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InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Costa Rica

  • Join our community and get to know members of Costa Rica’s vibrant expat community
  • Receive reliable information and exchange insider tips about the Costa Rican expat living
  • Meet fellow expatriates at top InterNations events in San José, Quesada and many other regions

Working and living in Costa Rica with the InterNations Expat Guide

Are you preparing for living and working in Costa Rica? Or are you already an expat and have recently relocated to San José, Quesada or some other international Costa Rican city?

The expat relocation to Costa Rica is definitely an exciting international opportunity and cross-cultural adventure: Visiting the landscape such as the country's many unique conservation areas, getting to know how Costa Rican folks celebrate Meeting of Cultures Day, or acquiring a taste for Costa Rica’s popular dishes like cassado…

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Costa Rica? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Norway or living in Germany!

Costa Rica Expat Locations

Deutsche Schule San José - Colegio Humboldt

Deutsche Schule San José - Colegio Humboldt

International Schools & Education

The Alta Hotel

The Alta Hotel

Restaurants & Nightlife

Jaguar Rescue Center

Jaguar Rescue Center

Culture & Sights

Hon Yan

Hon Yan

Restaurants & Nightlife

Los Cebollines

Los Cebollines

Restaurants & Nightlife

Cinepolis Terramall

Cinepolis Terramall

Restaurants & Nightlife

Cassava Bar & Grill

Cassava Bar & Grill

Restaurants & Nightlife

Tin Jo

Tin Jo

Restaurants & Nightlife

Reliable Information about living and working in Costa Rica

Relocating to and living in Costa Rica necessitates lots of reliable information on different facets of Costa Rican expat life. Many questions come up when living overseas in Costa Rica: ʺAre we, as expats, liable to Costa Rican income tax law?ʺ, ʺHow much money do I need to start a new life here in Costa Rica?ʺ, ʺHow to find a trustworthy maid in San José?ʺ, or ʺWhat are the requirements to get a Costa Rican residence permit for my wife?ʺ

Looking for so much information on working and living in Costa Rica is rather bothersome and requires a lot of time. The InterNations Expat Guide for Costa Rica is designed to help you and offers trusted information on all issues of interest to expats living in Costa Rica. Various topics are covered in our Costa Rica Expat Guide from local infrastructure, to expat institutions & clubs or housing and household, up to administration & finance. Such characteristic questions that concern expat life abroad as ʺDo I really have to buy a four-wheel drive for local roads?ʺ will no more remain open.

Of course, InterNations is active far beyond Costa Rica. Please feel free to explore our expatriate guide on living in Egypt or living in Vietnam.

From colleges and universities to business associations –
Advice on living and working in Costa Rica

In addition, our expat listings for Costa Rica include recommended entries for services and organizations catering to expatriates’ needs, like colleges and universities or business associations. By becoming part of our community, you can also participate in the InterNations Forum and discuss with other internationals about your expatriate experience living abroad in Costa Rica. We’ll be delighted to greet you with a warm ¡Hola! among our InterNations members living and working in Costa Rica.

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