¡Hola! and a warm welcome to our expat community in Costa Rica! Relocating to a new country can be both challenging and fun, but whether you're confused or excited, InterNations members are happy to share and help each other out using their knowledge and experience about living abroad. When considering your move, you may have questions like, “what is the education system like in Costa Rica?” or “what healthcare precautions do I need to take before moving to Costa Rica?” or “which area of San José is safe for a family?”. It doesn't matter how many questions you have, the InterNations expat community is happy to help answer them. With their sound advice, you can make informed decisions about your move, and turn to your fellow expats whenever you have another question. In getting to know the expat community in Costa Rica you'll also get to know some of the Costa Rican culture — from the traditional cassado to the annual Meeting of Cultures Day. And, of course, the people themselves, who are have been in exactly the same position as you and know what it takes to make a successful relocation.
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Attend our monthly events and activities for Costa Rica expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Costa Rica expat forums.
Costa Rica has two coastlines, the Pacific and the Caribbean, which means there are plenty of beaches to enjoy on your weekends off. Costa Rica is also full of other natural paradises, such as vast rainforest, which makes up a quarter of its land, and volcanoes. Costa Rica is home to a small number of exciting urban areas and cities, such as the capital San José, the commercial hub of Costa Rica, Quepos, the heart of the Manuel Antonio National Park, and Limon, the soul of the Caribbean. Expats in Costa Rica feel safe, happy and have lots to do in their leisure time. Costa Ricans, or Ticos, are said to have the highest quality of life in Central America. Its peaceful landscape is reflected in the way the country is run; with excellent infrastructure and a high emphasis on sustainability, Costa Rica has a greater biodiversity than the US and Europe put together. Costa Rica's main economy revolves around its large export trade of bananas, coffee, sugar, and beef. It's also a key destination on the eco-tourism trail, and considering its political stability and good education levels, Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of foreign investment per capita in Latin America. There is still around 20% to 25% poverty in Costa Rica, so many expats move to Costa Rica to teach English, photograph wildlife and teach yoga, among many other occupations.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Malaysia or France, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Be safe in the knowledge that every InterNations member has been approved by us and dedicated to upholding our community as a safe place to network and connect with people from around the world. By joining InterNations, you are becoming a part of a community of like-minded, international people who you can connect and exchange with online, and also meet up with in person. At our monthly events, you can get to know your fellow expats face-to-face. You can also join one or more of the incredible groups that we offer catering to a wide range of hobbies and interests. Meet up face-to-face with other expats in Costa Rica over dinner or coffee and brunch, or if you're looking to network in the city, join San José's Power Net-Weaving Group for entrepreneurs. If you want to try something new, why not sign up for San José's Latin Dancers Group? It doesn't matter how good (or bad) you are — this group is open to everyone! Knowing you'll have social events to attend and hobbies to pick up in your new country makes moving to a new place that much easier. By making new friends from the beginning, you'll have people around who can help you with any ups and downs you might have before, during, and after your move, and you'll be able to share your experiences with them. Make your new life in Costa Rica complete with the Costa Rican expat community.