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Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Gardening for Wildlife

From Retire for less in Costa Rica – When we began gardening many years ago, we also started feeding wild birds at about the same time. It wasn’t long before we realized the two activities were interconnected. We observed the birds’ habits, learned what things were beneficial for them and began modifying our garden accordingly. […]

What Does It Cost You NOT to Move to Costa Rica?

What Does It Cost You NOT to Move to Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA RETIREMENT LIVING – In his article of December 24, 2014 and published on Retire For Less in Costa Rica, Rob Evans discusses “What Does It Cost You NOT to Move to Costa Rica?” Evans writes: “As a former financial analyst, I have been intrigued for several years by Paul and Gloria’s monthly budget. I […]

What Does It Cost to Retire in Costa Rica?

What Does It Cost to Retire in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA LIVING from Livingincostarica.com – This is an article that was recently published by Investopedia. I have added some comments in parenthesis which I think puts this article in proper perspective. From cloud forests at nearly 5,000 feet to white sand beaches at sea level, Costa Rica offers some of the most incredible natural environments […]

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

The 17th Edition of “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” Is Out

Our good friend Christopher Howard has just released his 17th edition of the perennial best-selling guidebook, “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica – the official guide to relocation.” The guide is a must for people of all ages and budgets who is considering a move or relocating to Costa Rica. […]

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

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 compared to prices in the Unites States. So, retirees who don’t have automobiles can save a lot of money by using the country’s inexpensive transportation system. Costa Rica has over 7,000 taxis, and they can be found […]

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

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 to research leading an extremely lonely existence can increase an older person’s chance of premature death by 14 percent — providing good reason for everyone to make sure to maintain connections with others as they age. […]

Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

From Live in Costa Rica blog – As we age we become more and more aware of the importance of physical exercise and the role it plays in our health. Fortunately, it is easy to stay fit in Costa Rica since there are a variety of both outdoor activities and indoor venues like gyms to […]

Building a Dream In Costa Rica

Building a Dream In Costa Rica

This article is courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas. When he was 35, Colin Brownlee had an epiphany — a life-changing moment. He was staying at a small hotel on the beach, on Hawaii’s Big Island. The landscaping was lush and tropical, there […]

The Positives of Life in the U.S. for Less in Costa Rica

The Positives of Life in the U.S. for Less in Costa Rica

By Jason Holland, International Living Magazine Bruce and Karen Huss’s move to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast evolved over time. Their first visit was five years ago, when they spent time in the exclusive Los Sueños resort community in Playa Herradura, just north of Jaco. On the seventh day of their trip, the couple bought […]

How many gringos are there in Costa Rica, what do they do?

How many gringos are there in Costa Rica, what do they do?

By Christopher Howard If you are thinking or living in or retiring in Costa Rica the following should be of interest to you. According to a recent article in Costa Rica’s la Nación newspaper there are some 16,000 U.S.citizens living in Costa Rica. This information is based on the 2011 census done by the National […]

Where to live – West of San José

Where to live – West of San José

By Christphoer Howard/Live in Costa Rica Blog I originally started this series a couple of months ago but got sidetracked and wrote a series of blogs about different subjects. Santa Ana Santa Ana used to be the weekend retreat and summer destination for well-to-do Costa Ricans. There is a pleasant mixture of Many foreigners and […]

Jurassic Park for Retirees in Costa Rica

Jurassic Park for Retirees in Costa Rica

From Live in Costa Rica Blog/QCostarica – From Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica series1 If  you have read any of the books or movies in the highly-popular science fiction series Jurassic Park, you probably realize that the plot supposedly takes place in Costa Rica. The film centers on Isla Nublar near Costa Rica’s […]

The Association of Residents of Costa Rica

The Association of Residents of Costa Rica

  Living in Costa Rica can be exciting, but also challenging. One organization that hwas been assisting those living or retiring in Costa Rica is the Association of Residents of Costa Rica. Ryan Piercy, a Canadian, runs the Association that helps residents, wanna be residents and visitors with information on living in and moving to […]

El Aguinaldo is a new concept for retirees

El Aguinaldo is a new concept for retirees

From LiveinCostarica blog/QCostarica It is almost that time of year when employers in Costa Rica have to pay employees their annual aguinaldo or end-of-the-year bonus. Employers must pay an aguinaldo if an employee has worked from December 1 through November 30, or an amount proportionate to the time worked, if less than a year. The […]

Most Costa Ricans have it all!

Most Costa Ricans have it all!

By Chris Howard, Live In Costa Rica Blog/QCostarica When I moved to Costa Rica almost 35 years ago to live my dream Costa Ricans were not as well off as they are now. Don’t get me wrong! About one-quarter of the people currently live below the poverty line but as a whole the majority of […]

Costa Rica’s Running Scene for Retirees

Costa Rica’s Running Scene for Retirees

Many baby boomers are health conscious and into running. The benefits which an individual can get from running on a regular basis have been touted in many publications and studies. There are some runners who run just for the joy of running but there are others including many seniors who run because they realize there […]

It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

Tuesday 06 November 2012 | QRetirement I have been a vegetarian for almost forty years. I am actually Lacto-ovovegetarian since I exclude meat, poultry, and fish but include dairy products and eggs. Most vegetarians in the US are lacto-ovovegetarians. The benefits of a vegetarian diet are obvious: the consumption of a diet of whole grains, […]

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

Relocating to another country is a significant decision that should be given careful thought. When pondering about such a move, one can easily come up with a million questions about what to expect; something that can be attributed to the many complexities we have assigned to our modern lives. Like many other developing countries around […]

Reasons to live or retire in Costa Rica

Reasons to live or retire in Costa Rica

Have you ever dreamed of the perfect place to live or retire with a great lifestyle? You have found it and Christopher Howard will introduce you to it. Costa Rica is a unique tropical retirement paradise which offers inexpensive living and retirement; affordable first-world medical care for retirees; the opportunity to start over; lots of […]