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Woman Knocks On Door, Robbers Rush In

A woman knocked on the door of a house of a foreigner, expat in Costa Rica - a French national and whose identity was not released - Thursday night in Turrubares, to allow three robbers to enter. According to the police report, the incident occurred...

Too Many “Gringos” View Costa Rica Through Distorted North American Eyes

Christopher Howard's Live in Costa Rica - It is very easy to look at the negatives in Costa Rica when one is comparing the country with the United States or Canada. They are too completely different countries and, above all, cultures. It is really easy...

Panama Vs. Costa Rica: The Real Scoop, Part 1

I have lived in Central America for almost 40 years and have had ample opportunity to observe expat retirement trends. During that time I have written retirement guides about Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua, all of which have been best-sellers at one time or...

7 Unbreakable Laws of Success For Expats in Costa Rica According to Steve Jobs

I found this article while surfing The Internet - For some reason we don't call it the world wide web anymore. The title intrigued me: Steve Jobs, Success, Expats, Costa Rica. That is how I read, pick out the important words (to me). Need...

Lifestyle migrants bring good intentions—but major change—to Costa Rica

A group of Americans and Europeans has relocated to a Costa Rican community in recent decades, and despite the government cheering the economic jolt, their isolation from locals there more highlights the privilege of these migrants who drastically transform coastal villages, according to a...

TRUE STORY: “I Moved to Costa Rica to Escape Trump”

"Upon arriving in San José, Costa Rica’s bustling capital, we checked into our hotel and the next day rented a car. San José is an enormous city," writes Mary Wallace in her story on OZY.com, following her decision to move to Costa Rica if...

In Search of Nice Americans: First Impression of Costa Rica!

Extracted from Geoff Steward’s entertaining travel book ‘In Search of Nice Americans‘, the following is his light hearted and very, very funny (The Telegraph) first impression of Costa Rica. Trough my one half-open eye, I am taking in the new landscape and country. I have...

Discovering Costa Rica: Tennis in the Jungle

I was going to call this column “The Hidden Costa Rica,” but then I realized all of Costa Rica is hidden. I’ve traveled the world, but have never found it harder to get information about the most basic things than in this user-unfrienldly paradise....

The Importance of Being Bilingual

From Merck Manuals Student Stories, we get a first-hand account of the importance of being bilingual from a med student who had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica and the benefit of knowing two or more languages. Here is Ashleigh Frialde's story, originally...

The Gringo Bubble

The recent trend in expat living is the Gringo Bubble, creating an insulating layer of US culture. So many expats and foreign tourists never have a true Costa Rican experience. Living here for years, they might never eat at a Costa Rican restaurant or...

Costa Rica Has Come A Long Way

Costa Rica has come a long way, commercially speaking. I remember when Multiplaza was but a twinkle in an entrepreneur’s eye. Finally, a mall! What can I say? I am from New Jersey, not France. I need all my shopping venues to be concentrated in...

3 Reasons Not to Live in Costa Rica (and 3 Reasons You Should Move There Now!)

It took a while for my husband and I to pluck up the courage to sell our house and most of our belongings then move to Costa Rica, and a continent we’d never visited before with a language we didn’t speak. So we chose to move...

Costa Ricans Are Very Polite

(By Galya Gerstman) Costa Ricans are very polite. Very, very polite. We from the USA think we’re polite. The English think they’re polite. (The French and the Israelis don’t have any illusions that they are polite. Or at least they shouldn’t). But Costa Ricans...

3 Ways to Get a Second Passport and 2 Countries to Get It From Quickly

A Second Passport is not just for the "James Bond" or "Jason Bourne" or the super wealthy of this world. The truth? Millions of people can obtain multiple citizenships and a second passport, even a third. You don't need to be a spy or...

Costa Rica Second in Expat Destinations in 2017

Costa Rica was chosen as the second best country to live abroad, according to a survey conducted by expat resource website InterNations. InterNations reports surveying more than 12,500 expat members from 166 different nationalities to get their take on their adopted countries, who evaluated more than...

Zen Dog Duke Chronicles: Nothing Happens For A Reason

I left the house this morning with Zen Dog Duke just after dawn. The private school buses were making their rounds in our neighborhood, collecting young students in shorts with sox that match their school colors, some with sweaters and ball caps and backpacks. It...

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography used to be a hobby limited to people with the deep pockets to afford the equipment—cameras, lenses, tripods, etc. You also needed a strong back, or porters, to lug around the heavy gear. Technology has reduced both the cost and the weight....

Sin Semillas: A Zen Dog Guide To Living Well In Costa Rica

Quality of life is what we say we want. A successful life we may think is one with no seeds or pits. Nothing to spit out. A Perfect luscious mouthful of joie de vivre with every bite, each and every time you dig in....

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