Finding a Home in Costa Rica - The Neighborhood

March 29, 2009 - You have been to Costa Rica several times already and after a long debate with your family and friends you have decided to make Costa Rica your new home. Finding a home in Costa Rica can be either a tedious job or a fun and adventurous undertaking.

A tedious job if you do not know where your new home in Costa Rica will be or an adventurous task in finding where your new Costa Rican home will be.

Some ex-patriots come to Costa Rica with an idea in mind as to where they want to purchase their new home. Most of them decide to live close to San Jose next to their brethrens in Escazu. Others want the ocean and beach life and decide to move to a beach town like Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Limon and Guanacaste. And yet again, others want to live in the middle of it all and choose to live in the mountains in a town like Atenas.

Relocating to Costa Rica is not something to take lightly and a lot of research must be done in order to find that perfect home in this tropical paradise. Choosing a neighborhood is especially important.

What do you want in a neighborhood? Are you looking to immerse yourself in the Costa Rican culture or do you mostly want to enjoy the Pura Vida life while staying close to your own people and live in a neighborhood that offers all of the amenities of your old home?

Once you have decided to move to Costa Rica, take the time to know the country and its neighborhoods.

For example, San Pedro is a great neighborhood that is mostly populated by Costa Ricans but offers a lot of stores and services you would find in your home country. Escazu on the other hand contains a large population of foreigners and many amenities from home.

If you like living in the city, San Jose has many condominiums and apartments available and you will definitively immerse yourself in the culture.

If you are looking to be away from the city and still want to be part of the local scene then Heredia is a good area to look into.

In short, there is something for everyone in Costa Rica. If you know you want to live in Costa Rica but still have doubts as to the exact location you would like to purchase a home, take your time and rent a house or an apartment for a few months in several different neighborhoods to give you an idea of what you are getting into.

Trust me, it will be well worth the wait.

Allison Kim has been a freelance writer for over 3 years discussing several topics such as real estate, the economy and traveling. You can contact Allison Kim by sending her an email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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