A new Affordable Medical Option for Retirees

There are basically two options here for receiving medical care. The public system known as the caja, short for Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. It offers socialized medicine and does not exclude you for preexisting conditions. Anyone who wants to be a legal residency of Costa Rica must join the Caja. You can receive adequate … Continue reading A new Affordable Medical Option for Retirees

Retirees Shopping at Pricesmart in Costa Rica

Excerpts from an article on Q Costa Rica appear in the blog below. I liked the article so much it inspired me to write something similar on the subject for those thinking of relocating or retiring here. Q Costa Rica is an informative on-line publication for expats. Retirees and other expats always wonder about shopping … Continue reading Retirees Shopping at Pricesmart 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

The La Fortuna area has a wealth of activities for expat retirees

One of the pluses of relocating to Costa Rica is the abundance of exciting outdoor activities for staying busy and happy. You simply cannot be bored! The town of La Fortuna is good starting point for exploring once you more here. Tourists have been flocking to this area for years to take in the natural … Continue reading The La Fortuna area has a wealth of activities for expat retirees

San José’s Gran Hotel Costa Rica – a favorite spot for expats

Few foreign residents know the history of of San José’s famous Gran Hotel Costa Rica. The Gran Hotel Costa is located in the heart of San José on Central and Second Avenues and between 1 and 3 streets. It is right across from the National Theater, and on the east side faces the Plaza de … Continue reading San José’s Gran Hotel Costa Rica – a favorite spot for expats

Another feather in Costa Rica’s cap – expats living here are the happiest in the world

According to the Expat Insider poll in its third annual rankings, Costa Rica is rated highly in terms of quality of life and ease of settling in for foreign residents, retirees included. The country is number one in the personal happiness category of the poll’s quality of life index. Costa Rica also received a high … Continue reading Another feather in Costa Rica’s cap – expats living here are the happiest in the world

Cost-conscious retirees can find bargains during September

Costa Rican businesses offer discounts at the end of the fiscal period, which runs from October 1 and ends September 30. Large retailers like Walmart have rock-bottom prices, with discounts of up to 70 percent on selected items in stock. For many businesses the cost of sitting on inventory is very high, which is why … Continue reading Cost-conscious retirees can find bargains during September

Costa Rica is safer for retirees than Mexico

Unofficially there are around one million U.S. retirees living in Mexico at the present time. Many people live there part time as snowbirds while others reside on a permanent basis. The country offers a wide variety of places to live with many different climates. The main reason for retiring and living in Mexico is its … Continue reading Costa Rica is safer for retirees than Mexico

Another Exciting Activity for Retirees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s annual Festival de Ballenas or Whale Watching Festival is a must for expat retirees. It has been eight years (2009) since the first edition of this festival was held. Originally, only 4,430 people atended the event. This year more ten times that number are expected to come to the community of Bahía Ballena, … Continue reading Another Exciting Activity for Retirees in Costa Rica

Potential expat retirees should know that Costa Rica has the world’s best weather

I am currently visiting relatives in the Seattle area. Summers in the Pacific Northwest are absolutely beautiful but short. Other parts of the US also enjoy beautiful summers but the majority of them have weather characterized by blistering heat and/or high humidity. Winters are another story with snow and freezing weather in many regions. Probably … Continue reading Potential expat retirees should know that Costa Rica has the world’s best weather

It may be easier for Retirees to get around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) in the not too distant future

In June the Costa Rican government announced that it expected to have an electric light rail train operating by 2020. Despite improvements in infrastructure and a continuous effort to reduce automobile traffic, congestion is getting progressively worse. Measures such as license plate restrictions and staggered work schedules have done very little to alleviated the problem. … Continue reading It may be easier for Retirees to get around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) in the not too distant future

Don’t think that living in Costa Rica is just for retirees

Anyone who thinks that living in Costa Rica is synonymous with retirement is clearly missing the point. Yes, there are many foreigners of retirement age living here because the country is and has always been one of Latin America’s prime retirement havens for a variety of well-known reasons. Furthermore, Costa Rica allows retirees to live … Continue reading Don’t think that living in Costa Rica is just for retirees

Costa Rica is selected as the happiest country in the world, once again

Once again Costa Rica has been named the most sustainably happy country in the world. According to the New Economics Foundation, the 2016 Happy Planet Index (HPI) Costa Rica tops the ranking for the third time. The Happy Planet Index measures a country’s happiness in relation to the wellbeing, life expectancy and social inequality and … Continue reading Costa Rica is selected as the happiest country in the world, once again

Is Costa Rica the best Latin American Offshore Retirement Destination?

My friend and attorney Richard Philps wrote the following article which is objective and hits the nail on the head. So, I decided to publish it on my blog. I’ve lived in Costa Rica for the past eighteen years, I’m naturalized as a Costa Rican Citizen (I vote in elections), my wife is Costa Rican, … Continue reading Is Costa Rica the best Latin American Offshore Retirement Destination?

Those who do not like Hillary or Trump now have a choice

A lot of people are saying that this year’s upcoming presidential election is one where voters have to choose the lesser of the two evils since neither one of the two candidates is really ideal. Unfortunately, one of them will be the next president of the United States. I hear those on both sides saying … Continue reading Those who do not like Hillary or Trump now have a choice

Retirees and Beach Safety in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. However, appearances can be deceiving. Some of the country’s beaches a perfectly safe for swimmers while others have dangerous under currents. Unfortunately, every year a few tourists and Costa Ricans drown because they do … Continue reading Retirees and Beach Safety in Costa Rica

A Primer for Expat Retirees thinking of Purchasing a Used Car

My friend Allen Dickinson wrote this piece on purchasing an automobile in Costa Rica. I have posted it to help future expat retirees who may be interested in purchasing an automobile when they move here. I have also added some comments of my own in the text and at the end. We sometimes sell cars … Continue reading A Primer for Expat Retirees thinking of Purchasing a Used Car

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

An inexpensive way for retirees to build homes in Costa Rica

In the last decade the cost of building or buying a home has increased dramatically in Costa Rica. Why? The country is more developed than its neighbors so prices and the standard of living are higher. Also the price of building materials has risen significantly. So, the question is whether an affordable method of building … Continue reading An inexpensive way for retirees to build homes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and safest places in the world for foreign retirees

In many of my past blogs I have alluded to the fact that Costa Rica has not had a military since the late 1940s. Because of that the country can dedicate more of its resources to education and healthcare instead of maintaining a standing army. Another benefit is that the country does not meddle in … Continue reading Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and safest places in the world for foreign retirees

Retirees should know about freedom of the press in Costa Rica

It is widely known that Costa Rica has the oldest democracy in Latin America and is one of the few countries in the world without a military. Indeed quite an achievement in this day and age! The country is synonymous with peace and above all, freedom in almost every sense of the word. In fact, … Continue reading Retirees should know about freedom of the press in Costa Rica

More Crap about Scotia Bank which is by far the worst bank in Costa Rica

In the past I have written several blogs severely criticizing the service at Scotia Bank Costa Rica, formerly know as Citi Bank. Believe me I am not the only one to complain about this bank’s deplorable customer service. This is the only bank who works with your money and then shows their gratitude by making … Continue reading More Crap about Scotia Bank which is by far the worst bank in Costa Rica