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Costa Rica’s wonderful people are reason to relocate here

Costa Rica is known internationally for its beauty, abundance of natural wonders, for having peaceful democratic tradition and not having a military. The latter is quite an accomplishment when one looks at the chaotic world panorama. For example, we all know the U.S. Is in shambles with its recurring natural disasters, racial strife, drug epidemic, … Continue reading Costa Rica’s wonderful people are reason to relocate here

Costa Rica is the number 2 expat destination in the world. Why?

Costa Rica was chosen as the second best country to live abroad, according to a survey conducted by the expat website InterNations. The organization polled more than 12,500 of its expat members from 166 different nationalities to get their opinion on their adopted countries. More than 40 factors were evaluated such as quality of life, … Continue reading Costa Rica is the number 2 expat destination in the world. Why?

It is now easier that ever to relocate to Costa Rica for the reasons below

Let’s look at the why it is easy for retirees and expats of all ages choose to relocate to Costa Rica. Distance – Costa Rica is conveniently located only a few hours from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Miami. Costa Rica has had a large expat community for three decades and it is easy to meet … Continue reading It is now easier that ever to relocate to Costa Rica for the reasons below

Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Like many European-style markets where visitors go to shop and take home a piece of the country, there is a new project that promises to transform three downtown icons into the epicenter of tourism and culture. The Borbón Market, Central Market and Coca-Cola bus terminal all will be refurbished as part of a new project … Continue reading Exciting new plans for San José’s downtown markets and Old post office

Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

Recently, Costa Rica celebrated its Independence Day on September 15th. Many future expats as well as those who are residing here now do not know how Costa Rica’s name evolved. Originally, it was thought that Christopher Columbus gave the country the name of “Rich Coast,” after seeing the indigenous people’s abundance of gold ornaments. However, … Continue reading Why our country is called Costa Rica and the origin of “Pura Vida”

Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Don’t misinterpret what I say in this article. I am originally from the U.S. and would not be living in Costa Rica if it were not for the opportunities I received for being born a North American. The United States is in trouble. All one has to do is watch news programs from there to … Continue reading Relocation to Costa Rica sounds more appealing than ever

Expat Retirees and Soccer in Costa Rica

Soccer or fútbol as it is called here, is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and Canada. This is mainly due to an increased interest among the youth and the number of devastating injuries associated with American-style football. Many retired expats become avid fans  soccer league while living here. Most important matches are televised locally. Although, attending … Continue reading Expat Retirees and Soccer in Costa Rica

Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Driving in Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. In fact, as one expat remarked, “driving a car in Costa Rica is at times is like playing a video game.” After living here for almost 40 years I can asure you that my friends comments are partially true. However, with a little practice … Continue reading Advice about driving in Costa Rica for expat retirees

Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

A recent article published by International Living praised the quality of medical care in Costa Rica. This comes as no surprise to me since I have experienced Costa Rica’s health care first-hand during the 37 years I have lived in the country. Expat retirees who live here will echo my sentiments. The country has a … Continue reading Future retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica is among the five best countries with affordable health care

A Costa Rican Amazon for Retirees

Retired expats and others can enjoy a multitude of natural wonders while living in Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park is one area that is definitely worth visiting. In fact, tour guides who live in the areas consider it to be the country’s version of the Amazon because of its topography, flora and fauna. The park … Continue reading A Costa Rican Amazon for Retirees

More about yoga for retired expats in Costa Rica

In the past I have written hundreds of articles about how to stay busy and happy in Costa Rica. There are virtually hundreds of activities here from which to choose, so expat retirees have no excuse for being bored. Recently, the United Nations declared June 21st to be International Yoga Day. In honor of this … Continue reading More about yoga for retired expats in Costa Rica

Expats can visit Costa Rica’s Jurassic Park

Please don’t confuse this title with the series of movies which supposedly takes place on an island off the coast of Costa Rica. However, we do have a Jurassic theme park but not with live dinosaurs. About five hours by car from San José tourists and retired expats will find Dino Park. On guided tour … Continue reading Expats can visit Costa Rica’s Jurassic Park

A “Free” Exercise Option for Expat Retirees in Costa Rica

As we age our health becomes our most valuable asset and exercise is a key component for staying healthy. In previous articles I have written about the many options that Costa Rica offers for those who want to stay physically fit like gyms. It seems that everyday there are more and more gyms being built … Continue reading A “Free” Exercise Option for Expat Retirees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

For Costa Ricans the possibility of dying prematurely before reaching 70 years old of cancer, heart problems, diabetes or other chronic diseases is 11.1 percent. This is the lowest figure in Latin America and second in the Americas, only behind Canada (9.8). As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is ranked nineteenth in the world … Continue reading Costa Rica is a Healthy Country for Costa Ricans and Expat Retirees

The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

Anyone who reads my blogs is bound to notice that I love to write about the country’s culture, especially its variety of delicious foods. One rewarding experiences for expat retirees living in Costa is the opportunity to savor the country’s many tradition foods. One such food is Palmito cheese. It is usually sold in round … Continue reading The History of Costa Rica’s Palmito Cheese

A New Museum for Retirees to Visit

In Costa Rica there is always “something for everyone and everything for someone” including expat retirees. As a retiree in Costa Rica you don’t have any excuse for not staying busy unless you are lazy. A new National Museum of Sciences and Health (el Museo Nacional de Ciencias de la Salud) opened at the end … Continue reading A New Museum for Retirees to Visit

The Gallo Pinto Festival Returns to San José

Gallo pinto is perhaps Costa Rica’s most famous food. It is a delicious blend of rice, beans, cilantro, bell pepper, onion and different spices. A breakfast in Costa Rica would not be complete without it. Most expat retirees who savor “un buen plato de pinto” (plate full of Gallo Pinto) fall in love with it … Continue reading The Gallo Pinto Festival Returns to San José

Retirees should be aware that in Costa Rica many landmarks have nicknames

As if it is not hard enough to find one’s way around Costa Rica, many places that were renamed are more frequently referred to by their nicknames. Recently, the bridge over the Virilla River on the General Cañas Highway was baptized Alfredo Gonzalez Flores bridge in honor of the president who governed from 1914 to … Continue reading Retirees should be aware that in Costa Rica many landmarks have nicknames

Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

As the saying goes any publicity, good or bad, is good. That is actually holds true for Costa Rica. Over the years many of the rich and famous have discovered Costa Rica which has enhanced the country’s reputation. Among those who have come to Costa Rica are: Bill Gates, football star Tom Broadband his model … Continue reading Actually the Kardashian’s visit to Costa Rica is good for the Country

Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

That’s a good question. Are they all planning to leave? Do they want to hide inside it? Not exactly! Many of the arriving expats are deciding to buy/keep their container that is shipped over here from their home country, which is filled with their stuff. Most people who keep their incoming container, or those who … Continue reading Why Expats are buying shipping containers in Costa Rica

Retirees and Costa Rica’s Hidden Giants

Almost everyone who lives in Costa Rica or has visited has heard of these volcanoes: Irazú, Poás, Turrialba, Rincón de Vieja and Arenal. Of these giants only only Turrialba (webcam http://www.worldcamera.net/en/webcams/central-america/costa-rica/211-turrialba-volcano) and Arenal are active. There are many lesser known volcanos because they have not erupted recently or are difficult to reach. In fact, vulcanologists … Continue reading Retirees and Costa Rica’s Hidden Giants

The Largest Mall in Central America is in downtown San José

Over the last twenty years a number of large U.S. style-Malls have sprung up around the Central Valley like those in San Pedro, Escazú, Zapote, Heredia, Moravia and most recently in Alajuela. The grandeur of these shopping centers rival their counterparts in the U.S., Canada or any other place in the developed world. Ironically, the … Continue reading The Largest Mall in Central America is in downtown San José

Retirees Can Find Excellent Dining Options in Five of San Jose’s Adjoining Neighborhoods

San José is currently undergoing a gastronomic renaissance. Around 85 restaurants can be found in the city’s Barrio Amón, Barrio Aranjuez, Barrio Escalante, Barrio Dent as well as Los Yoses. Barrio Amón is slightly north of downtown with the other four areas just to the east. All five districts touch each other and are concentrated … Continue reading Retirees Can Find Excellent Dining Options in Five of San Jose’s Adjoining Neighborhoods