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

Birdwatching and Expat Retirees

With approximately 850 species of birds and being an important corridor for bird migration between from North and South America, Costa Rica has always been a popular spot for tourists who are interested in bird watching (avituismo in Spanish). During the last five years, this activity has also grown locally with over 3,000 Costa Ricans … Continue reading Birdwatching and Expat Retirees

Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Judging from the surprising results of the presidential election in the United States, many Americans are unhappy. In fact, some are so upset that they want to move abroad. Let’s look at the choices for those who wish to relocate. After the election, the Canadian government’s website was deluged with requests for information about how … Continue reading Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Today, November 8, 2016, I read two articles about Costa Rica that attest to fact that the country is one of the best places in the world to live. The first article is titled “The 5 current trendiest destinations in the world.” Iceland is mentioned because of its exotic landscapes and the quaint small-town city … Continue reading Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Yuca 101 for expat retirees in Costa Rica

Yuca is widely consumed in Costa Rica but it is known by several different names such as Manihot  or mandioca and casabe or casava in other countries. Don’t make the mistake of confusing yuca with yucca. It differs from the yucca, which is an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub from a different family. Yuca root is the third … Continue reading Yuca 101 for expat retirees in Costa Rica

Retirees and Eggs in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica it seems that everyone and everything has their day. Some of these special days are official holidays, while others are not. Here are a few days that are recognized in Costa Rica: Mother’s Say, Father’s Day, Children’s Day, Senior’s Day (for retirees), Secretary’s Day, Earth Day, people’s Saints Days, Gay Pride Day … Continue reading Retirees and Eggs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not a place where boredom is on the agenda

If you choose to retire and/or relocate you really have no excuse for being bored since there is a wealth of activities to keep busy and happy. In fact, at times it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to participate in so many interesting things here. For instance, in the weekly entertainment … Continue reading Costa Rica is not a place where boredom is on the agenda

A new Affordable Medical Option for Retirees

There are basically two options here for receiving medical care. The public system known as the caja, short for Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. It offers socialized medicine and does not exclude you for preexisting conditions. Anyone who wants to be a legal residency of Costa Rica must join the Caja. You can receive adequate … Continue reading A new Affordable Medical Option for Retirees

Retirees Shopping at Pricesmart in Costa Rica

Excerpts from an article on Q Costa Rica appear in the blog below. I liked the article so much it inspired me to write something similar on the subject for those thinking of relocating or retiring here. Q Costa Rica is an informative on-line publication for expats. Retirees and other expats always wonder about shopping … Continue reading Retirees Shopping at Pricesmart in Costa Rica

Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

A recent study compared Costa Rica to other Latin American countries that became independent around the same time. In addition to Costa Rica, the countries that achieved their independence were Mexico 1810, Colombia 1816, Chile 1818 and Uruguay in 1825. Costa Rica became independent in 1821. In terms of overall quality of life Chile came … Continue reading Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

The La Fortuna area has a wealth of activities for expat retirees

One of the pluses of relocating to Costa Rica is the abundance of exciting outdoor activities for staying busy and happy. You simply cannot be bored! The town of La Fortuna is good starting point for exploring once you more here. Tourists have been flocking to this area for years to take in the natural … Continue reading The La Fortuna area has a wealth of activities for expat retirees

San José’s Gran Hotel Costa Rica – a favorite spot for expats

Few foreign residents know the history of of San José’s famous Gran Hotel Costa Rica. The Gran Hotel Costa is located in the heart of San José on Central and Second Avenues and between 1 and 3 streets. It is right across from the National Theater, and on the east side faces the Plaza de … Continue reading San José’s Gran Hotel Costa Rica – a favorite spot for expats

Another feather in Costa Rica’s cap – expats living here are the happiest in the world

According to the Expat Insider poll in its third annual rankings, Costa Rica is rated highly in terms of quality of life and ease of settling in for foreign residents, retirees included. The country is number one in the personal happiness category of the poll’s quality of life index. Costa Rica also received a high … Continue reading Another feather in Costa Rica’s cap – expats living here are the happiest in the world