By Jo Stuart There have been times when I have been worried about something and have expressed my concern and then heard a Tico say to me, “tranquilo.” “How can you be tranquilo in the face of—-and I can fill in the blanks of with any number of stresses I felt in my first few … Continue reading Ticos Take ‘Tranquilo’ To Heart
by Jo Stuart The truth is, most of us live very narrow lives. With all the choices out there we tend to make the same ones over and over, never expanding our experiences. (Note: I have Freud’s habit of generalizing from observations of myself. You are free to say, as my friend Betty justifiably can, … Continue reading Living the Narrow Comfy Life
by Jo Stuart When setting off to accomplish something in San Jose, I find it a good idea to have a plan B at the ready, and when depending upon buses, having a Plan C in the wings is not a bad idea. This week I had a 7:00 a.m. appointment with my doctor at … Continue reading Planning Ahead Living in Costa Rica
1. Best Brand for quality and reliability in CR. Number 1. Toyota Number 2. Nissan Number 3. Landrover Number 4. Isuzu Number 5. Mercedes Number 6. Suzuki Number 7. Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep, etc.) Number 8. GMC (Chevrolet, etc.) and Ford Number 9. Kia Number 10. Hundai 2. Best Brand for getting parts and technicians who … Continue reading Vehicles to Own in Costa Rica
By Ecorazzi*, celebrity gossip and news Mel Gibson hasn’t exactly had the best last couple years. Religious passions, anti-Semitic slurs, and various alcohol-related charges have clouded what otherwise has been a spectacular career. Financially, thanks in large part to Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, money is no longer a real concern — and it … Continue reading Mel Gibson Ditches States For New Ranch In Costa Rica
By Nathan Rold a long-time resident of Costa Rica Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet many Americans from all walks of life. To be here you have to an adventurous and different type of person. It takes a lot of courage to move anyplace. Some people have a difficult time moving … Continue reading Good Gringo, Incompetent Gringo and Bad Gringo
Ron was one of the 14 guests on my October 2006 Combination Central Pacific and Inland Valley Tour. While on the tour Ron took hundreds of digital photos. Much to my surprise he edited them and added a sound track. The result of his efforts are two slide presentations . One shows the Central Valley … Continue reading Ron Keller’s Slide Shows Give you a Preview of Our Tours.
I just read an article about a new phenomenon in Costa Rica called “The Instant Real Estate Agent.” Since real estate has become a very lucrative business in Costa Rica, everyone is trying to cash in by selling property. Most of the people involved don’t even have a real estate license, never worked in the … Continue reading Instant Real Estate Agents
Costa Rica’s Central bank recently announced that foreign investment will top one billion dollars this year. Wendy’s, Baskin Robbins 31, Dunkin Donuts and Cinnabon will open branches in Costa Rica within a year. Global Financial Group will build a 215 room Hyatt Regency Hotel at Brasil Beach in Guanacaste. Hyatt operates 216 hotels in 44 … Continue reading More Big Players Invest in Costa Rica
On May 19, 2006 Christopher Howard meet with Costa Rica’s new President Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez for the second time in three months. The president was interviewed by CNBC World News and Christopher for a program that will air internationally. Dr. Arias expounded in perfect English on a variety of subjects such as foreign investment, … Continue reading Christopher Howard Meets With president Oscar Arias Again
As I sat in the restaurant at the Look Out Hotel in Ojochal, Costa Rica viewing the tail end of a magnificent sunset I came to the realization I might have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I was dining with eight of my clients who were on my tour, two very happy … Continue reading The Best Job in the World
During my 25 years in Costa Rica one of the most enjoyable things I do is watching the country’s abundance of beautiful women. I often wonder how one small country can have so many attractive women. I asked my friends if my perception was distorted. They all agreed that Costa Rica Rica abounds with some … Continue reading Girl Watching 101 in Costa Rica
My home town of Heredia has one of the most beautiful parks in the country. A colonial-style church built in 1797 faces west onto the park. It has stained-glass windows and bells in the campanario (bell tower) which were brought from Cuzco, Peru. Cobblestones and a beautiful fountain adorn the park. Dozens of mango trees … Continue reading Heredia’s Historical Central Park
Since Costa Rica is a Catholic country the people take Easter Week very seriously. There are many religious processions and ceremonies throughout the week. Most Costa Ricans gather with their family members during this period for a time of reflection and prayer. Many of Costa Rica’s Nicaraguan residents travel north to their country to be … Continue reading Semana Santa in Costa Rica
Again and again I hear stories about people making mistakes when purchasing property in Costa Rica. I really feel it is my responsibility to share the following with my readers. As you probably know by now Costa Rica has become very popular over the last couple of years. From all indications interest in the country … Continue reading Would You Buy Real Estate from a Tourist?
The interview was done in the garden of the Torremolinos Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mark Mullen from NBC asked me a series of questions about and living and investing here. He stopped me about every three minutes to make sure the cameraman and sound people recorded what I said. We also stopped when … Continue reading On Friday, February 24th I Was Interviewed by a Reporter from The NBC Today Show
Again and again I hear stories about people making mistakes when purchasing property in Costa Rica. I really feel it is my responsibility to share the following with my readers. As you probably know by now Costa Rica has become very popular over the last last couple of years. From all indications interest in the … Continue reading Would You Buy Real Estate from A Tourist?
For get the Super Bowl! Today’s election is the main event in Costa Rica. Since Costa Rica is such a small country, voters participate more directly in the democratic process. Each vote carries a lot of weight so politicians are more accessible and have more contact with the people. For the 2002 presidential election the … Continue reading Today is Election Day in Costa Rica
During the last year I have personally seen a huge leap in the interest in Costa Rica. I have personally been interviewed by reports for Newsweek, Ophra’s magazine and Fortune. I suspect this spike in interest in Costa Rica has to do with the Baby Boomers coming of age. The year 2006 is when the … Continue reading Christopher Howard’s Tour on the Today Show
People often ask me, “Is it safe to invest in Costa Rica?” I don’t purport to be an expert in the field of international investments but lately have seen a growing number of big name U.S. companies and individuals investing in Costa Rica. They would never think of putting their capital here if the investment … Continue reading Costa Rica Attracts Some Big Players from the U.S.
On January 4, 2006 I was privileged to meet with Dr Oscar Arias Sánchez at his home. He is one of Costa Rica’s most distinguished citizens. Don Oscar was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990. His most notable achievement was the Central American Peace Plan which ended year’s of conflict in the region … Continue reading Meeting A Nobel Peace Prize Winner
This year our world famous tour received a nice mention in the May 14th issue of “Newsweek.” Sara Davidson, a senior editor for Ophra Winfrey and renowned author, accompanied us on the October Beach/Central Valley Tour. She was doing research on her new book on baby boomers. There will be a whole chapter devoted to … Continue reading Our Tours Are Making News and Leading to International Retirement Ventures
At the end of August I took a group of 10 people on my Central Pacific Relocation/Retirement Tour. We first visited the Jaco beach area. The highlight of the place was the sunset from Hotel Villa Caletas. The hotel is built on the top of a mountain with an incredible 180 degree view of the … Continue reading An Adventure on our Central Pacific Relocation/Retirement Tour
This purpose of this article is to show one person’s resourcefulness and courage in the face of adversity. The author is not advocating moving to Costa Rica with little or no money. About three years ago I met Steve who had lived in Hawaii for many years. He moved here because Hawaii had become very … Continue reading How to get by on a Shoestring in Costa Rica: The Story of Banana Bread Steve
Recently I had the pleasure of leading a group of potential residents on week-long trip around Costa Rica. I would venture to say their ages ranged from 45 to 60 years old. Most came here to explore the country with the goal of eventually relocating. After a week of travelling all over the country, viewing … Continue reading The Advantages of Living, Retiring or Investing Abroad