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3 Must-Have Items and Virtues for New Residents in Costa Rica

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3 Must-Have Items and Virtues for New Residents in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a marvelous place to live; however, there are 3 items new residents cannot do without. The Switzerland of Central America, as Costa Rica is known, is a place where it feels like every day is a vacation.

With a population growth rate of 1.48% per year, more and more people are moving to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is geared towards tourism. So everywhere you look, you get to enjoy the most picturesque views imaginable.

We have the most beautiful beaches on 800 miles of coastline, with many fun places where new foreign residents can have all the nature and sand between the toes that they want.

Let’s go over the three must-have items that new residents in Costa Rica should have.

Serviceable Vehicle

3 Must-Have Items and Virtues for New Residents in Costa Rica

The country is so incredibly diverse and full of nature and animals and parks to visit.  And not to forget about all those beaches. Especially new residents want to see as much as they can of the country. Therefore, a personal vehicle that new residents could use is one of the essential must-have items for new foreign residents in Costa Rica.

Before purchasing a car, one must consider how one plans to use the automobile.  When it comes to choosing a vehicle, it is best to determine the location of the resident’s home first.

In most beach areas and the Central Valley, you can use a sedan-type vehicle. If you plan to live in the more remote beach areas, it is best to purchase a four-wheel drive. In some regions, an ATV is the best vehicle for your daily use.

Light Clothes

3 Must-Have Items and Virtues for New Residents in Costa Rica

Of course, you already know that Costa Rica is a tropical country. We have only two seasons, the wet and dry seasons. Therefore, there is no need to wear winter coats when living in Costa Rica. Instead, it would help if you shopped for beach and swimwear before you packed your container. Or buy new ones once you arrive and support local designers.

New residents of Costa Rica will only need to bring cotton shirts and shorts to stay cool during the dry season from December through May. However, you might want to wear a sweater or a long-sleeved shirt during the winds in December in January.

Patience, lot of it

3 Must-Have Items and Virtues for New Residents in Costa Rica

Yes, as a new resident of Costa Rica, you want to bring patience. Lots of it. You will need it.

Anytime you need to use governmental offices or a bank, you need to arm yourself with patience. Please don’t get mad at anyone; it won’t move the line faster! The long lines everywhere and the employees’ disinterest in serving you well will teach you it’s better to bring a book or be a Facebook lover.

Once you realize that you won’t be able to change them, but you’re the one to adjust to their culture, life will be much easier on you.

Although younger generations are more business-like now about their appointments and meetings, Tico time is still part of the culture here.

Moving to Costa Rica could quite possibly be the best decision anyone could make. However, sometimes it takes a bit of work for new residents to adjust to living in a new culture with a different language. Ready for the adventure? Then contact us now; we are the experts.


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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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