Best Expat Communities on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has been overlooked for years, but Limon has some of the most beautiful locations in the country, along with a rich culture, charm and laid back atmosphere that cannot be found in any other province of the country.

The province of Limon maintains an unspoiled and undeveloped beauty, which is precisely its biggest attraction; yet, for many is also seen as a drawback, however, important investments have been taking place over the past years that will soon bring to Limon more progress, employment sources and facilities.
President Carlos Alvarado has also made emphasis in the fact that the development of this province is one of the government’s priorities.

Limon attracts many visitors every month, particularly Europeans who love the lifestyle the Caribbean has to offer, a lifestyle which allows us to connect with nature and live a simpler, yet more fulfilling life. Many of these visitors choose to prolong their stay.

In addition to its natural attractions, the people of Limon are warm and welcoming; the majority of them speak English in addition to their dialect “patois” (pronounced patwa) and the gastronomy in the area is delicious.

Expats have established communities in several areas of the Caribbean, particularly in the South Caribbean, these communities now offer small yoga studios, spas, boutiques, restaurants, among others.

Some of the best expat communities on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica are:


Cahuita is a beautiful and quiet small community just 20 minutes from Puerto Viejo, its main attraction is the Cahuita National Park. The howler monkeys will wake you up every morning and you can easily walk to the center of Cahuita where you can find a few restaurants, bank, grocery store and pharmacy. Playa Negra is a relaxing spot, popular among locals, while within the Cahuita National Park you’ll have access to pristine waters, ideal conditions to practice scuba-diving or snorkeling.

Puerto Viejo

This is where all the action takes place in the South Caribbean, Puerto Viejo is a typical beach community. Here you’ll find different style restaurants and bars, party scene, supermarket, boutiques, banks, etc. Great surfing conditions attract many expats that love to practice this sport. Everything is walking distance, and if you want to visit other close by communities like Cahuita or Manzanillo they are just a short drive away.


Siquirres is not a beach community, but it’s a beautiful combination of a rural area surrounded with wonderful raw nature, it is picturesque and at the same time there is access to all major services. Ideal for those looking for a quiet life away from the city; here you can find large properties with beautiful views.

The Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean Coast is beautiful, if you are looking to rent or buy a home in this paradise make sure to get all the information and advice you need ahead of time to make sure you have a pleasant experience and avoid all the problems that can come with moving abroad, contact Expat Housing for any help you need.

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