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“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...

Suspected killers lived with the bodies of their victims for 3 days before burning them

(QCOSTARICA) James Allen Honer and Bianca Mena Sibaja (30) had been living together for more than a year, before their charred bodies were discovered in a 'charral' in Sabana Larga, Atenas, some 600 meters from their home. James, an American lawyer retired in Costa Rica...

What could the end of globalization mean for Costa Rica?

I always seem to see the most dismal future. They used to call economics the dismal science. Maybe they were right. At business school in the early 1970s they taught us that manufacturing would inexorably move towards globalization. The reasons seemed obvious: It made sense...

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' in that they included a visit to the Irazú Volcano and a trip by catamaran to Isla Tortuga among other things. At the request of my clients, I began included...

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 prepare it. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to find a cooking class here by checking on the Internet (Facebook) or in the local newspapers and yellow pages. If you don’t have...

It’s not too late for Canadian Expats in Costa Rica to register to vote!

Since 1993 Canadians living abroad for more than five years were denied to vote. But, after a worldwide expat campaign, the Supreme Court of Canada in January this year ruled in favour of returning expats their Constitutional right. Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of...

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...

I Understand Spanish, But I Can’t Speak It Well.

Understanding the language and not speaking it well is actually a very common problem among expats. And there are many reasons for it. Most expats find that the reason they are having trouble speaking Spanish is that they tend to focus too much on the...

My Two Colones

For the most part, people get extremely concerned when they hear the words recession, inflation or devaluation. Do not panic, all of these are natural stages of the economic cycle that every country has to go through over time. While it is important to have...

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...

Why Are Gringos So Obsessed With Shit Paper?

Guest Post by Colin Post, Expat Chronilces - This installment of When Readers Attack! addresses a more moderate “attack” compared to others in the series, mostly free of condescension. But patently false nonetheless and grossly misleading to the point where I thought for a couple...

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...

Travellers and Local Experts Team Up For Authentic Travel Experience

Better Places, a social enterprise in responsible travel that launched in The Netherlands in 2014, followed by Germany in 2016 (operating as Fairaway), is now available to English-speaking travellers around the globe as Better Places Travel. Initial destination roll-out includes: Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica,...

Is Costa Rica a Health Care Haven for Expats?

Q24n (edited) - Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats. Are you looking for a low cost of living? Check. Are you looking for fabulous beaches and beautiful weather? Check. Need some cheap real estate? Check. The list can continue for days. However, one...

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

TODAY PANAMA – There appears to be a lot of confusion , that affects expats living in Panama preferring and their ‘visitor’ status, as Panama cracks down on permanent tourists. The new measure applies to foreigners residing in the country as tourists. Photo Telemetro On March...

The 17 Countries Where Expats Live The Happiest: Guess Who is #1

(Q24N) From the InterNations Happiest countries for expats, Costa Rica is tops of 17 countries where expats live the happiest lives. Being happy is not an exact formula — earning a lot of money does not necessarily equate to a happy life. A new survey...

Where Expats Are Met with Open Arms

Q COSTA RICA - Even if all the other factors — healthcare, work-life balance, international schools, etc. — are excellent, if expats and their families don’t feel at home, a stay abroad is unlikely to be a success. In the Ease of Settling In Index,...

Canadian Island Short On People Offers Jobs and Land To Move There

(QCOSTARICA) Many expats in Costa Rica swear they're moving away from the country. Too expensive, too much corruption, too much of this, that and not enough of the other are some of the comments posted on the social media and heard spoken in conversations...

20 Rules Italians Never Break. In Costa Rica Or Anywhere! (Video)

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica home is home to many Italians. It is estimated there are some 50.000 Italian expats living in the country and tens of thousands more visiting at any given time. Italians are world famous for being loud, being very affectionate (kissy kissy),...

What Are The Expat Compromises Required To “Make-It” in Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA BLOG)  I have lived and worked in Costa Rica for seventeen years. I can say without a doubt, that the natural beauty and the climate in Costa Rica is very easy to adjust to as being very pleasant in both regards, but as...

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