International Living Erroneously Ranks Latin American Countries for Relocation

Since I have been involved in Latin America for almost 50 years I consider myself more than qualified to correct the country ratings recently released by International Living. I am a Costa Rican citizen and have lived in Mexico and visited every country in Latin America at one time or another. Furthermore, I have graduate … Continue reading International Living Erroneously Ranks Latin American Countries for Relocation

Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Like many European-style markets where visitors go to shop and take home a piece of the country, there is a new project that promises to transform three downtown icons into the epicenter of tourism and culture. The Borbón Market, Central Market and Coca-Cola bus terminal all will be refurbished as part of a new project … Continue reading Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

Recently, Costa Rica celebrated its Independence Day on September 15th. Many future expats as well as those who are residing here now do not know how Costa Rica’s name evolved. Originally, it was thought that Christopher Columbus gave the country the name of “Rich Coast,” after seeing the indigenous people’s abundance of gold ornaments. However, … Continue reading Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

The biggest error you can make if you choose to relocate to Costa Rica

On my monthly relocation tours I always tell my clients that, “the worst here is far better than the worst in the States.” In fact, after living here for almost 40 years I can categorically state that Costa Rica is not perfect but far better than most places. I have truly had a blessed life … Continue reading The biggest error you can make if you choose to relocate to Costa Rica

Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Don’t misinterpret what I say in this article. I am originally from the U.S. and would not be living in Costa Rica if it were not for the opportunities I received for being born a North American. The United States is in trouble. All one has to do is watch news programs from there to … Continue reading Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Expat Retirees and Soccer in Costa Rica

Soccer or fútbol as it is called here, is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and Canada. This is mainly due to an increased interest among the youth and the number of devastating injuries associated with American-style football. Many retired expats become avid fans  soccer league while living here. Most important matches are televised locally. Although, attending … Continue reading Expat Retirees and Soccer in Costa Rica

Tax Responsibilities for Expat Retirees and Others from the United States

Although I work with and recommend a local expert on U.S. taxes, I have included the article below that is written by another specialist in the field of tax obligations for expats. It is always good to have a second opinion, especially when providing information about such a delicate subject. Retiring may absolve you of … Continue reading Tax Responsibilities for Expat Retirees and Others from the United States

Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Driving in Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. In fact, as one expat remarked, “driving a car in Costa Rica is at times is like playing a video game.” After living here for almost 40 years I can asure you that my friends comments are partially true. However, with a little practice … Continue reading Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Three of Costa Rica’s Private Hospitals make significant improvements

In my last article I wrote about Costa Rica being the second most affordable country in the world for health care. Only Malaysia tops this country for inexpensive medical care. Access to affordable medical care is extremely important when choosing a country to retire abroad. In the same article I mention that Costa Rica is … Continue reading Three of Costa Rica’s Private Hospitals make significant improvements

Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

A recent article published by International Living praised the quality of medical care in Costa Rica. This comes as no surprise to me since I have experienced Costa Rica’s health care first-hand during the 37 years I have lived in the country. Expat retirees who live here will echo my sentiments. The country has a … Continue reading Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

A Costa Rican Amazon for Retirees

Retired expats and others can enjoy a multitude of natural wonders while living in Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park is one area that is definitely worth visiting. In fact, tour guides who live in the areas consider it to be the country’s version of the Amazon because of its topography, flora and fauna. The park … Continue reading A Costa Rican Amazon for Retirees

More about yoga for retired expats in Costa Rica

In the past I have written hundreds of articles about how to stay busy and happy in Costa Rica. There are virtually hundreds of activities here from which to choose, so expat retirees have no excuse for being bored. Recently, the United Nations declared June 21st to be International Yoga Day. In honor of this … Continue reading More about yoga for retired expats in Costa Rica

Expats can visit Costa Rica’s Jurassic Park

Please don’t confuse this title with the series of movies which supposedly takes place on an island off the coast of Costa Rica. However, we do have a Jurassic theme park but not with live dinosaurs. About five hours by car from San José tourists and retired expats will find Dino Park. On guided tour … Continue reading Expats can visit Costa Rica’s Jurassic Park

Expats retirees should visit San Jose’s “other” downtown market

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of touring downtown San José is the city’s Central Market or Mercado Central. Most anyone who strolls down Avenida Central is bound to stumble upon the structure since it takes up a whole city block. Guidebooks say a tour to San José would not be complete without visiting this important … Continue reading Expats retirees should visit San Jose’s “other” downtown market

A “Free” Exercise Option for Expat Retirees in Costa Rica

As we age our health becomes our most valuable asset and exercise is a key component for staying healthy. In previous articles I have written about the many options that Costa Rica offers for those who want to stay physically fit like gyms. It seems that everyday there are more and more gyms being built … Continue reading A “Free” Exercise Option for Expat Retirees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

For Costa Ricans the possibility of dying prematurely before reaching 70 years old of cancer, heart problems, diabetes or other chronic diseases is 11.1 percent. This is the lowest figure in Latin America and second in the Americas, only behind Canada (9.8). As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is ranked nineteenth in the world … Continue reading Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

Anyone who reads my blogs is bound to notice that I love to write about the country’s culture, especially its variety of delicious foods. One rewarding experiences for expat retirees living in Costa is the opportunity to savor the country’s many tradition foods. One such food is Palmito cheese. It is usually sold in round … Continue reading The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

A New Museum for Retirees to Visit

In Costa Rica there is always “something for everyone and everything for someone” including expat retirees. As a retiree in Costa Rica you don’t have any excuse for not staying busy unless you are lazy. A new National Museum of Sciences and Health (el Museo Nacional de Ciencias de la Salud) opened at the end … Continue reading A New Museum for Retirees to Visit

The Gallo Pinto Festival Returns to San José

Gallo pinto is perhaps Costa Rica’s most famous food. It is a delicious blend of rice, beans, cilantro, bell pepper, onion and different spices. A breakfast in Costa Rica would not be complete without it. Most expat retirees who savor “un buen plato de pinto” (plate full of Gallo Pinto) fall in love with it … Continue reading The Gallo Pinto Festival Returns to San José

In Costa Rica a bottle of Coca Cola has been in jail for ten years and is now on death row

Yes, you read that right! Sounds like trivia from “Ripely’s Believe it or Not.” Usually Coca Cola is for quenching one’s thirst and even mixed with rum to make a drink called a “Cuba Libre.” However, one bottle of Coke is doing time in a type of Costa Rica jail. In reality it is not … Continue reading In Costa Rica a bottle of Coca Cola has been in jail for ten years and is now on death row

Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Few people including expat retirees know that Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and his famous wife, model Gisele Bündchen, have a beautiful hill-top home in Costa Rica. There house overlooks the small town of Santa Teresa on the country’s Pacific Coast. The Brady’s visit their paradisiacal getaway several times a year to unwind. The couple … Continue reading Costa Rica has a Super Bowl Champion

Retirees should be aware that in Costa Rica many landmarks have nicknames

As if it is not hard enough to find one’s way around Costa Rica, many places that were renamed are more frequently referred to by their nicknames. Recently, the bridge over the Virilla River on the General Cañas Highway was baptized Alfredo Gonzalez Flores bridge in honor of the president who governed from 1914 to … Continue reading Retirees should be aware that in Costa Rica many landmarks have nicknames