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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.

“There are great travel tours. You can attend great informative seminars. You can even find great adventures.

You are fortunate to find one or possibly two good ones in any of these categories.

However, consider yourself winning the lottery when you find one program that combines and provides you all three.

Christopher Howard’s Live in Costa Rica excursion combines a GREAT Tour, a GREAT Learning/Information Seminar and a GREAT Adventure into one well planned, executed and congenially hosted trip of a lifetime.

Each day of our trip brought a new series of sights, sounds and information that went beyond our expectations. A marvelous trip combining clean boutique hotels, interesting restaurants, introductions to local expatriates, scenic views and multiple city local flavor. All this and a two day, 15 plus topic seminar presented by Costa Rican relocation and living professionals all experts in their field.

You may want to experience a zip-line or perhaps sports fishing in Costa Rica. You have many choices.

If you want to possibly relocate and live in Costa Rica, you have onetour/seminar choice and it is by far the best.”

 

Joe and Janice De Angelo

Saint Louis, Missouri

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February, 2014

Christopher:

A year ago next May My wife and I took your Central Valley tour. You did a great job. We are currently in the process of waiting for our condo to be completed ar River Park in Santa Ana. After seeing this project and several others on the tour we decided on this location primarily because of oour age. We will be close to the hospital, close to the airport, close to shopping areas and still be living with a mixed background of people. Not many Americans in this project and that is what we want. We consider your book " The Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica" to be the bible for learning so much about the country.

We appreciate your excellent work and when we get settled we hope to have you visit us. Thanks so much for your brillant presentations.

Bob Biggs
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February 2014
Hi Chris,
 
Missy and I want to thank you for a very enjoyable and extremely informational tour of the Costa Rica beaches, San Jose and the  central valley. 
Our tour started with a wonderful drive in the comfortable van through beautiful mountains, valleys and small towns going from San Jose to the beach cities followed by the 2 day seminar and then the tour of San Jose and the Central Valley. 
 
You welcomed all of us,  and made it clear that your goal was to help us, in anyway possible,  to get a realistic insight of retiring and living in Costa Rica.  We appreciated that you did not try to 'sell us' on Costa Rica or any real estate but were  truly there to give factual information. 
 
We also soon found that Santiago, your bus driver driver, was always warm, friendly and most helpful throughout the trip. 
 
What really impressed us was the extent and depth of your knowledge of all aspects of Costa Rica, and the people. You have an ability to have a warm and personal relationship with every Costa Rican that we met during our trip and these people passed that warmth back to each of us on the trip. 
 
We soon found that the people on the van became quite friendly with each other and this made for a very enjoyable tour. 
 
The two day seminar was filled with  exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced speakers who covered every topic needed to have 
smooth move to Costa Rica if that was our decision after the tour or at any other time.  I was really impressed with the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) who provided the speakers. The ARCR members that we met were all sincerely  friendly and helpful. 
 
Missy and I are very glad that we did this tour with you.
 
Sincerely,
 
John and Missy - January 2014
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Chris,

The tour was everything I invisioned and more, you kept us on schedule and gave me the information needed to make an informed decision of whether Costa Rica is the right fit for me. I do have friends that have shown interest in getting more information about Costa Rica and your tours in particular. I plan on updating them on the depth of your knowledge in regards to this beautiful and bountiful counrty. Hope to cross paths with you and Felix again some day soon.

Regards,

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Chris;

Karen and I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Thanks to your book, The Golden Door to Retirement and Living In Costa Rica, and your guided tour, we are very excited about the opportunities Costa Rica has to offer.

Your tour was a true to life experience of what it would be like to live in Costa Rica. We saw a wide variety of areas from the pacific coast, to the central valley, with some of the most breathtaking , beautiful scenery I have ever seen. We saw large, medium, and small towns with many different types, and styles of living accommodations with never a hint of pressure to buy anything. The information we received on residency, medical care, banking, accounting, insurance, real estate, and more, along with the contacts in all of these areas is priceless.

But best of all we got to experience the culture of this beautiful country and all it has to offer. Thank you again for an amazing education of what life could be like in Costa Rica.

Your new friends

Rick & Karen – November 2012
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Chris, I'm so glad I made the decision to take your tour.  Your knowledge and insights about Costa Rica, conveyed in your personable manner, was just what I had hoped for.  I'm already thinking about when I can return and continue my exploration into areas of the country  yet undiscovered and hopefully it will be sooner than later. I plan on keeping up with you through your online posts and resources and not hesitate to use your services again.

James Welcome - November 2012
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I was in a group that took Christopher Howard’s Live and Retire in Costa Rica Combo Tour which covered both the beach areas and the Central Valley. This has been the richest and most informative tour experience of my life and well worth the cost. I heard that by completing this tour I would discover if Costa Rica residency is right for me... Read complete

Joseph Riden June 2012 
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The tour was perfect

Actually, my main reason for writing was to express our appreciation for the great Tour you provided for us. It met and exceeded our expectations in every way even though we were a very small group. The information we gained from the seminars was priceless and we cannot imagine how else we could have learned so much about the critical aspects of retiring in Costa Rica, such as the culture, health care, banking, legal matters, housing, climate in the various parts of that beautiful country, and much more. It's very nice to know that if we have future questions about relocating to Costa Rica, you are there as a trusted resource. Thanks for giving us a realistic experience.

Ron and Marilyn Carlson
August 2012 Tour
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The most complete tour package we have ever experienced
Mayumi and I took a great deal from the tour. The wealth information presented during the tour and seminar is by far the most complete package we have ever experienced. We are in the beginning stages of processing it all.

Our thanks to you and the other members of the tour. We all hit it off and that is a big plus. We hope to stay in touch with them and you as our life plans unfold. We look forward to another visit. Sure do miss the pleasant weather in the Central Valley. Please give Felix the driver our best.

May life always show you its fortune.
Take very good care.

Mayumi and Eric Botka, June 2012
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Christopher,

I want to thank you for an outstanding tour. You did an outstanding job in touring me around and answering all of my many questions about Costa Rica.

Ron Elkind , June 2012 Combination Tour
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An experience we’ll never forget

We couldn't have asked for a better tour or week. We saw so much, had a great time and really enjoyed spending time with some special people. We learned a lot about Costa Rica in a very short time. We appreciate your honesty, insights and willingness to share your personal experiences in your adopted country. It helps us to understand the Costa Rica people and lifestyle.

We're still reflecting on all that we saw and learned. But, even if we decide not to make the move to Costa Rica eventually, the week we spent on the tour is an experience we'll never forget.

Thanks again Christopher.

Bob and Heidi, June 2012
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Christopher,

Thank you for a wonderful tour. We learned a lot and had a fantastic time. Your love of the country is obvious and you communicate it well to others. The interaction with others on the tour was great and we have all been in touch with each other after arriving home.

Thanks again for everything Keep peeling those bananas the correct way!!!! Like the monkeys!!

David and Sondra – January 2013
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We liked the central valley and foresee the day that we will live there. Again, we can't say enough how much we ENJOYED the group, Felix (your driver) and you. You offer the FIRST STEPS of the due diligence necessary before making such a move. People who are thinking about moving NEED to take the time, effort and money necessary to aid in the decision making process. This trip was EVERYTHING that we expected and MORE.

Thanks again.

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April 2012

Chris,

We are really happy that you took us to the San Ramón area because the price of housing was much more in our affordability range. We even found some properties on line that were fairly new and even less expensive. We hope to get back during the rainy season and will get ARCR busy on our residency paperwork. Hope to hear from you again!

Les Hettinger January 2012

Hi Chris, We really appreciated your hard work and intelligence in setting up our Costa Rica retirement tour. The seminar was very informative and your Spanish language lecture was particularly helpful. We came away with a fundamentally altered notion of Costa Rica. Our romantic notions were properly challenged and the true assets of Costa Rica (her environment and her people) were properly contextualized by the infrastructural challenges the seminar and tour revealed. We ended our stay at the Pura Vida hotel, near the airport. It was a marvelous ending, giving us a bit of an oasis in the urban Central Valley. I hope you have occasion to introduce others to that hotel, it was a green and comfortable respite from the choked traffic, smog and noise of the cities. Our favorite experience in the tour was the farmers market. Our most important insight was that traffic patterns can fundamentally alter the quality of one's life in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with tremendous investment potential and tremendous infrastructure challenges. We look forward to returning and to seeing you again.

Thank you for your care and thoughtfulness on this important tour.

Alanna and Sandy Mitchell-Clavell September 2011Tour

This a a major decision point in my life.

Your tour, the ARCR Seminar and the experiences I had while visiting Costa Rica have proven to me that a move to Costa Rica is very doable on my Income from Social Security. Taking your and the ACCR words of wisdom to heart, I plan on visiting Costa Rica at least one more time for a longer stay so I can make my final decision.

I met some very nice people on your tour and we plan on keeping in touch via e-mail regarding our futures. Your knowledge and kind considerations were crucial in developing the camaraderie. My only regret is that I did not take the Coastal Tour with them as well. Plus I am having a ball relating all the info to others here in NJ who are curious and wondering about their futures.

-Mike Klein August 2011
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Have been busy since our return, so haven't had a chance to write. I wanted to let you know both Pat and I really enjoyed our time with you, and found your tour and knowledge of Costa Rica to be very helpful. I also thought the ARCR seminar was invaluable and paired nicely with your tour. It will be a while before we need to make any final decision, and we plan to make some follow up trips in the future to check out more of this beautiful country.

Jeff & Pat Taylor
August 2011
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Hola Chris,

Carole and I enjoyed your tour and the ARCR seminar very much. Both were excellent and we came home very informed about the realities of living in Costa Rica. We are still interested and plan on coming back soon.  We also enjoyed getting to know other members of the tour group and plan to stay in touch with several of them. The overall experience was outstanding and we want to THANK YOU for making it possible.

We will stay in touch and see you soon, in the meantime ‘PURA VIDA’.

Bill and Carole Hedges
February 2011 Tour
Outstanding Tour Service

My wife and I agree that Christopher Howard's "Live in Costa Rica Relocation Tour" is the best investment anyone seriously considering relocating to Costa Rica can make. We are still excited about the possibility of moving to Costa Rica someday and Christopher's tour along with his insight, empowered us to make a decision that was best for us at this point in our lives. I don't believe there is any other research that could substitute for the pertinent information we received during this tour. Also, it's a fantastic way to see Costa Rica in a relatively short amount of time and the food was great!

Steven and Jean Alston
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February 28, 2011
Your tour exceeded our expectations
Dennis and I are still talking about our CR trip and are incredibly grateful to you for the tour you put together for us and Liz/Greg plus the glorious day with just you and Felix. Felix also was a big component that rounded out the experience of the tour. We both had so much fun with you all and saw, experienced  and learned so much. I am now going through all the photos I took and will send some on once I get them organized. We will be referring your services and in fact I have a couple of friends who have already asked for your info. Your tour exceeded our expectations. Thank you Chris!!!!!

Anney and Dennis Rehm January 2011
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Christopher,

My husband and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the WONDERFUL private retirement tour of Costa Rica's Central Valley that we took with you in February 2011.  It was a GREAT compliment to your Retirement and Living in Costa Rica book (The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica), and filled us in on things that could ONLY be experienced in person.  The THOROUGHNESS of your information has helped us see in a very concrete way what retirement to Costa Rica can be like.  Thank you for the FANTASTIC book and the INCREDIBLE tour!

Tim and Meg Pack
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Christopher, in my opinion, deserves the title of  "Mr. Costa Rica" in terms of expertise, knowledge of the country, and great,  pertinent location tours. We took the tour of the Pacific and Central Valley,  and it definitely helped narrow our choices of where to live. Since 2008, we  have purchased a property in Escazu that happened to be photographed on a  number of web sites as what Escazu looks like (horribly flattered since we  bought it!) in terms of different architecture. I'm not talking about a  multi-million dollar property. But without Christopher and the tour we  wouldn't have seen the Costa Rica we needed to see. Bless  Christopher!

Darlene
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Chris, thank you for the wonderful, insightful combo tour of Costa Rica. A day does not go by that I don't think of CR and our trip with you. Your tour exceeded our expectations. We absolutely loved the west coast, staying at the Crystal Bellenas Hotel, having gourmet dinners in the jungle at French and Estonian restaurants, seeing cappuchin monkeys as we drove down the road and waking up to the sound of howler monkeys. I could go on and on. The two day seminar was very informative and I highly recommend it to anyone taking the tour. It answered so many of our questions and gave us many contacts. I'm glad we had a chance to see several grocery stores and go to the mall. By the way, our daughter loved the Latin music CD we bought her. All of your associates that we met along the way were so much fun and helpful: Felix, Annie, Carol and Rudy. A day does not go by that I don't think of Costa Rica with the wonderful people and relaxing life-style. I look forward to our next trip especially now that we have so much information.

Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.

Steve and Kathy Ragsdale
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HEY Christopher!

We want to thank you for the wonderful, informative, well - organized and fun tour! You are a very iknowledgeable guy! The tour helped us learn so much more than if we had read it all in the book. "Seeing it Live" rounded out the written word!

We are glad we had such a great group too! We hope we all become CR citizens soon! We have eliminated the further out areas- you were right! Our "commune" concept isn't as feasible as we would have liked. We are happy with our original two acres

Well- Christopher- THANKS again. We wish you much success in the year ahead! Things here in the states are so messed up but hopefully will improve within this year.

Keep in Touch,

Karen and Rob Hamers, Florida January 2009
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We wanted to Thank you for the wonderful all around tour which was absolutely great!!!! Our introduction to CR was really insightful and educational as well as a blast!!!! We really appreciated your organizational and educational skills and all the time and effort you spent to make our trip the best! Annie and Carol and Rudy were all great and so helpful!

Everyone in the group was so compatible and fun and couldn't have been any more enjoyable. Thanks, also, for the concern for our son, JW, when we got the call he was in the hospital. He is doing fine now. We are attaching some pictures taken and hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for everything!
Dean and Wanda January 2009
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I recently experienced Costa Rica through the Christopher Howard Combination Tour. I highly recommend that anyone who is considering re-locating to Costa Rica to take this tour. It not only allows you to see a good portion of the country, but also gives you a feel for the cost of property in several different areas. The tour is well organized and an education in itself. Chris and associates that you will meet are well informed and knowledgeable of the country. Chris is always available to answer any questions. Be sure to take in the seminar, they cover everything. This was money well spent.

Beth Schreiber March 2008
Hi Chris,

I should have written you sooner. I just want to thank you for all that you did to make everything perfect. Thanks a million the Central Valley Tour. It was awsome! I will highly recommend you to everyone, The best part was the dinner party .

Alan Kalicott, February 2007
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We really did enjoy meeting you and your tour was great. We will recommend you to anyone who asks us.

Joan Weaver January 2007

Christopher:

Jean and I want you to know how much we appreciate the opportunity we had to go on your combined tour. It was everything that was advertised and more. Your personal insights were invaluable. We were exposed to an extensive cross-section of the country from the seashore and rain forest to the urban valleys and rural highlands. The seminar was in depth and comprehensive, and we left those two days with excellent contacts to follow up for any additional information we needed to make a decision about living in Costa Rica.

The food was fabulous. Thank you for being a great host. Even if we weren’t interested in moving to Costa Rica, it was a great ten day vacation for us and the scenery and people we met will linger with us as a wonderful experience.

Thanks again for everything.

Dale Lay, June 2006
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“Just a short note to let you know how much Dave and I enjoyed both your tour and Costa Rica. I really want to thank you for all your information and insight. The seminar really was fantastic as well. It is a lot of information to assimilate but very informative and very necessary to anyone contemplating a move both part time or full time to Costa Rica. Dave and I want to definitely return in June and take your beach tour."

Jill Borough, Maui, Hawaii January 2006
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Dear Chris,

This letter is long overdue. I took your retirement tour in June of 2005. First, let me say it was one of the BEST INVESTMENTS I have ever made. I could not have seen the Central Valley on my own for twice the money and had someone to explain all the wonders of Costa Rica. But the main reason I'm writing is because of you and your information, I fell in love with Costa Rica.

I am the police chief of a small town in Oklahoma and plan to retire in less than three years, and am spending all of my vacation time in Costa Rica. I had been divorced for several years, and had just about decided that I was destine to spend the rest of my life alone. On one of my trips to Costa Rica I met Paulina who is not the typical Costa Rican woman. She is a professor at one of the universities in San José. She is very independent and has been divorced for six years. To make a long story short, we met and it was instant love. We talked on the internet for hours at a time and I called her daily. (I use a Western Union International calling card for 9 cents a minute).

Paulina has three daughters. The oldest is graduating this semester as a biologist. Her second daughter is a premed student. The youngest daughter is studying to be a veterinarian. All three speak Spanish, French and English. Her family thinks we are crazy. We are having the time of our lives. My family is very happy with my decision. Paulina and I were married on October 26th in Costa Rica. This has been the most wonderful month of my life. We are both Christians and feel god brought us together.

This year has been like a fairytale, to find love, a wonderful lady to share my life with and a new home in what I consider to be the MOST BEAUTIFUL country in the world. All I can tell others is to come to Costa Rica with an open mind, learn the language and meet the people. They are so sweet and kind. If you want someone to show you they love you, then meet a Costa Rican woman.

If anyone wishes to talk to me, I would be more than happy to help them if I can. I would recommend ANYONE thinking of moving to Costa Rica to TAKE the TOUR, have an open mind and a dream in their heart.

Don Autry
Okemah, Oklahoma
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I just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time on Christopher
Howard’s tour to Costa Rica. It was loaded with information and some adventure as well. We met a lot of nice people - Christopher was great! My only complaint is that we ate way too much food that was too hard to resist. My husband and both gained a few pounds.

We would highly recommend this tour to other people who are looking to relocate to Costa Rica. We definitely were able to experience the way people there live - surprisingly, it wasn't much different than the US, although there was a lot more rain than here in Nevada. I wouldn't

Linda & Humberto Waltero, August 2005
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Just a note to thank you for a fantastic tour of the central pacific and valley regions of Costa Rica. As first time visitors, your tour provided valuable insight into the tico lifestyle. We particularly enjoyed the wide variety of different areas, climates, foods, shopping and housing options. Costa Rica really has something to offer for everyone. We appreciated the absence of any high pressure sales tactics as well, as your tour truely reveals that Costa Rica genuinely sells itself.

George & Gail Merrel,St. Petersburg, Florida June 2005
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Our June 2005 Tour Group

“Chris, thanks to you Ellen and I had an unforgettable introduction to Costa Rica. Honestly, we can’t get Costa Rica off our minds these days.”

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Our February 2005 Tour Group in Front of the Toreremolinos Hotel

Dear Christopher Howard:

It has been over a week since our return from Costa Rica. I want to express to you my gratitude for all the time and effort you extended in making our seminar and tour of the Central Valley of such a worthwhile experience. It marks a significant first step in making our dream of moving to Costa Rica a reality.

I cannot say enough positive things about all I learned in such a short period of time. I filled half of a 70 page spiral notebook with beneficial notes gleaned from the presentations of the different speakers. As a professional educator for more than 30 years I have attended countless conventions, conferences, seminars and workshops; let me say that I would rank the seminar and tour as one of the top three "learning sessions" that I have ever attended.

The speakers were all "top drawer." The information presented was relevant and thought provoking. The content presented was pertinent to moving to Costa Rica but relevant and applicable to anyone contemplating a "move" to and taking up residency in any foreign country. The tour, the hotel, the seminar facilities, the meals, the people who met us at the airport and helped transport us to the hotel were excellent.

As for the two day tour that followed the seminar, it gave us an excellent, in-depth knowledge of the various locales. Next year I plan to spend our U.S. winter months in Costa Rica, rent a small furnished home or condominium, explore the country more thoroughly, identify a property to purchase to establish my permanent residence in Costa Rica.

Finally, it's a relief to know that I have a number of people resources I can call upon to help me in the process.

Again, thank you for the extra mile you go to make the Costa Rica Seminar and Tour such a beneficial experience for all participants.

Sincerely,

Robert Clairmont
Adjunct Instructor
Victor Valley College
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Hello, my name is Carlos Torres and I am an American from Florida. I wish to briefly discuss how I came to live in Costa Rica. In mid 2002 I was considering retiring to either Mexico, Spain or Costa Rica and a good friend of mine suggested Costa Rica, because it is the only true democracy in Latin America, their efforts to preserve the environment and the beauty and variety of the country. Our May 2005 Inland Tour Group
Our May 2005 Inland Tour Group

Looking in the internet, I found Chris Howard's book "The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica". In spite of the utopian title, I did purchase the book and read it from cover to cover. It covers EVERYTHING you want to know about moving and retiring to Costa Rica..it became my Costa Rican Bible!! In January of 2003, I had Mr. Howard's Central Valley Tour, which was EXCELLENT since he has a vast KNOWLEDGE of the county. In March of the same year, I came back on my own and toured the Pacific Coast area, again using Mr. Howard's book as a guide of what to see and expect or not to expect.

I was so IMPRESSED with what I saw, that I moved to Costa Rica in May of 2003. To this day, whenever I have a question about some issue, I refer to Mr. Howard's book and on occasions I have called him to ask a question or two. I would RECOMMEND his book and his tour's to anyone interested in moving to Costa Rica. My Email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I welcome anyone to call me and ask about the book and the tours that Mr. Howard offers...or about Costa Rica. With warm regards... Carlos Torres.

"Our three-day private consultation with you in Costa Rica was ESSENTIAL to our family’s relocation planning. You showed us and told us just about EVERYTHING we needed to know to make our final decision about the move. We are especially GRATEFUL for your latest assistance in helping us enroll our daughter in the Lincoln School in Moravia. We can’t THANK you enough. Hopefully OTHERS will BENEFIT as we did from your KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE.” - Steve Roman PHD, May 2004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To put a few pages of compliments into a few words let us simply say that we know of NO other experience in traveling where, in just a few days, a person can come to understand so much about a country and it is critical infrastructure for new residents. The tour, and continuing SUPPORT from Chris, allowed us to confidently purchase land in a country we had never visited before. The personal conversations during the tour offer a chance to understand what life would be like, and what it would cost, to live in this beautiful and relatively unspoiled country. Recommended WITHOUT reservation. Tom and Cheri, Petaluma, CA 2004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“Chris, I enjoyed the September tour! You did a great job.”
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I attended one of Christopher Howard's tours for the Central Valley. I would HIGHLY recommend it for anyone considering living in Costa Rica. In conjunction with the ARCR seminar and his extensive knowledge of the country and culture, you will have access to all the information you need for an informative decision about life in Costa Rica. Rick Gaw, Costa Rica 2004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I just wanted to thank you for the tour of the homes and towns and seminar. I really ENJOYED it. Joan Siegla, 2004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Enjoyed your tour and all the HELPFUL information and advice. Brenda and I were undecided where we would retire until the tour. We now live in one of the cities (Alajuela) we visited and couldn't be happier. PURA VIDA! John & Brenda Vickery Costa Rica 2004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We took Christopher's tour and were so IMPRESSED that we wrote a full-page description about our good experiences for his guidebook. Chris has stayed in contact with us and we have become good friend. We don't hesitate RECOMMENDING his services. Jim and Carole Burch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Florida
THE TOUR OF A LIFETIME! We just took Christopher Beach and Inland Combo Tour. I can't thank Christopher enough. It was the BEST tour my wife and I have EVER taken. -Dan and Lani Curtis, Camarillo, California.
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Hi Chris

 

Panama overall was a disappointment.  The weather was lousy.  It rained torrents all day-everyday.   We were unable to complete our proposed itinerary. That along with a less than professional tour guide  makes it necessary to return to reconsider the country.  There were areas and things we liked, but we missed out on  areas of the Azuela peninsula.  We also found that outside Panama City, David and Boquete, the country is fairly primitive.   Cost Rica offers a more eclectic mix of choices

You set a very high bar of professionalism against which others must be judged.  We also felt there was great value for our investment in the tour and enjoyed the camaraderie of the other participants  on the trip. We plan to return to Cost Rica in the spring to do some exploring on our own (at which time we may also revisit Panama)

Thanks again to you, Santi, Mary and all involved in making it a very rewarding experience.

Hope to be able to spend some time with you when next we visit.

Warmest regards,

Rick and Carole
November 2010 Tour

 

Dear Chris,

John and I wanted to thank you for a wonderful tour.  I can’t imagine the planning it took on your part to present such a comprehensive and informative tour.  A special thanks to Santi.  His driving didn’t scare me once!  John and I were happily exhausted at the end of the tour.  We came home with tons of information, made many new friends, and were able to identify our personal retirement haven as a result of the tour.

You were a great host and treated each of us as family.  You should know we all talked about what a great host and teacher you were.

Thanks again.  We will be back sometime in July/August 2011 to explore Bejuco Beach and the surrounding area.  Off to learn my five words of Spanish!

This was the trip of a lifetime.

Debra & John Roper
November 2010 Tour
Chris,

We had a wonderful time and the info was enlightening.  
We hope to return to CR in March.  Thanks for everything.

Best regards

Rick and Carole Elliot
November 2010 Tour
“Your books and tours have greatly contributes to people’s lives”
Michael Kane, February 8, 2006

With an eye to retirement in a tropical country, we begged, borrowed and bought a half-dozen books on the subject of relocating to what seemed to be the perfect choice for Americans -- Costa Rica.

Christopher Howard's 'The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica' was one of the batch and it proved to be head and shoulders above any other reference.

Our Happy April 2005 Group
Our Happy April 2005 Group

Indeed, we were so taken with his thorough, straightforward account, we signed on for one of his tours to the Central Pacific and San Jose/Central Highlands areas.

Chris is gifted in being able to cover a lot of ground quickly and with precision, not only in his no-nonsense book but in person, showing off the very best opportunities in his beautiful country to wannabe expats. His expertise in all Tico topics comes from long residence in the heart of Costa Rica, wide acquaintance with both natives and newcomers throughout the region, fluency in the local Spanish idiom and genuine love for this small paradise.
Thinking of moving to this delightful country? The trip starts with Christopher Howard's book and finishes with his FANTASTIC tour.” -- Will and Joan Elder, Central Pacific Beach Tour, April 2005

We could have NEVER made it this far without your tours and EXPERTISE. Thank you again for all your advice. I am finally a property owner in Costa Rica. it is a 3 bedroom 3 bath free standing villa approx 1700 sq ft with a magnificent view of the Pacific & the bay at playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. it is in the well established resort of sol villas hotel & resort. I am the highest villa on the hillside overlooking the bay with the best view. 20 minutes from the Liberia airport. of course it is very secure 24 hours a day. there are lots of things to do & a number of fine restaurants in the area. We plan to move here permanently in 5 years. -- Bob Hellybuck, April 2004
Chris’ tour CHANGED my life. I just moved to Costa Rica and couldn’t be happier. Barry Lychak, San José 2005.
Fabulous Tour! Just want to let you know how much my husband and I ENJOYED your tour at the end of January, 2004. It met ALL our expectations and MORE, giving us so much information in such a short time span. This was a working vacation for us as we wanted to find out if Costa Rica is a retirement option that will so more than just fit our budget. Your van tour gave us a window-shopping view of many desirable neighborhoods and "filled our stomachs." Your FRIENDLINESS and HUMOR and personality FILLED our hearts, too. Also loved driving to Punta Dominical. The ARCR seminar was extremely valuable. We've been looking back over our notes because we've decided to try Costa Rica out fort several months this summer! Can't THANK you enough for everything you did. - Judith James, Santa Barbara, California, January 2004
"We wanted to express how much we ENJOYED our Central Valley Tour with you. To paraphrase, 'Don't leave home without FIRST signing up for one of Chris's tours before coming to Costa Rica'. He covered EVERYTHING so well that our only question is not if when to move." - Jerry and Amy Banks, September 2003
"Thanks for the V.I.P.TREATMENT, I enjoyed my tour and excellent conversation. It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope we can stay in touch." -Ken Krug, June 2002.
"Thank you so much for the tour. Before I left for Costa Rica I was not feeling well. As it tuned out, the trip was exactly what I needed. I don´t see how the tour could have been any BETTER. I saw and LEARNED so much." - Jim Wonders, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2001.
"These tours offer a gold mine of information about living and investing in Costa Rica. We plan to move to Costa Rica soon." - John and Marsha Mellody, July 2001
"I really found this tour worthwhile. I plan to move to Costa Rica with my family within a year. Everything I learned with help make my move easier. I especially enjoyed the seminar and all of the areas of the Central Valley we viewed. I know I'll reap the benefits from the great insider investment information Mr. Howard provided." - Chris Joseph, Toronto, Canada, February 2001
"We could have never done this tour without Christopher Howard's INVALUABLE help. He showed us how to find the house of our dreams and really learn what living in Costa Rica is all about.." - Dick and Salley Palmer, New Jersey, March 2001
"From the time Chris picked me up at the airport I never stopped LEARNING about the country. I picked up some great tips on investing and made many EXCELLENT contacts." - J. Richard Freeman, Naples, Florida January 2001
"There is a good chance my wife and I will spend at least part of the year in Costa Rica someday. I'm HAPPY I took the 3-day tour." - Roger Blakemore, Mountain View, California, October 2000.

 

Chris,

We had a wonderful time and the info was enlightening.  

We hope to return to CR in March.  Thanks for everything.

Best regards

Rick and Carole Elliot
November 2010 Tour

New Books Availables

By Christopher Howard
Available in E-book

Version through

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)

Acknowledgments

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 16 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 34 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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