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Costa Rica’s #1 Retirement Tour

This tour thoroughly educates future retirees and Boomers about all of San Jose’s suburbs such as Escazu, Cariari, Santa Ana, Alajuela and Heredia and the outlying areas that include Grecia and Atenas. A highly-informative two-day seminar that covers all aspects of retirement, living and relocating to Costa Rica rounds out this retirement tour.

This is the perfect tour for anyone interested in living in an area with one of the world's best climates, excellent infrastructure, homes including every imaginable activity to stay busy and happy. Tour participants will only visit the most desirable areas for living in the path of progress.

A two-day seminar covers all aspects of living, investing and relocating to Costa Rica rounds out this tour.

BONUS: On all of our tours find out how Costa Rica's affordable public health care system (La Caja) and its private health care system (INS) work and who should use which service.You will see several of the hospitals on all tours.


Option #1

Five day Inland Central Valley Tour  Sign Up NOW

Tour includes:

  • A valuable two-day seminar by the ARCR with local experts in their respective fields. You won’t want to do without it!
  • Private Phone Consult with Christopher Howard prior to your arrival
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Hotel stay for however many nights your tour is
  • Most meals (75% of meals are covered. We give you a couple of free nights in San José to try some of the great local restaurants we recommend)
  • Rental Properties to be viewed (when available)
  • Comfortable Air conditioned mini bus
  • Private driver and bus so that Christopher can devote 100% of his attention to giving you the best possible tour and you specific needs
  • Led and conducted by Christopher Howard a 31 year resident and citizen of Costa Rica and Costa Rica’s most read author on retirement and living in Costa Rica.

As an added bonus tour participants will also receive: A FREE copy of the 15th edition of Christopher’s best selling guidebook, ”The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica”


Tour Prices:

Pax Cash Credit Card
Individual $1,499.00 $1,559.00
Per Couple $1,799.00 $1,836.00
  • Cash at the time of the tour $100 discount

In order to provide personal service we limit the size of our tours, so be sure to book early!


Option #2

Two Day Inland / Central Valley Streamlined Tour Sign Up NOW

This tour who is for those who have already taken the two-day seminar or those who have limited time. The itinerary is the same as the last two days of the regular Central Valley Tour below where your tour select areas.


A) With three nights lodging (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Add $80 more for the extra night for couples and singles before or after the tour at Hotel Auténtico (hotel policy). If the full 5-day tour is taken with the seminar then the cost is only $50 per additional night.

B) With two nights lodging (Saturday and Sunday)

Single $299 per day
Couple $349 per day

* Includes lunches and breakfasts
* Does NOT include group dinner on Saturday

C) With your own lodging

Single $249 per day
Couple $299 per day

* Includes lunches
* Does NOT include group dinner on Saturday

* This tour is ONLY given as part of the regular five-day tour. A minimum of 4 people on the regular five-day tour will be required  for us to add you to our tour group.



The Central Valley, or Meseta Central, is the center of Costa Rica due to its geographical location, culture and economic activities. It is surrounded by spectacular towering mountains which make the area reminiscent of like Switzerland and inactive volcanoes such as Poás and Irazú.

The valley lies at an altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 feet above sea level. Its fertile volcanic soil makes it an ideal place for growing anything, including some of the world’s best coffee. It is not surprising that more than half of Costa Rica’s 4 million people live in this area because of its almost perfect year-round spring-like climate. The capital city of San José is located here as well.

Central Valley San Jose

This is the perfect retirement/relocation tours for anyone interested in living in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. This area is blessed by year round spring-like temperatures, excellent infrastructure including major shopping centers and malls, offers every imaginable activity to stay busy and almost all of the amenities of living in the United States.

Tour participants will view the many desirable areas where foreigners live and will have the opportunity to view some of their homes. A recent boom in the construction industry has created a wide variety of affordable new homes from which to choose. Many gated communities have been built in Escazu, Santa Ana, Puriscal, Heredia, Atenas and Grecia areas.

Wednesday: Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transport you to your Hotel.

Thursday: Day 2 - Breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 the first day of a highly-informative Seminar . You will hear from some of the country's foremost authorities in the fields of real estate, law, health care, moving, medical care, insurance, learning the language and more. A few people who have moved to Costa Rica will share their experiences with you. You will make new friends and begin to make a network of valuable contacts. A delicious buffet lunch is included. Happy Hour is scheduled after the seminar. Free evening.

Friday: Day 3 - Second day of the seminar with lunch included. You will hear more from the rest of Costa Rica’s experts including your retirement tour guide, Christopher Howard. Surprise group dinner at a local where you will meet and mingle people who have made the retirement move and savor more delicious Costa Rican cooking. All of our past clients really love the activity and especially enjoy being welcomed into someone's home. It is a real cultural experience you won't want to miss on this retirement tour.

ARCR Seminar

Saturday: Day 4 - Breakfast at the Hotel with a 7:30 departure. First, you will go on a city tour of San José to see where Americans reside, the University of Costa Rica, malls, hospitals, China Town, the famous National Theater, parks, a wharehouse-style supermarket to show you what food products are available in Costa Rica and so much more. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to an outdoor farmers market. You'll see 100s of fruits and vegetables including some native varieties not available at home. A few of the areas we will tour are the neighborhoods of Los Yoses, Barrio Escalante, Sabana Norte and Rohrmoser . You will also visit the towns of Escazú, Santa Ana, Belén, Ciudad Cariari, Heredia and the area above Heredia with its alpine-like setting where you'll think that you are in Switzerland. All of these places are perfect for retirement and living. You will even have the opportunity to view the inside of a couple of homes along the way to see how people live. You will also be treated to a mini-Spanish lesson at the country's best language institute for foreigners. Lunch will be at Pollos del Monte in San Antonio de Belén where you will be treated to the best chicken in all of Costa Rica which is cooked over coffee branches to give it a unique flavor. All of our former clients love the place!

Sunday: Day 5 - Breakfast at the Hotel with a 7:30 departure. Today you will see areas located in more of a rural setting. First, you will explore the beautiful mountain town of Atenas, considered by National Geographic as having the "best climate" in the world." Then you will tour Grecia, know as "the cleanest city" in Costa Rica. The surrounding area is spectacular. You will meet some people who have moved here along the way. Finally, you will tour Alajuela which is Costa Rica's second largest city. Lunch will be at a typical Costa Rica restaurant so you can experience more of the local cuisine and culture. A visit to the country's best gift shop which features beautifully hand-crafted souvenirs rounds out the day. A final question and answers session will be conducted as we drive back to the hotel.

Monday: Day 6 - Transportation to the airport is included. Airfare is not included.

This is an excellent tour to introduce you to the Central Valley, its retirement and living possibilities, infrastructure and lifestyle.

Not Included: International airfare, alcoholic beverages, hotel room upgrades, extras in hotels (laundry, telephone calls, room service) and a couple of dinners. Regarding the latter, we want you to explore the restaurants in san José on your own in order to get an idea of the variety of different cuisines that are available here. Your guide will give you a list of restaurants you may want to try.
SEE the home page possibility of taking an add-on tour after your tour is over to explore certain areas in depth.

*See Tour Schedules for dates and availability or Sign Up NOW

Special Free Bonus for tours participants!!!

free Costa Rica retirement books

Anyone who signs up for a tour receives a FREE E-BOOK copy of the 17th edition of the bestselling "New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica." At the conclusion of the tour they also receive FREE eBook copies of Christopher Howard’s other one-of-a-kind bestsellers: “Official Guide to Costa Rican Spanish,” “The Official Guide to Real Estate In Costa Rica” and “The Official Guide to Costa Rica’s Legal System for Tontos (dumbells).” Almost 2000 pages of INVALUABLE insider information for FREE and a $100 value

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Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus. These are the only retirement tours that are:

* Licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and Tourism Institute (ICT).
* Featured on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World Business News and Fox News.
* In 2010, we won the prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Most Unique Tour in Latin America.
* All tours are led personally by Christopher Howard, the author of 17 editions of the #1 perennial bestseller "New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica — the official guide to relocation." Christopher has lived in Costa Rica for34 years and is Costa Rican citizen. Absolutely nobody has his proven expertise, connections or time-tested credibility.

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