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Expat Community: Quite large and growing, particularly among retirees and entrepreneurs. Communities are concentrated in San José, the Central Valley, and coastal areas like Guanacaste.

Cost of Living: Moderate; although it’s higher than in some other Central American countries, it’s balanced by the high quality of life.

Quality of Life: Very high, with a focus on ecological sustainability, extensive biodiversity, and political stability. Costa Rica is known for its “Pura Vida” lifestyle, which emphasizes laid-back living and happiness.

Ease of Settling In: Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken in major tourist areas and expat communities. Costa Ricans, or Ticos, are incredibly friendly and open, making it easy for expats to feel at home.

Work Opportunities: Mainly in the tourism sector, real estate, and ecological businesses. There is also a burgeoning market for English teaching and medical services