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Costa Rica is a healthier country for retirees than Panama

(EXPAT-FOCUS) Many retirement companies and organizations promote Panama as a better country to live in than Costa Rica. Although Panama offers many perks for retirees and is slightly more affordable one has to really look at several factors to get a realistic picture and...

You can’t compare apples and oranges

I want to tell everyone reading this that despite all of the negatives, and the out and out criticism with almost everything connected with this pandemic … I am glad that my wife and I are “stuck” here in Costa Rica. We have missed three...

How does it feel being Costa Rican?

(QCOSTARICA) How does it feel being Costa Rican? The question came up recently in my Quora feed. Reading through some of the answers, this one by Jorge Guntanis, born and raised in Costa Rica, impressed me. And I am not easily impressed. Jorge writes: I feel very...

Is Costa Rica really as good as its press releases?”

Ten years ago I wrote a short ebook with this title. But I think the title still means something. The first thing? Almost everyone reading KNOWS how big Costa Rica is… in size, diversity, and population. But no one thinks about it. I mean, come...

Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it is “back home.”

(EXPAT FOCUS) Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it is “back home.” It’s easy to get carried away prognosticating about America and how bad things are there now and projecting even worse for the future. The situation is not improving…...

“Costa Rica is going to hell in a handbasket!”

One of the smartest guys I know told me this last week. Given that so many other countries are having horrible times with their quarantines, lockdowns and disagreements about almost everything… it seems only logical that Costa Rica is too, right? I hear about the...

“Costa Rica Rediscovered…”

My name is Randy Berg and the past few months I have had a few postings here… until recently. And we all know what “until recently” really means. Yeah, “the virus.” And I asked my wife this morning… “how long has it been since we...

What Surprised You After Moving to Costa Rica – Residents Respond

When you do officially move to Costa Rica you are in for some surprises. Many of the people that were interviewed were surprised at how many locals speak English, as well as the abounding beauty. Others were shocked that some ex-pats work hard to re-create...

Don’t Be Fined. Penalty for overstaying in Costa Rica goes into effect

UPDATE (6:02 pm) Following up on the penalties and any moratorium. Our email(s) to Migración have gone unanswered and nothing posted on their website, it was pointed by a reader to the Facebook post of April 17 by the DGME explaining the penalties. The note...

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country?

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country? In a way, yes. It’s mostly a matter of semantics…what does it mean to be a “Caribbean Country” anyway? Does Costa Rica border the Caribbean Sea? Yes. Natives and residents often refer to Costa Rica in terms of regions —...

Opening a bank account in Costa Rica so difficult for expats

For many North Americans (US & Canada), opening a bank account is a relatively simple process that is done relatively quickly.  However, when they move to Costa Rica, the first logical step is to open a bank account. They soon find out that this will...

New Year’s Resolution for U.S. Citizens living in Costa Rica

(Press release) Did you know that U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica can vote in U.S. federal elections? Yes, you can, and you need to vote in 2020 because it may be the most important election in your lifetime. In order to vote in 2020,...

I Made Peace with Mosquitoes

A year and a half ago, while taking a few months off of traveling to settle down in Puerto Viejo Talamanca, I decided to join some of the women in the community for a sweat lodge. I imagined something close to a sauna or...

What does your typical day look like when you are living in Costa Rica?

The question, "What does your typical day look like when you are living in Costa Rica?" was posed on the Facebook group Gringo Expats in Costa Rica—No Advertising. Here's a selection of the 83 comments (answers). Denise H McGhee: I am up at 4 am feed...

Home Invasion, Everyone’s Worst Fear: Reflections of a victim

Home invasion. We were victims of a professional, well-planned home invasion. It is everyone’s worst fear of any crime because it happens in your home while you are there. The criminals were in our home for over an hour looking for a safe and...

What are the most in-demand skills for freelancing?

The prospects for freelancers are said to be enormous as long as they keep themselves up-to-date with demand and keep improving and acquiring new skills. It is also being averred according to some that freelancers would outnumber full-time workers by 2027. Those who want to...

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...

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