Category Archive: Resources

Feb 10 2013

Waiting to See the Doctor, by Jo Stuart

Waiting to see the doctor at Hospital Mexico by Jo Stuart “A nice gentleman gave me his seat, telling me to ‘sit down’ in English. It turned out that he had seen my Trader Joe’s bag and knew I was from the States…He was there with his father-in-law, a handsome man of 84, waiting to …

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Feb 10 2013

Healthcare in Costa Rica—Our Recent Experiences (January 2013)

December was a busy month medically, but January slowed down quite a bit. In early January, we paid our monthly Caja premium. We always go to the Social Security office to pay it. I could pay it anywhere, even online, but old habits are hard to break, so I just go to the office between …

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Feb 08 2013

Book Excerpt 3 from Butterfly in the City: Waiting to See the Doctor at Hospital Mexico

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Nov 30 2012

Book Excerpt 2 from Butterfly in the City: Give Me the Simple Life

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Nov 15 2012

Investing and Residency

It is my suggestion that, if you intent to move to Costa Rica, you should become a legal resident. It’s the right thing to do. And doing so has its advantages. As of October 1, 2012, to open a bank account or invest in Certificates of Deposits at any Costa Rican bank, one must be …

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Oct 20 2012

Book Excerpt 1 from Butterfly in the City

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Oct 20 2012

Explore Costa Rica and Learn Spanish at the Same Time

We’re taking Spanish language lessons again, this time in Heredia at CPI: Centro Panamericano de Idiomas. We’re in class together for 4 hours every week and we’re loving it. It’s a big commitment, but one we think will pay off many times over. We’ve gone to class for two weeks already and I’ll bet CPI …

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Sep 16 2012

Costa Rica seems to have made great strides in 10 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff, Reprinted with permission. Links and photos added by retireforlessincostarica.com. With holes in the highways and other daily aggravations, expats here may not always fully realize the giant leaps that Costa Rican society has taken in the last decade. This country has progressed mostly due to outside influences. But it …

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Sep 16 2012

Getting Ready for the Big Move to Costa Rica

When people think about moving to Costa Rica, they are often overwhelmed with all that has to be done and all of the decisions that must be made. We are often asked, “Where do you start?” and “How do you go about it?” We wrote about our experience in “Our Big Move” which you can …

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Sep 15 2012

Happy Independence Day Costa Rica!

September 15th, is the celebration of Independence Day in Costa Rica. We are happy to be living in this tiny country that has so much going for it, and so much to be proud of. “Himno Nacional de Costa Rica” is the national anthem of Costa Rica. It was originally adopted in 1853, with the …

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