Private Tailor-made Retirement Tours and Consultations
These time-tested private retirement/relocation tours are given by Christopher Howard, the country’s leading authority and author, and are designed for retirees, Boomers, individuals, couples or small groups who have special needs or who can’t take our fixed-date retirement tours. This custom retirement/relocation tour leaves no stone unturned and is packed with insider information and useful contacts that only Christopher can provide from his 32 years of living here.
This is the only private retirement tour that was fully licensed and approved by the Costa Rica Government and Tourism Institute (ICT) in 2004. None of theother private retirement tours have this distinction. Would you take a private tour in the States that was NOT licensed or accredited? Accreditation says a lot about the integrity of those who operate any tour. A license is issued by the government to select travel agencies in Costa Rica who meet stringent requirements designed to protect clients, ensure the quality of customer service, comply with certain economic guidelines to guarantee that the business is not a fly-by-night rogue operation in accordance with LAW 5339.
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.
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Options and Cost:
- $449 per day for individuals on the Central Valley Private Tour. ($399 if paid in full and in cash at time of the tour)
- $599 per couple per day for the Central Valley Private Tour. ($499 if paid in full and in cash at the time of the tour)
- Special two-day price $999 per couple for the Central Valley private tour. ($949 if paid in full and in cash at the time of the tour)
- $599 per couple for private Central Pacific Beach Tours or Arenal + an additional cost for lodging and meals for clients, guide, driver and transportation. Please call for details.
- Special small group rates - Call for information.
ALL private tours include a highly-trained professional driver and touring van so that Christopher can devote 100% of his attention to giving you the best possible tour for your money and meet you specific needs. It is impossible to drive and give clients one’s full attention at the same time.
This one-of-a-kind custom tailor made tour was created to meet the specific needs of individuals, couples or small groups. It is also designed for those who cannot come for regular fixed-date tours or who have special issues they can’t share with large groups. This fact-filled tour was created over 13 years ago and almost 1000 people who have taken it have moved successfully to Costa Rica. In 2007 the tour was mentioned on “Good Morning America.”
Participants will have a private phone consultation with Christopher before the tour, be given a packet with valuable contacts, maps, special articles by Christopher Howard and a FREE copy of his perennial best selling guidebook, “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica.” Virtually everything is covered on this tour and the information is unbiased. You will come away with the knowledge you need to relocate successfully and seamlessly to Costa Rica. The country’s most prominent lawyers, realtors, movers, builders, educators, insurance people, health care specialists and more are on call to address your special concerns if you need their services. NOBODY has Christopher’s connections or provides more information for your money. Christopher’s services do not end with the tour.
Transportation, lunch and coffee breaks are included. Lodging in the Central Valley at a SPECIAL discounted price for our clients is $50 per night with a buffet breakfast is included. Christopher received NO commissions for lodging, so he can provide the best rates for his clients. A money-saving one or two-day add on tour is an option for those who want to revisit areas without having to spend the money on another trip (conditions apply).
ADD-on Private Tailor-made Custom Tour/Consultation Options
Option 1: Two-day Central Valley Tour, our #1 private tour
This is the most most popular private tour/consultation and is a carbon copy of the Central Valley Group Tour but without the two-day seminar. Although you can customize this tour, here is the standard itinerary with the seminar to give you an idea of what you will see and do: Central Valley Tour
The following two tours may be added on to the Central Valley tour as the second or third day
Option 2: One day Jacó and/or Quepos
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.
* $100 surcharge to go to Quepos due to the distance
Option 3: One day tour
Coffee Town Tour (Naranjo, Palmares and San Ramón)
This special one or two-day tour of the western Central Valley will expose you to life in the quaint coffee towns. It will will expose you to life in this part of Costa Rica. San Ramón is the hub of this area, where the pace of life is a little slower.
This tour is led by Christopher Howard or our experienced bilingual tour guides and investment/real estate professionals, hand-picked by Christopher Howard because of their knowledge of the area. Whether you are interested in renting or buying they will show you a sample of available properties.This tour includes their services and may be taken at the end of Christopher's regular Central Valley tour or at another time.
With 100,000 residents in the greater area, Palmares and San Ramón have many of the advantages of city life but retain their Costa Rican charm while offering all services, cultural activities, and a lower cost of living compared to other areas.
The bulk of your time will be spent concentrating on understanding the lifestyle here. 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 rented or 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.
San Ramón has one of the most active volunteer and community service organizations in the entire Central Valley called the Community Action Alliance. We’ll meet members of the organization so you can learn about how to stay active here and help local residents.
We’ll sample the local cuisine.
Palmares is the picturesque neighboring town to San Ramón featuring a towering church, verdant mountains and valleys, and a bustling downtown. With its spectacular views of the Aguacate Mountains, Palmares is an ideal place to get acquainted with the Pura Vida lifestyle for which Ticos are famous. Palmares is home to a traditional Spanish bullfighting ring, where matadors test their skills against large bulls at various times throughout the year.
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. This fair lasts for two weeks, with two special activities including the “Tope,” a huge horseback parade through the town and the “Carnaval,” complete with variety of food vendors, bars exhibitions, and entertainment. It is claimed that during these days over 500,000 people attend this fiesta.
We will explore this manageable town, seeing its vibrant center with its markets, schools, banks, and cultural activities. We’ll also see the main church of Palmares, a beautiful building made completely from stone, a rarity in Costa Rica.
The town of Naranjo, settled in 1830, was originally known as “Los Naranjos” (the Orange Groves) due to the abundance of orange trees in the surrounding area. Although the name has been shortened and the amount of orange trees has decreased, this city of 35,000 has remained an important agricultural hub for Costa Rica. Naranjo is located at the base of the Espírito Santo Hills in Costa Rica’s gorgeous Central Valley, about 30 miles from San José. The area surrounding the town is dotted with farms growing all kinds of crops– mainly coffee, rice, and sugar cane. The elevation of the town is around 3,398 feet, the temperature is a consistently cool 68° F
Option 4: Lake Arenal and Guanacaste Private Tours
* Both of these tours MUST be taken in conjunction with the Central and/or Combination Tour
(subject to demand) *Call for prices and availability.
Christopher is looking forward to helping you design your own custom tour.
NOTE 1: This is NOT a real estate tour but a lifestyle tour for people of all ages who are thinking of moving here. At the request of former clients a few carefully selected properties are included to give you a sampling of what different living situations are like.
NOTE 2: Once again, this tours includes a highly-trained professional driver and van so that Christopher Howard can devote ALL of his attention to your specific needs.
*Available most weekdays and weekends except for the last week of each month we have our regular tours.
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