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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…...

One important reason Costa Rica is a better retirement choice than Panama

(QCOSTARICA) After the U.S. pulled out of Panama on December 31, 1999 a gap was left in the country’s economy. One of the ways the Panamanian government tried to compensate for the loss of U.S. revenue was to try and attract foreign retirees by...

Costa Rica is more developed than most so-called developed nations

Let’s look at why this statement is true. In most cases a developed country is synonymous with its military and economic power. The latter seems to be the criteria used for drawing the line between developed nations and those which are in the process...

“Are you an idiot?” my father asked me (Part II)

“You’re an idiot!” Part Two… a continuation… I honestly don’t think that the vast majority of people that move to Costa Rica, whether full or part time… truly know what they are getting into. Basics are just that… basics … and almost everyone gets them...

“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...

The Best Place to be in the world before, during and after COVID-19

While COVID is devastating New York, California, and Washington State in the U.S.and the rest of the orbe with more than 438,000 cases and 19,000 deaths, Costa Rica is taking a whole series of extreme measures to stop this invisible enemy. 1. A restriction of...

Costa Rica 3rd in International Living’s World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2020

International Living has published its list The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2020, listing the top 10 places where you can quit your job and live abroad today, of places so cheap you might be able to stop working. The list by International Living,...

A Selfie With The President

In how many countries can one find the "mandatario" (President) shopping at the local supermarket and on a December 24th no less? And in how many countries can you just walk up and start a conversation, and take a selfie with him or her? Only...

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,...

Decking Landscaping: A DIY Guide

Have you been eyeing your yard as your next big renovation project? Does it feel as though you’re not making full use of the space and that it’s just a wasted opportunity at the moment? If so it may be time to consider installing...

What is Considered Normal In Costa Rica, But Not Accepted By Foreigners

Rico's TICO BULL - What is considered normal in Costa Rica and other countries in Central and South America, but not accepted as normal by may Americans and Canadians? The following list is a generalization, though, so obviously doesn’t apply to all Americans and Canadians. ...

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 in the world. They also are peace-loving and actually like expats. However, forming deep friendships with them may prove difficult for expats. I have lived in Costa Rica for 40 years...

Low Wages In Costa Rica

EXPAT FOCUS - I am an avid reader of Quora.com. Every day I usually spend my first 15 minutes reading the entries found in my email digest. If you aren't on Quora, you should be. High recommended. But to my point. Today, in the 'Visiting...

A New Community Rises in Costa Rica, but Don’t Bring Your Car

LAS CATALINAS, Costa Rica — Would you relinquish your car to live in paradise? Charles Brewer is betting that you would. In 2006, Mr. Brewer, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, purchased 1,200 acres fronting the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, with the dream of...

A grandmother’s revolution

Elena has worked for 65 of her 81 years. She moves swiftly, but calmly through the kitchen while preparing a picadillo*, making handmade tortillas and pouring coffee almost simultaneously. She explains she wants to have everything ready before her granddaughter Shi arrives. Another of her...

The cost of groceries Costa Rica vs USA 2019

In this blog, you’ll find the comparison of the cost of groceries Costa Rica versus the cost of groceries in Florida 2019. Diego Xavier, an expat in Costa Rica since 2014, shared this tremendous information recently on Facebook.  I’d like to thank Diego Xavier, for...

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...

Winter Driving Mistakes You Don’t Have To Worry About When Living in Costa Rica

Winter weather has the nasty habit of causing unexpected problems on the roads. The following list is a reminder of what you would be facing today if weren't living in Costa Rica. Driving on an empty tank Winter driving experts warn to avoid the mistake of...

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...

A “Clean Well Lighted Place” for a Drink

In my travels, I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed adult beverages at some of the world's most renowned drinking establishments. I have sipped a Pimms Cup at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where I sat under the same overhead fan that Ernest...

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

The cost of living in a particular country is in many cases the most important factor people consider when moving abroad. More often than not, they will select one country over another because it is more affordable or it offers more perqs. However, smart retirees...

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...

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...

Finding Good Meat in Costa Rica–a Continuing Endeavor

Right after I graduated from college a boyfriend took me to a restaurant in New York City to experience eating aged steak after the removal of the mold and grilling to no more than medium. At first I thought, mold, ugh! My mouth still waters...

Millennial Expats in Costa Rica

I grew up in Canada and never thought for a second that I would leave to live somewhere else. My parents expatriated to Costa Rica more than 10 years ago; the second time in their lives that they expatriated (the first being from Poland)....

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 Fable of Fabricio the Cricket

His fellow students at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) called him the cricket (el grillo).  They awarded him this moniker because of his version of “The Fable of the Cricket and the Sea,” the famous Guatemalan song he delighted in singing as he...

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