Category Archives: Living in Costa Rica

Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Like many European-style markets where visitors go to shop and take home a piece of the country, there is a new project that promises to transform three downtown icons into the epicenter of tourism and culture. The Borbón Market, Central Market and Coca-Cola bus terminal all will be refurbished as part of a new project … Continue reading Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

Recently, Costa Rica celebrated its Independence Day on September 15th. Many future expats as well as those who are residing here now do not know how Costa Rica’s name evolved. Originally, it was thought that Christopher Columbus gave the country the name of “Rich Coast,” after seeing the indigenous people’s abundance of gold ornaments. However, … Continue reading Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Don’t misinterpret what I say in this article. I am originally from the U.S. and would not be living in Costa Rica if it were not for the opportunities I received for being born a North American. The United States is in trouble. All one has to do is watch news programs from there to … Continue reading Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Tax Responsibilities for Expat Retirees and Others from the United States

Although I work with and recommend a local expert on U.S. taxes, I have included the article below that is written by another specialist in the field of tax obligations for expats. It is always good to have a second opinion, especially when providing information about such a delicate subject. Retiring may absolve you of … Continue reading Tax Responsibilities for Expat Retirees and Others from the United States

Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Driving in Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. In fact, as one expat remarked, “driving a car in Costa Rica is at times is like playing a video game.” After living here for almost 40 years I can asure you that my friends comments are partially true. However, with a little practice … Continue reading Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Three of Costa Rica’s Private Hospitals make significant improvements

In my last article I wrote about Costa Rica being the second most affordable country in the world for health care. Only Malaysia tops this country for inexpensive medical care. Access to affordable medical care is extremely important when choosing a country to retire abroad. In the same article I mention that Costa Rica is … Continue reading Three of Costa Rica’s Private Hospitals make significant improvements

Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

A recent article published by International Living praised the quality of medical care in Costa Rica. This comes as no surprise to me since I have experienced Costa Rica’s health care first-hand during the 37 years I have lived in the country. Expat retirees who live here will echo my sentiments. The country has a … Continue reading Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

For Costa Ricans the possibility of dying prematurely before reaching 70 years old of cancer, heart problems, diabetes or other chronic diseases is 11.1 percent. This is the lowest figure in Latin America and second in the Americas, only behind Canada (9.8). As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is ranked nineteenth in the world … Continue reading Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

Anyone who reads my blogs is bound to notice that I love to write about the country’s culture, especially its variety of delicious foods. One rewarding experiences for expat retirees living in Costa is the opportunity to savor the country’s many tradition foods. One such food is Palmito cheese. It is usually sold in round … Continue reading The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

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