Category Archives: Tips for Living in Costa Rica

A new source of adventure for retirees in Costa Rica

Only four hours from San José retirees and others can find entertainment that is completely different than what they are use to. What I am talking about is the renovated theme park, Africa Safari Adventure. The park is under new management and has changed from the days when it was known as Africa Mía. It … Continue reading A new source of adventure for retirees in Costa Rica

Are gringos nothing more than ATM machines for ticas?

Introduction and disclaimer: A few weeks ago I was asked to write an article on this subject for a English-language dating site about Costa Rican women. By no means is this article meant to demean Costa Rican women but is only intended to paint a picture of some situations that may occur here. Many north … Continue reading Are gringos nothing more than ATM machines for ticas?

An absolultely shocking experience in Costa Rica

Retires and other expats living in Costa Rica should be careful not to give electric shocks (jalonazo) to the country’s toll takers (peajeros or cobradores in Spanish). All along Costa Rica’s new route 27 and just outside of San José there are toll booths (casetas de peaje in Spanish) located on the major highways. An … Continue reading An absolultely shocking experience in Costa Rica

Retirees in Costa Rica can benefit from Guanábana

One of the exotic fruits found in Costa Rica is the Guanábana (pronounced gwah-nah-bah-nah) or sour sop. This football-sized fruit can often weigh more than five pounds. It can be grown in almost all tropical regions across the globe. Soursop is also known as “nature’s ice cream.” This fruit has a white pulp, some fiber, … Continue reading Retirees in Costa Rica can benefit from Guanábana

Where to live – West of San José

I originally started this series a couple of months ago but got sidetracked and wrote a series of blogs about different subjects. Santa Ana Santa Ana used to be the weekend retreat and summer destination for well-to-do Costa Ricans. There is a pleasant mixture of Many foreigners and Costa Ricans living in this town of … Continue reading Where to live – West of San José

It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

I have been a vegetarian for almost forty years. I am actually Lacto-ovovegetarian since I exclude meat, poultry, and fish but include dairy products and eggs. Most vegetarians in the US are lacto-ovovegetarians. The benefits of a vegetarian diet are obvious: the consumption of a diet of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, and fruits, with … Continue reading It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

Where Retirees can find a good umbrella and even get it fixed in Costa Rica

Well, it seems that the rainy season is finally on its way out. The last week has felt like a typical December with winds and cooler temperatures in the Central Valley. In Costa Rica there are more wet months that dry months, so one has to be prepared to deal with the rain. One of … Continue reading Where Retirees can find a good umbrella and even get it fixed in Costa Rica

Where to live – East of San José

This is the fourth installment of a series of articles about where to live in Costa Rica. My goal is to cover the whole country in future blogs. This week I am going to talk about the areas east of San José, specifically Los Yoses, Barrio Escalante, San Pedro, Curridabat and Tres Rios. The suburbs … Continue reading Where to live – East of San José

Where to live – Rohrmoser and La Sabana

Rohrmoser and La Sabana In the last two installments of this series I wrote about the Central Valley in general and downtown San José. Now I will move on to other areas in the Central Valley. Remember the cities and towns in the CV are very popular with expats due to the excellent year-round weather … Continue reading Where to live – Rohrmoser and La Sabana

Retirees have a new option for purchasing products from the U.S. while in Costa Rica

Correos de Costa Rica just announced that it will now offer the possibility of purchasing products on the Internet at a lower price than similar established companies operating here. Their new website is www.boxcorreos.com. Currently Aerocasillas and Jet Box dominate the local market for those who want to purchase items from the States by Internet. … Continue reading Retirees have a new option for purchasing products from the U.S. while in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers old-time convenience stores for retirees and other

No doubt if you have lived or traveled in Costa Rica you have noticed many small corner stores known pulperías, pulpes or abastecedores. Unfortunately many of these neighborhood general stores have vanished because of the preponderance of larger chain stores in Costa Rica. To counteract the loss of business the pulperos (proprietors of these stores) … Continue reading Costa Rica offers old-time convenience stores for retirees and other

Extra storage space is now available for retirees in Costa Rica

If you are living in Costa Rica and find that you have accumulated a lot of junk, have to move back to the States temporarily, remodeling your home or simply want to reduce the clutter there is now a solution. There are now several firms that offer different self-storage lockers for your belongings. By the … Continue reading Extra storage space is now available for retirees in Costa Rica

Info. retirees and others should know about tax loopholes and fraud

Baby Boomer retirees and other foreigners should be aware that there are two loopholes often exploited in property transactions to avoid different taxes in Costa Rica. One is legal but might someday be risky. The other is pretty much illegal. The legal one is a method of property transfer in which you are not actually … Continue reading Info. retirees and others should know about tax loopholes and fraud

Good news for those of you who hate cockroaches

On my retirement tours and at seminars people always ask about bugs in Costa Rica.Costa Rica is a tropical country in which bugs do thrive. Fortunately most bugs are found in the lowlands. I live in the Central Valley at a higher elevation and have never really had a problem with insects. In fact, my … Continue reading Good news for those of you who hate cockroaches

Starting a business in Costa Rica

Most of my clients are of retirement age and have pensions. However, some retirees don’t want to vegetate and wish to start their own businesses. According to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (the local Social Security System) during the last five years the number self-employed people has doubled in Costa Rica. Ninety-nine percent of … Continue reading Starting a business in Costa Rica