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A: Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
A: A few weeks ago, but I have been living in Costa Rica for two years!
A: I moved for the better life. I love living in near the ocean, near the mountains and amidst the tropics! The air is so good. And the surfing is wonderful!
Living in Costa Rica
A: I enjoy surfing in the ocean every morning. Nothing feels better than waking up on the waves! I would rate the quality of life as much higher! No traffic, no pollution, smaller community and less commercial development. AHHH :)
A: Healthcare is not very modern. One must go into the capital, San Jose to get quality health care. However, for minor health concerns the local health care is acceptable. I have not had sufficient experience to comment further.
A: Theft! Armed robberies are not very common, but recently arson has been on the rise in a popular beach town nearby, Tamarindo. Other than that you just must be careful when going to the beach or walking around town, if it can be stolen, it will be.
A: Houses, cabins, and rooms are available to rent. Housing is plentiful. Everyone can find something to fit their budget. Don’t expect anything super modern, but there is something for everyone!
A: I would say Playa Jaco is very popular among other expats as it is more American. One can find all the restaurants, bars, and activities they want here. It is also not too far from the capital city, San Jose, and near many other national parks, beaches, and nice hiking trails!
Meeting people and making friends
Q: Was it easy meeting people and making friends? How did you go about meeting new people?
A: I think people are very friendly here, whether it be the bar scene or surfing, you will likely be approached by friendly travelers or curious locals interested in getting to know you.
A: I would say most of my friends here are expats, but not necessarily from the USA. I have friends from Venezuela, Jamaica, Colombia, and Australia. I also have local friends too. This is an easy place to make friends. If you are lonely all you have to do is leave your house!
About working in Costa Rica
A: I technically do not have one. It is pretty difficult to legally obtain a work permit here because the government prioritises its own citizens for jobs.
A: From my experience of working at the surf shop, the work atmosphere is so much more relaxed and casual. There is less professionalism here, and I mean that in a good way. I think people see others primarily as friends than as business partners. It's a very warm culture.
Family and children in Costa Rica
A: My partner lives abroad, too, but in another country. The specific challenge is that his business is in Iran and I cannot live there.
A: Watch out for mosquitos here. Mosquitos have been known to be infected with not only the Dengue virus, but Zika, too.
~ Interviewed in April 2016