Navigating your Move to Costa Rica: 9 Essential Steps


What are the steps in moving to Costa Rica? It may seem like A LOT… and well it is to be honest. But I will break it down for you here below. 

These are the exact steps that we take members in our RelocateNow and DIY Move to Costa Rica programs to make sure everything runs smoothly before, during and after their move. 


1. 🤔 Determine if you should move to Costa Rica

Before diving into the logistics of moving, take the time to evaluate whether Costa Rica is the right fit for you. Consider factors such as climate, culture, language, and your income. Ensure there are no major deal breakers that could hinder your happiness and success in your new home.

2. 💵 Make sure your income is sorted out

Research the cost of living in the area you’re considering and ensure your income is sufficient to cover your expenses comfortably. Explore opportunities for remote work, employment, or retirement options that align with your financial needs.

3. 📈 Determine your timeline for moving

Set a realistic timeline for your move based on your personal circumstances and any external factors such as work or family commitments. Having a clear timeline will help you stay organized and focused throughout the moving process.

4. 🏡 Wrap up things at home

Before departing, take care of any loose ends at home, such as terminating leases, selling belongings, or arranging for storage. Notify relevant parties, such as utility providers and government agencies, of your impending move.

5. 🗒️ Consider all major logistics

Thoroughly plan each aspect of your move, including finding suitable housing, obtaining residency or visas, packing and shipping belongings, arranging transportation for pets, managing finances, securing insurance, and addressing healthcare needs. Make informed decisions to ensure a smooth transition to your new life in Costa Rica.

6. 📆  Create your “Roadmap”

Develop a comprehensive roadmap outlining the steps you need to take and the deadlines for each task. Break down the moving process into manageable stages, from initial research to settling into your new home. Having a roadmap will help you stay organized and on track.

7. Begin to follow your month-to-month plan

Execute your plan step by step, following your roadmap and adjusting as needed. Stay proactive and address any challenges or obstacles that arise along the way. Regularly review your progress to ensure you’re on course to meet your moving goals.

8. 🛫 Organize a perfect arrival

Coordinate the details of your arrival in Costa Rica, including booking flights, arranging transportation from the airport, and securing temporary accommodation if needed. Familiarize yourself with local customs and regulations to ease the transition upon arrival.

9. 🌴 Adjust to your new surroundings and country

Finally, embrace your new life in Costa Rica with an open mind and adventurous spirit. Take the time to explore your surroundings, connect with the local community, and immerse yourself in the culture. Be patient with yourself as you adjust to the nuances of living in a new country, and allow yourself to enjoy the journey.


That’s about as simple as I could break it down…. But of course, A LOT goes into each step!


It’s not enough to always know what steps to take, but how to take them, and that’s where we come in to help! 

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Author’s Bio:

Hi! I'm Sarah Elena

Sarah Elena, CEO of RelocateNow and a seasoned Relocation Expert with over 8.5 years of experience living in Costa Rica, brings a wealth of knowledge in helping individuals move to this tropical paradise. Her personal journey and professional background have shaped the company into a trusted resource for comprehensive relocation services, emphasizing cultural integration and community connection.

Sarah's approach extends beyond logistical support; she has built a robust network of legal experts, real estate agents, and cultural advisors dedicated to ensuring clients not only relocate but thrive in Costa Rica. Recognized in international living circles, her leadership has positioned RelocateNow as the premier choice for those seeking a transformative relocation experience.


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