Category Archives: News from my Retirement/Relocation Tours

Keeping up with what’s going on in our tours

Retirees and the areas south of Dominical

On my monthly Combination Relocation/Retirement Tour my clients and I visit Dominical Beach and the areas to the south. This part of Costa Rica possesses a striking beauty and is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery Costa Rica has to offer. It is reminiscent of California’s Big Sur because of its spectacular … Continue reading Retirees and the areas south of Dominical

More places than ever to see a first-run movie in Costa Rica

On my monthly relocation/retirement tours inevitably one of my guests asks about movie theaters in Costa Rica. Most everyone thinks that all of the movies shown here must be in Spanish. I am quick to point out that except for children’s films the majority of movies are in English with Spanish subtitles. Fortunately, now there … Continue reading More places than ever to see a first-run movie in Costa Rica

I wholeheartedly recommend Christopher Howard and his Relocation tours

Deciding where to retire is much too important to be left to chance. My wife and I have been researching the advantages/disadvantages of living as retirees in a number of States in the US in addition to a number of other countries (we currently live in California). Originally from Scotland and Ireland, we ruled out … Continue reading I wholeheartedly recommend Christopher Howard and his Relocation tours

Retirees can have a whale of time in Costa Rica

As I have mentioned on numerous occasions one of the best reason to move to Costa Rica is the country’s natural wonders. Costa Rica is really a nature lover’s Disneyland. Twenty three percent percent of the country consists of protected areas, and the country has 5 percent of all world`s species of life, including 850 … Continue reading Retirees can have a whale of time in Costa Rica

My guests enjoyed themselves at this year’s Super Bowl party

Each January the last day of my monthly Relocation Retirement Tour coincides with the Super Bowl. This year was no different. After touring Atenas, Grecia, San Ramón and Alajuela my guests attended the annual Super Bowl extravaganza at the Fiesta Casino which is located across the street from Juan Santamaría International Airport. My son made … Continue reading My guests enjoyed themselves at this year’s Super Bowl party

The Sweetest Man in San Ramón

Over the last few years the city San Ramón, Alajuela has become a popular area with retirees living in Costa Rica. The small city has a lot to offer: cool weather, affordable living, a public hospital, restaurants, a large outdoor farmers market, a small mall with a movie theater, a university, an active community organization … Continue reading The Sweetest Man in San Ramón

Two former tour participants do good in Costa Rica

As I have alluded to in previous articles, over the last 26 years I have helped 1000s of people relocate to Costa Rica successfully. I could go on forever talking about my former client’s success and the happiness they have found living here. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to write about one very … Continue reading Two former tour participants do good in Costa Rica

Living and eating in Costa Rica

What does the title have to do with my tour business? A lot as you will see below. As most of my readers know by now I conduct monthly relocation tours for those who are thinking of living here. Last mont I had 17 guests from all walks of life: Charlie the photographer from Nashville, … Continue reading Living and eating in Costa Rica

Biingual Retirement Relocation Tours – a first

In 1997 I led my first Costa Rican retirement tour. Since 2004 my tours have been the only ones licensed and sanctioned by the country’s department of tourism ICT. Consequently, my business has grown by leaps and bounds and I have personally helped thousands of people relocate successfully from the United States, Canada and Europe. … Continue reading Biingual Retirement Relocation Tours – a first

Another fantastic Costa Rica relocation/retirement tour ends

I really don’t like to brag about my accomplishments but feel very proud of my work because I help a lot of people change their lives for the better by relocation here. Today, Monday March 3, 2014, my February Combination Beach/Central Valley relocation tour ended. I always wrap up the tour by talking with my … Continue reading Another fantastic Costa Rica relocation/retirement tour ends

Retirees living in Costa Rica should know about the powerful effects of the famous “Vino de Coyol”

Vino de coyol (palm wine) is one of the preferred drinks of Costa Rican campesinos. According to popular folklore vino de coyol is defined as , “A wine produced in the trunk of the coyol palm tree and if you have two glasses of it you won’t be able to walk.” “Furthermore, if you go … Continue reading Retirees living in Costa Rica should know about the powerful effects of the famous “Vino de Coyol”

The Hidden Gem in the Western Central Valley

Stunning ocean, mountain and valley views. Crisp, mountain air. Moderate temperatures year round. A terrific farmer’s market. An abundance of cultural and social activities. Convenient access to all services. Restaurants, a major hospital, a movie theater, several banks, shopping, and more. Museums and a university. A very active expat population. A more reasonable cost of … Continue reading The Hidden Gem in the Western Central Valley

Come test-drive Costa Rica on one of my relocation retirement tours

The term test-drive means to drive (a motor vehicle) in order to evaluate performance. So what does this have to do with Costa Rica? A lot! When you take one of my award-winning government licensed tours you are actually “testing the waters” of the country to see if it is for you. The activities on … Continue reading Come test-drive Costa Rica on one of my relocation retirement tours

Panama named best place to retire…. is not necessarily true

This article was just published by International living about living abroad. I have taken the liberty of adding my own take on their article. According to InternationalLiving.com, Panama is the world’s most attractive place to spend retirement. In the 2014 edition of its annual Global Retirement Index, American magazine InternationalLiving.com places Panama at the top … Continue reading Panama named best place to retire…. is not necessarily true

CNN selects Costa Rica as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2014

In an article published ivy CNN on January 1, 2014 Costa Rica was mentioned as a prime destination for tourists. What a great way to begin the new year! The article talks about the country’s beaches. However, Costa Rica has much more to offer than its beaches. The country’s natural wonders and unparalleled beauty are … Continue reading CNN selects Costa Rica as one of the 10 best places to visit in 2014

Why my clients curse at me after my retirement tours end

During my monthly retirement/relocation tours my guests see and do a lot while gathering information about the country. At the end of the tour most know whether they want to live in Costa Rica or not. If they do choose to relocate here they will have all of the time-tested information and contacts to make … Continue reading Why my clients curse at me after my retirement tours end

What goes on behind the scenes of a successful relocation/retirement to Costa Rica?

With a another sold out tour around the corner my team and I have been as busy making the preparations. Basically no stone is left unturned in order to make sure people come away with all of the information and contacts to make the move to Costa Rica as seamlessly as possible and get the … Continue reading What goes on behind the scenes of a successful relocation/retirement to Costa Rica?

My New Relocation Tour

By popular demand I have  added a tour of the San Ramón and Palmares areas . Now my relocation tours cover the best areas to live in Costa Rica  from virtually every angle with the addition of this new tour. Nobody else provides this comprehensive service. The Coffee Towns The western Central Valley, including Palmares … Continue reading My New Relocation Tour

Another Interview about Retirement in Costa Rica

As I have mentioned in a couple of my previous blogs, over the last 20 years I have been interviewed on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World Business News, Good Morning America, Fox News on-line, Newsweek and in almost every major newspaper in the U.S. As Costa Rica becomes more popular as a travel and … Continue reading Another Interview about Retirement in Costa Rica

How many of my tour participants actually move here?

Inevitably I get asked this question by the people who take my monthly tours. I have been doing my tours for 17 years and writing my books for 25 years. During this time I have helped 1000s of people relocate successfully to Costa Rica. So the question really is, How many end up staying and … Continue reading How many of my tour participants actually move here?

Travel & Leisure ranks Costa Rica one of top destinations

Travel & Leisure ranks Costa Rica one of top destinations (via http://insidecostarica.com) September 25th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The oft-cited travel magazine, Travel & Leisure, is still “hot” on Costa Rica.   The publication said that Costa Rica is one of its top five “hot” destinations, along with Hawaii, Paris, New York and…

An interesting change in the make up of my tours

I just finished another successful relocation/retirement tour and two-day seminar. I had the largest group ever this August — eighteen guests in all. I don’t usually take that many people but my tours are now in high demand. My November Combination Tour is ALREADY sold out! I guess this reflects a growing trend of those … Continue reading An interesting change in the make up of my tours

Interesting news and facts for retirees about San José

Last week was the anniversary of an important event in Costa Rican history. On August 9, 1884 the president at that time, Próspero Fernández Oreamuno, inaugurated the city’s street lights. There were only 25 lights at the time but it marked an important milestone in the country’s history in that Costa Rica was the third … Continue reading Interesting news and facts for retirees about San José