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The most read authority and the #1 expert on relocation and retirement in Costa Rica

“Costa Rica is more than a country, it’s a lifestyle”

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  • Combination Tour

    The most complete and popular Retirement Tour in Costa Rica. On this tour future retirees will see just what they need to be able to decide on which is the best lifestyle for them – the beach or Central Valley. The extra time on this tour provides a perfect mix of sightseeing, interesting activities, seeing…

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  • Central Valley Tour

    Costa Rica’s #1 Retirement Tour and best choice for those who want to live in the Central Valley. 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, Atenas and

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  • Consultation/Custom Tour

    These time-tested private retirement/relocation tours are given by Christopher Howard, and are designed for retirees, Boomers, entrepreneurs, individuals, couples or small groups who have special needs or who cannot take our fixed-date  tours...

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The first logical choice for making the move successfully! More on-the-ground experience (tours led by a 38-year resident and citizen of Costa Rica), personal hands-on attention, unbiased insider information and connections in order to meet the specific needs of full or part-time expats, retirees, Boomers, snowbirds, those on limited social security, those seeking affordable health care options, entrepreneurs, Internet nomads, millennials and those worried about America’s unstable future.

Experience what it is really like to live and/or retire in Costa Rica on these informative and time-tested (18 years) tours for people of all ages. All tours include a two-day seminar by the country’s most renowned experts in their respective fields. These are the only licensed relocation/retirement tours approved by the Costa Rican government's Tourism Institute (ICT). Come test-drive Costa Rica on these award-winning tours to see if relocating here will work for you. Find out first-hand why Costa Rica has more residents from North America per capita than another country outside of the U.S. They can't be wrong! It would be impossible to do a tour like this on your own!

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Why is Costa Rica Essential?

What Costa Rica offers retirees

By Carlos Morton

After nearly two years of living (and Driving) on Costa Rica’s scenic highways, I feel inspired to submit the following wisdom to my fellow gringos. I speak with the voice of experience, having been a taxi driver in Chicago and New York City. I’ve also lived in mexico, driven there and other parts of Central America.

So, without any hyperbole whatsoever, I give the following advice.

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE POTHOLES: Three are too many of them! Trying to avoid the potholes will only cause you to crash into other cars and/or pedestrians.Best thing to do is buy yourself a monster Sports Utility Vehicle (or Hum-vee, tank, dump truck, etc.) and drive over all obstacles, including beaches, ditches and animals.

2. IGNORE ALL STOP SIGNS, TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND SIGNS: Everyone else does! Besides, the traffic lights are usually positioned in awkward places too hard to see. Stop signs are bent, broken, faded or hidden behind shrubbery. Translations: “Alto” “means speed,” “Ceda el paso” means “get the hell out of my way!” If you find yourself in a rotunda, pretend you are in the bumper-car rides at the Parque de Diversiones (local amusement park).

3. PARK WHERE YOU WANT: That’s right! In the middle of the street, on the sidewalk, anywhere your little heart desires. No one will give you a ticket; no one will tow your car away. Continue talking with your car in idle to Don Profundo while other frustrated motorists honk their horns and curse.

4. DRIVE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. You may pass on the right, drive on the sidewalk, pass on the left going up hills against oncoming traffic, it’s all fair game. Furthermore, this is a free country, and you don’t have to wear a seatbelt if you don’t want!

5. DO NOT TRY TO BRIBE A TRAFFIC COP: It will cost you more! Yes, he’ll think your just another rich Gringo who overstayed your tourist visa. Wait until he offers to let you give him the propina (tip). The barter, always barter. Show him the certified Tico driver’s license you procured from a cereal box.

6. DISCARD YOUR MAPS: Maps are usless without strret signs or addresses. if you want directions, stop and ask three or four different people, who will probably tell you three or four different ways to get there.

7. DON’T LET THE PEDESTRIAN HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY: People think they own the roads! Run them over! That also includes kamikazes on motorbikes, people on bicycles, horseback riders and oxen pulling colorful oaxcarts.

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Anyone who signs up for a tour receives a FREE E-BOOK copy of the 18th 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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