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Why More Americans Are Leaving America To Live In Costa Rica

Many Americans have the perception that they are living in the best, most free and democratic place in the world. They believe that they are the best educated, most literate, have the most comprehensive healthcare system and live the longest.

Costa Rica Mortgages – Construction financing.

Obtaining a construction loan for a property in Costa Rica is similar to one in the U.S. and Canada, and it is almost the same as getting a loan for a regular purchase but with a few additional requirements.

Cost of Living – Public Service Rates in Dollars

“If it improves things” Says Ringeld Montoya, age 23 who works
at Seelogics Internet cafe. “It seems as if people are starting to
charge in dollars because profits are greater. If it improves the service or the
quality of client service, then there’s no problem.”

Preferred Costa Rica Tour Guide

Hernan is fluent in English and has been touring around Costa Rica for more than 20 years. He knows the country well both from the driver’s seat of his small tour bus which seats eight people comfortably and also

Tic! Toc! Costa Rica Retirement

There is a clock that sits atop my refrigerator. It is a kitschy thing, made of
plastic molded in busy shapes of tropical birds and tree branches. The numbers
are large and the hands bold, so I can read it easily from across the room.

Costa Rica Internet Access – ADSL

As from this week, thousands of Costa Ricans are able to connect to the rest of world via the internet from their homes or offices using broadband connections that were unimaginable a few years ago …

Costa Rica Banks – Competition Benefits Clients

A couple of decades ago there basically weren’t any private banks in Costa Rica. The government-owned banks were the only option for traditional banking services in the country, and these offered few services and what is generally regarded as poor customer service.

Which US Taxpayers Can Deduct Moving Expenses when Moving to Costa Rica?

Many folks interested in living in Costa Rica have questions regarding moving expenses to their new location. Although every situation has its nuances, there are some general guidelines to follow. My goal is to decipher some of the information found in detail in IRS Publication 521 – Moving Expenses.

‘El Doctor’ – Great Service in Costa Rica and a fantastic price!

I was given the name and contact information for an English-speaking doctor in Heredia, one of the provincial capitals of Costa Rica. I met with the good doc and found him delightful and very helpful. He turned out to be quite an interesting fellow.

Costa Rica Taxes

As in most countries, Costa Rican Income Taxes are based on the economic wealth and profit of taxpayers, which means income tax is a direct tax applied both to persons and companies and …

Costa Rica Cars – New or Used?

One option is to use the excellent public transportation system. If you will be living in San Jose and don’t have experience driving in this country, this would be a good choice, particularly until you get your bearings.

I See My Light Come Shining – Retiring in Costa Rica

The president and the board of directors took me out for a going-away dinner at a very good Chinese restaurant. The next day, my replacement began “learning the ropes” of the job I was leaving.

A Remarkable Costa Rican Doctor in Dominical

My wife Helene and I were in Dominical at the end of March this year. She loves to fish and we saw a sign on the side of the road for “inshore fishing”. We pulled into the house of a young Tico family. The husband immediately got the fishing tackle and away we went.

Aging Tarzans & Janes Discover Why Americans Loves Costa Rica

It was that day in Tortuguero, Costa Rica when, from our small flat-bottomed boat we saw spider and white-throated capuchin monkeys, three species of toucans, iridescent iguanas, walk-on-water Jesus Christ lizards, Day-Glo butterflies with wingspans wide as your head, several large caiman, frogs and birds of every hue, that out
of the mist suddenly I heard Jake.

Costa Rica Corruption in Perspective

This little bit of corruption is also prevalent in Costa Rica. I have no problem with this because the Police here are very friendly and courteous and are very poorly paid. I have been truly speeding each time they have stopped me.