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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
On one of my Costa Rica retirement relocation tours a client recently remarked,”I love this country so much, I really have no desire to return to the States.” He was joking of course, but his comment reflects how Costa Rica’s natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle affect many visitors after they have been here for only … Continue reading Stay in Costa Rica Tours
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?
What Kind of Care is Available Once My Pets is Here? Since most American’s are pet lovers. It is not surprising, therefore, that many of the people on my monthly Costa Rica Retirement Tours ask me about bringing pets here and what kind of care is available for their animals. To bring your dogs and … Continue reading Can I Bring My Pets to Costa Rica?
On a recent flight from the Houston, Texas to San José Costa Rica I had the pleasure of meeting a very bright young woman who was being transferred to a new branch of her company in Costa Rica. Her name is Brittany and she hails from Austin, Texas. She explained that her company had offices … Continue reading Job Relocation to Costa Rica
Let’s look at how you can reduce your expenses by moving to Costa Rica. I live in 2000 square foot home in Heredia. On the average I pay about $12 dollars per month for water and about $35 dollars for electricity. I was spending less but recently there was a 20 percent hike in the … Continue reading Spend Less on Energy and Utilities in Costa Rica
For the last 27 years I have been helped 1000s of people successfully relocate to Costa Rica. During this time I have been lucky to work closely with time-tested organizations like the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) and Charles Zeller’s Ship to Costa Rica. Both of these organizations have outstanding track records and … Continue reading Relocation and Moving Services
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
Because of the abundance of information available on the web most people have done their research before they visit Costa Rica in search of a place to retire. However, it is easy to become thoroughly confused and suffer from an overload of information after reading all of the material on web sites an the chatter … Continue reading Science Fiction on the Web Before You Arrive Here
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