Costa Rica - For Digital Nomads

Costa Rica – For Digital Nomads

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All you need to know about working remotely from Costa Rica

 

The good

  • Amazing landscapes and beaches
  • Astonishing fauna and flora
  • Cost of living is low

The bad

  • Public transport
  • Lack of english speakers
  • The rain season

Connectivity

Even though Costa-Rica might not be as advanced technologically as a first world nation like the USA, it is surprisingly well covered across the country. The most popular mobile networks are Kolbi Movil, Clara Movil and Movistar:

With that being said, if you want to work from remote places there are many things to know and anticipate. Here is a brilliant blog article showing the highs and lows of connectivity in Costa-Rica and all the « life-hacks » to go around it.

Visas and documentation

You will find all the informations needed on this website. When you arrive in Costa-Rica, you need to show a proof of your intent to leave the country in the time period of your visa, generally of 90 days for most countries.

Where to work

Costa-Ricans are following the trend of building productive spaces to help the growing community of digital workers coming from around the world. Other than that, cybercafés are also very common and offer the basic necessities for digital nomads.

Coworking spaces

Cybercafés

If you’re exploring the country and still want to take the time to work peacefully, cybercafés are spread around the country therefore much more accessible.

Tech stuff

Power plug types

The power plugs and sockets are of type A and B, like most of the countries in Central and Northern America. Just a reminder that type A sockets have no alternative plugs but type B sockets is compatible with type A plugs.

Laptop & phone repair

If you’re in a dire need to repair your devices, your best bet is in San Jose where you’ll find a lot computer & phone stores.

For Apple users, make sure to check the link below to locate Apple affiliated shops like iShop.

Language

The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish. Only 11% of the adult population speaks english fluently. There are also several indigenous languages to be wary about in certain regions:

When to visit

The rain season occurs from May to November and the dry season starts approximately in mid-December and ends in April. This is the peak season for tourists and outdoor activities as the temperature and sunshine are more than agreable.

Of course it also depends on the region you’re visiting. To learn more about the specificities of Costa Rica’s climate, check out this complete guide.

Food

Costa Rica’s staple ingredients are rice, black beans, pork & beef, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Being at the crossroads of the south and north America, it is exceptionally diverse.

A traditional meal will cost you between 5 to 7 U.S. Dollars.

Accommodation

Coliving, Airbnb & Hotels

More info on the main cities

Liberia

  • 1.90 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.53 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,274 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Puerto Viejo

  • 7 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,598 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

San José

  • 4.52 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.65 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,499 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Santa Teresa

  • 6.16 Mbps average download speed
  • 0.65 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G slightly covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,564 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Tamarindo

  • 1.4 Mbps average download speed
  • 0.9 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,771 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly
Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)