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Costa Rica Banking – Expat Survival Tips – A Quick Overview with #CostaRicaMatt

Let’s talk about Costa Rica banking folks! I felt it somewhat appropriate to label this episode as “survival tips” because it can feel like a life or death situation when you’re an expat who has just moved to Costa Rica and you can’t navigate your local bank. (Or it can feel like a survival scenario once you’ve found out, after 4.5 hours in the wrong line, that you’re not going to get your withdrawal accomplished that day…)

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect in this episode:
1:35 – Can foreigners open bank accounts in Costa Rica?
2:51 – Which Costa Rica bank should you choose?
4:46 – Costa Rica Banking Advice – survival tips and hacks for expats
5:06 – Tip #1 – Find a branch with truly bilingual services
5:52 – Tip #2 – Have your lawyer prepare all the documents you’ll need in advance.
6:54 – Tip #3 – Pick the perfect, low-traffic time to visit your bank.
8:14 – Tip #4 – MOST importantly, get in the right line! How to navigate…

As always, I greatly appreciate everyone watching my channel, and my advice is based on living since 2008 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I am sure other regions have different nuances when it comes to the best banks for foreigners. But I aim only to provide general advice and a few tips to get you started.

If you are moving to Costa Rica, and you’ve decided that Guanacaste is right for you – and especially the areas anywhere within a 1.5-hour drive of Playa Tamarindo – please reach out! I am available at

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