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How is a real relocation/retirement tour different than a relocation/real estate tour?

When I started my relocation tours during the early 1990s they were more  ‘tourist-oriented'...

Expats can now learn how to prepare typical Costa Rican cuisine

Many expats become enamored with Costa Rican food and want to learn how to...

How difficult is it for retired expats to make Costa Rican friends?

Costa Ricans are very friendly people and in general some of the happiest people...

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...

Panama vs. Costa Rica: The Real Scoop, Part 2

The cost of living in a particular country is in many cases the most...

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

I have lived in Central America for almost 40 years and have had ample...

Costa Rica’s Hidden Minefields — a real danger

When one thinks of minefields, the first thing that comes to mind are the...

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...

Costa Rica Against Money Laundering, Terrorist Funding

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica has launched a national campaign against money laundering and terrorist financing,...

Protester Blockades Indirect Cause of Fatal Accident

(QCOSTARICA) The protest by hundreds of porteadores (informal taxis) on Wednesday impeded an ambulance...

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...

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...

The Demise of Gringo Gulch

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

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...

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

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

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

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

Are gringos nothing more than ATM machines for ticas?

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

[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...

[BLOG] Monchocleteada in San Ramón

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

Retirees can have shoes repaired affordably in Costa Rica

Retirees on a tight budget can save money by having their old shoes repaired...

[BLOG] Encelulado in Costa Rica

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

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

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

[BLOG] What in the heck is the Farándula?

If you listen to the news in Spanish or know enough Spanish to read...

[BLOG] My Tale of the FJ Cruiser

By Christopher Howard - I moved to Costa Rica in 1980 and never owned...

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