Where to live in CR as a single

Great posts and responses everyone!

My situation is rather unusual. My intent is to retire to CR as a single male at age 62. I also would most likely prefer to live no more than 30 minutes from a beach (be it Pacific or Caribbean), and to live somewhere not too "sleepy" as I am still quite energetic and would like to have things to do. Even though the Central Valley sounds beautiful, it may be too "quiet" for me. any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks - Martin

Many singles move here, so it isn't unusual at all.
Puriscal may suit you.
If you decide on a area where many tourists head to, it may be harder to make friends as these people will be transient.
It will depend on what lifestyle you enjoy, but you will need to put 'boots on the ground' and check out areas that interest you, by yourself.
The Central Valley has lots to offer, with easy access to  most of the annual and cultural events are held in the San José area.

Residency info.

Thanks so much...I plan to visit soon but am looking to have as much good advice as possible so that I can narrow down my choices ahead of time..

Just an FYI .... Puriscal is considerably further than 30 minutes from the beach.
Cheers .... Terry

Yes...I should have added that it was further from the beach, but it  isn't   too sleepy... :sleep

I've been unable to even find Puriscal on a map!

It may be called Santiago on some maps as its original name was Santiago de Puriscal.

if you're single  you wanna be close to San Jose, or at least Alajuela. IMHO.

Thank you...Santiago is most definitely on the maps. Anywhere closer to beaches that are still relatively affordable and quiet?

It seems that most expats don't have a great opinion of San Jose. Where is Alajuela in relation to San Jose and also to the beaches?

You would be best to study a Costa Rica map  to see how the towns  relate to each other, since you have never been here. Make sure to check out the other maps, too.

Only you can decide what particular area suits you....and this will require at least a visit or two.

Thanks...I've studied the maps but they tell me nothing more than longitude and latitude (and, of course, altitude!). I plan to visit but am trying to narrow down locations to put on "priorities list"  to visit first based on feedback from the community I'm sure you folks that are there, and have been for some time, can help me to narrow my search. To further narrow, I can tell you that I don't mind the heat at the lower elevations but don't want to be in the middle of a tourist area that charges tourist prices for meals, etc.

I have been here for many years, but have not lived at the beach, in tourist areas or solely in an area where 'expats' tend to reside. We all have different requirements and have had to hunt around to find what suits us and our budgets....just like you will have to do.

Good luck.

Thank you.

Alajuela is the closest city to the international airport SJO.

I say that if you're single and really want nightlife and dating the area around Alajuela and San Jose is best because that's where the online dating scene is best and that seems to be how most people find dates these days.  A friend here told me that, that outlying areas away from the San Jose area are not very online-dating friendly.

Of course if you want to try to meet people the old fashioned way that can happen anywhere. But that said, there are less singles in the smaller outlying towns and not so many easy places to meet singles. More population = more dating opportunities.

Yes, San Jose is a big dirty city with bad traffic. But decent bus service and fairly reasonable taxi service and lots of places to go and things to do. But if you want to meet women there is no better location for that than San Jose in my opinion, with Alajuela coming in 2nd.

If you want to be at the beach and yet avoid touristy areas, your dating options may be very limited. If you're young enough to get into surfing and surfers, someplace like Dominical might work.

You mentioned that the "central valley may be too quiet for you". Most of the beach towns are actually sleepier than many parts of the central valley unless you're talking Jaco or maybe a couple others, not sure.

Great response! That's exactly the kind of information that I'm looking for.

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