Category Archives: Keeping Busy and Happy in Costa Rica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost-conscious retirees can find bargains during September

Costa Rican businesses offer discounts at the end of the fiscal period, which runs from October 1 and ends September 30. Large retailers like Walmart have rock-bottom prices, with discounts of up to 70 percent on selected items in stock. For many businesses the cost of sitting on inventory is very high, which is why … Continue reading Cost-conscious retirees can find bargains during September

Another Exciting Activity for Retirees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s annual Festival de Ballenas or Whale Watching Festival is a must for expat retirees. It has been eight years (2009) since the first edition of this festival was held. Originally, only 4,430 people atended the event. This year more ten times that number are expected to come to the community of Bahía Ballena, … Continue reading Another Exciting Activity for Retirees in Costa Rica

Retirees and Beach Safety in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. However, appearances can be deceiving. Some of the country’s beaches a perfectly safe for swimmers while others have dangerous under currents. Unfortunately, every year a few tourists and Costa Ricans drown because they do … Continue reading Retirees and Beach Safety in Costa Rica