Are you planning a move to Costa Rica? If so, you are probably considering where exactly you want to live. There are many great choices for living in Costa Rica, but most people will choose to live either at the beach or in the city. While there are a select few areas that offer the benefits of both beach and city life, you’ll have to make a choice between one or the other in most cases. Rest assured that there really isn’t a “wrong” choice; it’s really just about who you are and what kind of living experience you’re interested in.
The Laid Back Life
If you’re someone who values peace, quiet, and relaxation, then you’re probably best suited to the beaches of Costa Rica. It is important to understand, however, that beach life in Costa Rica isn’t all that similar to beach life in United States places such as California or Florida. Most of the beaches in those areas are near major, happening cities, but the majority of beach towns in Costa Rica are quieter, smaller, and more rural. Usually, if you live in a beach town, you’re going to have to travel to do your shopping or spend a night out. The good news, though, is that living at the beach tends to be a bit cheaper than living in the city and, with a few small exceptions, you’ll still have some access to entertainment. Of course, these rules don’t really apply if you choose a major tourist beach area in which to live; then, you’ll have access to plenty of fun and nightlife, but you can expect to pay mightily for it. Plus, aren’t peace and quiet the main reasons to live at the beach in the first place?
While some people value peace and quiet, others want just the opposite—noise, lights, entertainment, and fun! If that sounds like you, then chances are that the city is the right living locale for you! There are many major cities in Costa Rica, and they offer everything you could possibly need all in one spot. Plus, you can easily travel to the beach from most major cities, and, even if you’re a major beach lover, it’s often easier to live somewhere where you have everything you need and travel to the beach as you see fit than it is to live at the beach and to have to travel every time you need to go shopping or want to see a movie! City life can be more expensive, however, and depending on where you live, you will likely have to deal with tourists on a fairly regular basis. During peak seasons, tourist crowding can get particularly bad, and even normally quiet cities often turn into madhouses. If you don’t mind a little chaos, however, and if you want to be right in the center of things, then you’ll likely find that city life has many more advantages than it does disadvantages.
When most people think of Costa Rica, they think of sunshine and great weather all year round. The truth is, however, that regardless of whether you live in the city or at the beach, climates actually vary greatly depending on the time of year and the exact location. Costa Rica’s beaches and towns each tend to have their own micro-climates so if you care very much about weather and temperature, you’ll want to spend some time researching different weather patterns for your particular area. It’s not just the temperatures that tend to vary either; humidity also varies a lot from place to place and from season to season, so keep these facts in mind as you decide where it is you want to call home.
Finding a Home
Once you’ve decided where you want to live, it’s time to start looking into real estate options. Both beaches and cities offer houses, condos, villas, apartments, and more. Prices can vary greatly from one type of home to the next and from one city to the next, so keep your budget in mind as you’re planning for the future. Also know that there are many real estate companies operating in Costa Rica and, unless your Spanish is especially good, it’s in your best interest to use one of these companies to help you find the best possible home at the best possible price. Just make sure you choose a reputable company so that your experience will be a pleasant one.