DEPARTMENTS

Costa Rica Weather – Microclimates

Costa Rica is a very small country on a small isthmus of land between two great and wondrous oceans. Weather of all kinds flies over this spit of land and seldom stops.

Costa Rica ‘El Doctor’ – Great Service – Fantastic Price!

The exams were the most comprehensive I have ever been given anywhere. Dr. Slon actually seemed interested in the state of my health (what a concept!) He even inquired as to whether I might be depressed or missing my family.

Embarrassing Spanish Language Mistakes – Cherry flavoured lip balm

Many people that retire to Costa Rica can manage without having to learn too much Spanish to get around although your life will be so much richer if you do learn the language. Since I do business here and have always had a Spanish speaking girlfriend, I speak more in Spanish than English but write […]

Cataract Surgery in Costa Rica – By our friend George Lundquist.

I have been going to Dr. Zlatko Piskulich Crespo (telephone number is below) for my Glaucoma treatment for just over one year. I have spent the last 40 years using drops that are quite irritating and trying various combinations of new treatments.

Costa Rica Construction – Red Tape Presents Obstacles to Construction

Building a large hotel or residential project implies having to carry out a series of steps prior to building, which can take up to two years. One of the main obstacles is that institutions take longer to process permits than the law allows. On the other hand, there are permits that take only one month […]

Costa Rica Residency – The Pensionado and Rentista Residency Program – Pursuant to the New Immigration Law [Law 8487]

The Costa Rican legislature approved a new Immigration Law, Law No. 8487 on November 25, 2005. This law, No. 8487 becomes effective on August 12, 2006. This article will focus on the Pensionado and Rentista residency category as adopted to the new law.

Costa Rica Gas Prices – May 2006

So consider yourselves very lucky in the USA because you would pay more than double (124% more) for your gasoline in the UK.

Costa Rica Real Estate – Realistic Price Expectations

You may have heard this joke… How does a rookie real estate developer in Costa Rica end up with a cool million bucks? By investing ten million!

Costa Rica Real Estate Law – Part I

If you are interested in buying real estate in Costa Rica, apart from location and price, “the” most important issue for you to know and be aware of is Costa Rica real estate law.

Costa Rica Real Estate and Living – Tips and Traps

New York City and London is not for everyone and neither is Costa Rica. Over the last 46 years, I have lived in ten different countries, visited thirteen others and now consider Costa Rica as home. However after visiting you may feel different…

Five European Countries Serve as Models for Costa Rica

Strategy XXI Century, which comprises some 200 Costa Rican intellectuals, has named five countries that Costa Rica should emulate, without abandoning its values or idiosyncrasies.

Costa Rica To Change Educational Profile

Strategy Century XXI implies an enormous change in the educational profile of Costa Rica since it demands important changes in primary, secondary and higher education.

What is Happening Now (April 2006) with the Costa Rica Tax Bill?

The Commission in charge of the review of the rejected Tax Bill, recommended to the Costa Rican Congress “to review and judge the bill again”. Since this is just a recommendation, a 3 month period is given to the Congress to accept or reject such proposal, but the possibility of extend that periods exists.

Affordable Apartments in Costa Rica

My name is Larry Snyder and I have lived and worked overseas for over 15 years. I started as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching welding and continued as a contractor and construction manager on some of the largest projects in the world.

The New Costa Rica Tax Bill Did Not Pass – What Happens Now?

The newly elected President, Dr. Oscar Arias, based a big portion of his Government Plan on this law, so it would be foolish to think that this next administration is not going to start the process to get the same bill or something very similar approved.