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Christopher Howard has lived, worked and played in one of the most magical places on earth for more than 33 years. His love for Central America is so great that he became a citizen of Costa Rica. Howard is the author the perennial best-selling travel/retirement/overseas investment guide book (15 editions), The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica. He is the only author of any of the guidebooks about Costa Rica who actually lives there full-time. You can reach Howard at liveincostarica.com

The Biggest Error You Can Make If You Choose Costa Rica To Relocate

On my monthly relocation tours I always tell my clients that, "the worst here is far better than...

Go to jail for uttering obscenities to women in Costa Rica

Piropos are flirtatious remarks or comments men often say to women as they walk down the street in...

Future Retirees Should Know About San Ramon’s Strange Weather

LIVE IN COSTA RICA - San Ramón is a small city located along the Panamerican Highway (Interamericana in Spanish) at...

Costa Rica Retirees Should Be Aware of Those Fattening Tamales

LIVING IN COSTA RICA - Part of living in Costa Rica is experiencing its culture which includes a...

Reindeer in Costa Rica

LIVING IN COSTA RICA - During the Christmas season in Costa Rica Gringo retirees and tourists, who are...

Retirees Beware: Coche Bomba (Car Bomb) Will Soon Explode in Zapote’s Bull Ring!

COSTA RICA LIVING - Judging by the title of this blog one would think that we have terrorism...

The Story of San José’s Famous Plaza de la Cultura for Retirees and Other Expats

COSTA RICA LIVING - It is impossible to miss La Plaza de la Cultura if you’re walking along...

A most unusual profession

COSTA RICA LIVING - In many Spanish speaking countries including Costa Rica you find the widespread practice of...

The Demise of Gringo Gulch

LIVE IN COSTA RICA  - With the closing of Joe B’s Bar and the recent death of Bobby...

The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic

LIVE IN COSTA RIC A - The majority of my readers are those thinking of relocating or retiring...

Retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica’s postal service has made great strides in recent years

LIVE IN COSTA RICA - There was a time when nobody in there right mind would use the...

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

Retiring in Costa Rica by  Christopher Howard - Taxis and buses, are very affordable in Costa Rica when...

Drivers Can Legally Run Red Lights and Run Over Dead People in Costa Rica

Don’t take the title of this article too seriously but there is some truth to it. According to Article...

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

A lot of the nightlife in San José, capital of Costa Rica, takes place in a section of...

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

When one hears the word lottery (lotería in Spanish) mentioned, the first thing that usually comes to mind...

Ice Skating in Costa Rica

When people retire they find themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands and have to...

In Costa Rica retirees won’t have to die of loneliness

I recently read an article about loneliness increasing one’s chances of dying prematurely. Can it actually happen? Apparently, according...

Are gringos nothing more than ATM machines for ticas?

In most cases the answer is, yes. Most gringos who come to Costa Rica end up getting involved...

Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

From Live in Costa Rica blog - As we age we become more and more aware of the...

Costa Rica’s health care options to Obama Care for retirees

From Live in Costa Rica Blog - Over the years I have many clients on my monthly relocation/retirement...

Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica’s Highest Peak

You can gain some elevation and venture through temperate forests before you arrive at Chirripó National Park, which...

Sit And Watch the Sea

Enjoy this beautiful view by Christopher Howard! Wouldn't you like to sit there and watch the sea? Wouldn't you...

CNN selects Costa Rica as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2014

In an article published ivy CNN on January 1, 2014 Costa Rica was mentioned as a prime destination...

[BLOG] Laura Chinchilla is three months pregnant by political foe

If you retire in Costa Rica understanding the people’s humor is an importing part of adapting to the...

[BLOG] Monchocleteada in San Ramón

What is a Monchocleteada? Moncho is the nickname for Ramón in Spanish and also the city of San...

Retirees can have shoes repaired affordably in Costa Rica

Retirees on a tight budget can save money by having their old shoes repaired rather than buying new...

[BLOG] Encelulado in Costa Rica

After reading the title you are probably asking, “What does encelulado mean in English.” The closest translation I...

[BLOG] What is Costa Rica’s Greatest Natural Resource?

The word natural resource is usually defined as a material source of wealth, such as timber, fresh water,...

Healthy advice for retirees living in Costa Rica

Live in Costa Rica - Costa Rica is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the...

[BLOG] What in the heck is the Farándula?

If you listen to the news in Spanish or know enough Spanish to read the Diario Extra you may have...

Santa Teresa, Cobano, Puntarenas

Beautiful sunset in Santa Teresa, Cobano, Puntarenas.   Photo by Mauro Román

Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica

What better way to see in the evening than this stunning view. Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica. Photo by Christopher...

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Can You Imagine A Costa Rica Without All Those 0’s In Its Money?

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