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Let’s learn more about the daily life in Costa Rica in order the gather all the important information to enjoy your life here and be the best prepared.


Discover all you need to know about residences in Costa Rica and how to be able to work there


Learn the essential informations concerning health/habits to avoid any troubles


Find out more for the education of your children and the school system findable


Generally in Costa Rica you can stay with a 90-days visa, after which you are forced to leave the country to obtain another one for other 90 days. You can go to the Nicaragua where the entry and exit procedure is simple but getting a Permanent Residence is undoubtedly the most accurate and comfortable way of living in the country.

There are several ways to achieve this, we list the most common:

Temporal Residence as the Pensioner:

It is enough to prove that you perceive a life pension of at least $ 1,000 (about 750 euro) and you can also extend to the consort by submitting the certificate of marriage and children minor age or major age with handicap;

Temporal Residence as Rentista:

Prove that for a period of not less than two years you receive a permanent and stable income of at least $ 2.500 (about 1800 euro) is enough to open here in Costa Rica a fixed deposit of $ 60,000 and you can also extend to the consort by submitting the certificate of marriage and children minor age or major age with handicap;

Temporal Residence as inversionista:

the person concerned must demonstrate an investment in the country of an amount not less than $ 200,000 (about 150,000 Euros) in real estate, real recordable, shares, securities, productive projects or projects of national interest;

Temporal Residence for marriage a Costa Rican:

This type of residence can get those foreigners who are legally married with a Costa Rican.

Permanent residence for alley with a Costa Rican:

Having a child in Costa Rica (giving him/her birth within the national land) provides the father and mother (also unmarried) the possibility to apply for permanent residence without restrictions.

All Temporal Residence have a term of two years and will be renewed, and after the third year you can ask for a change of category to Permanent Residency.

The basic documents required are:

  • Written request specifying the reason of the residence
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Storage of fingerprints at the Central Police
  • Inscription to the corresponding consulate
  • Birth certificate
  • Criminal record
  • Copy of all passport with regular visa
  • Receipt of payment of $ 50 or $ 200

Run through residence in a personal way is long and full of difficulties, we highly recommend an attorney who will make the process much easier and faster, and you can always count with our expert legal advisors.

Health Care

For Costa Rica it is not necessary any mandatory vaccination. The water is drinkable for 90% of the country and there is no danger in consuming raw fruits and vegetables or any other food. There are no epidemics. Only in some areas of swamps and marshland you can meet with dengue (easily treatable without consequences as widely known).

The Costa Rican health system is considered the best of all of Latin America with European or American standards, the facilities are good and accessible to all, tourists and foreigners from around the world are entitled to emergency treatment at public hospitals without any difficulty or complications (of course if you do not have an insurance the service is a fee).

The main public hospitals are in the capital as Hospital San Juan de Dios and Hospital, Mexico are highly recommended for the quality and service offered, in Guanacaste in Nicoya and Liberia (30/50 minute drive from Tamarindo) there are a good hospital.

As a resident is required to pay to the CCSS (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social) a monthly amount based on income and allows you to go to any public hospital to receive all the medical care and medication at no charge (including foreigners) !

School System

In Costa Rica has one of the best literacy rates in the world with 96% of the population able to read and write and education since 1870 is compulsory and free up to 14 years.

The school system is divided into primary from 6 years to 12 years, secondary to another 5 years and the possibility of two more years of bachillerato to be inscribed in a foreign university and the school year starts from February until November. The public system is present everywhere but in some place don’t offers all services with obsolete structure and lack of equipment, especially in some rural areas, although in recent years has made rapid progress.

Private schools, highly preferred and recommended to foreigners, are highly equipped with bilingual education, recreational sports, special classrooms, customized courses and usually offer a shuttle bus service and lunch. Prices fluctuate depending on the institution on the $ 300 – $ 500 monthly.

In the city are excellent and economic universities with all the various specializations suited to its needs and of course the courses and texts are in Spanish, so it is required a good knowledge of both spoken and written.

Renowned worldwide and is highly selective University Earth (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda) that offers an undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences.

For university studies is advisable to reside in the capital, San Jose, where are the major universities.

Widespread private schools in Spanish and English language where the boys join the courses of study with fun and holiday.

In particular for the area of ​​Tamarindo there is the center “Educarte” that offers bilingual service pre-kindergarten, pre-school, primary and secondary or highly recognized “Flamingo La Paz Comunity School”.

A useful site of the “Ministerio de Educación Publica” with information with the public school system and location of the facilities.