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
San Francisco has to be one of the most beautiful, if not THE most beautiful, cities in the world. I consider myself really fortunate to have lived, studied and worked in the San Francisco Bay area for many years before I moved to Costa Rica in 1980. Before I made the big move I was … Continue reading I left my heart but not my wallet in San Francisco
It seems that each year there are more and more guidebooks being published about Costa Rica. On my first trip to Costa Rica in the 1970’s there was very little on the subject. I found one good section in a book on Central America which I ended up using to get around Costa Rica. Now … Continue reading Guidebooks and more about Costa Rica
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
Everyone knows that Costa Rica has been Latin America’s premier retirement haven for over 25 years. There are more Americans living here per capita than in any country outside of the United States. They can’t be wrong! The country’s affordable: medical care, public transportation, rents, fruits and vegetables and perfect weather attract foreign retirees. Add … Continue reading Costa Rica Most Searched Travel Destination for those in the States
Retirees are attracted to the warm weather, good medical care and proximity to the USA. Tarin Cardamone, 67, and her husband, James, 71, retired to Sierra Vista, Ariz., seven years ago, but now they want to move to a country in Central or South America for “a different lifestyle — something that’s more exciting and … Continue reading Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America
The majority of my readers are those thinking of relocating or retiring here or people who have already made the big move. According to my personal poll, the majority are seeking a more affordable lifestyle, inexpensive and quality medical care, good weather or a more sane political atmosphere than that of the U.S. Of all … Continue reading The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic
Upon reading today’s A M Costa Rica article titled “Can Costa Rica make a turnaround for its expats?” I feel compelled to offer a more moderate and representative point of view. All things considered, Costa Rica is still the best destination for expatriate retirement in the world today even though Panama may offer higher real … Continue reading Costa Rica Is Still the Best Retirement Destination in the Americas
The average Social Security check is currently $15,228 and the poverty line for a two-person household is about the same amount. More than 90 percent of people over age 65 currently receive Social Security benefits, without which a surprisingly large number of seniors would be destitute. Despite the fact that it was never meant to act … Continue reading Retiring in Costa Rica is far better than living in poverty in the U.S.
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
Although retiring in Costa Rica or another country south of the border is not an option for everyone it can possibly mean the difference between having to work all of one’s life or enjoying the time you have left. By simplifying your lifestyle, downsizing, getting rid of your car and a lot of other possessions … Continue reading Some Boomers who are financially worse off their parents might be able to make ends meet by retiring abroad
Do you really want to wait until you are 65 or older to enjoy life and enjoy your retirement? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could unplug from the working world and begin to enjoy life now rather than later? Imagine waking up in the morning and not having to go to work and be … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t wait to retire if you can
Now a days to retire early most often seems well-nigh impossible. It’s hard enough enough these days just to retire at age 65, let alone retire early. Yet somehow this dream has become a reality for a few who plan for an early retirement. Let’s look at how it can be done. To understand how … Continue reading By moving to a country like Costa Rica you can retire early
I should rephrase the title by saying, What mindset do retirees need to adapt successfully to living in Costa Rica? First, anyone who relocates here should not do so just because he or she is fed up with the U.S., Obama or Obama Care. The most import factor is to make sure you really like … Continue reading What mind set do retirees need to bring to Costa Rica?
John was a participant on my November 2013 Combination Central Valley/Pacific Coast relocation/retirement tour. He is from Long Beach, New York which is the western most of the outer barrier islands off Long Island’s South Shore. He is actually grew up in New York City. John and 17 other people had the time of their … Continue reading A happy tour guest
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
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?
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
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?
Many years ago my friend Jim told me that the first time he set foot on Costa Rican soil he felt a sense of freedom in the air. Another friend Bruce echoed Jim’s sentiments about Costa Rica. Bruce is an exponent of freedom and his favorite book is “How I Found Freedom in an Unfree … Continue reading Costa Rica offers more freedom than the US or Canada
The effects of two storms, César and Juana, turned the town of Puerto Cortés into a virtual ghost town. Juana tore through Cortés in 1988. I remember that storm well because my son was born during it. César occurred around the year 2000. Between the two storms that took place in the Southern Pacific Zone … Continue reading A ghost town and lunar landscape in Costa Rica
Palmares is located just off the Pan-American Highway between Naranjo and the city of San Ramón. It as was founded in the late 1880s and currently has a population of around 31,000. Its name comes from the large quantity of palma real palm trees that were found in the area before it was settled. The … Continue reading The area of Palmares for retirees
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
About six months ago I founded an alliance to help newcomers. The alliance was originally composed of The Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR), Ship to Costa Rica and my company Live in Costa Rica. When we formed the alliance we figured that we covered all of the basis. I would introduce people to … Continue reading A new service to really help retirees and others who move to Costa Rica
Recently, Costa Rica has received some really good press. After many years of not promoting Costa Rica, International Living has been holding conferences in Costa Rica and featuring articles about the country in their magazine. This month both the Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance mentioned Costa Rica in articles about retirement abroad. Both … Continue reading Thank god for the likes of the Yeatman’s