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8 Reasons Why Americans Are LEAVING Costa Rica
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00:48 First Reason
01:53 Second Reason
03:09 Third Reason
03:47 Fourth Reason
04:14 Fifth Reason
04:33 Sixth Reason
05:16 Seven Reason
05:47 Eight Reason
Many people who move to Costa Rica, plan to stay for only a few years before packing up and heading back home. People often spend more time thinking about moving to Costa Rica, than they do actually relocating there. In this video, We will discuss some of the most common triggers for expatriation from Costa Rica. How many foreigners call Costa Rica home exactly? The U.S. Department of State estimates that, over 120,000 Americans call Costa Rica home; we’d say that this is by far the country’s largest expat population. and Europeans may come in second and third, respectively. The reasons people retire or move to Costa Rica, are as varied as the reasons they decide to leave.
First reason. People quickly pointed out that, living expenses aren’t actually that low. They claimed that they came to Costa Rica, because they thought it would be cheaper there. However, the truth was that they spent exactly the same there as in the USA. It didn’t come as a huge shock to us, because there has been a lot of talk about how low the cost of living, is on the internet ever since its infancy. The problem is that much of this information was published at least a decade ago. Also, the story that Costa Rica is a cheap place to live has persisted. Contrary to popular belief, Costa Rica is not a cheap place to call home. In fact, it ranks as Latin America’s second most expensive country to call home. The reason for this is that import taxes in Costa Rica, are extremely high. Hence, specialized foods and vehicles, are among the priciest things to buy. When these factors are added up, the cost of living is higher than most people realize.
Second reason. An inability to adapt to local culture, as well as unrealistic, misaligned expectations, is likely the most significant. Moving from a developed country like the United States, where you’re likely living the “rat race,” to a more relaxed country like Costa Rica, would be like night and day. Because of the slower pace of life, the culture shock will be more severe, than if one were to move from a similar but neighboring country, such as Panama, to Costa Rica. The most common oversight in this regard is a lack of commitment, to the country over a sustained period of time, which is necessary for successful cultural integration. Consider that you have recently relocated to Costa Rica, and that the first few months have been enjoyable. You’ve officially entered the “honeymoon” phase of your move.
Third reason. The 3rd major issue is connected to the first, in that it involves people’s unrealistic expectations of the cost of living. It’s possible that they’ve made Costa Rica out to be the promised land, a place where all your problems will be solved, and you’ll live a better, more affordable, more beautiful, and more exciting life.
Fourth reason. Concerns about health care were the fourth most common complaint, which we found surprising given, Costa Rica’s stellar international reputation in this area. The country’s reputation as a top destination for medical tourists, is an integral part of its marketing strategy. Thus, it came as a surprise to us when people said, they were leaving Costa Rica due to health concerns.
Fifth reason. The fifth most common reason was the importance of family, which made us pretty down. To us, this suggests that people waited until a certain point in their lives, such as retirement in Costa Rica, before deciding they wanted to prioritize, spending time with their loved ones.
Sixth reason. Crime rates. When compared to other developed nations, such as the United States, Costa Rica ranks 32nd on the Global Peace Index. Therefore, Costa Rica is quite a peaceful and secure country. It’s important to note that this in no way discounts, the existence of crime or other issues. We have also learned that not all criminal activity is reported. It is unclear whether the teco times, an English-language newspaper or la nacion, the largest Spanish-language newspaper, purposefully omits coverage of events in the expat community. Crime against expatriates is likely more common than is commonly believed.
Seventh reason. The next topic brought up was how everyone was complaining, about the same problems they were having with other expats, and online communities. Thus, it saddened us to consider that, some expats who had enthusiastically anticipated their move to Costa Rica, now find themselves dissatisfied with their new home. However, when talking to other expats, who are considering or have recently moved to Costa Rica, they tend to have a negative outlook on life there.
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