Category Archives: Living in Costa Rica

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 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

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

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

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

Potential expat retirees should know that Costa Rica has the world’s best weather

I am currently visiting relatives in the Seattle area. Summers in the Pacific Northwest are absolutely beautiful but short. Other parts of the US also enjoy beautiful summers but the majority of them have weather characterized by blistering heat and/or high humidity. Winters are another story with snow and freezing weather in many regions. Probably … Continue reading Potential expat retirees should know that Costa Rica has the world’s best weather

It may be easier for Retirees to get around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) in the not too distant future

In June the Costa Rican government announced that it expected to have an electric light rail train operating by 2020. Despite improvements in infrastructure and a continuous effort to reduce automobile traffic, congestion is getting progressively worse. Measures such as license plate restrictions and staggered work schedules have done very little to alleviated the problem. … Continue reading It may be easier for Retirees to get around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) in the not too distant future

Don’t think that living in Costa Rica is just for retirees

Anyone who thinks that living in Costa Rica is synonymous with retirement is clearly missing the point. Yes, there are many foreigners of retirement age living here because the country is and has always been one of Latin America’s prime retirement havens for a variety of well-known reasons. Furthermore, Costa Rica allows retirees to live … Continue reading Don’t think that living in Costa Rica is just for retirees

A Primer for Expat Retirees thinking of Purchasing a Used Car

My friend Allen Dickinson wrote this piece on purchasing an automobile in Costa Rica. I have posted it to help future expat retirees who may be interested in purchasing an automobile when they move here. I have also added some comments of my own in the text and at the end. We sometimes sell cars … Continue reading A Primer for Expat Retirees thinking of Purchasing a Used Car

More Crap about Scotia Bank which is by far the worst bank in Costa Rica

In the past I have written several blogs severely criticizing the service at Scotia Bank Costa Rica, formerly know as Citi Bank. Believe me I am not the only one to complain about this bank’s deplorable customer service. This is the only bank who works with your money and then shows their gratitude by making … Continue reading More Crap about Scotia Bank which is by far the worst bank in Costa Rica

Safety tips for retirees who own vehicles in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s green or rainy season, as it is more commonly known, usually lasts a little over six months. The typical weather pattern is sunny mornings with rain coming in the afternoon. More automobile accidents occur during this time of year due to slippery roads, human error and vehicles that are not in proper mechanical … Continue reading Safety tips for retirees who own vehicles in Costa Rica

Ceviche Tour For Retirees and Other Expatriates

Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in Latin America. Although it is prepared very differently in every country. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt, and cilantro, may also be … Continue reading Ceviche Tour For Retirees and Other Expatriates

San José’s Famous Plaza de la Cultura to Get a Face Lift

A couple of years ago I published an article about san José’s La Plaza de la Cultura (see below). In it I go into to the history and and description of this famous downtown landmark. In March of 2016 it was announced that this famous esplanade will virtually be rebuilt. It is estimated the plaza … Continue reading San José’s Famous Plaza de la Cultura to Get a Face Lift

Costa Rica among world’s happiest country

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment. The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least … Continue reading Costa Rica among world’s happiest country

The illegal underground Gringo economy in Costa Rica Part II

In my last blog I wrote about Americans and Canadians who work under the table in Costa Rica without legal residency or a work permit. In this article I want to address another group who have legal residency but without permission to work. A foreigner can only work with residency called “Residencia Libre de Condiciones” … Continue reading The illegal underground Gringo economy in Costa Rica Part II

A New Private Hospital for Retirees Living to the West of San José

Until now retirees living in the Central Valley basically had four private hospitals from which to choose: The Clínica Bíblica, Hospital Cima, Clínica Católica and Hospital Metropolitano. Now there is a new player in the game. Lindora Medical Center opened its doors to the general public on March 1, 2016 and will offer affordable prices … Continue reading A New Private Hospital for Retirees Living to the West of San José

It is better to live in San Francisco de Heredia, Costa Rica than San Francisco, California

Before I moved to Costa Rica almost 40 years ago, I lived in San Francisco, California. I went to graduate school at nearby UC Berkeley and worked as an educator for the San Francisco Unified School District. I really enjoyed living in the Bay Area. Watching the Super Bowl festivities that took place there last … Continue reading It is better to live in San Francisco de Heredia, Costa Rica than San Francisco, California

Hiking Opportunities for Retirees in Costa Rica

The dry season or summer in Costa Rica extends from November to April and is the perfect time of the year for taking day hikes. Fortunately, there are different hiking groups that retired expats can join to participate in this activity on almost any summer weekend. Costa Rica’s beauty make it a virtual hiker’s paradise. … Continue reading Hiking Opportunities for Retirees in Costa Rica

Tips on passing the annual car inspection for retirees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has an excellent and affordable public bus system, so many cost-conscious retirees may choose not to purchase an automobile. On the other hand, there are people who just can’t live with out a car because they feel it gives them more freedom and mobility. If you choose to own a vehicle in Costa … Continue reading Tips on passing the annual car inspection for retirees in Costa Rica