How does life change after moving to Costa Rica?

Congratulations, you finally made the decision to move to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica! For whatever reason you are here, whether you’re retired, ready for a new chapter of your life or hoping to make Coco your new permanent home, there’s no doubt your life will be different. We hope that it is everything you ever dreamed it would be.

A new life and new country automatically means new changes. If you’re curious as to how your life may be different when you live in Playas del Coco, here are some ways your life will change when you move to Costa Rica. Specifically at the beach in Guanacaste.

You won’t worry about the weather anymore

The weather is one of the main reasons expats prefer Guanacaste over the rest of the country. Guanacaste has a longer dry season, meaning more sunny days. You won’t ever have to worry about the weather or even look up the forecast. You’ll always wake up knowing that it’s hot and sunny!

Your wardrobe will become smaller

You won’t need anything remotely close to winter clothes here in Coco (not even spring clothes) now that you know that every day is going to be filled with sunshine. Shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, flip flops and swimsuits will be filled with everything that has to do with the beach. Ladies, feel free to pack as many sundresses, skirts and bathing suits as you like because they will become your new everyday outfit. As for the guys, be sure to pack your board shorts and flip flops cause you’re going to need them.

You’ll be able to walk outside and pick fruit off the trees

If you love tropical fruit, you certainly picked the right place to be. Walk outside and you’ll see trees full of all sorts of fruit. Including mango, lime, papaya and avocado. You’ll also probably see some you may not recognize, like cashew or star fruit. It’s easy to get your fill of fruit when you can walk outside your front door and pick it yourself. You really can’t get any fresher than that!

You’ll wake up earlier

Since Costa Rica is a tropical country near the equator, the sunrise and sunset times are the same every day all year long. The sun rises around 6 AM and sets around 6 PM. Daylight savings time doesn’t exist here and with 12 hours of daylight, you won’t want to miss one minute. You’ll start waking up earlier and earlier to the beautiful natural light with plenty of time to enjoy the most out of your day.

Hearing monkeys will be normal

There are many howler monkey troops around Coco and throughout Guanacaste. This might be startling at first if you aren’t used to it, as they are the loudest land animal. You’ll hear them howling randomly throughout the day, especially in the mornings. But don’t worry, you’ll get used to it! In fact, if you don’t hear them you will probably miss them.

These are just five of the many ways your life will change. Come with an open mind and embrace your new life with open arms. Living abroad is what you make of it so just know some changes may be for the better, some may not be. Living in Costa Rica is all about the pura vida lifestyle.

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