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What the clients say

Here what a few of the 1000s of clients we have helped say about Christopher's tours. Please fell free to contact them.


In planning a possible move to Costa Rica as a retiree, I wanted to get the full picture and create a sequential checklist of what to do before making the big decision. The Christopher Howard Live in Costa Rica Combination Tour was definitely the best choice to help me, especially with the needed two-day seminar included. Then his book The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica was the best source to answer just about any question I had along the way. I also recommend a membership in ARCR, Association of Residents of Costa Rica, who have helped me every step of the way. Christopher also introduces you to this helpful organization. 
The combo tour helped us compare lifestyles and housing on the Pacific Coast with those in the Central Valley, meet settled expats, see and compare shopping possibilities from a Farmers' Market to a Walmart, and sample the culture. Plus we had excellent meals at every location! It is okay if the tour helps you decide not to move, as happened with a few - making an informed decision is the purpose of this tour! Now, I've decided I'm headed for a simpler life in Costa Rica soon! I've blogged about the decision along the way at Moving to Costa Rica. If seeing how someone else did it will help you make your decision, read my blog and add your comments or just email me. 
Hello Chris,
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the great tour you provided to all of us.  I realize now that it would have taken me many months if not years to gain the perspective I now have on Costa Rica. 
Pura Vida!
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My retirement plans include living in a Latin American country.   Since Costa Rica is on my list, I took Christopher Howard’s Combination Tour in August 2014.  The tour included a tour of the South Pacific beaches, Central Pacific beaches and Central Valley and a two day seminar presented by ARCR.

The tour was very well organized.   When I arrived at the airport in San Jose, I was met almost immediately by someone who guided me to my shuttle bus to the hotel.  The tour bus driver, Santiago, was excellent.  He maneuvered the bus in some very difficult situations.  He went to the extra trouble of putting everyone’s luggage on top of the bus so that we would be more comfortable.

The hotels and restaurants were very well chosen to present a good cross section of living in Costa Rica.  Service was very good at the hotels and restaurants.  There was always a good menu choice at the restaurants.

Along the way, Chris showed us selected properties. There were some beach properties, houses in subdivisions, houses in very remote locations and houses in the Central Valley.  We were able to tour the properties and in several cases talk with the owners who are expats.

We had a chance to visit several grocery stores and even a Walmart.  It was good to compare prices and to see how expensive the imported goods are.

During the tour, many questions were asked.  Chris provided answers based on his experience and knowledge.  During the trip, Chris provided a running commentary as we traveled on the tour.  During the trip, we were provided a short Spanish course with diploma.

One of the benefits of the tour was getting to meet other people considering retirement in Costa Rica.  Each of us made new friends.  It will be interesting to see where each of these new friends chooses to live in retirement.

The seminar was very informative.  It was almost an information overload after two days.  It made me think of many aspects of living in a foreign country that I had never considered.

I recommend the Combination Tour for anyone considering retiring in Costa Rica.

For anyone considering living in a Latin American country, I recommend Christopher Howard’s book, The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica.  This book is a very good resource.  It provides a lot of information about Costa Rica and other Latin American countries.

John Rasbury, 
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There are many approaches to research, learning etc.

However, I can highly recommend the best way to know you are making the right decision. That is to take the Christopher Howard Combination Life Style Tour . In eight days you will visit the southern beaches and the Central Valley, visit with people who live there and talk to expats. The tour also includes 2 full days with the ARCR (Association of Residents of Costa Rica). There are many speakers from Costa Rica who will enlighten you about everything you need to know.

I would also recommend you read Christopher Howard's book about living in Costa Rica — The New Golden Door to retirement and Living in Costa Rica — the official guide to relocation.  I read the book before I arrived for the Combination Tour. It is exactly what you need to know about all aspects of living and securing residency in Costa Rica. 

One other aspect related to Christopher's knowledge of Costa Rica. Over a period of 3 months of research once we registered for the tour, I complied three or four pages of very specific questions for Christopher . While we drove with him, had lunch and dinner with him, etc. he answered every one of my questions. 

Once we completed the tour, we had all the knowledge we needed to decide to relocate to Costa Rica. We are now in the process of handling all the aspects we need to from the United States before we move in two months. I am following and executing the plan of what I learned from Christopher himself as well as his book. 

The Combination Lifestyle Tour is a must for anyone considering Costa Rica as a place to live.
Henry Cromeek
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Last year my wife and I visited Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama while on a fact finding mission to find out which country would work best for our retirement. Because of our hectic schedule we chose to do our due diligence by taking three different private retirement tours to the respective countries.
First, I found a gentleman who offered tours to Ecuador. He did an adequate job but made too much of a hard sell. We did enjoy the trips to Cuenca and Salinas on the coast.  But in the end we just found Ecuador to be too far off the beaten path for our liking.
Next, we visited Costa Rica and took a 5-day private tour with Christopher Howard. We visited areas in the Central Valley and Central and South Pacific Coast. We ended up liking the Central Valley more because of the temperate climate and many places from which to choose. 
Finally, we went to Panama.  Other than Panama City, Coronado, Altos de María and Boquete there were not any other areas that were worthwhile. Panama City proved to be too hot and busy for our taste and the other places were just too remote and boring. The country does offer an attractive program for retirees with many incentives. However, the negatives far outweighed the positives.
When all was said and done Costa Rica was an overwhelming choice because of the weather, variety of places to live in the Central Valley and overall better quality of life. However, what really closed the deal for us was Christopher Howard's  knowledge of the country, people and customs,  his professionalism and the general quality of his tour.  We could never  have done a tour like this on our own nor have been in better hands.  Christopher connected us with the Association of Residents, a mover and others who made our move go as smoothly as possible. He even helped us find a rental property in the area of our choice. 
My wife have taken tours all over the world and Christopher's was right up near the top. It was also the most unique tour we have ever taken.
Tom and Linda Potter
Naranjo, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Books

The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica
Guide to Costa Rica Spanish Guide to Costa Rica’s Legal System for tontos (dumbells)


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.

Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award

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