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Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

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Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

Hello,

We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids ( 6 year old and 2 year old)) - we are looking to spend a month or more in Costa Rica in January 2019. We need a rental property (furnished) in a safe community where we can enjoy as a family. We are interested in areas near Liberia or San Jose. We haven't bought our tickets yet so we are flexible in where we rent a place.

Since we do not want to rent a car for the whole time of the month – Our priority is to stay near, close or on the beach. Walking distance to at least one big grocery store or town if possible.

We do not know who to get in touch with locally or anyone who can help us zero in on a property.

We are just at the beginning of our search and would love to visit Costa Rica. Anyone with any information – please help us!

Things we need:

Advise on the location (i.e, where it is safe to stay with kids (Families oriented area))

Close to beach and grocery store or town.

Someone who can help us find a property or any local websites.

Looking forward to hearing some great tips and advices.

Thank you so much,

The M Family!

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1. Re: Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

Samara? Though not sure about a whole month in 1 place. Would you consider moving in between at least a couple of areas?

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2. Re: Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

The plan is to stay in one place and live like a local. See how that goes. What do you think?

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3. Re: Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

The reason I mentioned Samara is because many beaches in CR are surf beaches and when you are thinking about beaches for the kids, Samara comes to mind. + it is walkable. See https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/samara/ for more info.

If you are trying to do this as a "testing trip" for potentially considering moving to CR (<-- "living like a local"), you might be interested to see this Quiz - https:/… .

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4. Re: Family of 4 - looking to spend a month in Costa Rica

Staying near, close or on the beach contradicts with staying close to Liberia or San Jose.

Most of Costa Rica is safe if you are talking about personal safety. Most of Costa Rica is not that safe if you are talking about petty theft etc. I hope your "safe community" is not equal to "gated community" as this one contradicts with "living like locals".

So, apart of gated community developments, and apartment buildings in tourist resorts/towns, wherever in Costa Rica you will be staying for a month, you will be "living almost like a local". As the whole country is at your fingertips, you must do your homework. Costa Rica has many micro-climate areas; one can stay high in the cloud forest zone of Monteverde, with cool breezes and daily rains, or down by the Caribbean ocean, hot and humid most of the year. Or anywher in between. Majority of expats - persons that decided to spent the rest of their life in Costa Rica and have come from other countries, are living somewhere around Central Valley; but that should not be your main target, IMO.

Above mentioned coastal town of Samara is one that has retained enough of its local character over the years. There will be many tourists around, but this fact is not always a bad one.

For the better immersion into the daily life as a Tico, I recon best option would be to live with a Tico family, somewhere in between the coastal area and the main cities. Those are all farmers living there.

I wish you good luck with your project.

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