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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...

A Simpler, Happier Life

Life is sweet in Costa Rica I never knew life could be this simple until I got here. Costa Rica has been a true oasis in a world filled with fears and uncertainty. Going back to the basics is for us now a sustainable way of living. It means we truly enjoy the little things such as a beautiful sunset, listening to the birds and monkeys while we sit on our patio those are the little things...

OUR JOURNEY TO RESIDENCY IN COSTA RICA

Since we were committed to living in Costa Rica and were considering starting a business here, we knew we would need to apply for residency. We started this process while still living in the United States by gathering the required documents such as certified copies of our birth and marriage certificates.  These were easily obtained online. Afterwards, we had to acquire another level of...

PANDEMIC LIVING: COSTA RICA STYLE

Every country had its own approach to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.  As it turns out, Costa Rica’s handling of the pandemic was one of the most successful in the world.  The Costa Rica government learned quickly that the first two cases introducing the Covid-19 virus were traced to tourists from the United States and Canada. Soon thereafter, Costa Rica became one of the first countries to...

SO, YOU ARE MOVING TO COSTA RICA. NOW WHAT? A PRACTICAL CHECKLIST

When you arrive in Costa Rica, there are many items which need to be addressed, if you have not done so during your earlier visits.  1.  BANKING. Banking in Costa Rica can present real challenges. First, you need the assistance of a lawyer to get this done.  Next, try to do business with a privately owned bank and not one of the government banks as you will get much better service and wait...

TOP 6 REASONS COSTA RICA MAKES FOR A SAFE AND SOUND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

No Army. Costa Rica abolished its army since 1949 while remaining to be the longest-standing democracy in Central America. While Costa Rica maintains Police Guard Forces, has not endured a civil war since 1948. Instead of battling wars, Costa Rica reallocated their “army budget” into education and healthcare for their citizens. The life expectancy of their residents has increased, and the country...

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