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An expat's guide to Costa Rica

Costa Rica was named the second best place for expats in 2017 and is consistently cited in polls and lists for various benefits, from friendliness to climate. While natural beauty comes free, Americans and Europeans will find the cost of living comparable to home.

Costa Rica — which has had no standing army since 1949 — has made a name for its incredible wildlife (containing 4% of the world’s biodiversity), surfing, laid-back living and high quality of life. With its ‘pura vida’ lifestyle, Costa Rica has become an expat hotspot, with nearly as many people moving to start businesses as work part-time or retire.

While different people will always have different experiences of the same place, Costa Rica is as near to an expat paradise as the planet can deliver.

Health care in Costa Rica

Access to quality health care is an essential consideration no matter where in the world you live. Here’s our guide for Costa Rica.

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Getting to know Costa Rica

From the weather to the wildlife, Costa Rica is a country of diversity — find out below if it’s for you.

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Finding work in Costa Rica

Finding work in Costa Rica isn’t easy, and many people resort to working illegally. Here’s what you need to know to stay on the right side of the law.

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Visas for relocating to Costa Rica

Relocating to Costa Rica is easy, but making a living there comes with its challenges…

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Cost of living in Costa Rica

From shopping at markets to visiting the opera, we explore how much it costs to live in paradise.

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Costa Rica: Where to live

If you’re moving to Costa Rica, you will be looking for the best accommodation within a sensible commute to your work or required amenities.

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Health and well-being in Costa Rica

Our guide explains what you need to know to stay safe and well in the paradise that is Costa Rica.

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Costa Rican culture and lifestyle

Many people considering a move to Costa Rica will be expecting a laid-back lifestyle in a tropical utopia. Let’s find out the truth behind the image…

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Getting around Costa Rica

From tuk-tuks to jets, our guide explains the trains, planes and automobiles that will help you explore this beautiful country.

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The Costa Rican diet

From fresh tropical fruits to rice and beans, discover what to expect from the Costa Rican diet.

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