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10 Common Concerns About Moving To Costa Rica From North America




  1. Language Barrier:

  • Fear of not being fluent in Spanish may hinder effective communication, making it challenging to adapt to the local lifestyle. RELAX! Most places on the West Coast have English-speaking staff. There is always GOOGLE TRANSLATE which everyone uses!

  1. Cultural Adjustment:

  • Concerns about adapting to a different cultural environment, including customs, social norms, and traditions, might be a common fear. As with any new location, there are adjustments to be made, but life is supposed to be an adventure. Fortunately, Costa Ricans are pleasant and polite people so you will be just fine!

  1. Healthcare System:

  • Worries about the quality and accessibility of healthcare services compared to the Canadian system. You can see a Specialist without a referral from a family Doctor. There is a 2-tier system here so you can choose your care. You DO NOT NEED A PRESCRIPTION for anything you need, just go to the Pharmacy.

  1. Legal and Immigration Issues:

  • Fears related to understanding and navigating Costa Rica's immigration laws and legal system. That's why you call me! It's not as tough as you think!

  1. Job Opportunities:

  • Concerns about finding suitable employment opportunities and a stable income in a new country. Costa Rica is where you come to reinvent yourself and open a business. Jobs pay low rates so you want to have a remote income or rent your property out to foreigners for high profits!

  1. Economic Stability:

  • Worries about the economic stability of Costa Rica and the potential impact on personal finances. There is no cooperation between Costa Rica and the WEF, so let's invest and make some money!

  1. Natural Disasters:

  • Fear of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, which are relatively common in Costa Rica. There are no Hurricanes here, and Earthuacks barely register a 1 on the Richter Scale. Natural Disasters are not an issue in Costa Rica.

  1. Safety and Security:

  • Concerns regarding personal safety and security, including crime rates in certain areas. Stay away from the areas that we warn you about and you are fine. Petty crime is the issue here, not violent crime. DO not leave items in your car in plain view and you won't lose them!

  1. Education System:

  • Worries about the quality of education for expatriates or concerns related to language barriers for children in the local school system. Schools exist here. Not all are good, not all are bad. International learning is the trend with ex-pats. There are many here to guide you through that process.

  1. Isolation from Family and Friends:

  • Fear of being far away from family and friends, potentially leading to feelings of isolation. They'll miss you, I am sure they are going to join you and see why you are so happy here.

To gather more accurate and up-to-date information, consider reaching out to expatriate communities, online forums, or conducting surveys to understand the current sentiments and fears of Canadians contemplating a move to Costa Rica. Local experts and expats who have already made the transition can provide valuable insights.

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