The Viento Frescos Waterfalls in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica.

The Viento Frescos Waterfalls are just a 20-minute drive away, so you could even make your visits here a regular getaway. Take your adventurous friends for a real taste of the Costa Rican outdoors, or bring the kids along for a break from the lake.

Faroles: A festival of lights to honour Costa Rica’s Independence Day.

Faroles is Spanish for lanterns — more specifically, handmade lanterns made of colorful cardboard or paper with a dainty little candle set inside. Each year in September, these lamps become the single most important symbol of sovereignty and freedom in all of Central America. But why?

20% Return on Investment. Costa Rica investment properties to look for and rental tips.

How I earn 20% per year with my Costa Rica Investments. Here is the kind of rental property I search for in Jaco Beach along with a few tips that I’ve learned along the way.

4 Totally Legal Reasons to Use An Offshore Structure.

Their reaction was entirely predictable, once again equating “offshore” with “tax evasion,” “money laundering,” and other criminal behavior. A typical headline was “Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption.”

Costa Rica’s Independence Day – 15th September: Culture and Traditions Explained 

It seems a little weird that Costa Rica’s Independence Day falls on September 15 — the exact same day as Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala’s Dia de Independencia. However, it’s no coincidence that Costa Rica shares its special day with the rest of Central America. Here’s why:

What if Negative Interest Rates are the New Normal?

Last year, German savers with more than €100,000 in their bank accounts woke to the news that they now faced a 0.4% annual charge. Central Bankers brought in negative interest rates, and the banks helped themselves to a slice of customer savings to cover the cost. There was no warning, it happened overnight and those impacted had no recourse.

Should I Rent A Home in Costa Rica First? Or buy immediately?

Let me tell you. I know exactly what you want. I want a three-bedroom house with a pool looking at the ocean for $1500 a month. Good luck! Those homes rent for $1500 a week and they rent a lot.

What Would The IRS Do If This Happened To You?

In case you are wondering, this isn’t exactly a new problem. Back in 2001, former Department of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made this astonishing admission:

Costa Rica Living in the Central Valley: Santa Ana is home for me.

I think of Santa Ana as being the second town in a string of three that are located west of San Jose, Escazu being the town closest to the capital, then Santa Ana, and finally Ciudad Colon. Santa Ana is an in-between town in more ways than one.

A Bed and Breakfast in Costa Rica. Is it a lifestyle, a business or a hobby? Ten questions which might help you.

This is by no means an “expert opinion”. I am a ‘lifestyle’ Costa Rica B&B owner still in training! I am sharing my thoughts hoping to help future innkeepers.

Costa Rica Health Care and Hospitals – Hospital CIMA in Escazu. Free online video.

As a Registered Nurse Costa Rica health care is a topic close to my heart and recently I had the good fortune to visit beautiful Costa Rica to check out Costa Rica health care – the Doctors, Surgeons, Dentists and a Costa Rica hospital.

Retirement in Costa Rica. Latin dancing for dummies.

No sooner had I decided to learn how to dance Latin style than I saw a notice for Clases de Baile Popular, popular dance classes. These classes are offered at a gym right here in downtown Santa Ana five nights a week and Saturday mornings. I was told that for about $28 a month, I could take three lessons a week.

The Rising Cost of Saying Goodbye to the US

Whatever you call it, getting on this list makes you an enemy of the state — in an instant, you are blacklisted.

Why Forbes Magazine Called Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio One Of “The World’s 12 Most Beautiful National Parks.”

Manuel Antonio is a tiny strip of tropical terrain that extends out into the Pacific just outside of the town of Quepos, on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. It is located in the province of Puntarenas and in the canton of Aguirre.

Pet Snake Bites in Costa Rica – Emergency protocol for snake bites for your pet.

For those of us living in the “outback” we often have to perform emergency medical procedures to save the life of our special animal friends when time is of essence and medical personnel are too far away.