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May 27 2018

Our April 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

April was a busy month for us. We did several relocation tours for clients, mostly in the western Central Valley towns of San Ramon, Grecia, and Atenas, and one of our healthcare tours. Plus, my (Gloria’s) sister came for a visit from Maryland. The month was interesting and fun, and it went by quickly as …

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May 27 2018

Our Yearly Visit from the Abuelitas

Tonight, at around 6:00pm, a few visitors stopped by while I was in the kitchen mixing up a batch of banana bread. The Ticos call them abuelitas (little grandmothers) and they come every year after the start of the rainy season. They don’t stay long, but their presence can be felt for weeks. In fact, …

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May 22 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – May 22, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our April 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living Our Yearly Visit from the Abuelitas 10 Tips on How to Thrive as an Expat in Costa Rica Featured Property in San Ramon: Casa for Sale in Empalme $150,000 USD Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s …

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May 13 2018

Costa Rica’s New President Speaks about Immigration, The Importance of Diversity, and Climate Change

Shortly before his inauguration on Tuesday, May 8th, Costa Rica’s new president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, spoke with Christiane Amanpour of CNN International (IN ENGLISH.) Congratulations to the citizens of Costa Rica who elected this progressive,  balanced man to lead this wonderful country. We are proud to be living here! Entrevista Christiane Amanpour Les comparto la …

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May 13 2018

Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell Becomes First Black Woman in the History of the Americas to be Elected Vice President  

(IN SPANISH WITH SUBTITLES) Tico Times Interviews: Epsy Campbell Watch Vice President Epsy Campbell describe her reaction to her historic election – and read the full story at http://www.ticotimes.net/2018/04/30/our-chat-with-epsy-campbell-costa-ricas-vice-president-elect. Video by Alexander Villegas and Gaby Brenes for The Tico Times. Alexander Ramiro/ Gaby Brenes Posted by The Tico Times on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Related …

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May 12 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – May 12, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Costa Rica’s New President Speaks about Immigration, The Importance of Diversity, and Climate Change Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell Becomes First Black Woman in the History of the Americas to be Elected Vice President   Why We Chose Costa Rica  Featured Property in Lake Arenal: …

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May 12 2018

Our March 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

March was a relatively quiet month for us. We had a beach day, invited friends over for dinner a couple of times, and did a few tours for potential expats. We also had higher than normal expenses in healthcare and groceries. More about that below. Transportation – $206.14 March was a month where our car …

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Apr 28 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – April 28, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our March 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living The Best Way to Live for Less in Costa Rica (or Anywhere), by Rob Evans Featured Property in Sarchi: Furnished 3BR 2BA Home Walking Distance to Town-$109,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to …

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Apr 19 2018

In the MailBag – Tours, Body Donation, Persons with Disabilities, and Cost of Living

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook.     “Hi Gloria and Paul, Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated having one of your personalized tours around San Ramon and area. It was so interesting to meet all of those expat contacts of …

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Apr 19 2018

Our Recent MediSmart Experience

We continue to be pleased with both the service and prices we receive through Hospital Metropolitano’s MediSmart Plan. For the two of us, the plan costs $180/year and gives us discounted rates on doctors visits, laboratory and radiology, prescriptions, hospital stays and even operating room costs. In February and March, Paul and I scheduled some …

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