Costa Rica is not only known for its amazing beaches, low cost of living, and magical wildlife; it’s becoming a major draw for digital nomads.
While the low cost of living is a huge part of the appeal for remote workers, that’s not the end all be all. Costa Rica may be the closest place to the continental U.S. which truly feels like an exotic location.
The close proximity to immerse yourself into the wild atmosphere WHILE getting paid…it doesn’t get much better than that!
Not to mention the welcoming locals and stunning beauty throughout the country. It’s no wonder it is quickly becoming a hub for digital nomads seeking their next home away from home.
Local publication, The CostaRican Times, just released what they believe are the top Costa Rican destinations for those who work from their laptops.
Key factors were affordability, connectivity, a thriving community of expats, and top attractions to keep busy.
These 5 destinations in Costa Rica were just ranked the best in the country for digital nomads:
#5 Puerto Viejo, Limon
This scenic beach town with crystal blue waters is what one would expect to see when visiting paradise.
Located on the pristine coastline not far north of Panama borders, digital nomads love calling this small town their temporary home.
Puerto Viejo offers accommodations friendly to remote workers and trendy cafes with Wi-Fi. National parks are within reasonable distance to enjoy downtime away from work in nature.
Just outside the city limits is a Jaguar rescue center to visit and appreciate one of the jungle’s most beautiful animals up close and personal.
#4 Playa Samara, Guanacaste
Digital nomads look at their careers as dream jobs because of the freedom of where they can go. At the top of the list has to be gorgeous beach towns.
Playa Samara is just that and more, with a lot to offer anyone wanting to call this place their home.
First of all, this quaint town is quiet, so it’s easier to focus on work and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the Nicoya Peninsula.
This area is home to a friendly, welcoming community where visitors will find many organic restaurants to choose from with free-wi-fi, along with yoga on the picturesque beaches.
#3 Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Digital nomads love this stunning beach full of activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and SCUBA diving.
Or if going underwater isn’t your style, it’s an awesome place to go sailing or kayaking as well. Playa Hermosa translates to ‘beautiful beach’, and it lives up to its name.
There are simply not many places better to spend the day, especially for those who take pride in conservation and sustainability.
This community does a lot to preserve its beautiful nature, which digital nomads will greatly benefit from by calling this place ‘home’.
#2 Santa Teresa, Guanacaste
Costa Rica as a whole is known for its laid-back, chill vibes. Santa Teresa is the same way in its own right in typical surfer community fashion.
Known for its friendly surfing scene and affordable rent, this place is perfect for digital nomads to get work done and go out and catch some waves.
Visitors will have access to speedy Wi-Fi and air-conditioned accommodations. The local reggae-style bars are a great way to finish off a hard day’s work.
#1 San Jose, Central Valley
Coming in at the number one spot is the capital city of San Jose. Although there have been security concerns, many reports of criminal activity have not affected tourists.
Digital nomads will thrive in Costa Rica’s largest city. Many use San Jose as a gateway into Costa Rican culture, but not necessarily as a home base.
However, for digital nomads, this city can be overlooked. San Jose has many of the modern conveniences that digital nomads would be interested in. Plus, it’s always easy to stay busy, whether with work or pleasure.
Visitors will find an array of museums, restaurants, and buzzing nightlife scenes that some other areas of Costa Rica just don’t have.
That’s why San Jose comes out on top.
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