If you have the freedom to choose where to live or spend your time in this beautiful country, then I recommend you first consider what lifestyle you want to live in and in what type of climate; Although Costa Rica is a small country, it has a great variety of climates and a myriad of places that can meet your budget and needs.
In terms of lifestyle Costa Rica, in general, is a fairly relaxed country, for the family Ticos and friends are an important pillar of society, religion remains quite strong, as well as other cultural and historical factors that identify them. On the other hand, we can make the distinction in the way of life, choosing to live inside or outside the central valley.
The central valley is made up of parts of the provinces of San José, Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago, where most of the population lives and where most government offices and economic activities take place. This is where the city lifestyle takes place, this follows the footsteps of any big city around the world. You will be able to find all the products and services easily here, such as malls, trendy restaurants, large supermarkets, major hospitals and much more. So the way of life is unquestionably more dynamic and expensive.
Living in other provinces like Limon, Guanacaste and Puntarenas or a little further from the center of the central valley in cities like Athens, San Ramon and Palmares can allow you to live a calmer and slower life, enjoying even more of nature, Forget that Costa Rica is a tourist country and a large number of cities and towns enjoy easy access to services and products as in the central area. Many of these cities and towns are found mostly on the coast or near attractions such as volcanoes and national parks such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Manuel Antonio and Puerto Viejo.
The climate is another important factor in choosing where to live, Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F and has only 2 seasons of the dry and rainy season. Depending on the region, these stations are more or less intense. The dry season, which means that less rain does not fall completely, is about 5 months a year. The Central Valley enjoys the year-round spring weather and the mountains and uplands are colder than the coastal regions. In terms of humidity, the less humid area is the North Pacific Coast, where cities like Tamarindo and Flamingo are found. This area is called «The Gold Coast of Costa Rica», with less rain than the rest of the country and 300 sunny days a year. The wettest area is the Caribbean, where Puerto Viejo is, this level of humidity allows the lushest landscape and hosts incredible animal populations.