Category Archives: Moving to Costa Rica

Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

That’s a good question. Are they all planning to leave? Do they want to hide inside it? Not exactly! Many of the arriving expats are deciding to buy/keep their container that is shipped over here from their home country, which is filled with their stuff. Most people who keep their incoming container, or those who … Continue reading Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

A recent study compared Costa Rica to other Latin American countries that became independent around the same time. In addition to Costa Rica, the countries that achieved their independence were Mexico 1810, Colombia 1816, Chile 1818 and Uruguay in 1825. Costa Rica became independent in 1821. In terms of overall quality of life Chile came … Continue reading Costa Rica celebrates 195 years of independence and a high quality of life

Potential retirees should read this

I just read about the 10 most dangerous vacation destinations in the world on Yahoo News. Among them are Somalia, The Democratic Congo Republic, Colombia and Mexico. It is not surprising that many of these places made the list. Potential expats should be aware that Mexico is a favorite for many travelers because of its … Continue reading Potential retirees should read this

Potential Expat Retirees Should Know that Costa Rica is Among the Safest Places in the World to Visit or Live

By Rico on 25 April 2016 In many of my blogs I have mentioned that people relocate to Costa Rica for a variety of compelling reasons: the country’s great climate, wonderful people who like Americans, a user-friendly place for Americans, an impeccable international reputation (no bad news), good health care, year-round affordable fruits and vegetables, a stable … Continue reading Potential Expat Retirees Should Know that Costa Rica is Among the Safest Places in the World to Visit or Live

So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica

The U.S. is a great country and still the land of opportunity in many ways. I am happy to have been born there because otherwise I would have never had the chance to relocate to Costa Rica and live my dream. Despite all of the advantages of being an American, many people are disillusioned with … Continue reading So you are sick and tired of the United States and want to move to Costa Rica

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

Costa Rica’s Illegal Underground gringo Economy

For a variety of reasons I think that it is imperative that anyone thinking of retiring in Costa Rica should be aware of the following situation. As I have stated in numerous articles, the best candidates for living or retiring successfully in Costa Rica are those with a pension, another type of fixed income or … Continue reading Costa Rica’s Illegal Underground gringo Economy

Where to live in Costa Rica? — A difficult task for retirees

One of the dilemas future retirees face when deciding to relocate to Costa Rica is, Where do I live? The problem is that the country offers so many great locations from which to choose. Frequently, I am asked on my monthly relocation and retirement tours, What are the best areas for living in Costa Rica? … Continue reading Where to live in Costa Rica? — A difficult task for retirees

Stars continue to flock to Costa Rica

Not only are retirees attracted to Costa Rica but the rich and famous have discovered the wonders of tiquicia (another name for Costa Rica). Over the years hundreds of luminaries have visited Costa Rica and a few like Mel Gibson have even purchased real estate. Madonna, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Gates, Mathew McConaughey, Will … Continue reading Stars continue to flock to Costa Rica

Costly Errors Retirees and Other Expats Make when Relocating to Countries Like Costa Rica

I am not a tax expert but here are some basic facts that potential retirees in Costa Rica or any country should be aware of. Besides filing annual U.S. tax returns, expatriates need to report foreign bank accounts to the Treasury Department or risk the consequences. This procedure is called the FBAR and is the … Continue reading Costly Errors Retirees and Other Expats Make when Relocating to Countries Like Costa Rica

Costa Rica can be heaven of hell for retirees

The vast majority of expats who move here find happiness and live their Costa Rican retirement dream. This is because they take advantage of all that the country has to offer: the great wether in the Central Valley, fantastic outdoor adventure, excellent medical services, low cost telephone and Internet, affordable hired help, inexpensive fruits and … Continue reading Costa Rica can be heaven of hell for retirees

How to be a successful retiree in Costa Rica

Being successful in any endeavor requieres a lot of hard work. Whether we are talking about business or even a romantic relationship, a lot of effort is necessary to succeed. The same is true for retirement in Costa Rica. Just coming here is not enough. One has to take responsibility for making their retirement dreams … Continue reading How to be a successful retiree in Costa Rica

Retires can create their own Social Security cost-of-living adjustment to stretch their income by moving to Costa Rica

One one the main reason people choose to retire in Costa Rica is to make their retirement income go farther. Over the last 30 years I have helped thousands of people relocate with my monthly tours and guidebooks. Most of my clients who end up moving here do so because they want to downsize in … Continue reading Retires can create their own Social Security cost-of-living adjustment to stretch their income by moving to Costa Rica

Good News for Retirees…Costa Rica No. 2 in Annual Global Retirement Index 2015

From QCostaRica According to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2015, healthcare is one of the major categories (8th) taken into account to find the best retirement havens in the world. Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is important to most, difficult situation given that much depends on the healthcare needs of each person. So in … Continue reading Good News for Retirees…Costa Rica No. 2 in Annual Global Retirement Index 2015

More and More Boomers Move to Costa Rica and Other Countries to Live More Affordably

Many baby boomers are finding they can live on less and maintain a comfortable lifestyle. In fact, some boomers are even retiring early. How can they manage to do it? By relocating outside of the United States, where the cost of living is lower, health care is less expensive and obtainable, and the year-round weather … Continue reading More and More Boomers Move to Costa Rica and Other Countries to Live More Affordably

Tips for Being a Better Gringo Retiree in Costa Rica

Part of this article is from Today Panama via QCostaRica. I made some changes to make it relevant to Costa Rica since the advice is applicable here, too. There is nothing worse than the “Ugly American Syndrome.” By following the advice below you won’t wear out your welcome in Costa Rica or any other country … Continue reading Tips for Being a Better Gringo Retiree in Costa Rica

Future retirees should know that paradise does not come cheap

There are a couple of International organizations and individuals who are pushing Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador for retirement and living. They are especially big on the last two places. Well, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for and unfortunately many mistakenly confuse affordability with quality of life. People on tight budgets … Continue reading Future retirees should know that paradise does not come cheap

If you are going to live or retire in Costa Rica, it is best to do everything by the book

As I have stated in many past articles, the best candidates for living in Costa Rica are those with a pension, a fixed income like an annuity or a steady stream of money from some other type of investment. Unfortunately, a large number of foreigners who reside here don’t fit into any of these categories … Continue reading If you are going to live or retire in Costa Rica, it is best to do everything by the book