It seems that each year there are more and more guidebooks being published about Costa Rica. On my first trip to Costa Rica in the 1970’s there was very little on the subject. I found one good section in a book on Central America which I ended up using to get around Costa Rica. Now there are books which range from the birds and reptiles of the country to those written by people who have made the big move. Self-publishing is much easier than when I started because of amazon.
I encourage anyone thinking of living or retiring here to read every they can about the country including the 17th edition of my perennial bestselling guidebook, “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica —the official guide to relocation.” While my book is primarily a resource guide there are other books that recount the experiences of people who have recently moved here and are more anecdotal in nature.
One new book that recently caught me eye is, “The Real Guide to San José, a Guide to Downtown San José, Costa Rica.” I am glad some expats value our vibrant and culturally rich capital city. There has been a tendency in recent years to depict San José as an ugly, polluted and crime ridden small city. Well, nothing is farther from the truth. Today some parts of the city are undergoing a renaissance. For instance, Barrio Amon has quaint boutique hotels, a used bookstore, fashionable cafés and restaurants, a jazz club, hotels, art galleries and more. San José also boasts a new jade museum with is another plus. The National Theater offers a series of music events and there are festivals held in the city’s parks during the summer months. Every year the municipality is making more walking streets to cut down on traffic and improve the city’s ambience. Retirees and others can feel safe because there is a strong police presence in the downtown area to ensure people’s safety.
Expats who live in Atenas, Grecia, San Ramón and other outlying areas should make an effort to visit the city once in a while. I suggest you pick up a copy of the “Real San José” to find out what the city truly has to offer .