Category Archives: Moving to Costa Rica

Chris Howard the Trend Setter for Baby Boomer Retirement

I was having dinner with a close friend last week and during one of our conversations she remarked. “You know you have been a trend setter here in Costa Rica.” I then said, “What do you mean?” She went on to explain that I had been the first person to promote and write about retirement … Continue reading Chris Howard the Trend Setter for Baby Boomer Retirement

The Current Economic Crisis in the U.S. and What it Means for Baby Boomer Retirement in Costa Rica

Baby Boomers are now worried about their retirement funds and the consequent hit on their retirement plans and lifestyles. To avoid outliving their assets and having to reduce their standard of living, retirement in Costa Rica may just be the most viable solution. People who have moved here know that they can actually have a … Continue reading The Current Economic Crisis in the U.S. and What it Means for Baby Boomer Retirement in Costa Rica

Moving to Costa Rica Can Save Your Life

Most people who read the title of the title of this article will ask, How? Living life and just going through the motions? If so, you may be cutting your life short, as it’s been medically proven that people with passion and dreams actually live longer, healthier lives. Apoptosis is when your brain believes that … Continue reading Moving to Costa Rica Can Save Your Life

How to Choose a Retirement or Real Estate Tour

The growing popularity of Costa Rica as one of the most popular retirement havens in the world has given birth to an industry of retirement related businesses. The first being retirement tours. When I started in the retirement tour business almost 30 years ago there were no retirement tours in Costa Rica. There wasn’t even … Continue reading How to Choose a Retirement or Real Estate Tour

Politics are a reason many relocate to Costa Rica

I deal with a lot of people who are thinking of moving to Costa Rica and many who have already made the decision to do so. I meet most everyone on my monthly relocation/retirement tours and at lectures where I speak. I really thrive on the feedback I receive from these potential expatriates. I have … Continue reading Politics are a reason many relocate to Costa Rica

Why do people find Costa Rica Attractive for Retirement?

The weather is definitely a huge factor. If you live in Florida or Arizona you come here to want to get away from the heat. If you are from Canada or any of the northern States in the U.S. It is probably the cold that drives you here. Costa Rica’s Central Valley has one of … Continue reading Why do people find Costa Rica Attractive for Retirement?

Will Hurricanes Spoil Your Costa Rican Retirement Plans?

I had a couple on my August relocation/retirement tour from Corpus Christi, Texas who had to return a couple of days earlier than expected because of Hurricane Gustav. They wanted to return home to board up their windows and secure their property. Too bad part of their vacation was spoiled by the bad weather up … Continue reading Will Hurricanes Spoil Your Costa Rican Retirement Plans?

Retire in Mexico or Costa Rica?

Frequently I get asked this question on my relocation retirement tours and consultations. This answer is a no-brainer.  If you look what just transpired in Mexico, the answer should be very obvious. Here is the text from La Nación, Costa Rica’s Spanish newspaper, published on August 31, 2008. “Thousands march in Mexico against the growing … Continue reading Retire in Mexico or Costa Rica?

What products am I going to Miss by Moving to Costa Rica?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by people who take my Costa Rica retirement tours. The answer is, “Very few.” Everyday more and more products from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe are available in Costa Rica. PriceSmart (like Costco), Hipermás (owned by Wal-Mart) and many of the other large stores and … Continue reading What products am I going to Miss by Moving to Costa Rica?

Consider the Source When Making Important Decisions When Moving to Costa Rica

Recently a reporter from a New York Times affiliate interviewed what he thought was a good source for information about moving to Costa Rica. The  reporter found the person he interviewed at one of the more high profile web sites which supposedly contains “real’ information about living in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the person who was … Continue reading Consider the Source When Making Important Decisions When Moving to Costa Rica

What Separates Christopher Howard’s Retirement Tours from the Other Tours and Relocation Services

Retirement-Investment -Relocation tour selection process If you are going to embark on this major decision…it is wise to use the tour that is the ONLY retirement tours and relocation services LEGALLY APPROVED and LICENSED by the Costa Rican government’s tourism department. In order to obtain the approval of said entity of the government, all applicants … Continue reading What Separates Christopher Howard’s Retirement Tours from the Other Tours and Relocation Services