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

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

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

Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

As the saying goes any publicity, good or bad, is good. That is actually holds true for Costa Rica. Over the years many of the rich and famous have discovered Costa Rica which has enhanced the country’s reputation. Among those who have come to Costa Rica are: Bill Gates, football star Tom Broadband his model … Continue reading Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

That’s a good question. Are they all planning to leave? Do they want to hide inside it? Not exactly! Many of the arriving expats are deciding to buy/keep their container that is shipped over here from their home country, which is filled with their stuff. Most people who keep their incoming container, or those who … Continue reading Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

Another effort to reduce traffic in San José

Retires, residents and Costa Ricans who live in or near San José know that efforts are being made to reduce the growing traffic problem. There are now several commuter train lines which transport people from the suburbs and neighboring towns to San José. Car pooling and bus travel have also been encourage to help alleviate … Continue reading Another effort to reduce traffic in San José

Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a country to live or retire is personal freedom. According to the Human Freedom Index, Costa Rica ranks second in Latin America. The aim of this study is to see which countries in the region respect individual freedom, religious freedom, freedom of association and the … Continue reading Potential retirees should know that Costa Rica is near the top of the list when it comes to individual freedom

Retirees and Costa Rica’s Hidden Giants

Almost everyone who lives in Costa Rica or has visited has heard of these volcanoes: Irazú, Poás, Turrialba, Rincón de Vieja and Arenal. Of these giants only only Turrialba (webcam http://www.worldcamera.net/en/webcams/central-america/costa-rica/211-turrialba-volcano) and Arenal are active. There are many lesser known volcanos because they have not erupted recently or are difficult to reach. In fact, vulcanologists … Continue reading Retirees and Costa Rica’s Hidden Giants

The Largest Mall in Central America is in downtown San José

Over the last twenty years a number of large U.S. style-Malls have sprung up around the Central Valley like those in San Pedro, Escazú, Zapote, Heredia, Moravia and most recently in Alajuela. The grandeur of these shopping centers rival their counterparts in the U.S., Canada or any other place in the developed world. Ironically, the … Continue reading The Largest Mall in Central America is in downtown San José

Another Feather in Costa Rica’s Cap and a President with a Legacy

Sixty-eight years since becoming the first country in the world to abolish its army, Costa Rica is still receiving honors for this historic milestone. An official document titled Registro de Abolición del Ejército (the Abolition of the Army) will be sent from the country’s national archives to United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization or … Continue reading Another Feather in Costa Rica’s Cap and a President with a Legacy

One of Costa Rica’s Most Unique Museums….a gut-wrenching experience for some

Most foreign retirees no little about Costa Rica’s OIJ or Organismo de Investigación Judicial (Judicial Investigation Department). In Costa Rican slang it is known as Las Tres Letras (three letters). Founded in 1973 OIJ is special unit operated by the judicial branch of the government whose purpose is to investigate and solve crimes by using … Continue reading One of Costa Rica’s Most Unique Museums….a gut-wrenching experience for some

Retirees Can Find Excellent Dining Options in Five of San Jose’s Adjoining Neighborhoods

San José is currently undergoing a gastronomic renaissance. Around 85 restaurants can be found in the city’s Barrio Amón, Barrio Aranjuez, Barrio Escalante, Barrio Dent as well as Los Yoses. Barrio Amón is slightly north of downtown with the other four areas just to the east. All five districts touch each other and are concentrated … Continue reading Retirees Can Find Excellent Dining Options in Five of San Jose’s Adjoining Neighborhoods