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COSTA RICA by KATE on 25 november 2015

JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN COSTA RICA None.
This is more or less the answer we got from all the long time expats we met in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
They all had stories of white dreamers such as ourselves maybe, arriving one day in the little piece of paradise, sure to make a living out of their brilliant ideas.
But it never happens this way.
The only real job opportunities here are to start a catering or lodging business and work in the tourism industry.
But the competition is fierce, there are already so many options to choose from.

All the other examples we were given of bakeries, trendy cafés or bars or any other idea out of the classic Bed and Breakfast ended up failing.
And why is that ?

Well, prices are really high in Costa Rica and the ticos (the locals) won’t really pay attention to your new business and won’t be able to afford whatever you sell.
As for the tourists, we know of a few places that sell other things like arts and crafts or Cocoa tours but they are expensive and unfortunately have to and their price tag doesn’t necessary appeal to the young backpackers and the hippie crowd you’ll find in Puerto Viejo.

In other words, making a living here is tough and we were given many examples of expats who had to work on Tico’s salaries to make ends meet.
We also heard of impulsive investments that ended up in the owners benefit at the end and the investors loosing everything.

We haven’t inquired more about it but should you consider to invest in Puerto Viejo we would strongly recommend to come and judge for yourself before taking any action.

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