Feeling Safe in Costa Rica

The Costa Rica pandemic success story The Costa Rica Pandemic Success Story While there are many things I missed since I relocated to Costa Rica, mainly friends and the occasional product delivery, I do not miss being in the US in the current circumstances mainly the pandemic that has affected the country so severely. Costa Rica on the other hand, being a small country (the size of West...

Why Renegade Realty?

Renegade Realty Logo #renegaderealtycr We are often asked: “Why name yourself Renegade Realty.” It’s a good question and one we asked ourselves repetitively before deciding on it. If you go to a dictionary, it gives the following definition for “renegade”: An individual who rejects conventional behavior.” When marketing a business, the old adage is “differentiate or die.” We...

Banking in Costa Rica

This is what you need to know! Banking in most North American and European Countries is a rather routine and uneventful activity, especially with the introduction of on-line banking services which render most prior bank visits unnecessary. It is not that easy in Costa Rica. Banking in General Unfortunately, banking in Costa Rica can be quite an ordeal. Opening a bank account for a corporation...

What’s for dinner?

A Diner's Guide to the Playa del Coco and Hermosa Area There is no shortage of restaurants in the Playa del Coco/Hermosa area.  You can get many kinds of food within a short travel distance which makes life pretty convenient and easy when you don’t feel like cooking.  What you will notice immediately is the clear lack of any common chain restaurants that you find in North America. There are...

Shopping in Costa Rica

What we've discovered so far Shopping in Costa Rica can be done easily or can become a reason for an adventure. Our office is in the Playa del Coco/Hermosa area, the top tourist area in Costa Rica and the home of a large Ex-Pat population. This area is close to Liberia, the second largest with the combined population of the areas of less than 100,000 people. Even though the area has a much...

Driving in Costa Rica: Nothing to Fear

A common misconception about Costa Rica is that the roads are horrible. This is far from the truth.  Most of the main roads are paved and fairly well maintained.  Whereas the side roads can be a different story depending on where you are heading. These get worse in the rainy season (late September through early November) with dumping rain which washes out the roads substantially in some...

Financing Your Dream Home in Paradise

7 Ways in Which You Can Own Property in Costa Rica. There is very little availability of financing real estate purchases in Costa Rica. Not everyone has up front money to make large property investments. In fact, few do. Nonetheless, there are many ways to finance your Costa Rican real estate. The following is a guide to the many ways you can finance your dream of owning property in Costa Rica. 1....

Where to live in Costa Rica

  In the real estate field, you always hear about the three “L’s” which are “Location, Location, Location.” This is absolutely true in many areas, but not quite as important when you are discussing a natural paradise such as Costa Rica. If you are looking for a metropolitan lifestyle, there is no choice but to go to San Jose or its suburbs/exburbs in the Central Valley. It is where the...

HEALTHY LIVING IN COSTA RICA

More and more people are concerned with the unhealthy aspects of their lifestyles including the effects of stress.  If you are seeking relief from these harmful aspects of life, then Costa Rica should be on your short list of healthier places to live. Costa Rica is a natural paradise in many ways.             The slogan of Costa Rica is “Pura Vida” which means “pure...

FINDING COMMUNITY IN COSTA RICA

The many ways to make and enjoy new friends There is always something going on in the vibrant Costa Rican Ex-Pat communities. People make friends easily as information is always being shared about a variety of subjects: good restaurants, service providers, stores, etc. This network is enhanced by the advent of Facebook, on which there are many pages devoted to Ex-Pat...

GREATER SAFETY AND SECURITY IN COSTA RICA

Frequently Asked Questions With the onset of Covid-19, may people are seeking safe havens for themselves and their families.  Costa Rica should be on the top of your list of potential secure locations.  It offers a uniquely safe environment while also providing some of the best natural surroundings anywhere in the world. QUESTION: How much Covid-19 infection has there been in...

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