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Advantages of Live In Costa Rica’s Professionally Guided Retirement Tours

Professional quality, superb results.  International relocation is a major life event at any age, on any budget. You need mission-critical information to support a wise, strategic decision. With Living In Costa Rica (LICR) Tours, you’ll find out if a Costa Rica lifestyle really works for you. 

No hidden agenda.  For 17 years now we have sold a fascinating experience, a fulfilling familiarization tour, and extensive, expert guidebook content. We give you the content free when you take a Tour. It’s that simple.

You’re no “stranger in a strange land.”   Arriving in a foreign country without knowledge of local customs and not speaking the language, understanding the currency, laws, climate, terrain, travel options, security requirements, and so on can very quickly land you at a dead end, or worse. Our Tours are the red carpet to a secure and enjoyable discovery visit.

Example -- with LICR, it matters not that few Costa Ricans speak English and that driving here is, well . . . different. The average driver has 4 years’ experience and Latin temperament. Street signs are rare. There are no addresses. Just lengthy, complex directions based on landmarks -- in Spanish. Our professional driver does the local “street tango” perfectly.


Laser focus on your needs.  Yes, LICR Tours are fun and interesting. They’re also specifically designed to help you discover your own personal paradise. If you’re looking for just a real estate tour ours is the wrong bus. We supply just the right amount of preferred data about home life options with no real estate pitches -- we promise. You can’t buy property from us. You can get terrific referrals if you ask for them.

Serene mood.  Foreign travel is stressful under any circumstances. No worries. Let us do the driving, make all arrangements, and attend to your needs. You don’t have to sweat the details. Simply sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery, and get your questions and concerns answered as they arise. Great restaurants and hotels we book for you await. All you have to do is show up and enjoy them and soak in Costa Rica’s exotic beauty.

Best available information.  You need timely and accurate data to feed your decision process. Frankly, there’s a lot of malarkey floating around in the press and on the Internet. The advice “You’d be better off just going it alone” belongs in that category. No amateur can possibly match the experience we deliver. Even other pros have tried. We have over 14 years’ Tour-guiding experience and we listen to clients’ observations and comments. So don’t worry, we know what you need to know and we share willingly.

Christopher Howard is your Guide.  A masterful expert and prolific book author, he is at your beck and call throughout the Tours. With over 30 years on the ground in Costa Rica, dual citizenship, advanced Spanish academic standing, and multiple relevant guidebooks in print, Christopher Howard has guided expats here so much he could do it in his sleep. You get true facts and see the real Costa Rica unfold before your eyes, with uncolored interpretation specifically composed for expats who are considering retirement here.

The right seminar is included.  The Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) is a strategic partner of ours. During two intensive days with a cadre of ARCR speakers, you will receive a flood of useful contacts and relevant, useful, strategic content. You’ll learn about home options, healthcare, key legal concerns, all the different Immigration options and requirements, banking and currency, insurance, doing business here, transporting your household goods, social opportunities, learning Spanish, Costa Rica’s history and culture, and much more.

Efficiency and ease.  Compared to self-guiding, LICR Tours save you time, money, and hassle, and protect you from possible heartache from some personal misadventure.

Come test drive Costa Rica and see if it’s for you.  Most of our tour participants have a good feel for the fit when they depart. Some have picked their favorite area to live in. A few immediately apply for residency. Some stay on for a while to explore key aspects more deeply. That’s a great idea. Some know for sure expat retirement here won’t work for them. That’s OK, because it’s what they came to discover and their special paradise may be somewhere else.


More specifics are included in the Tour Options descriptions below. Please click on one find out more . . . .

Combination Tour

Central Valley Inland - Central Pacific Beaches

The most complete 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 expat’s ...

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Central Valley Tour

Central Calley, San Jose, Atenas, Grecia, San Ramon, Escazu, Santa Ana

Costa Rica’s #1 Retirement Tour and best choice
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 San Ramon. A highly-informative two-day seminar ...

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Consultation/Custom Tour

Pacific Beaches, Jaco, Dominical, Quepos, Uvita, Los Sueños, Hermosa, Herradura

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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New Books Availables

By Christopher Howard
Available in E-book

Version through

Costa Rica Books

Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica
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.

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