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Why So Many Remote Workers Live in Costa Rica

Over the past year, it has become more apparent that working remotely is just as effective, if not more, than being in the office. So why not take your work abroad? Costa Rica has quickly become a popular destination for digital nomads worldwide… here’s why.

Climate

Everyone knows that Costa Rica has beautiful weather, but some may not know that Costa Rica is one of the most climatic regions in the world. The country is made up of various climates, however, all of them ultimately fall into two categories: dry and rainy seasons. There is no winter season in Costa Rica, as it’s classified as a tropical destination due to its close proximity to the equator. The dry season, often referred to as the high season, occurs from December to April. This is the best time to visit if you are looking for the warmest weather. Though it is classified as dry, it’s nowhere near unbearable, and often preferred over the high season. The high season, also known as the rainy season, occurs from May to November. If you’re one who loves to hike or adventure within the lush greenery, this is the time for you. The average rainfall equates to approximately 100 inches per year and often rains in the afternoon after a sunny morning.

Cost of Living

Another reason why nomads are flocking to Costa Rica is due to the significantly low cost of living, especially compared to the United States and Europe. The average monthly cost of living is $1000-$1500 USD, including lodging, food, and other common expenses. The overall cost of living is approximately 27% lower than the US average, whereas housing is as much as 60% lower than the US. Even the largest and most expensive city in Costa Rica, San Jose, only costs around $400 USD per month for a 1 bedroom apartment. Basic utilities and wifi will cost you around $120 USD per month, but can be considerably cheaper should you choose to stay in a less popular area. Food is also very inexpensive throughout the country, with typical grocery products costing as little as $0.80 USD. In terms of healthcare, Costa Rica is known for its incredible medical system, with both universal and private options available.

Coffee

We had to mention it. We know as much as you do that coffee is a virtual assistant’s best friend and one of the many fuels to our success ;) Costa Rica is one of the largest coffee producers in the world – yet another reason to make the country your work location of choice. With exceptional growing conditions and hand-picked 100% Arabica beans, you’re sure to find a cup like no other. Did you know that it’s actually illegal in Costa Rica to produce less than 100% Arabica beans? Now that’s how you know they take their coffee seriously!

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