Birdwatching and Expat Retirees

With approximately 850 species of birds and being an important corridor for bird migration between from North and South America, Costa Rica has always been a popular spot for tourists who are interested in bird watching (avituismo in Spanish). During the last five years, this activity has also grown locally with over 3,000 Costa Ricans … Continue reading Birdwatching and Expat Retirees

Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Judging from the surprising results of the presidential election in the United States, many Americans are unhappy. In fact, some are so upset that they want to move abroad. Let’s look at the choices for those who wish to relocate. After the election, the Canadian government’s website was deluged with requests for information about how … Continue reading Costa Rica or Canada for Disgruntled Americans?

Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Today, November 8, 2016, I read two articles about Costa Rica that attest to fact that the country is one of the best places in the world to live. The first article is titled “The 5 current trendiest destinations in the world.” Iceland is mentioned because of its exotic landscapes and the quaint small-town city … Continue reading Two great articles which extoll Costa Rica for retirees, trend setters and political malcontents from the U.S.

Yuca 101 for expat retirees in Costa Rica

Yuca is widely consumed in Costa Rica but it is known by several different names such as Manihot  or mandioca and casabe or casava in other countries. Don’t make the mistake of confusing yuca with yucca. It differs from the yucca, which is an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub from a different family. Yuca root is the third … Continue reading Yuca 101 for expat retirees in Costa Rica

Retirees and Eggs in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica it seems that everyone and everything has their day. Some of these special days are official holidays, while others are not. Here are a few days that are recognized in Costa Rica: Mother’s Say, Father’s Day, Children’s Day, Senior’s Day (for retirees), Secretary’s Day, Earth Day, people’s Saints Days, Gay Pride Day … Continue reading Retirees and Eggs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not a place where boredom is on the agenda

If you choose to retire and/or relocate you really have no excuse for being bored since there is a wealth of activities to keep busy and happy. In fact, at times it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to participate in so many interesting things here. For instance, in the weekly entertainment … Continue reading Costa Rica is not a place where boredom is on the agenda

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