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Like most other Baby Boomers, we had been thinking about retirement for a while…will we have enough money saved to retire? Will our house hold or increase it’s value? Will our IRAs ever rebound? How will we afford health insurance when we stop working? What can we do, where can we go to make our money go further? Will we be able to retire at all? Sound familiar?

At first we considered Mexico but were too concerned about the violence there. We also considered the southeastern United States. But none of these attracted us the way Costa Rica has. We have fallen in love with this small country, the unhurried lifestyle, and the warm and friendly people we have met. It fits all of our criteria for a place to retire, such as a stable government, lower cost of living, and a great healthcare system. As a bonus, Costa Rica has one of the world’s best climates, and incredible natural beauty. Take a look at this photo we took on the path to the Poas Volcano:

So…we started the process to retire in Costa Rica in November 2007, and filed our residency paperwork in February ’09. Already, we heard the warm breezes calling our names. We visited numerous times, met with realtors, visited many of the towns in and around the Central Valley, and identified the town in which we want to live. It wasn’t without the help of the expat community, including George Lundquist’s Retire in Costa Rica on Social Security tour.  We decided to rent first, as many have advised, and as we now advise others. We wanted to be optimistically cautious.

As of April 1, 2009, we have been living in San Ramon de Alajuela in Costa Rica’s western Central Valley! We came with 12 suitcases, one trunk, and one cat.  We rented our house in Baltimore and now consider ourselves Costaricenses.  Viva Costa Rica!

Paul & Gloria

Why We Created this Website

We left our hearts in Costa Rica…

We fell in love with Costa Rica on our first visit when we went on a “retirement tour,” and that is when the idea for “Retire for Less in Costa Rica” was formed. It left an indelible mark on our hearts, and we wanted more! Everyplace we went, I just kept saying, “Wow” — there is so much natural beauty in such a small country!

We spent our time in many of the Central Valley rural areas that encircle San Jose, the capital. At elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, the weather is like perpetual springtime. Temperatures ranged about 65-80 degrees, the air was clean and fresh, and our bedroom windows opened to the outdoors, unobstructed by unnecessary screens. There were lush, green tropical plants, and vivid flowers everywhere you looked. The people were kind and helpful to us, making us feel welcome.

After returning home, all we could think about was going back, living, and retiring there. The symbol of this website is the brilliant, Blue Morpho butterfly that is native to Costa Rica. There is a fable about the Blue Morpho, that if you see one, miracles can happen, dreams can come true.

The goal of this Web site is to give people who share the dream of retiring in Costa Rica a place to ask questions, learn about life here, and find helpful products and services. Whether you have already visited and fallen in love with Costa Rica, or you are just thinking about retiring in a place where your money will go further, this Web site is for you.

Disclaimer: The articles on this website are intended to provide general information only and have been prepared by RetireforLessinCostaRica.com without taking into account any particular person’s objectives, financial situation, needs or preferences. Our readers should, before acting on this information, consider the appropriateness of this information regarding their personal objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend investors obtain financial, investment, or legal advice specific to their situation before making any financial investment or relocation decision.

 

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  1. Hector Roman

    Paul and Gloria,

    Thank you for the excellent site and sharing of information that will make our transition to Costa Rica much more enjoyable. Robin and I have visited Costa Rica on three occassions and are scheduled to begin our four month “due dilligence” trip this July. We plan on making Atenas our temporary home and will venture out from there. We will ensure to make San Ramon one of our stops and hope to meet you both. Many thanks…

    Hector & Robin

    1. Paul & Gloria

      Hola Hector and Robin,
      We’re glad you’ve found our website helpful. Please let us know when you will be coming our way. We’d love to meet you.
      Gloria & Paul

  2. Patrish

    Hi, all.
    I truly enjoy reading the experience opinions and activity reports from the ex-pat community in Costa Rica. I would also like some input concerning all activities, hikes, beach, sailing, snow skiing, cultural, wine tastings and the ease of commutes to and from interests outside of but close to San Ramon. In addition, how does a single woman fit in with the ex-pat community? I have traveled alone but I do prefer to have friends to share adventures with and explore new venues and historical sites. And, I do play nice! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon.
    Patrish

    1. Paul & Gloria

      Hi Patrish,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back in touch with you. We have just returned from a 3 week trip to Mexico and are just starting to get caught up.

      In many towns with expat communities, there are often organized outings and events. In San Ramon, we have the Gringo Central website which has lots of info, including events, activities, and rentals: http://gringocentral.webs.com/. There is also Vicki Skinner’s Living Life in Costa Rica blog which includes info about events and LOTS of helpful info: http://livinglifeincostarica.blogspot.com/. There is no snow skiing in Costa Rica since we are in the tropics.

      As far as being a single woman in Costa Rica, I can tell you that there are quite a few here. They take part in activities just like everyone else. Some are more successful as expats than others. We hope to write about the experience of single expats in the near future.

      Hope this helps.
      Gloria & Paul

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