Central Valley, Central Pacific or Lake Arenal
These special retirement/relocation tours are lead by experienced professionals hand-picked by Christopher Howard. The tours are for Baby Boomer Retirees and others who have a serious interest in retirement, relocating or investing now. These intensive tours will save the time, trouble and money of having to come back again on another trip.
NOTE: With the exception of the San Ramón tour all of these tours MUST be taken in conjunction with one of Christopher's regular tours. They may be done before or after your retirement tour depending on your schedule.
Lake Arenal ADD-ON Tours
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Northern Costa Rica’s crown jewel is the 48-square-mile, man-made Lake Arenal is northwest of San Carlos. It is sursounded by rolling hills covered with pastures and patches of tropical forest. The very active Arenal Volcano can often be seen the distance. As a recent visitor said, “Lake Arenal seems like a tropical version of Lake Tahoe with surrounding landscape and beauty right of of Switzerland.”
Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica and the second-biggest in Central America, after Lake Nicaragua. It was created to be a reservoir when engineers flooded a large valley. The lake was an engineering feat for Costa Rica at the time and generates 70% of the country’s electricity.
There are many enjoyable things to do around Lake Arenal. The lake and surrounding area offer excellent fishing, sailing, hiking, windsurfing, mountain biking, bird-watching and other outdoor activities. With all the area has to offer, it is not surprising that this part of Costa Rica is rapidly becoming popular with foreign residents.
This tour is given in conjunction with 123 Costa Rica Travel to familiarize you with the area. You tell us what you want to see and they will design the tour for you. The tour includes transportation, lodging and activities. The cost depends on what you want to see and do. We will connect you with 123 Costa Rica Travel and they will give you a quote.
This special tour given in conjunction with Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties. This private tour will also save you the time, trouble and money of having to come back again on another trip to look for property.
Land around the lake is readily available. Prices have been slashed up to 40-50% ONLY for Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties clients. Many of the lots have breath-taking panoramic views which have to be seen to be believed.
This tour option is also lead by an experienced professional carefully selected by Christopher Howard. It includes the expert’s services and two-nights lodging. It is specifically designed to match your personal lifestyle and budget objectives, this can be done before of after Christopher's retirement tour.
* Complimentary lodging and transportation provided if property is purchased. If property is NOT purchased a $375 per day fee will be charged for the realtor’s time, work and added expenses. Lunch is included. All arrangements will be made through Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties prior to the tour. We will be happy to connect you with them.
Special Western Central Valley ADD ON Tour
The Coffee Towns
The western Central Valley, including Palmares and San Ramón, offers the expat or retiree an opportunity to live in the more “traditional Costa Rica” away from the larger urban areas of the Central Valley or the touristy beach towns. This special two-day tour will expose you to life in these quaint coffee towns. There will be a special emphasis on San Ramón, the hub of this area, where the pace of life is a little slower and some of the best values in the country exist for living and investing.
This tour is led by Andrew Mastrandonas, an experienced tour, investment/real estate professional, carefully selected by Christopher Howard. It includes his services and one-nights lodging. This tour will save the time, trouble and money of having to come back again on another trip.
Palmares is a picturesque small town featuring a towering church, verdant mountains and valleys, and a bustling downtown.
During the last two weeks of January the town hosts its “Fiestas,” a large fair organized by a local committee which has become one of the largest cultural and social events in the country. We will tour a number of suburban communities to give you an idea of how and where people live here so you can have an idea of the types of homes and apartments available.
Your time will be spent concentrating on understanding the lifestyle here and seeing properties in San Ramón amongst them some of our “best buy” recommendations. At about 3,000 feet above sea level and temperatures in the mid-70s year round, many of these properties have spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, and can still be purchased at reasonable prices.
San Ramón, with about 70,000 residents, is quickly becoming one of the best values in the entire country for retirees to live and invest. Only 45 minutes to the airport near San Jose, the beaches of the Pacific Coast, and 1.5 hours to the famous Arenal Volcano, its temperature climate, lower cost of living, access to all services and cultural activities, a major hospital/clinics, and a large branch of the University of Costa Rica, make it an excellent town for living and investing.
We´ll take some time to tour this pleasant town, known locally as the “City of Presidents and Poets.” We will experience daily life here by walking through the main square, with its charming and peaceful park, Romanesque and Gothic cathedral and museum and cultural center. We’ll introduce you to actual expats and retirees who have purchased property and/or built a home so you can learn more about their experiences and potentially get to know the type of neighbors and friends you might have in San Ramón.
We’ll sample the local cuisine where you can find Peruvian, Chinese, Italian, steaks, seafood, and typical food, along with all of the standard fast-food fare.
For more detailed information about this special tour see: http://www.liveincostarica.com/retirement-tours/the-coffee-towns.html
* Cost $299 for single and $399 for couple OR only $199 for single or double if taken one in conjunction with one of my regular tours) for two days and one night. Hotel (one night included in price), breakfast, lunches and tour transportation are included. Conditions apply: The second night's lodging discount will be extended to all clients on this tour.
NOTE: We'll offer 10% off selected properties (offered by CR Communities) if they take Christopher's regular tour or come through the website.
Central Valley and/or Central Pacific ADD ON tour
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These two tours are for those who have a serious interest now in relocating and/or investing. If you feel you want to see some properties on this trip that match up specifically with your personal lifestyle, personal and budget objectives, this tour can be added during or before you arrive. The tour will save the time, trouble and money of having to come back again on another trip.*Conditions apply
This tour is lead by an experienced professional carefully selected by Christopher Howard. It includes the expert’s services and two-nights complimentary lodging.
The Central Valley is the center of Costa Rica due to its geographical location, culture and economic activities. The Central Valley is also one of the most popular places for foreigners to live because of its lovely, eternal-spring-like climate and many other factors. But the region also offers the best access to services and infrastructure in the country by far, including top-notch hospitals, an international airport, plenty of shopping, internet and cable connections, and public transportation. In addition to (or, more likely, because of the preceding, the Central Valley is also the country’s business center. The area offers a wide variety of housing and living options for every lifestyle.
The Central Pacific is one of Costa Rica’s jewels. It extends from Puntarenas in the north to the Barú River in the south. The closest and most accessible beaches to San José are found in this area. The beaches are sunny year-round, the weather is hot and the ocean warm. Whether you want to retire or just live in a tropical paradise, the Central Pacific Coast has something for you. Some of the outdoor activities the area offers are: golfing, sport fishing, yachting, canopy tours, river rafting, parasailing, hang gliding, mountain biking, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, bird watching and a lot more. There are even places to study Spanish and practice yoga in this part of Costa Rica.
* The cost is approximately $375 a day plus lodging. Lunch is included. Arrangements will be made through Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties.