their favorite time of the year.
Cost of living is always an important factor in choosing where to live. While personal choices and lifestyle are the ultimate determining factors when it comes to cost of living, most expats spend less on day to day expenses in Costa Rica than they would in their native country.
Costa Rica real estate tends to cost less than comparable properties in North America. Check the Osa Tropical Properties website,, for house descriptions and prices.
International Living recently published the following figures regarding the average monthly costs of living in Costa Rica as of 2016. If you opt to rent while looking for or building your new home, rent can range from from $500 to $1,200 based on location and type of rental. Electricity, depending upon personal consumption, ranges from $75 to $200. Water and related are around $12, telephone service for a basic land line $13, cable TV $40 and basic internet service $25. Maid and gardener services cost about $2 per hour or $200 for a full-time person for one month.
Costa Rica has a reputation for quality health care at reasonable prices. You will participate in the public health care system (CAJA) once you have Costa Rica residency. Some expats choose to purchase private health care insurance where you can utilize most doctors and hospitals in the country. Others use the pay as you go approach.
And, last but far from least, the Pura Vida lifestyle draws many expats to Costa Rica. The Urban Dictionary defines Pura Vida as, “The law of the land in Costa Rica. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting, to a synonym for excellent. Ticos follow this lifestyle and are some of the most wonderful people on earth. A synonym of “hakuna matata.” Life is wonderful; enjoy it.” Expats who move to Costa Rica tend to quickly reap the benefits of the more relaxed life-style, enjoying the moment and taking in the surrounding beauty.
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