Video: First World Convenience in Affordable Jacó

Jacó, on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is a great place to live. It offers many of the conveniences of a First World country, while maintaining the simplicity, pace, and charm of life in a developing country. As a part-time expat, I split my time between Costa Rica and the U.S., and I’ve found life to be rich and satisfying in this laidback, yet bustling beach town.

I often enjoy an early-morning walk on the beach when there are few people about, and afterward stop for warm, fresh bread and a cup of local coffee—for just $3.25 total.

Many of the stores and shops have people who speak English, but the local folks appreciate my efforts to speak Spanish. They are patient and helpful anyway, but even more so when they see a foreigner communicating in their language, regardless of proficiency.

One of the great benefits of living in Costa Rica is the bountiful produce. The local farmers’ market held on Friday mornings attracts farmers from the surrounding area. Many expats do their produce shopping here for high quality and low prices. With staples like pineapples costing as low as $1.63 each, I often buy a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables here for $20.

If you prefer tropical weather with lots of sunshine, Jacó is the place. There are two seasons per year: the dry season (December to April) and the green (rainy) season (May to November). Temperatures average 85 F to 87 F during the day and around 70 F at night.

Jacó is a place of beauty and offers the amenities of a larger town in a laidback, simpler environment. If you’re thinking of living in a small, relaxed beach environment that also offers plenty of activity and amenities, Jacó is a great choice.

So please, sit back and enjoy my video postcard on my part-time hometown.

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