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 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 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 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.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua – Another scary comparison…

Their goal is to cross 42,000 kilometers by foot, oar, ski and bicycle – The first human powered circumnavigation of the earth. Colin Angus and Julie Wafaei have already completed their five month, 10,000 km rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first in the world to row from continental Europe to mainland North America.

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.

Walt Disney Company’s new vacation program comes to Costa Rica

Costa Rica became the only Latin American country to be included in The Walt Disney Company’s new vacation program called “Adventures by Disney”.

I Am Proud of the Costa Rican People

I don’t ever wish to see my white haired mother lying on the pavement with a bloodied mouth screaming in pain ever again… But it was when the ambulance turned on the sirens and flashing lights and sped away that I started to get really scared.

Costa Rica’s New Tax Law – What’s There To Worry About?

Costa Rica understands that that there are many unscrupulous persons who are making a lot of money from a variety of business opportunities in this country and that little of that money is benefitting Costa Rica.