Costa Rica Strike – August 2005

Unfortunately, the bad news is that my children and I had to endure a strike – una huelga‘ – here in Costa Rica where disgruntled tractor trailer drivers had tried to block off the entire San Jose area…

Costa Rica Roads – “Will the roads ever be repaired in Guanacaste?”

The answer is Yes! I woke up one morning a few weeks ago and thought I was dreaming. My daily commute to work, which takes me from Playa Conchal to Playa Tamarindo, used to take me 30 minutes. Of course, as is much of Costa Rica, the bad roads make the commute longer…

Why Are So Many People From Venezuela Choosing To Live in Costa Rica?

People from Venezuela are moving to Costa Rica because of political and financial instability in their own country. For example, we have have helped seven buyers from Venezuela so far this year to find their perfect home in Costa Rica. We also recently helped a young couple from Caracas get started in business here by […]

Costa Rica Mortgages – Expensive from start to finish.

I have been helping a British friend and an investment client of mine (with excellent credit) to obtain a mortgage in Costa Rica to help buy a beautiful, newly built luxury home in Santa Ana. He and his wife are legal residents of Costa Rica and we inquired with five solid, established banks, two of […]

Costa Rica Tire Repair – Murphy’s Law in Costa Rica

Murphy’s Law unfortunately applies to living in Costa Rica as well as everywhere else. Unlike most laws, these are simple laws to understand in any language. For example there’s the one which states that; “cellphone coverage will be extensive and reliable unless you must make, or are expecting an important phone call.” Murphy’s Law also […]

Costa Rica Cost of Living Is Not Expensive – I only spent US$158,693.31 last year…

It’s that time of the year to examine my expenses from the previous year and say to myself: “Jeeez! Did I really buy that much salmon, fillet mignon and wine last year…”

How Not To Lose Your Shirt When Buying Costa Rica Real Estate

How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa – Book Review

Costa Rica Taxes – Business License Tax Return

Every business in Costa Rica needs a license to operate under the regulations of the local government, known as La Municipalidad, like zoning and environment protection.

Palmares Festival Begins Today – 10th January 2007 at 6pm

Thousands of party lovers will descend on the town of Palmares West of San Jose later today for the beginning of the 12 day Palmares festival. Some of the attractions include bull fights, live music, soccer tournaments, carnivals, rodeos and more.

Costa Rica Home Inspection & Maintenance Tips

I’m quite surprised by the high quality of new construction here! After years of having to report on irregular wall finishes, poor quality cabinetry, chipped and hollow sounding floor tiles and the lack of proper plumbing to sinks, showers, water heaters and pump systems, all those details are now quite fine in comparison…

Costa Rica Real Estate Law (Part II)

Most attorneys in Costa Rica are also Notary Publics. However, since the enactment of the “Código Notarial“, as of 2003, the license to be Notary Public is not automatic for new attorneys. If they want to be such, they have to obtain a Master’s Degree in the field of Notarial Law to apply for the job.

Costa Rica Cost of Living – Christmas party time booze on sale.

One of the larger supermarkets in Costa Rica is (now owned by Wal-Mart) and at this time of the year we have some good sales that would be of interest to our Christmas party loving VIP Members.

Costa Rica Beach Resort – Villas del Sol – Fun for the entire family

We had arranged to stay in the Costa Rica beach villa of a good friend of mine whom I have known since 1996 when we first met in the Cayman Islands. He owns more than one villa in this resort so …

Win $100 and Two Free T-Shirts in our T-Shirt Competition

Help us to design a dynamite ‘I-just-gotta-have-one-of-those’ T-shirts and we’ll send you US$100 plus a free T-shirt for you and your partner as soon as they are made. Here’s a little project for you to get those creative juices flowing. I always think of ‘stunning scenery, sunshine and smiles’ when I think of Costa Rica […]

Costa Rica Living in Atenas? Free video interview with Terry Mills

Atenas is a small, friendly, quiet town with an agricultural base, great climate, friendly people, a good multi-national community base and anything we don’t have here in Atenas is just a short drive away… Practically the center of paradise!