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Emanuele Casabona

"Finding other expats to share experiences in San José with, helped me a lot. Thanks to InterNations."

Victoria Arrington

"When I first heard about InterNations, I thought: This is exactly what I was searching for. What a great site."

Get to Know Our Local Network of Expats in San José!

Hola and welcome to our community of expats in San José, the capital of Costa Rica. As a platform specifically created to support expats, you'll find all the tools you need to help solve those common dilemmas that expats often face. Our comprehensive guides are full of essential information to answer your questions as you prepare for relocation, such as, "how do I obtain a work permit?". We also have an excellent forum where you can interact with fellow members who have already made the transition and are happy to share their knowledge and address any concerns. We encourage you to build on their experience as you too start a new adventure in San José.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Athens or Basel.

Join Our Exciting Events in San José

Attend our monthly events and activities for San José expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our San José Expat Guides

  • Moving to San José

    If, before moving to Costa Rica’s capital, you imagined a new life amidst tropical rainforests or beaches, we have bad news for you. However, what you will find is a busy, modern city in the center of Costa Rican life. Our guide on moving to San José has further info!
  • Living in San José

    Welcome to the Central Valley! San José and its metro area are the best choices for expats going to Costa Rica: You’ll enjoy a high quality of life and affordable prices. San José has different faces in different neighborhoods, though! Our guide has details.
  • Working in San José

    San José is not only highly lucrative for foreign investors and multinational corporations; the number of expats is high as well. However, getting there might be harder than you think. Read more in our guide on working in San José!

Exchange Tips about living in San José

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Embark on a New Life in San José

As the capital of Costa Rica, expats can take advantage of the entertainment, leisure activities and nightlife aimed at visitors. A number of theaters present concerts and dance shows to keep culture lovers entertained, and there are also many museums and art galleries. Residents also enjoy the several parks where fountains, sculptures, and lakes provide a beautiful setting for sports fields, running tracks, and even a shooting range. San José's economy reflects the changing nature of the country; coffee production is still an important industry, while tourism is an increasingly significant contributor alongside large national corporations specializing in information technology and pharmaceuticals. Due to a highly educated workforce, expats may find it hard to break into the job market unless providing a particular set of in-demand skills, or transferring within your current company.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere 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 Taipei or Stockholm, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Meet Other Expats at InterNations Events in San José and Grow Your Network

Once you land in San José, you are warmly invited to come along and meet new friends at our regular social events and interest-based activities. We know it can be difficult reaching out to a new social circle in an unfamiliar city, so take the opportunity to meet fellow expats in person, network and socialize. Don't forget to check out our InterNations Groups too, where you can share your interests in Latin dance, exploring Costa Rica, or dining out as you build a fulfilling new life in San José.

Emanuele Casabona

"Finding other expats to share experiences in San José with, helped me a lot. Thanks to InterNations."

Victoria Arrington

"When I first heard about InterNations, I thought: This is exactly what I was searching for. What a great site."

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