In August 2016, we flew to Costa Rica, settled in a hotel in the small town of Alajuela, and through the Internet we began to look for accommodation for a long time.
First, we were looking for housing in Alahuela: we wanted to live there for the first time, until we get to know Costa Rica better. However, the only option that we liked on the site turned out to be inappropriate in real life.
We expanded the geography and found a great option in the area of Mora (Rodeo). It was a small apartment with furniture for 130,000 colon in a separate house. Utilities, Internet and electricity included in the price. The day after the inspection, we moved there with things.
The hosts were wonderful, the area is quiet and safe. Not far from the apartments there was a shop, cafe, sports field, rodeo, Univercidad Para la Paz University and National Peace Park. On weekends, tourists came to Rodeo to participate in hiking and horseback riding. And the most important is a very beautiful place! Everywhere amazing tropical trees, magnificent mountain landscapes, huge coffee plantations.
But … The Internet was limited, and for remote work we had to buy an expensive mobile. In a local store, prices are almost doubled compared to the city. The bus drove only students, and the city had to take a taxi or walk 6 km on foot. Therefore, a month later, having enjoyed plenty of nature, we decided to look for housing closer to civilization and moved to San Jose.
Important points when looking for accommodation in Costa Rica:
- Rental prices start from 40,000 pillars per room or house and depend on the condition, equipment, area, your needs. The upper threshold can be very high. There is housing, which is rented for 5 thousand dollars a month.
- The choice of housing on the sites seems great, but much in poor condition. Costa Ricans rent out basements for garages, garages, utility rooms without repairs, without windows and doors.
Not everywhere there is a ceiling – only the roof. The floor is sometimes just covered with concrete. And this applies not only to cheap housing.
- Landlords are often asked to pay a deposit. The amount is usually equal to the payment of the apartment for the month, but you can agree to divide it or reduce it.
- Great deals appear and quickly disappear. If the ad hangs on the site for a long time, then something is obviously wrong with it.
- Some landlords are looking for guests with work or students, but tourists are denied.
- It is most convenient to communicate via WhatsApp, in Costa Rica everyone has it. If you do not know the language, you can use the translator.
Thus, to find suitable housing is quite realistic.