My name is Michael Simons and I’m a professional Realtor here in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica and today we answer the common question: where should I live in Costa Rica?

I’ve been a permanent resident of Costa Rica since 2003 and I am a certified licensed Realtor with the Costa Rican Guanacaste Association of Realtors.

What about the rest of Costa Rica? All of Costa Rica is beautiful except for our two ports. But most people don’t live in the port of Long Beach or the port of Miami. So it’s kind of irrelevant.

The rest of Costa Rica is gorgeous! A matter of fact, every single place I’ve ever been in this country is beautiful, incredibly gorgeous, but not necessarily somewhere I want to live.

The Caribbean Coast gets over 500 inches a year of rain. Five hundred! It never stops raining. It’s basically a rainforest. You have crocodiles literally walking across the street.

That’s a little too much for most of us. Same thing with the very southern zone. The farther south you go in Costa Rica, the hotter it gets, the more humid it gets.

Down in the Osa Peninsula, it averages 100 degrees with 99 percent humidity. It’s like Miami in August year round. Again for the majority of us, that’s a little too hot and because of the heat and the humidity, very few people live there.

Because very few people live there, there are no amenities. There are no grocery stores. There are no hospitals. There’s nothing. Again, it’s great for a weekend. You can go down there with your wife, have a beautiful, romantic weekend.

But it’s not somewhere you will want to spend a lot of time. City of San Jose is great. It’s what I call a necessary evil. We need to go to the city. We need shopping. We need malls.

We need furniture stores. We might have to buy a car. But again, most of us don’t want to live in the city. My personal opinion was very simple. If I’m going to live in a city, there are a lot better cities in the world to live in than San Jose, Costa Rica. I will go live in Paris.

I will go live in New York City. I’m going to live in an amazing city if I’m going to put up with traffic, smog, taxi drivers and buses and everything that goes with the city.

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The entire Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, basically from Tamarindo all the way down to Dominical is a huge surfing beach. Now, if you’re looking for incredible waves where you can go out every morning and jump on your surfboard and surf, truthfully, this area is not for you. But the majority of my clients are not surfers and they’re not that concerned with surfers.

The problem also with surfing is where there are big waves, you get an entity of young people that want to party and want to do all the things that I did when I was young. Don’t get me wrong. But I’m not 20 years old anymore.

This particular area is more in line with what we like to call a bedroom community. You have beautiful homes and beautiful condominiums. My clients are 40 to 60 years old. They want a beautiful place in a paradise.

They want good amenities and then what you do is you leave for weekends at a time. You go to the rainforest. You go to the southern zone. You go to the city. You go to the surf beach for two or three days.

You play Tarzan and Jane. You do all that cool stuff and then you come back here where you have a community of people that live here. You have amenities. You have the best infrastructure.

You have the best healthcare and without a doubt the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Come on down baby!

Where Should I Live in Costa Rica?

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