Expat Costa Rica

  

  Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Costa Rica - Some Tips For Expats


Articles - Costa Rica

Communication is invariably a problem when moving to a new country, and this is especially true for most Latin American countries because of the huge cultural differences that shape and dictate the norms of socially acceptable behavior and communication. Costa Rica’s history has left it with a population demographic that may make it seem more European than South American, but the country is as Latino as it gets! Communication isn’t an insurmountable barrier that an expat needs to be too worried about, but don’t take for granted that it’s going to be easy simply because of the primarily European-descent population and because the English language is widely understood.   more ...

  Using The Healthcare System In Costa Rica - A Short Guide For Expats


Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America and the life expectancy of the population is among the highest in the world. Both public and private healthcare is undergoing continuous modernization with new equipment, new techniques and improved training. The best part is that the costs still remain low when compared to the United States and European Union countries. Here are some highlights of the healthcare system in Costa Rica.

Government-run healthcare

Under Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system, every citizen is eligible for health coverage through the public system. This is funded by employee income tax amounting to 9 percent. There is also employer contribution, which is variable. Public healthcare is available to citizens regardless of pre-existing health issues and the extent of the medical care required.   more ...

  Legal Aspects To Consider When Relocating To Costa Rica


Federico Altamura Arce
Articles - Costa Rica

by Federico Altamura Arce
Alpha Legal


Over the past decade Costa Rica has attracted thousand of expatriates that are enchanted by its natural wonders and by the relaxed lifestyle of our people. I share the same amusement and truly think that we are very fortunate, living in the happiest country in the planet with no army, abundant biodiversity, political stability and universal healthcare.

However, I have had the opportunity to provide legal counsel to foreigners that come in search of the Central American dream, and have realized that without proper guidance, relocation hurdles can rapidly turn the fantasy into a nightmare.   more ...

  5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Costa Rica (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)


Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become one of the most popular destinations in the world for expats and retirees. If you’re thinking about moving to this tropical paradise, here are 5 points that may help you decide.

Expat community

Relocating to a country where there is already an established expat community is a big advantage for expats. Costa Rica is one such place where an expat community has grown and developed over the years. These communities not only provide support and practical assistance to new expats, but are also involved in other activities like setting up schools, markets, health clubs and restaurants.   more ...

  Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Costa Rica


Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a lot to offer to expats who move there. The cost of living is low enabling expats to live better for less. The healthcare system provides good medical care to citizens and permanent residents. The country has a literacy rate of 95% and most Costa Ricans speak Spanish, as well as English. Life in Costa Rica is also much simpler and the culture is family-oriented. Another advantage of living in this tropical paradise is the healthy lifestyle, with a low obesity rate and longer life expectancy. Here is some recommended reading that will provide helpful insights and information about moving to Costa Rica.   more ...

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